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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.”
ISM PMI Graph July 2019 through Nov 2020
As the overall U.S. manufacturing industry continued to rebound in November 2020, the cutting tool sector found itself on the downside of an economic rollercoaster. That said, optimism for the year ahead continues to grow.
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.
The VHM mills from the new Inovatools ta-C range for aluminum machining are ideally matched to their applications and milling strategies in terms of substrate, geometry and coating.
A new line of aluminum tools from Inovatools utilizes the ta-C thin-layered coating that the company says makes the process of machining aluminum and its alloys more productive and cost-effective.
Flex-Hone with coolant.
With new advances in abrasive technology, machining center operators are able to complete surface finishing simultaneously with other machining operations, to speed cycle times, improve quality and save on off-line finishing time and costs. The abrasive finishing tools can be easily integrated into CNC machines carousels or tool holding systems.
US drag racing team wins races, and earns 9001:2015 accreditation with Sandvik Coromant tools.
Don Schumacher Motorsports (DSM) is one of the country’s most successful motorsports companies, both on and off the track. Tooling from Sandvik Coromant helped the company achieve some impressive goals.
The GROB G44OTS-axis universal machining center.
Railway machine tool builder needed a robust 5-axis machine to ensure uptime, accuracy, and precision in cutter tool manufacturing
Reshoring Initiative's goal is to bring 5 million jobs back to the U.S.
Since the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic, manufacturers have dealt with supply chain issues. In this Q&A, two industry leaders discuss the pandemic, the supply-chain and bringing manufacturing back to U.S. shores.
The 9170A rotating 4-component dynamometer from Kistler, with stator for data transmission, is clamped into the machine spindle ready to operate. Photo: EMUGE-FRANKEN / the Kistler Group
At Emuge-Franken, manufacturers of threading, gaging, clamping and milling technology, sensors and dynamometers from Kistler are used to aid in the development of new precision tools.
Studer measures grind with lasers
Grinding jobs requires strict tolerances. On grinding machines, the tolerances for the dimensions, form and position of finishing processes run tight, and in many cases, shops check these specifications against hard data. Studer machines can use cameras and laser systems to in-process measurements.
AMF zero-point clamping technology ensures great flexibility during the five-side processing at Koller Formenbau.
The tool and mold industry is designing and specifying ever more complex geometries and freeform surfaces and the industry is placing ever greater demands on clamping technology to accomplished these needs. Zero-point clamping technology from Andreas Maier Fellbach (AMF).helps them meet these challenges.
Crankshaft grinding with the NUMERIKA GH 1500 corundum grinding machine
The ThyssenKrupp Crankshaft Co. in Danville, Illinois, operates up to 21 shifts per week to produce forged crankshafts for the North American heavy-duty automotive, truck, and engine markets. Meeting production needs requires precise technology, including a Zema Numerika GH1500 grinding machine from Junker.
The graph below 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.
While the latest data on cutting tool orders shows a decline, orders appear to have “found a bottom” and tool suppliers look to the future with the release of a multitude of new tooling, workholding, machine tools and accessories into the marketplace.
A Digital Twin creates a virtual replica of a machining environment, revealing potential tooling conflicts without the need for costly dry runs (Photo: DP Technology)
The fourth Industrial Revolution promises new efficiencies and productivity gains for manufacturers. Machine tool suppliers are integrating Industry 4.0 capabilities and software companies that are providing powerful new tools such as those that utilize artificial intelligence. CAM software from ESPIRIT from DP Technology offers features to drive production improvement.
VOMAT ultra-fine filtration systems can be used, among other things, for machine tools grinding carbide, HSS and mixed metal operation.
Whether operators use neat oils or water-miscible coolants in wet cutting machine tools or tool grinding machines, the coolants are subject to heavy contamination. VOMAT technology offers a variety of clean coolant technology to solve this problem and produce better cuts.

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