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Platinum Tooling Technologies expands its product line with Heimatec live and static tools for most Citizen lathes. Designed to optimize the machine’s parameters, the precision tools are efficient and cost-effective.
Polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PcBN) mini-tipped inserts are a great way to lower per-part cost when turning hardened steel components. Kennametal´s two grades of double-sided PcBN inserts increase productivity and extend tool life when machining materials up to 65 HRC.
Dormer Pramet targets turning center and lathe applications with an insert, two geometries, a grade, blades, and tooling that support parting-off and grooving. Double-edged insert supports 60% capacity over the LCMF16 insert.
Finding people who are willing and able to press metal against an abrasive belt all day long can be challenging. Nonwoven belts make the job more appealing by increasing productivity without increasing effort.
Equal cutting forces affect the spindle in different ways with different tools. Unless/until machine tool builders or tool simulation software integrate bending moment limits, it’s up to you to use your best judgment. BIG KAISER’s Jack Kerlin explains in the second installation of a two-part series.
Navy veteran Aaron Evans is IMI’s new Western U.S regional manager.
Featuring a compact outer diameter and shorter than conventional compensating chucks, MicroCentric’s chuck has a collet with a floating seat that enables the holder to compensate up to 0.060-inch (1.5 mm).
EXSYS expands the Eppinger Preci-Flex modular tooling system with a chuck that doubles the machining capability of Mazak’s Quick Turn turning centers. For instance, a tap-and-drill or spot-and-drill combination is easy to set up.
Emuge addresses the increasing complexity of workpieces with a line of FPC Slim Line mill/drill chucks that provide easier access, especially in confined areas and for challenging angles, to maximize machining productivity.
Dillon Manufacturing’s chuck jaws provide multiple radiuses for both inside and outside clamping, making then ideal for any size run. Four jaw and/or accessory options lower tooling costs by increasing productivity and extending service life.
Amid Challenges, Majority of Metalformers Predict Little Change in Economic Activity
U.S and Canadian incoming orders expected to remain steady, according to the latest barometer reading from the Precision Metalforming Association.
U.S. Manufacturing Grows in September –– PMI Dips 0.6% to 55.4
The Institute for Supply Management reports that among the six biggest industries, food, beverage & tobacco remains the best-performing sector, with fabricated metal and chemical products growing strongly.