Cutting and Forming Taps

March 08, 2023
Thread Cutting and Forming Taps Provide Versatility and Cost-Effective Solutions

Seco Tools has expanded its range of tapping solutions with the launch of a new thread cutting and forming taps product line.

The perfect tap for the job

The new versatile line encompasses three performance levels that allow manufacturers to cost-effectively match the right tap to their particular application. The combination of superior base materials, advanced coatings and special edge preparations mean that these Seco taps generate precision threads while they provide excellent chip evacuation, shorter setup times and longer tool life.

“With the launch of the new line of thread cutting and forming taps, we now offer customers a one-stop solution for high-quality taps at competitive prices,” said Radoslaw Zdanowski, Global Product Manager at Seco Tools. “In addition to this affordability, we maintain the same high quality in these taps that our customers have come to expect from Seco.”

Performance and cost-effectiveness from three tap levels

The three performance levels encompass the product designations of T32 and T34 in thread cutting taps and T33 in forming taps. At the base level are universal general-purpose type taps. The second T34 mid-level range consists of higher performance taps that work well in a variety of workpiece materials, making them especially well-suited for high-mix/low-volume production environments with constantly changing parts and materials. The top performance level are material-specific thread cutting and forming taps such as those optimized for steel or other advanced materials.

The main benefits of matching the right tap to the application include extended tool life that is consistent and predictable to reduce the risk of unexpected tap breakage and scrapping parts after hours of machining have been invested. Additionally, a range of tap performance levels ensures manufacturers only pay for the level of tap performance they actually need. For those shops with lower power machines or that don’t require material specific taps, the basic level is a versatile and cost-effective solution that helps them reduce the number of taps they need to keep in stock and lower their tooling inventory costs.

Related Glossary Terms

  • tap


    Cylindrical tool that cuts internal threads and has flutes to remove chips and carry tapping fluid to the point of cut. Normally used on a drill press or tapping machine but also may be operated manually. See tapping.

  • tapping


    Machining operation in which a tap, with teeth on its periphery, cuts internal threads in a predrilled hole having a smaller diameter than the tap diameter. Threads are formed by a combined rotary and axial-relative motion between tap and workpiece. See tap.

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