May 2012 / Volume 64 / Issue 5|
By CTE Staff
RETENTION KNOBS. J&M Machine Inc. says its high-torque retention knobs increase tool life while enabling users to hold tighter tolerances by allowing a toolholder to properly mate with the spindle. By not expanding the small end of the toolholder, the holder is able to properly seat in the spindle and make full contact. That reduces harmonic vibration and tool runout. The retention knobs are reportedly suitable for all holders built to industry specifications. (800) 322-7750.
CERAMIC INSERTS. Greenleaf Corp.’s GSN100 ceramic insert grade is for machining cast iron. The grade is a blend of silicon nitride and toughening agents that extend tool life at cutting speeds up to 5,000 sfm when turning, grooving and milling, the company reports. Users can order GSN100 inserts with special geometries and application-specific edge preparations. (800) 458-1850.
TOOL PRESETTER. Koma Precision Inc. offers Elbo Controlli’s Khyan tool presetting machine. The presetter is equipped with a twin-screen digital camera system and industrial PC architecture. The interchangeable spindle uses a one-piece cartridge, eliminating the need for adapters and the errors associated with their use, the company reports. Users can import and export DXF CAD profiles for detailed checking and comparison on the camera system. (800) 249-KOMA.
TURNING INSERTS. Walter USA LLC says its Valenite Tiger-tec Silver inserts boost productivity up to 75 percent when turning steel. A newly formulated Al2O3 coating and optimized microstructure resists plastic deformation and crater and flank wear. A silver flank face provides easier wear detection. The inserts are available in three grades (WPP10S, WPP20S and WPP30S) and four geometries (FP5 for facing and light cuts, MP3 for medium machining, MP5 for general machining and RP5 for roughing). (800) 945-5554.
BELT SKIMMER. The Mighty Mini SST from Abanaki Corp. is a compact belt skimmer for part washers and machine tool coolant sumps. The stainless steel construction resists rust and corrosion in harsh environments. Its pull-out discharge trough is easy to clean and dual wipers enhance efficiency, according to the company. (440) 543-7400.
HORIZONTAL MACHINING CENTERS. Makino Inc.’s a51nx and a61nx (pictured) horizontal machining centers accommodate large parts. The a51nx has a 22.0" X-axis travel, a 25.2" travel for the Y and Z axes and a total axis volume of 8.1 cu. ft. The standard a61nx has travels of 28.7", 25.6" and 31.5" in the X, Y and Z axes, respectively. An optional tall column on the a61nx extends the Y-axis to 28.7". The maximum tool length is 16.9" on the a51nx and 20.1" on the a61nx. (800) 552-3288.
FIXTURING SYSTEM. The iLock fixturing system from Sandvik Coromant Co. securely clamps a solid-carbide endmill when machining ISO S materials, such as titanium. In some situations, axial forces pull a tool from its chuck despite the chuck’s high clamping force. To solve the problem, helical grooves are ground into the tool shank, and pin drivers mounted in the chuck prevent the tool from being pulled from the holder. This doesn’t increase tool runout, the company reports. (800) SANDVIK.
GROOVING TOOLS. Thinbit modifies its Design-A-Groove tools according to a customer’s specific application requirements. The company’s application engineers provide design assistance, price quotations and follow-up technical support. Special configurations include face grooving geometry, full or corner radius, increased DOC, chamfering, chip control and top rakes. Special toolholders can be ordered. (888) 844-6248.
FLUID RECYCLING EQUIPMENT. Eriez says HydroFlow fluid recycling and filtration equipment enables end users to cut metalworking fluid purchases 40 to 80 percent. The equipment removes tramp oils and solids, extending coolant and tool life and reducing bacteria in fluids. According to the company, the equipment also maximizes coolant effectiveness and longevity to improve productivity and reduce disposal costs. Machine-side and central systems are available. (888) 300-ERIEZ.
BORING, GROOVING and THREADING TOOLS. Vargus USA’s Mini-V indexable carbide inserts and toolholders are for boring, grooving and threading diameters from 8mm to 16mm. One toolholder accepts a variety of TiCN-coated inserts. The toolholders have 16mm-dia. shanks from 80mm to 130mm long and are made of alloy steel or carbide with steel seating. An insert clamping system improves vibration resistance, according to the company. (800) 828-8765.
MULTIAXIS PROGRAMMING. CNC Software Inc. says its Mastercam Blade Expert add-on simplifies the toolpath creation process for multiple-bladed parts, including fans, impellers, propellers and turbines. It eliminates guesswork and minimizes the need for extra geometry creation. It also minimizes unnecessary motion at the machine, resulting in an efficient and gouge-free toolpath that imparts a fine surface finish. The add-on enables users to remove material from between blades and finish the blades, floors and fillets. (800) 228-2877.
CARBIDE SPECIALS. Tungsten Toolworks’ Web site enables users to design, quote and purchase custom carbide cutting tools to optimize machining efficiency for specific applications. Options include extended-reach necks, edge preparations and special coatings, such as TiB2 and diamond. The types of tools include microendmills, roughers, routers, drills, step drills and radius mills. (800) 854-2431.
BORING SYSTEM. BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc.’s 319 SW twin-cutter boring system replaces 314 RW. By not introducing additional components or having to manually adjust insert height for different roughing methods, the 319 SW reduces setup time and eliminates the need for a presetter because of the fixed heights and diameter scale on the tool. Tool diameters range from 0.787" to 8.000" and the tools accept standard CC, SC and SP carbide inserts. (888) TOOL-PRO.
ABRASIVE NYLON BRUSHES. Brush Research Manufacturing Co. Inc.’s NamPower composite hub-wheel brushes are abrasive nylon brushing tools for deburring, surface finishing and edge radiusing. The brushes have indestructible cores, high filament density and balanced construction, the company reports. The flexible nylon filaments are set in a thermoplastic base and uniformly filled with silicon-carbide abrasive. The brushes are available in 6" and 8" diameters and have a 2" arbor hole. (323) 261-2193.
SUMP CLEANER. The 60-gal. Sump Shark from Cecor Inc. is for cleaning machine tool sumps in shops with limited space. The portable unit’s vertical design allows it to access tight spots and maneuver through crowded aisles and around corners. Fork pockets allow forklift transport. The air-operated venturi provides a pumping rate of 70 gpm. Two-way pumping enables a user to pump coolant back to the machine tool or transport it to a central recycling system after emptying the sump. (800) 356-9042.
SHOULDER MILL. Mitsubishi Materials USA Corp.’s VOX shoulder mill is for machining cast iron and ductile iron. The tangentially mounted inserts create a strong cutting edge, the company reports. The fracture-resistant, grade-MC5020 inserts provide eight right-hand corners. Cutter diameters range from 2" to 10". Standard and fine-pitch teeth configurations are available. (800) 523-0800.
THREADING TOOLS. Komet of America Inc. added Bass machine taps and roll form taps to its line of threading tools. The tools are available in inch and metric sizes and made of HSS-E and HSS-E P/M. The taps reduce the cost per thread, maximize part quality and optimize the threading process, according to the company. (847) 923-8400.
GANTRY LASER MARKING. Technifor’s latest laser marking product is the TFG20 gantry enclosure. The unit’s 12"×24"×6" table with X- and Y-axis numeric reference simplifies large-batch marking, according to the company. The 20w fiber laser marks a range of materials, including anodized ones. The company’s T8000 software is specific for gantry marking and compatible with most Windows operating systems. (704) 525-5230.
MILLING CUTTERS. Single Source Technologies offers Pokolm Voha’s Slotworx milling cutters for roughing and finishing steel, aluminum, graphite, plastics and hardened materials. Tools are available for endmilling, facemilling, groove milling, pocketing and shoulder milling. The endmills have helical cutting edges with positive rake angles to provide continuous stability, enable easy cutting and impart fine surface finishes, according to the company. (877) 228-2884.
COMPRESSION ROUTERS. AMAMCO Tool offers compression routers for cutting various materials, including composites for aerospace applications. To eliminate delamination, the routers have advanced geometries for compression cutting action. A CVD diamond coating is grown on the carbide substrate to create a long-lasting surface. In a test for cutting distance, the company reports that its tool outperformed the nearest competitor by 55 percent. (800) 833-2239.
VERTICAL MACHINING CENTER. Okuma America Corp.’s GENOS M460-VE vertical machining center has a double-column structure to minimize floor space. The travels are 30", 18.11" and 18.11" in the X, Y and Z axes, respectively. The rapid-traverse rate is 1,574 ipm. The CNC machine comes standard with a 40-taper, 12,000-rpm spindle; 30/25-hp, variable-AC, liquid-cooled integral motor; and 32-position automatic toolchanger. (704) 588-7000.
TURNING INSERTS. Kennametal Inc. says its new Beyond insert grades boost productivity when turning difficult-to-machine alloys, such as titanium. Grade KCU10 is for OD and ID turning, grooving, plunging, undercutting and threading. Grade KCU25 is for threading, grooving, cutoff and selected additional turning applications. Both grades are PVD coated and receive a special surface treatment to improve performance when machining high-temperature superalloys. (724) 539-5000.
THREADING TOOLS. J.M. Sales-USA (formerly JBO-USA) has added HSS-E and P/M application-specific taps from Hahnreiter Prazision to its product line. The company also supplies JBO thread mills, threading dies, thread gages and thread rolling tools. (248) 879-5984.
DEBURRING TOOLS. E-Z Burr’s small-hole carbide series tools deburr the front and back of a hole in a single pass and deburr hole diameters as small as 0.125". Standard carbide tools from 0.125" to 2.0" and HSS tools from 0.040" to 2.0" are available. (800) 783-2877.
DEEP-HOLE DRILLS. Mikron Corp. Monroe offers CrazyDrill tools from 1mm in diameter for drilling 15, 20 and 30 diameters deep and from 2mm in diameter for drilling 40 diameters deep. The drills’ new cutting geometry produces short chips when cutting steel, enabling efficient evacuation, the company reports. The through-coolant drills reach full depth in a single stroke without pecking, allowing higher speeds and feeds. (203) 261-3100.
THREADING INSERTS. Carmex Precision Tools LLC’s BLU-grade thread turning inserts combine submicrograin carbide with three layers of PVD coating. The strong, long-lasting tools create accurate threads and impart a fine surface finish even when cutting difficult-to-machine materials, according to the company. (888) 628-5030.
GRINDING WHEELS. Abrasive Technology uses its patented VFlex technology to consistently produce one-piece resin-bond diamond and CBN grinding wheels up to 12" wide. This ability increases wheel life up to 30 percent, reduces grinding cost per part compared to standard wheels, enables higher stock-removal rates and increases DOC, the company reports. Wheels are available up to 24" in diameter. (800) 964-8324.
CARBIDE ENDMILLS. Monster Tool Co.’s HPNF carbide endmills are primarily for machining aluminum but are also suitable for other nonferrous materials. The endmills have a 45° helix angle to rapidly evacuate chips and a flute geometry that not only increases the chip load per tooth by 33 percent, but also improves workpiece finish and tool versatility, according to the company. The tools are available with two or three flutes and feature radii for extra edge strength. (888) 227-2433.
HIGH-FEED CUTTER. Mil-Tec says its high-feed cutter, tooled with standard Freedom inserts, achieves maximum efficiency. The positive cutting geometry of the ground and polished inserts enables high metal-removal rates and reduces power consumption. The cutter is available in shank and shell mill configurations and is reportedly ideal for use in medium-duty, 40-taper CNC machines. (800) 564-5832.
HORIZONTAL MACHINING CENTER. Doosan Infracore Machine Tools’ NHM5000 HMC accepts workpieces up to 33.5"×43.3". The machine’s one-piece casting provides a rigid base for the table and column, and the bed is made of fine-grain Meehanite to dampen vibration and dissipate heat. A 25-hp, two-geared motor powers the 6,000-rpm spindle. A refrigerated cooling system maintains a constant spindle temperature, regardless of ambient temperature or cutting conditions. (973) 618-2500.
AUTOMATION CELL. Methods Machine Tools Inc.’s JobShop Cell combines a Fanuc RoboDrill VMC and a Fanuc 6-axis robot for automated workpiece loading/unloading. The machine enables drilling, tapping and milling and processes virtually any part that fits in its 6" vise or chuck. The cell comes with inbound and outbound conveyors and guarding. The work-handling interface accommodates hydraulic and pneumatic workholders. (978) 443-5388.
TOOL VENDING MACHINES. Fastenal’s FAST CT vending machines provide 24/7 point-of-use access to individual round tools and inserts and produce detailed usage reports. The company provides the machines and restocks them, eliminating capital expense, paperwork and labor for the end user. Multiple machines can be located throughout a shop for enhanced productivity. (877) 265-8247.
MILLING AND BORING CENTER. DMG/Mori Seiki USA Inc.’s Milltap 700 is a vertical milling and boring center and represents Mori Seiki’s first joint development with DMG. The machine, which has a compact footprint, enhances efficiency because of its high speed and rapid tool changes, the company reports. (855) 364-6674.
WHEEL TRUING AND DRESSING. Rush Machinery Inc.’s Model FC-250W machine is for truing and dressing flats, angles and radii on diamond and CBN grinding wheels, including single wheels and multiple wheel packs. The machine’s heavy-duty, one-piece cast iron base enhances rigidity and minimizes vibration, the company reports. The ExVision computer-driven vision system and software, an automatic power zoom and a 2-axis DRO for measurement are standard. (800) 929-3070.
MICROGEOMETRY MEASUREMENT. Zoller Inc. has integrated a new microsensor with its >>genius 3<< inspection machine. The measurement system can be positioned via CNC over five axes, enabling touch-free measurement of tool geometries and scanning of different surfaces and work materials with exceptional precision and reproducibility, according to the company. (734) 332-4851.
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