Cutting Tools

Breakthrough In Aluminum Face Milling

This machine shop halved its cycle time on producing diesel engine manifolds and rocker arms, saved $300,000 a year in machining costs and sidestepped a $500,000 capital expenditure. All with one tool.
Cutting Tools: Articles

Cutting Tools and Science Fiction

Adveon software helps streamline and optimize cutting tool planning and preparation for shops now, but looking ahead, it will be a vital part of the comprehensive smart manufacturing systems that integrate manufacturing intelligence across the entire production operation. (Photo courtesy of Sandvik Coromant)
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.

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.

A New Look at Stainless Steel Machining

Runners are the heart of all hydropower machinery. They are very sophisticated water wheels made of stainless steel that can weigh up to 15 tons and spin at up to 1,000 rpm to generate electric power. For hydrodynamic efficiency and dynamic balance in service, all finished runners must be accurate to 0.010 in with a 32µ finish. 
Canyon Hydro sped up deliveries by two months – without raising machining costs – with a last minute processing switch and a new multipurpose mill that roughs out 4,500 lb of chips in one-third the time of conventional face mills.  

Game Changer

Cambron Engineering drills the two Inconel plates with 1400 holes each, then must cut two grooves into the bore of each hole on this 25 hp Kuraki boring mill.
A twelve-tooth groove milling tool bites 19 hours off the 80-hour cycle time on a tough-to-machine part and keeps potentially outsourced work in-house – with greater profit.

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.


Cutting Tools: Industry News

Seco Makes Changes in Canadian Sales Force

Rob Keenan, Seco Tools “Having served the Canadian market in my previous role, the customers there are near and dear to my heart. These changes ensure that we will continue to meet and exceed their needs. Branko has already made significant achievements in his previous role within our company and will continue to succeed heading our Canadian organization. Additionally, Vince brings a lot of metal cutting expertise to us and will be a key addition to our highly dedicated team.”
As Rob Keenan moves to a new role, Branko Hohnec becomes general manager and Vince Tersigni is their new sales manager.

U.S. Cutting Tool Orders Down

This decline appears to relate directly to the drop in Oil & Gas/Mining business.

Horn Set to Open Mexican Subsidiary

Mexico was responsible for Latin America's second-strongest economic performance of 2014, has the region's second-biggest population and third-largest territory, and accounts for around 2.1 percent of the world's GDP. Exports are driving the country's growth in the automotive, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, medical, mining, electrical and transport market sectors.
At the start of 2016, Horn Mexico will support the country's machining market with qualified, local staff.


Cutting Tools: Products

New Cutting Edge Geometry for Stainless Steels

The chamfer and thread relief geometry of the XTOP tap reduces the torques generated during chamfering operations and at the reversal point. In deep blind hole threads up to 3xD, chips can be optimally guided and sheared off without any problems in reverse motion, even with problem materials. (Photo courtesy of WEXO) (first view)
These special tools have been developed for increasing process reliability when machining problematic materials with higher ductility.

Precision Circular Saw Blade for Tougher Alloys and Tool Steels

The CircTech Precision CM200 saw blade from LENOX is ideal for automotive suppliers, heavy equipment and agricultural equipment companies that cut low carbon steel and mild alloy steels.

Right Hand Face Grooving Inserts

GROOVE’N TURN inserts are available in .004 in through .150 in at 001 in increments with sharp corner through full radius options. Major diameters are offered in .300 in, .750 in, 1.250 in and 3.000 in. These inserts are made from sub-micron grain carbide with grades for ferrous and non-ferrous materials either uncoated or with TiN, TiCN, TiAIN or diamond film coatings. 
Ideal for conventional, Swiss and CNC machines, these Counter-Clockwise inserts cut internal face grooves in ferrous and non-ferrous materials with major diameters starting at 0.300 in.