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.

Cutting Tools and Science Fiction

We are quickly moving from information technology to intelligent technology, toward a time when a worn cutting tool insert will know when it’s time to be replaced by a fresh one and will ask an available robot to get a new one and make the change.
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

Cutting Edge Technology for Cutting Tool Production

The Accu-tool offers a simple automatic screen calibration process and magnification capabilities from 20X - 470X zoom that meets any shop's cutting tool measuring needs. The specially designed software works seamlessly with the Windows operating system supplied with each machine.
These advanced laser cutting and inspection systems enable cutting tool manufacturers to achieve results that were formerly unattainable.
Drilling Tools

The Whole Picture in Holemaking

The exchangeable-tip drill is a good choice for a large range of holes limited by tolerances down to IT9 and often deeper than five times the diameter. CoroDrill 870 represents the new generation of this type of drill and is a reliable choice for many operations and a number of different workpiece types. 
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.
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 Surface Finishing Technology Can Help Improve Productivity and Reduce Operating Costs

This next generation of engineered surface conditioning and nonwoven abrasives products, including discs, belts and hand pads, can provide higher efficiency, and higher productivity, while eliminating additional steps, ensuring that projects are completed quickly, with reduced labor and energy requirements. 
Investing in better consumables in order to significantly cut time and manpower costs is smart business. Streamlined manufacturing that performs efficiently and effectively is the key to driving profits in both good times and in bad.
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

Raising the Bar on PVD Performance

Featuring a special formulated PVD TiAIN coating, the Magia inserts provide incomparable hardness and toughness, ideal for cutting stainless and hardened alloys.
In their on-going effort to offer cutting tools designed to simplify manufacturing processes, Nexus Cutting Tools has unveiled an addition to their line of high-performance turning inserts, Magia LT1000.

High-Feed Milling Cutter Systems for Aerospace

The high-feed 7793 high-performance cutters and inserts is one of the many outstanding Stellram
solutions now available from Kennametal.
The StellramTM group of products from Kennametal is dedicated to support solutions tailored for energy, aerospace, transportation, and other vital industries.

Breaking Productivity Barriers in Tests with Hi-Temp Alloys

INCONEX M8 end mills break through productivity barriers posed by hi-temp alloys by combining optimized geometries, superior chip creation designs and IMCO advanced technology.
Lasting up to three times longer than competitor's designs, the INCONEX end mills from IMCO are the breakthrough high-performance line for machining in Inconel, Hastalloy, Waspalloy, and similar hi-temp alloys.