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.
Successful shops always look for ways to differentiate and innovate for competitive advantage. Cashing in on the entirety of a tool’s life with an advanced tool management system is perhaps the most effective way to do that right now.
The value of a major trade show is that exhibitors give you so many opportunities to gain a leg up on your competition. Here are some insights to consider so that the next event you attend will speak directly to your bottom line.
The chances of a tool slipping or pulling out in its holder during work is increasing as more shops opt for heat-resistant super alloys – stainless steel, Inconel, titanium and others – over aluminum. These metals are lightweight, strong and corrosive-resistant, but they are very difficult to machine. Here are some insights into tool wear in these applications that can help you select the proper holder for your work.
The importance of the tool holder is still understated in roughing and heavy duty machining, where metal removal rates are absolutely crucial for productivity. But now, using special shrink fit chucks with drive pins and spiral grooves in the tool shank, it is possible to perform high-feed full slotting up to 2xD (50 mm) or more in difficult to machine materials.
Team Penske will now use BIG KAISER technology for machining parts for their Ford Fusions and Mustangs used in NASCAR racing.
All DMG MORI facilities worldwide will now be exclusively equipped with Haimer tool presetting, balancing and shrinking, and shrink fit holders.
Matt Seessle provides sales and technical support throughout Canada.
The FCS Modular Clamping System (Breyl) from SST uses virtual design during the CAD/CAM stage of part production to project a grid on the workpiece that calculates the best way to attach the part for machining and chip evacuation.
New extended reach and hydraulic toolholders, CNC accessories and magnetic workholding systems from Techniks can reduce setup time and change-over time by 50 percent and handle load capacities up to 6,600 lb.
Cutting speeds soar on tough-to-machine materials with these new tools from NTK Cutting Tools.