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.

A Review of Vibration and Affordable Ways to Prevent It

While the latest machine tool technology may go a long way towards eliminating vibration and chatter, adding a new one may not be realistic. Luckily, there are less disruptive options that can make positive impacts on vibration without breaking the bank.
Experts
Chucks

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.
Collets

Workholding Collet Changeouts Get Totally Automated

Cutting edge workholding automation technology that incorporates robotic workpiece loading/unloading is creating total machine automation for job shops that opens up wide ranges of application possibilities for ever shorter production runs.
Cutting Tools

Opening a Connected Path from Digital Art to Part to Profit

Having data is not enough. Whether the data is identifying and describing the workpiece, the materials, the machines that will make it, the approval specification or other manufacturing criteria, all of the information must be organized in a manner which allows the data to work for you. This is where the digital intelligence of the smart factory comes into play.
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

Changing the Way Things are Done with Magnets

New magnet technology is being scaled and engineered to revolutionize power from lighter weight tools for precise manipulation, positioning and cleaning, and increased safety in welding and fabrication, automation and more.
Grinding Wheels

Choosing Consumables for Manual Metal Cutting

Because resinoid bonded abrasive cutting wheels offer portability and affordability, they are popular for many hand-held metal cutting applications. Here are some things you must know about them and how they should be used to help extend their product life, benefit your operator safety, and improve your shop productivity and efficiency.
Positioners

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

Trends in Hydraulic Clamping Systems for the Press Brake

Depending on the press brake and setups, there are a number of hydraulic clamping options that fabricators can use to work within their budgets and production requirements. From a fully modular hydraulic clamping system or by retrofitting safety tangs onto straight-tanged punch tools, streamlining production with hydraulic clamping solutions can deliver greater efficiencies in your shop and help you compete with the world.
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. 
Software

Tool Management

The Smart Factory uses cyber-physical automation for tool management at every stage: from purchasing to programming to operation; from selecting, ordering and maintaining the proper tools for particular jobs to precise recommendations for cutting data to generating CNC programs for specific applications.
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

Tools, Holders and Runout: Uncover the Hidden Savings

Runout can be fickle, but finding a solution for it can pay significant dividends. Here are some insights into how much a little wobble can really increase your costs.
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

Basic Mill End Mills that are Anything but Basic

The Basic Mill from Haimer is ideal for slotting, trochoidal milling, steep ramping and even plunging in stainless steel, alloy steel, cast iron, aluminum and general steels.

Advanced Workholding for High Precision Grinding and Fast Changeover

Ideal for the precision grinding of crankshaft and camshafts, SRG Steady Rests from SMW Autoblok clamp diameters from 12 mm to 136 mm.

How to Get a Smoother Countersink Finish

Tri-Cam Countersinks from Rocky Mountain Twist use finely tuned cutting edges with excellent material evacuation to provide the smoother, consistent finish needed for true fastener interface.