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.

Determining Actual Grinding Productivity & Cost

By evaluating and tracking abrasive performance, combined with taking the time to select the best abrasive for a particular application, job shops and production operations can identify opportunities to significantly decrease grinding costs and increase productivity.
Experts
Collets

S-Pads Replace Collets in Multi-Spindle Shops

Inside your tool drawer, twelve sets of S-pads take up less space, cost less, and will change over faster than solid collets. The S-pads can be shared between the multi-spindles, the CNC spindles and collet blocks for vertical machining centers and are available in round, hexagon and square with smooth or serrated order holes, and special shapes.(click on image to enlarge it)
S-pads from Hardinge are much faster to change than collets from job-to-job and can be shared between many brands of machines, whether the master collet is mounted directly in a machine spindle (single or multiple), in a collet adaptation chuck, or in a collet block.
Cutting Tools

Turn Digital Tool Knowledge Into Machining Productivity

NOVO defines machining features, reduces the tool set to the ones that can do the job (based on material, tolerance, and machining sequence constraints for single tools and multi-tools), then ranks the best suited tools for the application – all in a fraction of time.
Take a look at how NOVO from Kennametal expands machine shop capabilities by efficiently turning digital tool knowledge into real-world productivity improvement.
Drilling Tools

How New Spindle Connection Maximizes Metal Removal

KM4X with cutter
From Weakest Link to Machining Superstar: The new KM4X™ design from Kennametal can perform from low-speed/high torque to high-speed/low torque when milling, drilling, and turning a wide range of materials to get the absolute most out of your production equipment.
Fixturing Systems

Tombstone Fixtures Increase Cylinder Component Production Over 40 Percent

Workpieces are mounted and handled on a Fastems 10-station pallet changer. The block sizes run 56 in number in sizes from 1 in x 2 in x 2 in to 3 in x 9-1/2 in x 14 in. Weights range up to 114 lb. (first view)
TRD Manufacturing uses flexible workholding fixtures from AME that hold 56 different block sizes, offer quick changeover and can run different parts on each side or run multiple pallet loads of the same part in high production.
Grinding Wheels

How Advancements in Non-Woven Technology Streamline Metal Fabrication Applications

As the demands for improved finishes increase, and companies like Ford announce the F-150 is moving to aluminum as the primary material, fabricators need abrasives solutions that streamline their operations.  Non-woven abrasives can provide an excellent solution. 
Innovative design and non-woven materials science have increased productivity while keeping costs down with a new generation of durable, flexible and easy-to-use high-performance surface conditioning products. Shops should utilize new non-woven technology to help them remain competitive in unstable economic times.
Saw Blades

Benchmark Survey of Industrial Metal-Cutting Organizations

Despite a trend toward internal process improvements, machine downtime, blade failure and opera¬tor error remain the top-three sources of frustration for industrial metal cutting operations on the shop floor.
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

The Spiralock T-10 straight flute tap has a specialized geometry for short-chipping materials such as cast iron and hardened alloy steels.
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

Stacked Hydraulic Workholding Beams Up New Business

ProHold hydraulic vises such as this can clamp a wide range of parts with same tooling and have a longer hydraulic stroke that allows several different sized parts to be processed with the same top jaws. This significantly reduces set up time and effort for quicker loading.
Special Machined Components took beam machining business away from a competitor by using a ProHold six-vise stacked hydraulic workholding system from Planet Products.
Tooling & Workholding: Products

Superior ID Surface Finishing and Deburring

The Flex-Hone® tool from Brush Research Manufacturing optimizes flexible honing lubrication, blends edges, and removes burrs – even from cross-drilled holes. 

Nylon Abrasive Brushes for OD Deburring, Surface Finishing

NamPower technology from Brush Research Manufacturing is ideal for CNC machines, robotic arms, drill presses, lathes, and milling machinery.

Efficiently Remove Burrs from Sheared, Plasma, Laser Cut Edges

Cutter depth on the Turbo-Burr is adjustable from light burr removal up to 1/16 in chamfers at speeds to 10 ft per minute.
The Turbo-Burr from Heck Industries weighs only 3 lb and uses a standard carbide burr to remove burrs on very thin materials up to large blocks.
Events Calendar
September 8 - 13, 2014
McCormick Place -- Chicago, IL
September 10 - 11, 2014
Miller and Hobart Technology and Training Center -- Houston, TX
September 15 - 17, 2014
San Diego Convention Center -- San Deigo, CA
September 16 - 18, 2014
Houston, TX
September 17 - 18, 2014
John S. Knight Center -- Akron, OH