Industry News for 12/2020

When grinding carbide and HSS tools in in volume production, large filtration or central systems from VOMAT are a worthwhile investment for cleaning dirty grinding oils.
The costs of cooling lubricants in tool grinding often exceed the costs for grinding wheels. Tool manufacturers who acknowledge this can save money with ultra-fine filtration technology that is optimally adapted to a company’s production capacity and manufacturing requirements. Vomat in Treuen, Germany, is a filtration specialist that offers a range of products that can reduce these costs.
The 525 SC full-radius end mill and 570 SC mini copying end mill mold construction tools are designed for HSC operation at steel material hardness’ of 52 to 65 HRC.
Inovatools USA LLC in Hartland, Michigan, offers a broad product range of high-performance solid carbide mills that meet the exacting requirements in mold, fixture and die manufacturing.
Quick-change tooling can reduce set up times.
Many machine shops are losing tens of thousands of dollars in company profits each year by not implementing quick-change tooling on mills and lathes. Implementing this technology can easily reduce downtime an hour a day.
New whitepaper from Forest City Gear
A new paper by Forest City Gear engineer Andrew F. Vincent, Ph.D., has been released entitled, A Note on the Design of the Gap Between Helices on a Double-helical Gear. The paper focuses on how the design and how it “imposes a necessary lower bound on the gap between the helices it is meant to produce.”
Metal scrap represents the second largest source of revenue for metalworking operations. Shops that invest in back-end systems to improve metal scrap processing will earn a higher value for their metal scrap from metal scrap recyclers.
Making investments to facilitate operational improvements—and financing those investments in a way that preserves cash flow—will be critical to sustainable growth. Here is what manufacturers should consider to make the most of this opportunity when it comes to achieving value from waste streams.
Vesconite Hilube hand-scraped gibs for a vertical boring mill
Wear pads between the saddle and the machining bed on lathes and CNC machines are being replaced with a wear-resistant polymer known as Vesconite Hilube
Factors driving the need for increased automation
More than a third of manufacturers say the Covid-19 pandemic is a catalyst for increasing automation, and additional drivers for adding and expanding automation include the need for increased productivity and a shortage of skilled workers, according to a new survey from MC Machinery of Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
Jobs are coming back to the U.S.
Despite COVID, reshoring is up in 2020 and by year’s end total numbers should top more than a million jobs coming back to the U.S. in the last decade, according to a new report from the Reshoring Initiative.
The graph includes the 12-month moving average for the durable goods shipments and cutting tool orders. These values are calculated by taking the average of the most recent 12 months and plotting them over time.
September 2020 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $156.1 million. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was up 14.7 percent from August's $136.1 million and down 20.5 percent when compared with the $196.3 million reported for September 2019.