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.

How to 3D Print Precision Drills

The days when precision tools and additive manufacturing strategies could not co-exist are history.

How Shrink Fit Chucks Fit Single Blade Applications

See why Starrag uses shrink fit chucks so their rotationally symmetric clamping body has less interfering contours and higher run-out accuracy when roughing and finishing hard-to-cut materials used for highly precise turbine blades, impellers, blisks and other structurally complex parts. 

Getting a Better Grip on Toolholding Systems

This precision machine shop discovered the many ways that balancing and heat shrinking their toolholders gives them repeatable and predictive results in machining aluminum components for aircraft.
Cutting Tools

Breakthrough In Aluminum Face Milling

This machine shop halved its cycle time on producing diesel engine manifolds and rocker arms, saved $300,000 a year in machining costs and sidestepped a $500,000 capital expenditure. All with one tool.
Drilling Tools

How to Thread Nickel-Based Alloys

Proper tooling selection is the key for optimal results in this demanding application.
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

Documented Cost Savings for Abrasives

Rather than focusing only on energy savings or reducing costs associated with large equipment, manufacturers that are looking for potential savings in their plants should take the time to investigate just how much money they could save by switching out an abrasive. In doing so, they should evaluate fully how labor costs tie into the equation.

How Welding Positioners Are Helping to Save Venice

Silvestrini welding positioners are being used to fabricate massive weldments and hinges in an ingenious flood-defense barrier intended to protect the city.
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.
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

One Source Fabrication Solutions

Booth S-1944: Mate will display SuperMax Tool Coating (left), CleanBend Forming Technology, “Bevel Tang Style” Press Brake Tooling, and 1Micron Optics for fiber lasers (right) at the show.
Mate showcases their new SuperMax tool coating, CleanBend Forming Technology, “Bevel Tang Style” Press Brake Tooling and 1 Micron Optics for fiber lasers.

Superior Part Finish in High Speed Aluminum Cutting

Booth C-228: Ideal for improved cutting performance on aluminum and non-ferrous materials, the CAST MASTER XL bandsaw blade from LENOX combines precision grinding techniques and innovative tooth geometries with next generation welding technology to provide increased blade life and superior part finish in high-speed aluminum cutting applications
LENOX offers the CAST MASTER XL bandsaw blade for the rigorous needs of the growing aluminum market.

Easy, Fast and Safe Way to Hold Round Parts

Booth S-4109: Ideal for repetitive machining of round or cylindrical work pieces such as valve bodies, flanges, pump housings and pistons, the new Chain Clamp from Lenzkes is the easiest, fastest and safest way to hold round parts. It does not have to be dismounted the chain links do not have to be taken out when clamping different sized parts.
The new Chain Clamp from Lenzkes is ideal for the machining of round or cylindrical parts, such as valve bodies, flanges, pump housings and pistons.