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.
Cutting Tools: Articles

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.

How to Double Throughput on Turning Large Scale Parts

Shops that turn large scale parts for power generation equipment and oil patch machinery are now achieving up to twice the material removal rate and extreme depth of cut, even while cutting forces stay the same as before or actually decrease and insert edge life improves. Here’s how they do it.

Great Expectations

This family-owned and operated machine shop explains how they found a grooving and cut-off system at a competitive price point that performed beyond their expectations by cutting their insert costs in half and tripling their tool life.

Solid Ceramic Endmills Provide Stellar Performance

To deliver Inconel parts on time with zero scrap, this aerospace supplier uses 4-flute and 6-flute end mills constructed of SiAlON KYS40 grade ceramic for roughing nickel-based high-temperature alloys.

Fulfilling Modern Micromachining Demands on a Legacy Machine

Looking for a creative way to achieve the requested specifications for a potentially lucrative micromachining job without having to invest in a very expensive specialized machine tool? A spindle speeder may be your best – and only – way to secure the deal.


Cutting Tools: Industry News

Best Carbide Cutting Tools Partners with Ceratizit

This partnership makes them part of a global cutting tool organization.

Walter and Comara Create Joint Venture

This new company will provide Smart Tool solutions in North America for Industry 4.0 applications.

Seco Tools Names 2016 Manager of the Year

Curtis Hassan is recognized for helping to develop their automotive team engineering in North America.


Cutting Tools: Products

Wear-Optimization App Helps Decrease Wear Rates and Associated Costs

The app from Walter USA enables users from any mobile device and operating system to identify all specific forms of wear on indexable-insert and round-tool solid carbide applications, from milling, drilling and threading to turning, grooving and parting.

Robotic Tool Change System

Ideal for medium payload range automotive applications, the compact MPS 130 fully automatic tool change system from Stäubli is only 1.8 kg on the robot side and 1.1 kg on the tool side, with a maximum load of 100 kg and a bending moment of 900 Nm.

Automated Tool Change Increases Machine Tool Capability

With a stop block that is custom made for each machine type so that it fits perfectly, the Alberti Leonardo electric spindle from Koma Precision can achieve speeds of 60,000 rpm while maintaining the spindle position and accuracy.