Cutting Tools

Efficiency Reigns Supreme

In the aircraft manufacturing supply chain, one thing is certain: process improvements – both large and small – can have a massive impact on the bottom line.
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Cutting Tools: Articles

Grinding Gamma Titanium Aluminide

Titanium aluminides possess many characteristics that make them very attractive for high-temperature structural applications in aerospace industries. For example, their high specific strength, high-temperature stability and oxidation resistance relative to conventional titanium and nickel alloys, make them beneficial for use in low-pressure turbine blades for aerospace engines.
New grinding technology is being researched on this intermetallic to help lower the costs of manufacturing aerospace engine components, develop grinding expertise, and design custom-bonded abrasive and superabrasive grinding solutions that are ideal for efficient and damage-free grinding of components made of titanium aluminides.

Breakthrough In Aluminum Face Milling

Ward Production Engineering uses a Mazak 6800 horizontal CNC with a 10,000 rpm spindle to machine aluminum diesel engine manifolds with Tedimill PCD face mills from Ingersoll Cutting Tools. Face milling setup on diesel manifolds at Ward Production engineering, Fort Wayne, IN. The shop was able to double throughput on this 24/5 operation by using the simple drop-in replacement cutters.
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 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.  

 

Cutting Tools: Industry News

U.S. Cutting Tool Orders Gain Strength

February cutting tool consumption of $173.4 million was up 9.3 percent from the previous month.

Kennametal Executive Receives STEP Award

Cheryl Bush is recognized by the Manufacturing Institute.

Kyocera Acquires SGS Tool

Endmills are utilized for machining in various industrial fields, including automotive, aerospace, energy, and general industrial machines.
This deal is part of Kyocera's plan to increase sales of their cutting tool business in North America by 2.5 times over the next three years.

 

Cutting Tools: Products

How to Maximize High-Efficiency Machining

POW•R•PATH IP Series cutting tools from IMCO are designed exclusively to maximize the benefits available with high-efficiency machining methods. They feature 7-flute configurations for amazing finishes. IP Series tools are made with a stronger, larger-diameter core for straighter walls in deep cuts and superior strength for longer continuous cutting at high feed rates. POW•R•PATH IPC7 and IPC9 Series add the powerful CMS for reliable chip evacuation in virtually any material, making it the ultimate cutting tool with universal applications.
The POW•R•PATH IP Series of cutting tools from IMCO use 7-flute configurations that take full advantage of continuous tool paths for maximum performance.

Tooling & Workholding Showcase

The 1/16 in thick ZIP+ XTRA cutting wheel from Walter Surface Technologies easily cuts through steel or stainless steel in heavy duty applications with an exclusive, patented rib design that reduces friction on the surface for faster and cooler cutting.
Here are some of the latest cutting tools, chucks, collets, toolholders and finishing tools to help your shop become more competitive.

Annular Cutters with One-Touch Shank

New 10-Series One-Touch Tungsten Carbide-Tipped Cutters from CS Unitec cut burr-free holes up to 2-3/4 in diameter and up to 3-3/8 in deep in structural steel and other metals.
The new 10-Series One-Touch Tungsten Carbide-Tipped (TCT) Cutters from CS Unitec are ideal for cutting deep burr-free holes in structural steel and other metals.