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.

For Longer Tool Life, Take the Heat Off of Live Tooling

Live tool with coolant-fed bearings can run at high speeds and high duty cycles without the accuracy and failure frequency problems of conventional bearings.
Experts
Cutting Tools

The Future of Edge Preparation

A range of edge preparation and control techniques have emerged to achieve a homogeneous rounding along the major and minor cutting edge and corners that ensure a stable performance of the cutting tool.
Small to medium volume manufacturers, coating centers and R&D facilities are taking a closer look at the need for cutting tool edge preparation to evaluate how the micro-wet blasting process offers controlled and repeatable results that not only improve cutting tool quality and life, but is also kinder to the environment with less consumables needed and no harmful chemicals.
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

Information on Tool Steel Characteristics and Heat Treatment Options

The 16 Tool Steel Literature brochure also details the heat treating processes (including both heating and cooling of the material) to further manipulate the tool steels to achieve a desired result. A thorough breakdown of common tool steels is also provided so that readers can easily pick which steel would work best for their intended application.
Available in print or online, this detailed, new 6-page, full-color brochure from Dayton Progress examines the various properties and benefits of some common tool steels.

Pre-Squared Tool Steel Reduces Labor Costs

Accu-Square™ tool steel comes pre-squared on all six sides to a tolerance range of the customer’s choosing.
With the idea of cutting overhead costs always, Accu-Square™ tool steel from Diehl Steel reduces the need for further squaring of the blocks to save time in tool, die and mold making.

Form Mates with Function in Turret Punch Tooling

The Hybrid Threadform forming tool from Mate eliminates tapping and other labor-intensive secondary operations, such as welding fasteners to sheet metal. The tool also eliminates debris when tapping and reduces component cost by eliminating the need for special fasteners.
Forming operations take center stage on the turret punch press through some new tooling innovations from Mate Precision Tooling.