Tooling & Workholding
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Faced with discontinued coolant, PHB Machining selects a new metalworking fluid – with unexpected benefits.
Repair It Before It Exists: By repairing a problem they didn’t know they had, this busy forging die shop found two steps to faster milling.
Flywheels Get Groovy: To meet the latest machining trend, production in this machine shop jumped 40 percent by using disc mill cutters.
In the ultra-competitive rollforming market, exact geometry placement within each roll is an absolute must or the design will never work. This places greater pressure on being able to quickly achieve tighter surface grinding tolerances on the tooling. Kyndall Brown asks, “What’s the answer?”
Emerging Destination: This Lithuanian machining specialist found a way to double its productivity in milling exotic materials.
Bluco Corporation is introducing the newest member to its parts lineup: The Wolverine Clamp. Wolverine Clamps are specifically designed to fit Bluco?s Modular Fixturing tables and are ideal for production and high volumes of work.
Step It Up: This generation of cutting tools promises to push productivity 30 percent higher or more through higher metal-removal rates and extended tool life for applications in the transportation, aerospace, oil and gas, medical, and general engineering industries.
Kevin Nicholson of Mate Precision Tool shares his views on the State of the Industry and the competitive condition of various cutting tooling sectors.
Thin-walled, easily deformed parts used to be tough to clamp. Not anymore. Kyndall Brown explains how new systems are chucking those old workholding problems out the door.
Serdi offers its 4.0 Power, a very versatile machine with pneumatic clamping of the workhead for the best rigidity during machining. Because of its triple air-floation self-centering system and its built-in motor’s spindle, it makes the centering easier than any other machine in the market with an unmatched accuracy.
Schunk offers a super-slim version of the TENDO family of hydraulic expansion toolholders. The TENDO LSS has been optimized to keep interfering contours to a minimum, can be used to access difficult parts of a workpiece, and can be used in working areas where appliances create difficult conditions.
Feel the Heat: These two new grades are ideal for high production, high speed turning and milling steel applications.
Manufacturing Industry Invited to Take Reshoring Survey
AMT and the Reshoring Initiative will use the survey results to identify which processes, products and components face the most pressure from imports and which offer the biggest opportunities to reshore. Part of AMT’s “Rebuilding the Supply Chain” initiative, the survey is open to OEMs, job shops, technology suppliers and distributors through the end of February.
Year-Over-Year November U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 1.4%
While November’s $330.3 million represent a decrease of 13.3% from October, AMT’s president says it’s clear ‘the sector did not fare as poorly as originally predicted.’