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.

The Whole Picture in Holemaking

Today’s holemaking techniques need to be more efficient than ever to meet greater demands and closer tolerances. Ultimately, the tool — and its application — matter. For optimal success, it's time to see the whole picture.
Experts
Collets

Shaving More Seconds Off Quick Changeover

Using the BENZ Solidfix system, operators no longer have to remove the main tooling unit itself. Instead, they only change the adapter that holds the pre-measured tool. Setups can be changed in less than 15 seconds without using any special tools. The shop also doesn’t have to carry as many expensive live tools because all they need are the quick change adapters.
Take a look at how this job shop uses a highly versatile modular quick change collet system to perform setups and changeovers in speeds of 15 seconds or less.
Cutting Tools

High Feed Milling Cutter Reduces Cycle Times

MSX High Speed Milling Cutter achieves high feed rates of up to .055 IPT for significantly reduced cycle times.
The MSX mill from Sumitomo is ideal for ramping and helical applications using general steel, alloy steel, stainless steel and cast iron.
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

Determining Actual Grinding Productivity & Cost

Though abrasives comprise, on average, less than two percent of the total cost of a fabricating operation, most shops fail to realize that 10 to 15 percent of their labor is consumed in metal-fabrication and finishing operations. A more accurate measure of productivity looks at the true total process cost, or the total work to be performed with abrasives.
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.
Punches and Dies

Clever Turret Press Tooling Produces More Parts In Less Time

In the turret, Marathon Plus tooling nibbles parts at up to 600 hpm and punches at up to 220 hpm. Full length guiding provides perfect tool alignment and stability at these top speeds. The tooling is an ideal match for Murata Weidemann's servo motor run drive design, resulting in higher productivity.
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

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

Reinventing the Unbreakable Grip

SinterGrip jaws use scientifically designed, serrated, carbide inserts to penetrate the workpiece edge to a minimal, controlled depth and exert a push-down force on the part. Thin parts can be machined without deformation by clamping them at 6,600 lb force to achieve penetration, then lowering the force to 2,200 lb with no loss of gripping power.
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

Fast Cutting, Long Lasting Portable Band Saw Blade

The Morse 811 portable saw blade is the fastest cutting, longest, and portable blade in the market today.
The Morse 811 portable band saw blade from M. K. Morse combines an aggressive tooth with a variable tooth pattern to reduce vibration and increase cutting speed.

Unitized Punch Tooling Applications

The new unitized tooling system combines standard Multicyl MC series, the HZ frame, and the HZ unit from Unipunch.
Multicyl combines the standard Multicyl MC series, the HZ frame, and the HZ unit from Unipunch to punch angles, tube edges, and hard to reach extrusions.

Workholding Automatically Maintains Indefinite Clamp Force

The Collet-Lok family of hydraulic workholding products includes swing clamps, work supports and push cylinders and is available in multiple sizes and mounting methods.
Collet-Lok® hydraulic workholding from Enerpac uses an internal mechanical locking system to maintain the clamping force automatically, without hydraulic pressure, indefinitely.