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.

Safe Heavy Duty Machining of Difficult Materials

The importance of the tool holder is still understated in roughing and heavy duty machining, where metal removal rates are absolutely crucial for productivity. But now, using special shrink fit chucks with drive pins and spiral grooves in the tool shank, it is possible to perform high-feed full slotting up to 2xD (50 mm) or more in difficult to machine materials.

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.

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

Why Cotton Fiber Abrasive Wheels Rule the Automotive World

A revolution is taking place in automotive braze removal, where Type 1 cotton fiber wheels are exponentially impacting smooth operations, shrinking costs and negating operating downtime. 

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

Re-Engineered Abrasive Flap Discs Offer Maximum Cut Rates and Extended Life

Booth N-3704: Upgraded Wolverine flap discs from Weiler feature a self-sharpening Zirconia Alumina grain that delivers aggressive grinding from start to finish, along with an improved cloth design that provides a 25 percent longer life compared to previous Vortec Pro products.
Vortec Pro abrasive flap discs from Weiler have been re-engineered under the Wolverine family of discs to deliver exceptional value.

FABTECH 2016 Sneak Preview: Welding

Booth N-3904: The new Robacta Drive TPS/i push-pull robotic welding torch from Fronius features an unprecedentedly compact design, impressive cost effectiveness, and significantly enhanced mechanics that further improve component accessibility and TCP precision so that even more welding tasks can now be performed profitably by robots.
The 2016 edition of FABTECH is on track to be one of the largest metal fabrication events ever at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas from November 16-18. This special sneak peek provides technical reviews of some of the equipment, power sources, positioners, systems and accessories that will be exhibited in the Welding Pavilion to help you get a head start on navigating the show floor and managing your time while you’re there.

Metal Finishing Solutions

Booth N-2004: PFERD will feature a grinding booth with interactive demonstrations of grinding and cutting wheels, power tools with flap discs for rough and finish grinding applications, and thin cut-off wheels, among others.
Files, burs, brushes, grinding and cutting wheels and power tools from PFERD increase operator efficiency, health and safety, and optimize process effectiveness.