Tooling & Workholding

Mills, drills, taps, reamers, boring bars, cutters, inserts, dies, punches, abrasive wheels and other devices used to cut, mill, drill, grind, tap, notch, punch and form material. Chucks, fixtures, clamps, blocks, angle plates, tooling columns, dies and other mechanisms used to position, locate and hold material as it is being cut, milled, drilled, ground, tapped, notched, punched, formed or welded.

A Peak Behind the Curtain

The value of a major trade show is that exhibitors give you so many opportunities to gain a leg up on your competition. Here are some insights to consider so that the next event you attend will speak directly to your bottom line.
Experts
Chucks

Do Lathe Operations on the Bed of Your Mill

RapidTurn from Tormach securely positions parts in 15 deg increments for secondary work on the primary spindle of the mill, which is ideal for cutting wrench flats or drilling cross holes on turned parts without additional setups.
Collets

Fulfilling Modern Micromachining Demands on a Legacy Machine

Looking for a creative way to achieve the requested specifications for a potentially lucrative micromachining job without having to invest in a very expensive specialized machine tool? A spindle speeder may be your best – and only – way to secure the deal.
Cutting Tools

How to Double Throughput on Turning Large Scale Parts

Shops that turn large scale parts for power generation equipment and oil patch machinery are now achieving up to twice the material removal rate and extreme depth of cut, even while cutting forces stay the same as before or actually decrease and insert edge life improves. Here’s how they do it.
Drilling Tools

A More Productive Alternative to Helical Interpolation for High Volume Holemaking

The limitations of using milling tools to prepare holes for finishing become apparent as hole depth and volume increase. Enter the relatively simple and affordable twin cutter, which can solve this and virtually any other holemaking problem.
Fixturing Systems

Using Adaptive Grippers as Flexible Fixturing For Robotic Welding

Using a traditional jig for every type of piece and assembly is complicated and expensive when welding small volumes or high mixes of parts. Why not use a robot with an adaptive gripper to feed a welding robot? This could replace most of the templates currently used by adapting to any part size and shape and holding them firmly while welding.
Grinding Wheels

Tips for Choosing the Right Product for Welding and Fabrication Surface Finishing

Here are some insights on how to address the varying levels of surface finishing requirements that depend on industry demands and the eventual end use of the finished product.
Positioners

How Close is Close Enough When Trying to Achieve Positioning Accuracy?

Which is better: pneumatic or electric actuation? This review of the various options of each process, along with their advantages and shortcomings depending on application circumstances, can help you make more informed decisions about positioning design and selection.
Punches and Dies

Clever Turret Press Tooling Produces More Parts In Less Time

Tooling changeover is a priority for this sheet metal job shop, which achieves quick setups, extra durability and increased uptime by using advanced tooling  that makes its turret presses "operate like new."
Saw Blades

Benchmark Survey of Industrial Metal-Cutting Organizations

Amid a challenging operating environ­ment, the LENOX Institute of Technology conducted a survey of 100+ industrial metal cutting operations that identified three key areas where organizations can gain additional productivity and efficiency on the shop floor. 
Threading Tools

Thread Form Now Available for High Speed CNC Machining

Stanley's Spiralock thread form has been used in applications for NASA’S Space Shuttle, the Saturn Cassini orbiter, and more.
Toolholders & Adapters

Machining Heat-Resistant Super Alloys? Hold On Tight

The chances of a tool slipping or pulling out in its holder during work is increasing as more shops opt for heat-resistant super alloys – stainless steel, Inconel, titanium and others – over aluminum. These metals are lightweight, strong and corrosive-resistant, but they are very difficult to machine. Here are some insights into tool wear in these applications that can help you select the proper holder for your work.
Vises and Vise Jaws

Reinventing the Unbreakable Grip

Examine the design of these machine tool vise jaws to understand how they enable aggressive 5-axis machining of high-value medical and aerospace parts in a single setup by clamping on as little as 2 mm of surface.
Tooling & Workholding: Products

New Brushes, Abrasives, Discs for Surface Conditioning

Booth N-2704: New products, upgraded lines and expanded offerings of abrasives, power brushes, and maintenance products for surface conditioning will be showcased by Weiler.
Advanced abrasives, power brushes, and maintenance products from Weiler address the most demanding grinding and cutting needs.

FABTECH 2016: Welding (Part Two)

Booth N-4329: Available with an integrated Inclinometer and Weld Revolution SpinArc Torch for high speed, vertical down applications in pipe welding, the Piper-Plus pipe welding system from Bug-O Systems makes automatic, pre-programmed changes to any and all welding parameters as determined by the position of the tractor as it travels around the pipe.
Take a closer look at some of the welding technologies that will be exhibited November 16-18 on the show floor in Las Vegas.

Cut-Off Disc Cuts Faster, Cooler Through Steel and Stainless Steel

Booth N-2704: The newly redesigned Zip Wheel cut-off disc from Walter Surface Technologies is constructed with a proprietary grain blend and patented reinforced rib design on each side for faster, cooler cutting through steel and stainless steel.
The reinforced rib on the redesigned Zip Wheel cut-off disc from Walter Surface Technologies is more rigid for consistently straighter cuts and more durability to withstand even the toughest materials.