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.
Some still think that tool presetters don’t make sense for job shops because their production quantities are too small. But short runs are precisely why job shops should be doing presetting offline with advanced systems like these.
The precision grinding techniques and specialized carbide grade of the Cast Master XL band saw blade from Lenox enable longer blade life and smoother cuts for shops that compete in the growing aluminum market.
As markets reduce the number of machining operations, more complicated indexable drilling geometries are becoming more common. Finite element analysis software allows shops to better understand their processes, providing not only forces and chip shape results, but also stresses and temperatures throughout the cutting process.