Toolholding

Industry News for Toolholding

From Rene 41, 718 stainless steel and 625 Inconel to titanium and carbon fiber, the materials used in the aerospace and defense industry sector as well as space exploration continue to present significant toolholding challenges. A toolholder can tackle these challenges.
10 ways to improve productivity by integrating IOT into ERP.
Changing a three-axis machining process from a vertical machining center (VMC) to a horizontal machining center (HMC) offers many benefits.
Changing a three-axis machining process from a vertical machining center (VMC) to a horizontal machining center (HMC) offers many benefits.
Laser printed data matrix codes can track ten billion tools that in turn can generate huge amount of insight into how our products are used.
Seco Tools plans to make a strong contribution to the circular economy with an ambitious recycling goal while at the same time continuing to make reliable tooling.
Boulevard Machine & Gear, a gear-cutting shop founded in 1954 to serve the paper industry in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, began a period of modernization and investment with the 2006 acquisition of the company by Susan Kasa. Kasa’s focus was to grow the company and become more efficient. One issue of concern dealt with completing certain machining jobs with conventional side-lock and collet holders. To solve this problem, the company invested in a Haimer Power Clamp Special Edition shrink fit machine, Haimer Standard Shrink chucks, Haimer Power Shrink chucks and extensions.
Fewer than 30% of manufacturers have extensively adopted Industry 4.0 technologies, according to findings published in a new report, but manufacturers’ reluctance to go digital might have to change if they are to adapt to an unpredictable future. Sandvik Coromant's testing finds that an increase in machine utilization can result in a higher gross profit margin.
Voestalpine Rotec GmbH, a global leader in the manufacture of precision steel pipes and tubes, integrated an automated Rösler drag finishing system, the R 4/700 SF, that doubled the usable life of stamping tools.
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.
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.
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.
Fastems Group will host an online Open House & Conference entitled "Productivity Beyond Machine Tending" that will showcase the latest developments in automation and surrounding technologies.
When it comes to designing, CAD software has its place, but purchasing and maintaining multiple CAD licenses can be expensive. Kisters offers a solution for supplying CAD to multiple users.
As we enter a month of navigating business in the midst of this pandemic, we know that there is anxiety about the future. In uncertain times, it is more important than ever that we share experiences and learn from one another. That is Zoller Inc.’s primary objective now: to deliver resources that allow us to provide support and insight that will enable your business to emerge more efficient, productive and profitable.
Toolholders are the critical connection between a cutting tool and a machine tool spindle. A toolholder’s performance dictates productive output, part surface finish and cutter life. With the right toolholder for the application at hand, shops gain maximum benefit from their high-performance cutting tools and machine tools.
Nueva Precision, Milliken, Colorado, is, for the most part, Eddie Casanueva and his wife Leandra operating out of a garage. And while many job shop owners would want to grow and expand their businesses, the Casanuevas are content with keeping the shop at its current size because, according to them, customers benefit from dealing directly with the person making their parts. This, as well as the shop’s advanced manufacturing technology, makes Nueva Precision a trusted partner to its customers and an agile supplier.
Global demand for toolholders, specifically arising from the automotive and defense and aerospace industries, will witness a relatively steady growth between 2018 and 2028, as predicted by a research intelligence report. While the demand for toolholders will be largely driven by emerging economies, in particular the manufacturing sector, China is likely to make substantial investments in high performance cutting tools, considering the robust manufacturing and industrial output in the region.
For years, collet-type toolholder assembly and setup have relied on cumbersome, error-prone manual methods that waste time and money. From a wall filled with adjustment charts, operators reference torque values based on specific collet series holders and tool diameters. Then they must locate the appropriate torque wrench, unlock it, set its torque level and re-lock it before tightening a toolholder’s collet retention nut. This complex procedure leaves many shops scrambling to regain precious lost production time – and often leads to inaccurate torque settings that can damage toolholders and, in some instances, impact workpiece precision negatively.
No matter what kind of manufacturing facility I’m in, there’s one thing I hear over and over when I ask workers on the floor about indirect inventory: They want it available—no matter when, no matter how frequently or infrequently they need it.
High-speed machining — in excess of 20,000 rpm — often is used in aerospace when machining exotic alloys and hard metals, such as titanium. At these speeds, precise, secure seating of tapered toolholders in the spindle becomes even more critical. Failing to pay attention to this single detail can lead to decreased productivity, less precise machining, reduced tool life and damaged workpieces.
Global demand for toolholders, specifically arising from the automotive and defense and aerospace industries, will witness a relatively steady growth through 2028, as predicted by Future Market Insights (FMI) in its recently released market intelligence report. While the demand for toolholders will be largely driven by emerging economies, in particular the manufacturing sector, China is likely to make substantial investments in high-performance cutting tools, considering the robust manufacturing and industrial output in the region.
It’s a rite of passage for any new machinist. You order dial calipers, a few micrometers and a dial indicator or two, and before long you’re wondering where you’re going to stick all this stuff. It’s time to get your first toolbox.
The most fundamental elements of any metalcutting process, cutting tools are by their nature consumable. They wear until they are no longer effective. A traditional approach to metalcutting tool management employs wear analysis alone, focused on manipulating tool materials, geometries and application parameters to improve part output and tool life in a selected operation. To maximize the efficiency of your facility’s entire manufacturing process – boosting part-processing productivity and impacting the bottom line – you must go further in the pursuit of optimization.
The HAIMER Safe-Lock pull-out protection system ensures safe cutting tool clamping. Special drive keys in the toolholder match the spiral-shaped grooves on the cutting tool shank, thus creating frictional clamping forces and a positive locking form-fit. This effectively prevents the cutting tool from pulling out of the toolholder. Furthermore, it increases the productivity through faster permissible speeds and increased tool life.
Nearly 100 percent of the solid-carbide tool assortment is suitable for reconditioning, according to Sandvik Coromant Co. Once a solid-carbide tool has been reconditioned three times and is no longer a candidate for reconditioning, it can be recycled.
If you’re lucky, the veterans in your shop will take a rookie aside and pass on their hard-won knowledge of good machining practices. Most of this information is priceless. But some of it … not so much. For example, there are a lot of myths about balancing out there that, if not refuted, can cost your operation a lot of lost time and money. In this article, Haimer USA LLC addresses these misperceptions and offers a more factual view of best practices for balancing toolholder assemblies.
Premier Industries’ pressure regulators are subjected to tough duty in the oil & gas, aerospace and welding industries, but their precision performance is also critical, as regulator outlet pressure determines downstream pressure. A HORN modular toolholding system allow the company to reduce cycle times by 65 percent and cost per part by 79 percent—with better finish, flatness and tool life.
For many machinists, the conversation begins, “If I could have this size tool with this attachment on it, we'd be able to …” With the variety of machine taper types, sizes, differences in the flanges, draw-in thread sizes, and pull studs, finding the ideal toolholder for the job can be a difficult task.
Micro Technology Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn., makes parts that are used to mount to automotive engine blocks to be robotically transported through assembly lines. The company uses HAAS VF-3 with CAT40 taper tools. One part is 6061 Aluminum with a tolerance requirement of +/- 0.002" and was being machined with a face mill at 3,000RPM 120IPM with 1.25" axial and 1.2" radial depth of cut. The challenge: Improve productivity without sacrificing quality and accuracy. OSG Tap & Die describes their solution in a recent web feature:
Seco Tools looks at passive and dynamic vibration control in a recent technical article on the company's web site. In metalcutting, vibration is generated by the changing forces that occur when making chips. The intermittent forces are apparent in the interrupted cutting process of milling and also appear in turning operations when the toolholder bar is periodically loaded and unloaded as chips form and break. A passive/dynamic approach to vibration control for tools involves application of a tuned mass damper concept.
With the advent of technologies like the iPad, the field of predictive maintenance has become an accessible and achievable goal for many businesses. The iPad allows anyone from small companies to large multi-facility corporations to implement and commit to a predictive maintenance program utilizing technology that is constantly improving.
ABB and IBM have announced a strategic collaboration that brings together ABB’s industry-leading digital offering, ABB Ability, with IBM Watson Internet of Things cognitive capabilities to unlock new value for customers in industry, utilities and transport & infrastructure.
Whereas the retention knob is an unmistakably critical component of the machining process, conventional retention knobs, when installed in a toolholder, may deform the precision taper because of the elastic nature of a toolholder’s thin walls. This taper deformation prevents a toolholder from properly mating with the spindle of a CNC machine. JM Performance Products Inc. has worked to overcome this manufacturing bind with its lower-deformation High Torque Retention Knobs.
Attendees at the IMTS 2016 trade show may have noticed a number of magnetic “hybrid” signs affixed to several brands of machine tools. The man largely responsible for the signs being displayed is Jason Jones, inventor of the AMBIT laser cladding head and co-founder of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Inc., Plano, Texas. 
For most manufacturers, the productivity of their CNC equipment can be measured in fractions of seconds when it comes to things like cutting or grinding cycle times and the intervals between tool changes. The performance of the spindle—the workhorse of the CNC machine—has a dramatic impact on that productivity.
German toolholder maker Haimer GmbH recently agreed to license its Haimer Safe-Lock System to the Melin Tool Co., a cutting tool manufacturer based in Cleveland. Melin Tool will offer its endmills to the U.S. market with the Haimer Safe-Lock System, according to a recent Melin Tool news release.
NTB Interstate University of Technology Buchs, an institute that specializes in engineering informatics, recently announced a new website, gtc-tools.com, which provides information to the public on the Generic Tool Catalog (GTC) cutting tool data exchange format, according to a joint news release issued Feb. 9. The GTC data exchange format was developed through collaboration among machining hardware and software leaders Siemens PLM Software, Sandvik Coromant, Iscar and Kennametal.
The Gleason Corp. early this month announced the acquistion of the gear cutting tools business from Hurth Infer Indústria de Máquinas e Ferramentas Ltda., located in Sorocaba, Brazil. Now known as Gleason Indústria de Ferramentas Ltda., the gear cutting tools business includes shaving cutters, shaper cutters, chamfering and deburring tools, as well as tool sharpening services for such products.
GTI Spindle Technology, Manchester, N.H., recently announced plans to open a new state-of-the-art spindle repair facility in Raleigh, N.C., this month. The new 5,000-square-foot facility will provide full-service spindle rebuild and repair services. The new facility also will provide on-site predictive maintenance services, including vibration analysis routes for customers who want to ensure maximum uptime and reliability for their shops.
Cutting tool maker SGS Tool Co., Munroe Falls, Ohio, recently signed a licensing agreement with Haimer GmbH, Igenhausen, Germany, for the tool holding company's HAIMER Safe-Lock System, according to a recent news release. SGS Tool, a market leader for solid carbide end mills in North America, has begun offering their high quality cutting tools with the HAIMER Safe-Lock System. The unique Safe-Lock design in cutting tools and tool holders combines high-precision, shrink-fit clamping with a positive form locking mechanism.
Fives Machining Systems is set to open a service center in Seattle today as the company expands to meet the needs of its customers nationwide, according to a news release issued by the Fives Group. The Seattle center will stock spare parts, repair unit assemblies and dispatch service engineers to customers in the Northwest.
Hardinge Workholding now offers 5-day delivery on its TF25 Extended Nose Swiss Collet. The collet features added nose length—flat or tapered—for performing pick-off work or to compensate for tooling interference. When ordering, customers need to provide hole size (ID), length of extension and nose diameter. (The nose diameter must be at least 0.125" larger than the ID.) Standard collets and bushings from www.ShopHardinge.com are delivered in 24 hours. 
Earlier this summer Fastenal installed an additional FAST Solutions industrial vending machine within the Terex Mixer manufacturing plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Given how many vending devices (machines and lockers) Fastenal installs during a typical business day, it was a commonplace event — except in one regard: that particular machine represented the 50,000th FAST Solutions device concurrently installed at Fastenal customer sites worldwide. 
Toolmaker OSG Corp. and toolholding manufacturer Haimer GmbH signed a strategic partnership and licensing agreement in which the OSG-Group's round endmills will include Haimer's Safe-Lock system. The Safe-Lock design in cutting tools and toolholders combines a press fit clamping with a positive form locking mechanism. This prevents round cutting tools from being rotated or completely pulled out from a toolholder during heavy machining, according to the company.
BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling, Hoffman Estates, Ill., has enhanced its BIG Profit Maker, KAISER and Unilock repair services by bringing services in-house that, until recently, were performed overseas. The company is also eliminating charges for some commodity parts, as well as offering same-day services.
Hand scraping mating surfaces on CNC machine tools helps maintain high levels of machining accuracy and reduces wear and tear, resulting in a long, stable and productive life for the machine, as detailed in a new white paper from machine tool builder Okuma America Inc., Charlotte, N.C. 
Industrial distributor Fastenal, Winona, Minn., has partnered with The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) to provide maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) supplies to government entities nationwide. TCPN's lead government agency, Region 4 Education Service Center, uses a competitive solicitation process consistent with applicable procurement laws and regulations.  
Measurement and control manufacturer Marposs S.p.A., Bologna, Italy, has acquired FL Tool Holders LLC of Livonia, Mich., a manufacturer of tooling and gaging products for the automotive, aerospace, marine and off-road manufacturing industries.
Weiler Corp, Cresco, Pa., a provider of power brushes, abrasives and maintenance products for surface conditioning, launched a multimillion-dollar initiative to improve customer service and enable future growth, according to the company. The investment includes a new brand identity, facility expansion, increased staffing, a revamped website and new training tools. 
Widia, a Fort Mill, S.C.-based toolmaker, has launched its NOVO desktop and tablet application, which gives users on-demand delivery of cutting tool data and expertise for reduced product development and manufacturing lead times, according to the company. NOVO assists shop personnel in a number of intuitive ways. It can help define machining features and reduce the product set to those that can do the job, taking into account constraint requirements such as material, tolerance and machining sequence for both single tools and multi-tools.
U.S. Shop Tools, Anaheim, Calif., has released its 2014/15 Express catalog. The 178-page catalog contains information and pricing on the company's most popular offerings, including chuck jaws, lathe chucks, lathe toolholder bushings, collet pads, live centers, internal lathe workholding, ER, TG, DA & AF collets, retention knobs, vise jaws, milling toolholders and indexable drills.
Komet of America, a Schaumburg, Ill.-based manufacturer of bore machining, reaming and threading tools, and Schunk Inc., a Morrisville, N.C., provider of clamping technology and gripping systems, held a joint distributor event on April 9, 2014, at Komet of America's Schaumburg facility. The 5-hour event consisted of morning product presentations and three afternoon demos in the machining center on the production floor featuring Schunk workholding and toolholding with Komet cutting tools.
Cutting tool manufacturer Seco Tools, Troy, Mich., released the results of its North American Carbide Recycling Program for 2013. The company collected and processed 125,919 lbs (57,235 kg) of used carbide tools. Of the total, 110,585 lbs (50,265 kg) were returned to Seco Tools AB for processing into grade powder. Over the life of the carbide recycling program, Seco Tools has returned an average of over 10,100 lbs (4,100 kg) of tools per month for recycling.
German clamping and gripping specialist SCHUNK has partnered with goalkeeper Jens Lehmann as the company's new brand ambassador. Managing Partner Henrik A. Schunk, an enthusiastic soccer fan, personally picked the athlete, citing "dynamics, precision, reliability and continuous top performance in the team." As a brand ambassador, Lehmann is able to communicate SCHUNK's credibly due to his proven competence in both soccer and society.
Minneapolis machine shop NTM Inc. was named a partner in the KOMET SERVICE network and will provide localized tool regrinding and refurbishment services for tools from KOMET and other toolmakers, as well as sell standard and special KOMET solid-carbide tools.  
MSC Industrial Supply Co., Melville, N.Y. expanded its Accupro line of metalworking products with the launch of new milling, threading and toolholding solutions. 
MSC Industrial Supply Co., the Melville, N.Y.-based distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) solutions, has increased its selection of Kennametal cutting tools to 54,000 total items. MSC customers gain access to almost all of Kennametal's metalworking products, including milling, turning, holemaking, threading and tooling system products. 
Parlec Inc., a Fairport, N.Y.-based provider of toolholding and presetting solutions, launched a new Web platform to showcase its re-engineered precision modular boring system. "We wanted to bring our new product offering to life," said Dave Hartman, product manager of tooling systems. "By using a combination of 3-D animations and video footage, we're able to provide clear demonstrations and evidence of the types of benefits Parlec boring systems can bring manufacturing operations." 
Darex LLC, Ashland, Ore., is celebrating its 40th year in business in October. Darex brands include: Darex industrial sharpeners, Drill Doctor professional and home shop drill bit sharpeners and Work Sharp knife and tool sharpeners.

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Videos on Toolholding

In this video, Brendt Holden of Haimer USA LLC demonstrates how setting up your tools the same way through various Haimer technologies can increase productivity, and, in turn, save you time and money.
Cutting Tool Engineering's video booth visit with BIG DAISHOWA Inc. at EASTEC 2021 covers an array of the company's latest products.
Join Zoller's tool inspection solutions experts, Werner Lueken & Matt Brothers, for a special edition of the ZOLLER75LIVE event series on May 19/20 as we unveil the latest ZOLLER Innovation in tool inspection — the »genius« — during a live broadcast from our North American Headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
With Kyocera Precision Tools Inc.’s new insert, blade and tool block designs, users can achieve rigid, safe and secure cutoff operations thanks to the clamping mechanisms of the KPK series. The insert clamp design is said to enable fast replacement of inserts and reduce downtime.
Platinum Tooling Technologies recently created a video highlighting the products the company would have exhibited at its booth during IMTS had the 2020 trade show not been canceled due to the pandemic.
The L20XII ATC by Marubeni Citizen-Cincom Inc. provides an environment in which tool setting for machining several types of workpieces can be completed in a single setup.
Is it possible to change heavy workholding in one minute? The answer is absolutely with the centroteX S from Hainbuch America Corp. The changeover system features ergonomic handling, resists contamination and provides a short return on investment.
ARCH Cutting Tools continues to focus on their commitment to deliver an exceptional customer experience. Backed by a talented line up of experienced engineers to assist you in creating personalized custom tool solutions and fueled with an ever increasing standard, stocked high performance offering of cutting tools and holders.
ARCH Cutting Tools continues to focus on their commitment to deliver an exceptional customer experience. Backed by a talented line up of experienced engineers to assist you in creating personalized custom tool solutions and fueled with an ever increasing standard, stocked high performance offering of cutting tools and holders.
VERICUT Force is the standard for NC program optimization.  Force optimization can reduce machining times up to 25 percent or more, produce better quality parts, and extend tool life up to 2X.
When a company is part of one of the largest tool manufacturers, merely employing good technology is not enough. That is why Fair Lawn, New Jersey-based Sandvik Coromant Co. needed to more efficiently track and manage tools and streamline production at its Mebane, North Carolina, plant. TDM Systems Inc. provides a solution with tool data management software.
Entering the world of tool presetting is made easy with the Uniko Lite.
Caron Engineering’s Tool Monitoring Adaptive Control system helps cut difficult-to-machine materials.
CTE Owner and Publisher Dennis Spaeth made the rounds at EASTEC 2019 talking with some of the great company's we cover, like Koma Precision, Inc. Here, Adam Rosen provides an overview of Koma's new Prime Tool Presetter machine.
Deublin's Pop-Off rotary unions have seals that open automatically when coolant, air, or other media flow is interrupted.
TungCut has a wide selection of inserts and toolholders applicable for all grooving operations.  Its innovative, rigid clamping system offers stable and long tool life.
The powRgrip toolholding system from Rego-Fix Tool Corp. enables K&E Plastics to drastically minimize tool runout when machining plastics. This is a video supplement to a Productive Times article in the January 2019 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine.
Brian Norris, president of The Americas for Dormer Pramet, spent a few minutes during IMTS 2018 to guide Cutting Tool Engineering Publisher Dennis Spaeth through a number of product highlights from Precision Twist Drill, Union Butterfield, Dormer and Pramet.
Harry E.M. Brandicourt, director of strategic partnerships and growth strategies at Up! LLC, discusses the Up! app, a free app that connects service requesters with service providers to repair industrial equipment. Version 2.0 has been released.
Zoller Inc. hosted its open house and Innovation Days event June 19-20 at the tool presetting and measuring equipment manufacturer’s new facility in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Up! App quickly connects people who need machine tool service with trusted service providers, including OEMs, distributors and third-party companies.
In the debut episode of The CNC Chef, Bob Warfield from CNCCookbook.com cautions against slowing down your feed rate to avoid tool rubbing. A new monthly video series from Cutting Tool Engineering, The CNC Chef will address a variety of machining challenges in the coming months.
Heimatec President Preben Hansen covers the company's assortment of standard and customized live and static tooling, including angle head and the company's patented UTEC quick-change tooling, during a video interview conducted during IMTS 2016 by Bernard & Company, an industrial advertising and public relations agency.
Chris Merlin, director of portfolio commercialization for the WIDIA Products Group, visited with Cutting Tool Engineering Publisher Don Nelson during IMTS 2016 to discuss the company's 90-year milestone and latest technology, including the VariMill Modular System, the VariTap and the features of the NOVO app.
Cutting Tool Engineering visited with Kennametal Inc. during IMTS 2016 at Chicago's McCormick Place. Bill Redman, global product manager of tooling systems for Kennametal Inc., outlines the key features of the company's latest spindle and tooling connection system, the KM4X.
Developed for the world’s most intensive cutting applications, Secure Grip is an easy to use system that locks the collet and cutter into the holder.
This is a video supplement to a Cutting Tool Engineering Productive Times case study involving BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. and Homeyer Precision Manufacturing. The Challenge: Minimize endmill runout to extend tool life when producing aluminum-based forceps. The Solution: A collet chuck that provides minimal runout.
Koma Precision Inc. provides a series of angle head demonstrations for aerospace applications in this brief report posted as a video sidebar to the "What's your angle?" feature article in the January 2016 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine.
BIG Kaiser Precision Toolng Inc. provides a series of angle head demonstrations in this 3-minute report posted as a video sidebar to the "What's your angle?" feature article in the January 2016 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine.
Manufacturing Marvels, which airs on The FOX Business Network, recently featured Allied Machine & Engineering Corp., Dover, Ohio. Manufacturing Marvels, which is produced by the Marvel Production Group LLC, Dallas, Texas, are 2-minute video reports spotlighting American manufacturers, their products, processes and customers.
While many call hand scraping a lost art, Okuma begs to differ, the company report in a July 2013 video. "While it might be rare to find a craftsman skilled enough to hand scrape effectively, we never lost the art simply because we’ve always understood how critical hand scraping is to maintaining machining accuracy," according to the company's YouTube channel.
GMN USA video report offers insight into spindle repair.
Iscar Metals Inc. has introduced IQcloud, new software designed to streamline the front-end of cutting tool purchases by helping programmers condense the time it takes to get the cutting tool assembly into manufacturing technologies that they are using, whether that's CAD/CAM verification or tool management.
Watch this brief video as JM Performance Products demonstrates how the company's high-torque retention knobs prevent toolholder expansion.
Exsys displays quick-change abilities at IMTS 2014.
Fastenal offers an overview of its newest vending technology at IMTS 2014.
Exsys displays quick-change abilities at IMTS 2014.
Zoller unveils 3D Check, Titan and cost per click calculator at IMTS 2014.
Zoller unveils 3D Check, Titan and cost per click calculator at IMTS 2014.
Interview with THINBIT Kaiser Tool Co. at IMTS 2014.
KOMET Service North America, a partnership between KOMET of America and a variety of independent companies to service the KOMET brand of tools, welcomed Grinding Technology LLC to its list of partners at a special ceremony held during IMTS 2014. The Houston, Texas, company became the seventh partner to sign on with KOMET Service since the launch of the service partnership at IMTS 2012.
Röhm Products of America’s F-senso pull-in force measurement device enables you to check the pull-in force of your tool clamping system. The regular monitoring of the pull-in force makes it possible to detect changes in the clamping strength before they have an effect on the quality of processing.
Tool-Flo Manufacturing Inc. featured coolant-fed clamps designed to eliminate the need to change or modify the toolholder at the company's booth during IMTS 2014. The holder connects to an existing coolant pump on a manual lathe. End users replace the current top clamp with the coolant-fed clamp to provide a direct coolant feed to the cutting edge.
GF Machining Solutions unveils the Transformer automation cell at IMTS 2014.
That's a typical result for thousands of companies that are using Fastenal's vending solutions to dispense, control and track their supplies. For more information, contact your local Fastenal store.
ThermoGrip is the "new" tool clamping system for automotive, aerospace, medical and die/mold manufacturing. Its high TIR cutting tool precision is said to improve cutting tool performance in tool life and machining accuracy.
Kennametal shows a side-by-side comparison of its KM-Micro/Mini quick-change system versus a standard tool in this 2-minute demonstration, courtesy of Kennametal. While the KM-Micro/Mini tool change is complete in just half a minute, the standard tool requires 2 minutes to change, set up and gage the tool.
In this 2-minute side-by-side comparison, Kennametal shows its KM-Micro/Mini tool being changed in just half a minute versus a standard tool requiring 2 minutes to change, set up and gage.
Sandvik Coromant introduced its new CoroMill Plura with iLock system at the imX event at the Las Vegas Convention Center Sept. 12-14. The new system will be available in 2012.
Justin London, a sales technician and draftsman with Briney Tooling Systems, discussed the proper "Recipe for Quality Toolholders" as one of the Fast Track Seminars hosted at the Cutting Tool Engineering booth during IMTS 2010.
John Easley, vice president of sales and marketing at Fischer Precise USA, Racine, Wis., addressed "Spindle Maintenance and Repair" as part of the Fast Track Seminar series hosted at the Cutting Tool Engineering booth during IMTS 2010.
Gerard Vacio and Hilary Schnirring, both of BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc., discuss possible strategies for reducing setup time in this Fast Track Seminar, which was presented and filmed at the Cutting Tool Engineering and MICROmanufacturing booth during IMTS 2010.
Gerard Vacio and Hilary Schnirring, both of BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc., discuss possible strategies for reducing setup time in this Fast Track Seminar, which was presented and filmed at the Cutting Tool Engineering and MICROmanufacturing booth during IMTS 2010.
Robert Auer, an engineer and key account manager with Zoller, took a few minutes during IMTS 2010 to walk through the company's tool life monitoring and management system.
Western Oklahoma job shop Kos Machine LLC makes it a point to help out local farmers. Follow along as Kos repairs an old Case tractor in this video slide show.
Though ITI Tooling Co. Inc. introduced the Varia Rapid-Change Tooling System some four years ago, the company's product manager—Lee Hebenstreit—says word of this technology has not yet spread throughout the markets it could help. That's why the company produced a 22-second video showing the Varia tool changing system in action. 

Products for Toolholding

Also known as set collars, shaft collars are used to clamp and position components to a shaft, such as tools, fittings, or machinery and transmission including bearings, gearboxes and motors. WDS’ new inch-size shaft-collars are based on the company’s original metric design but with dimensions to suit OEMs and end users based in North America, as well as machine builders shipping to the North American market.
Parlec BMT65 tool holders are available in I.D. styles for 1”, 1-1/2” 25mm, and 40mm tool diameters for single-sided holders and in 1-1/4” for double-sided holders. O.D. style holders are available in 1” and 25mm for both single and double-sided setups.
The toolholders feature a coolant outlet built in the body. This streamlined design is more effective than conventional through-coolant toolholders that have an adjustable coolant nozzle or bulky nozzle assembly. With reduced number of parts, the new toolholders expand the TungTurn-Jet range with an economical option that can contribute to customers seeking further tool cost reductions, while maintaining effective chip control and maximum tool life. 
The 3D-EdgeMaster is shock and splash proof in accordance with IP 67 regulations, and the mechanism is protected by a predetermined breaking point in the ceramic probe insert. The 3D edge finder provides fast and precise probing of reference edges, setting of the zero point and measuring with repeat accu­racy of ≤ 0.01 mm.
With its ergonomic slim outer profile for easy and comfortable actuation, the TENDO Platinum V2 is specifically designed for direct clamping the tool. Imbalance correction goes unnoticed and is carefully designed into the body profile. Constructed of durable hardened tool steel, the V2 improves stability, stiffness, and clamping force to give you a toolholder with longer sustained accuracy throughout its life.
The Model SDF57 assembly has an outside diameter of 2.83" and allows users of 3" face mills to access up to 19.68" of reach, the longest tool assembly in the industry using standard components. Face milling components used in construction equipment, aerospace and oil/gas industries will see the most opportunity for this new tool holder with vibration dampening, where long reaches are common.
The patented spindle technology ensures continuous high precision. By its design, the cutting tool shank serves as the spindle shaft. As the result, the dynamic run-out is 4 microns or better. Bearings can easily be replaced by the customer with each cutting tool change. The CoolSpeed® spindle does not require any service.
T-Max P inserts are specifically designed for high-performance turning in modern production, while the Coromant Capto is a modular, quick-change tooling concept, which offers a large variety of extension and reduction adaptors to support assembling of tools with different lengths and design characteristics. As part of a tooling offering that combines the modular Coromant Capto interface with the T-Max P clamping insert, the Coromant Capto tool holders for the T Max® P come in two designs: the T Max P lever clamp for turning medium to large components and the T Max P® rigid clamp, designed to deliver maximum operational security.
TungBore-Mini is a multifunctional drilling and turning tool line that integrates the capabilities of drilling, OD, and ID turning tools. Its unique XOMU insert features an innovative geometry incorporating a large inclination angle on the cutting edge that produces light cutting, compared with standard ISO positive turning inserts that are typically used for ID turning or boring operations. In addition, TungBore-Mini’s insert and pocket have a dovetail interlocking design providing better insert clamping and stability than standard screw-down insert clamping, ensuring process security during various applications.
The ANGLED ROUND TOOLHOLDERS position the insert at 30°, 45° or 60° angles for reliefs, undercuts and angled OD and face grooves.  Round shank sizes are available in diameters of 1/2”, 5/8”, 3/4”, 1”, 20 mm and 25 mm. The ANGLED ROUND TOOLHOLDERS are for use with THINBIT® inserts in grades for ferrous and non-ferrous materials.  
The Series 22 combines both high-speed and high-precision processing for complete production of even large high-precision components. Featuring two workpiece-changing table variants, part capacities are generous - the 4-axis trunnion plate version handles 680 mm x 1,330 mm dia., up to 600 kg; and the twin-spindle 5-axis version handles 2 x 599 mm x 340 mm dia., up to 150 kg.
The Greenleaf Quick-Change Toolholders conform to ISO 26623, utilize standard components, and are designed to maximize tool life in carbide and ceramic turning applications.
Easily adaptable to the spindle of existing CNC machines, the SpinJet provides instant enhancements in machining performance using small diameter cutting tools. No additional machine purchase or modifications are required: the SpinJet utilizes the machine’s existing through-spindle coolant supply as a pressurized power source to drive the internal turbine for cutting tool rotation, eliminating the cost and nuisances of external air or electric power supplies. This feature gives the SpinJet a compact and smart design, allowing it to be stored in a machine’s ATC or tool magazine when it is not being used and installed on the main spindle as with any other standard tool.
The iSpeed5 is a 60,000 or 80,000 RPM, 350 Watt, Brushless DC Electric System that eliminates the need for any operator intervention by using a special designed connection under that machine spindle that can prevent coolant, chips, dust and other machining debris from contaminating the stop block.  No longer is there a need for operator intervention to connect or disconnect the High-Speed Motor/Spindle.
The new set of packages allows manufacturers to get started with powRgrip as quickly as possible for their particular toolholding needs. Packages includes a PGC-A handpump clamping unit, five toolholders and 10 PG collets. Holders are available with CAT 40, BT 30, HSK-A63 and HSK-E40 interfaces with standard collets in PH10, PG15, and PG25 sizes. The PGC-A Special Compact Set is also available for separate purchase.
The expanded range of ANSI tap collets is fully compatible with existing powRgrip holders and only require shanks with tolerances of h9 or better. Manufactured with an internal square, these collets are specifically designed for use on CNC machines with synchronized machine spindle speeds and feed rates.
Specially designed coolant holes that are central to the body diameter and ID diameter to maintain the thickest and strongest body design for superior grip strength with coolant flow directly targeted at the “vortex” intersection for maximum coolant follow to and through the cutting flutes.
The reCool ERAX uses the patented reCool design to deliver coolant with a maximum pressure of 1,450 psi in live tooling applications with speeds up to 12,000 rpm. Equally well suited for emulsion and oil coolants, the system is currently available for ER collet sizes 16, 20, 25 and 32 to handle tools between 3-20 mm in diameter. Both through-tool coolant and peripheral cooling are possible using REGO-FIX DS/ER sealing disks and KS/ER coolant flush disks, respectively.
Kyocera Precision Tools' jet coolant-through toolholder series provides multiple high-pressure coolant streams at precise locations giving you the upper hand in chip control and wear prevention. The large JCT-Series tooling lineup has now been expanded to include all new inch-size holders. Learn how this series can improve your production line with excellent performance in a variety of turning, grooving, cut-off, and threading applications.
The HDC jet-through type holders are ideal for high-precision 5-axis machining with maximum RPM of 35,000 and clamping range of ¼” to ½” and fit nearly any application in the automotive, aerospace, medical, and die and mold industries.
TungTurn-Jet toolholders deliver coolant strategically to the optimum position close to the cutting point of the insert. This significantly improves chip control when machining exotic materials that are prone to smearing by effectively breaking the chips into pieces and guiding them away from the cut, which was difficult using a traditional external coolant nozzle method. Additionally, TungTurn-Jet features a second coolant outlet from the insert clearance side which not only improves chip control but also helps minimize flank wear for increased insert life and productivity. 
DuoJust-Cut features innovative insert clamping ensuring tool rigidity and stability in various parting operations. In addition to existing JXPG insert with a ground in chipbreaker on the rake face, the new JXPS insert incorporates a 3D chipbreaker pressed in to its “dual-rake” cutting edge which is designed to promote optimal chip control and evacuation without compromising surface integrity. 
By placing high-pressure coolant directly in the cutting zone, JETI technology ensures superior chip and temperature control. For further process optimization, holders equipped with Jetstream Tooling Duo feature a second coolant outlet from the clearance side that can be turned on or off depending on part-processing requirements.
To optimize part transfer, independent right spindle guideways on lower turrets minimize the distance between the spindles at 11.8” (300 mm). For highest processing flexibility, a single or twin lower turret design is offered with overlapping travels and Y-Axis box guideways are standard. The new multitasking machining center provides up to 168 tool stations.
The GD8 geometry has been specifically developed for grooving along the shoulders and grooving of large diameters without interference of the insert with the finished workpiece. The VG8 geometry has been developed for finishing operations behind a collar.
The pistol grip changing fixture is easiest way to change MicroCentric collets. Simply insert the pins onto the front face of the collet and squeeze the handle. A locking mechanism in the handle keeps the fixture collapsed while installing and removing the collet.
Monaghan Tooling introduces the newest version Reamtec easyZERO runout compensation nuts, with improved precision to allow for up to 0.002” (0.050 mm) runout to be dialed in easily and quickly. Users can correct runout errors and misalignment for all round tools using ER collets in just minutes, with virtually no scrap.
Seco Tools has introduced a modular toolholder system for manufacturers seeking to improve their productivity with Swiss-style machining. The system enables fast, easy and repeatable insert indexing and tool changes outside of tight machine work spaces. The QC (quick-change) Toolholders also feature Seco Jetstream Tooling and Jetstream Tooling Duo technology for optimal chip control, high-quality surface finishes and extended tool life.
Tungaloy is expanding its TungTurn-Jet series of high-pressure coolant capable turning holders by adding a coolant-through feature and Double-Clamp technology for rigid insert holding and high productivity.
Collet pad top jaw systems from Dillon Manufacturing allow more varied geometries to be securely gripped, while also allowing more aggressive machining which shortens cycle times. With systems that can convert through-hole chucks to hold small bar and tube stock, and full contact of gripping surfaces to provide a more stable grip and allows heavier cuts, these Dillon products allow shops of all sizes to expand their capabilities.
Three years ago, SCHUNK launched the slim hydraulic expansion toolholder TENDO Slim 4ax, which received great attention. Its precision mounting combines the outside geometry of heat shrinking mountings according to DIN 69882-8 with the proven qualities of SCHUNK hydraulic expansion technology. SCHUNK now launches a version with cool-flow technology that allows for highly effective cooling via tool mountings.
MC Machinery Systems introduces its new high-capacity automatic toolchanger (ATC) for its BH series of dual-drive press brakes. The ATC increases production levels and utilization rates while reducing setup time, especially in high-mix, low-volume environments.
Platinum Tooling announced that it has an extensive line of Heimatec tooling available for the new Haas BMT turret. Platinum Tooling is the master importer of Heimatec tools for North America.
Platinum Tooling announced that it has an extensive line of Heimatec tooling available for the new Haas BMT turret. Platinum Tooling is the master importer of Heimatec tools for North America.
BIG KAISER has added inch standard sizes for the U.S. market to the production of its BIG-PLUS BBT30 basic arbors (shell mill holders, endmill holders, shrink fit and blanks). The expansion allows for enhancements to the BBT30 program that satisfy demands specific to the North American market.
Absolute Machine Tools partner PCI SCEMM (a Tongtai company) has introduced the e-Spindle, a new electro-spindle that integrates sensors and actuators to monitor cutting processes and adjust parameters to optimize tool life and workpiece quality.
How can we make an outstanding product even better? By meeting the needs of Industry 4.0 – not in the future, but now. With the Power Clamp Comfort i4.0 shrink-fit system, Haimer is setting new standards regarding digital connectivity and communication of tools and machines for the new world of manufacturing.
Kennametal announced an expansion of the turret-adapted clamping units (TACU): ER-ready driven units in conjunction with a line of solid ER collets that are threaded to accept screw-on milling cutters.
THINBIT, manufactured by Kaiser Tool Co. Inc., introduces a new toolholder option that takes advantage of the full line of inserts for grooving, threading, face grooving and custom applications. The heavy-duty round reversible toolholder presets an insert parallel to the centerline of the shank and can be used as either right or left hand.
Tungaloy introduces a new line of collet chuck sleeves for the TinyMini-Turn miniature boring tool system, enabling a quick changeover of its solid-carbide boring bars.
Vibrations, chatter marks, tool failure – what has so far robbed many a machine operator of sleep will soon be a thing of the past: With the smart iTENDO hydraulic expansion toolholder, SCHUNK and startup company TOOL IT present an intelligent toolholder that monitors the machining process directly at the tool, and allows real-time control of the cutting parameters.
Setco’s TensionSet is a load-limiting device that ensures proper belt tensioning on motor drives, protecting shaft bearings and other components from premature failure. The patented and easy-to-install product rotates like a nut to generate pull-force on a threaded rod.
New additions to JETI (Jetstream Integrated) tooling from Seco Tools eliminate coolant-through tooling and connector interference that hinders grooving, parting-off and other turning operations. With interference-free internal coolant capabilities and the option to switch the underside stream channel on and off as required, these expansions to the range of MDT (Multiple-Directional Turning) X4 (grooving and parting-off) and 150.10 (parting-off) toolholders add operational stability and reliability while they improve surface finishes.
Big things come in small packages, and ATI Industrial Automation’s QC-11 Automatic Tool Changer is no exception. The QC-11 is a vital component of many robotic applications and is now certified to work seamlessly with collaborative robots from Universal Robots, joining more than 150 products in the UR+ portfolio featuring plug-and-play solutions for UR cobots that help users get up and running quickly.
Tungaloy is expanding its Turning-A series of OD turning holders to include short length holders.
ARNO Werkzeuge offers its new AWL direct mount for Star Swiss-type machines. The toolholder system for turning or grooving tools (patent pending) has an integrated adjustable high-pressure coolant supply of up to 130 bar. When combined with the AFC quick-change system, users can increase productivity for Swiss-type machines because the system significantly cuts setup and non-productive times.
Kyocera Precision Tools introduces the new line of polygon taper shank holders for high-rigidity and high-precision machining.
ZOLLER »powerShrink« is the inductive heat shrinking device for HSS and hard metal tools, with which you can considerably reduce the fitting times in your manufacturing: In max. 10 seconds your tools are heat shrunk, cooled after just 40 further seconds and are ready for production.
ARNO Werkzeuge USA introduces its new Auto Fast Change (AFC) Tool Systems for Swiss-style machining. Manufacturing Swiss tooling since the 1940s, ARNO has comprehensive understanding of the needs and issues that machining operations face with their Swiss-style auto lathes and turning machinery.
BIG KAISER is expanding its range of BIG Capto toolholders with the addition of a new size, C4, which is becoming increasingly popular as a quick-change system for turret tooling on lathes.
Phillips Precision Inc. announces its new ER collet chucks as part of the Inspection Arsenal LEAN, quick-swap inspection fixture system. Not only does Phillips Precision offer the only quick-swap standard fixture systems, but they provide quick, creative fixture design and quick shipping of your orders.
ANCA second-generation PremierPlus technology ensures consistent and efficient tool runout. With three times greater clamping force, tools are held more securely when grinding, increasing the consistency of tool geometry across a batch of tools. As the clamping force is increased it means more force is required to open the collet. This is enabled by a hydraulic pressure intensifier unit at the rear of the PremierPlus Adaptor used for this purpose.
MAQ offers the Self-Tuning Mass Damper (STMD). This toolholder features a tungsten mass inside the tool. It is available in more than a dozen length-diameter combinations. By using the STMD, parts manufacturers, machine tool builders and cutting tool manufacturers can reduce cycle time and cost of ownership by 30 percent, decrease tooling costs by 5-10 percent, cut energy consumption by 2-3 percent and curtail scrap output by 1-2 percent.
Designed for more effective coolant flow and improved chip control, Carmex’s new X-treme Jet External thread turning toolholder provides two connecting options via an elbow fitting and top clamp to more precisely direct the coolant flow to the cutting edge, where it is most effective.
T.M. Smith Tool adds Jacobs taper rigid ER collet chucks to its family of Jacobs taper tooling. The new durable collet chucks are manufactured from premium grade, through-hardened steel.
BIG KAISER presents the Torque Fit, a tightening fixture for collet chucks with an integrated torque measuring system. This device makes it easy to ensure that a collet chuck is correctly tightened.
In an effort to ensure optimal mill productivity and tooling performance, JM Performance Products Inc. developed its patented Taper Shank Test Fixture to check toolholders and test for taper deformation.
TM Smith Tool announces its new general-purpose compensating tapholder for a broad range of tapping applications. The LCTH has tension and/or compression for nonsynchronous machines, and radial float to compensate for misalignment between the workpiece and spindle. The new tapholders are available with a straight shank manufactured from premium-grade steel that can withstand harsh environments and rigorous use.
The Spike sensory toolholder is a wireless force sensor used for tool monitoring. During the machining process (e.g drilling or milling), it can measure the generated force and torque directly at the toolholder. The occuring data will be transmitted wirelessly to the receiver and the tool measurement software.
ARNO dedicated sliding head auto lathe tooling offers high accuracy and reliable machining of all components, in all materials. This type of lathe often performs highly accurate machining of long, thin and often small components.
As machine tools become increasingly complex and the need to produce parts in less time grows, CNC lathe owners and managers must look to the latest technologies if they’re to improve shop floor efficiency. Isn’t it ironic then that one of the most productive of these solutions is far from new—in fact, it’s been a champion in the war on machine tool downtime for nearly three decades. It’s called KMTM Quick Change Tooling, and whether it’s an old friend, a complete stranger, or an acquaintance you met briefly and discounted, it’s time to take a long hard look at what it can do for your bottom line.
Kyocera Precision Tools Inc.’s KTKF-JCT through-coolant cutoff holders for small-parts machining work great with high-pressure coolant.
BIG KAISER announces its HDC Straight Shank holder to the market, used for increased versatility. The slim design provides superior balance, concentricity and is suitable for reaching into confined areas.
Improved design, more rugged construction, and advanced coating result in superior performance in multiple
Swiss-style applications with the latest addition to the Carmex Mini Tools family. The carbide shank toolholders provide enhanced vibration resistance and long reach.
If you are looking for product quality improvements that only an ultraprecision tooling spindle can provide, and also require the robustness of an industrial grade design, Precitech says the ASD-H25 and ASD-Cx high-speed air-bearing ultraprecision tooling spindles by Levicron are precisely what you need.
Sandvik Coromant has unveiled a new range of CoroTurn Prime multitask and axial-type toolholders to help machine shops implement the new PrimeTurning methodology, which enables turning in all directions. The introductions allow users to maximize the benefits of PrimeTurning on multitask turn-mill centers and vertical turning lathes (VTLs).
GTI Spindle Technology says spindle repair and rebuild is the heart of what the company does, and it prides itself on being able to handle any spindle that comes through the door. All spindles can be repaired, though the associated cost for some can eclipse that of a brand-new spindle. When this happens, GTI Spindle Technology turns to Peron Spindle for a replacement.
Seco continues to evolve and develop tooling solutions for the metalcutting industry. Two of the company’s latest examples of that are its EPB 5831 slim hydraulic chucks (pictured) and ER-to-Combimaster holders.
Arno Werkzeuge USA has expanded its Swiss-style program of cutting tools, holders, inserts and through-coolant systems for Swiss CNC auto lathes. Applications for Swiss auto lathes are known for their unique machining requirements for extremely long, thin, small parts with great precision and accuracy and, therefore, require very specific tooling.
The induction shrinking station line-up from Pokolm Frästechnik has been expanded with the fully automatic station TSI11000WKS. The coil and arbor of the new stand-alone station move fully automatically thanks to a pneumatic drive. The 50-litre coolant tank ensures fast cooling of both the arbor and the cooling medium.
Collet pad top jaw systems from Dillon Manufacturing Inc. can convert through-hole chucks to hold small bar and tube stock. Collet pads can be changed quickly maximizing production time, and the jaws can be adapted to many styles of chucks, making them ideal for special purpose function machining.
BIG KAISER’s Mega New Baby Chuck is now available up to 1"-dia. clamping for drills, reamers and finishing endmills with 0.00004" runout accuracy. The Mega New Baby Chuck is a high precision and multiple-purpose collet chuck system.
Heimatec Inc. now offers products from Tecnicrafts Industries, a manufacturer of collets and guide bushings for Swiss-type CNC Lathes. Tecnicrafts is an ISO 9001:2015-certified company, with its manufacturing plant in South India with state-of-the-art machine tools and 115 technicians.
BIG KAISER says its Mega ER Grip was designed to outperform all standard ER systems in the four most critical areas of toolholder performance: clamping force, concentricity, rigidity and balance at high spindle speeds. All Mega ER holders are now sold without a standard clamping nut so that customers can choose the best clamping nut option for their needs.
TRIBOS polygonal clamping technology has been setting standards in high-precision micromachining for many years. Numerous companies in medical and dental technology, watchmaking and jewelry, as well as moldmaking and optical engineering have put their confidence in SCHUNK’s patented toolholding system. Due to the high demand, SCHUNK has further expanded the line of precision toolholders.
With the TENDO E compact, SCHUNK says it has started a new era in tool clamping with this universal toolholder that is suitable for applications such as milling, drilling, and reaming. SCHUNK now offers new extended lengths in CAT 40 (4“) and CAT 50 (6“). Both are great for long-reach applications and in multiple-axis machines.
BENZ Inc. has introduced a new product called NanoFix, a modular quick-change system for Swiss lathe live and static tools applications. The BENZ NanoFix modular quick-change system is designed for Swiss-type tooling with a minimum spindle distance of 22 mm and makes it simple to change tools inside the Swiss lathe in as little as 15 seconds.
Somma Tool Co. announces the development of a broach toolholder that is reportedly uniquely interchangeable among any style of ER collet chuck. The compact, adjustment-free, offset, rotary broach toolholder will thread to an existing ER (16, 20, 25 and 32) collet chuck and features a built-in 1-degree wobble cutting edge for offset rotary broaching.
IBAG North America announces the new 25mm back working spindle specially designed for Star Swiss-type machines that features 60,000 rpm with grease-packed lubrication and 80,000 rpm with oil mist lubrication. This new HSC (High Speed Cutting) motor spindle is designed for machining applications involving micro milling and drilling tools, as well as engraving and fine milling.
With the SCHUNK TENDO Slim 4ax hydraulic expansion toolholder, it is possible to combine the complete outside geometry of heat shrinking mountings with SCHUNK hydraulic expansion technology. The slim mounting makes it suitable for use in series production, particularly in the automotive industry.
SPS Spindle takes their business very seriously. It realizes that its clients’ bottom lines rely on the detail-oriented services provided by the spindle repair company. Machine downtime equates to profit loss, and SPS takes pride on being a no-nonsense company.
When machining requires high-speed performance, Troyke's direct-drive spindles deliver precision and control. Direct motor-to-spindle connection eliminates any chance for gear error, allowing for a high degree of accuracy.
The PGU 9500 automatic clamping unit is the newest member of REGO-FIX Tool Corp.’s well-established powRgrip family of toolholding. The system is smaller in size, ergonomic, energy efficient and practically maintenance free.
Kennametal Inc. says the bending moment of KM4X is substantially higher than any tooling interface available on the market, superior even to Kennametal’s own KM design. Kennametal has announced the KM4X tooling family has gained a 63 mm sibling, one aimed at a broader machine tool platform and, therefore, greater availability to the machining community.
The newest product from Master Magnetics continues to honor the company’s legacy of launching innovative magnetic tools. The Magnetic Paper Towel Holder is no exception. This unique, adjustable magnetic fixture is ideal for keeping paper towel rolls, cleaning wipes, sterile glove boxes and other items neatly stored and accessible.
EasyZERO runout compensation nuts quickly correct runout errors and misalignment for all round tools using ER collets. Easy-to-use, innovative replacement nuts feature six adjustment screws that allow for up to 0.011" runout to be dialed in easily, allowing for more accurate machining, tighter tolerances and better surface finishes—especially on difficult parts.
Modern Industries Inc.’s SpinSelect selectable toolholder allows for quick indexing between its five pockets with a quarter turn of a socket head cap screw. Each pocket can house a different tool, enabling quick changes between operations without requalifying tools.
The Leonardo electric spindle from Koma Precision is the latest innovation from Alberti featuring automatic tool change and speeds up to 60,000 rpm. This system is comprised of a main tool body with indexing pin, a stop block with cable and a controller unit.
Scientific Cutting Tools offers Coolant Ring Technology holders. CRT holders are made from high-quality heat-treated steel and come with a black-oxide coating. They are engineered to allow for better coolant penetration deep into the bore, reducing temperature at the cutting edge, according to the company.
The inherent modularity of three Sandvik Coromant tooling product families—Coromant Capto (pictured), Coromant EH and CoroTurn SL—can reportedly prove highly advantageous to manufacturers looking to tool up a single machine or an entire plant. In contrast to purchasing separate tools for each machine, component and feature, modular tooling solutions allow machine shops to build optimized tooling assemblies to suit all applications using just a small inventory of standard items.
Gilman Precision unveils the new InTronix Spindle, the newest and most versatile addition to the company’s product line to date. The InTronix combines the affordability of a belt-driven spindle with the compact size of a motorized spindle without compromising precision, according to the company.
The SCHUNK TENDOturn utilizes a sealed hydraulic system which allows for fast and accurate tool changes. Users benefit from the advantages of the innovative hydraulic expansion toolholder technology, even with applications on lathes and milling centers.
Automatic Tool Changers Inc. introduces a complete range of economical tool turrets for CNC lathes and turning centers, including replacements for the discontinued Dorian turrets as used on many HAAS TL series lathes. All turrets use a three-piece Hirth tooth coupling for high accuracy and maximum rigidity, plus allowing turrets to index without the tool carrier lifting.
Overheated cutting edges cause chip welding, tool chipping and ultimately decreased tool life. To compensate, operators frequently reduce spindle speeds or increase their consumption of cutting tools. Both options prove inefficient, as machining takes longer and the expense of constantly replacing dull tools can drain your bank account. The HAIMER Cool Flash system, based on the existing Cool Jet system for shrink-fit holders, was designed to guarantee an optimal coolant supply, even at the highest spindle speed, according to the company.
International Mold Steel Inc. announced the results of a study that showed reduced vibration with Toolox 44 (made by SSAB) toolholders. A recent study conducted at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden, compared Toolox 44 with conventional tool steel alloyed with chromium, molybdenum and vanadium.
IBAG North America offers the HF 120.4 high-speed spindle for Haas and other leading machining centers, delivering up to 42,000 rpm, 16kW and equipped for HSK40 and BT30 Tooling. The HF 120 is ideal for production manufacturing in aerospace, medical, mold and die machining and can be used in hardened steels, aluminum, brass, copper, graphite and various plastics.
During machining, high speed is often associated with heat generation. But with the Alberti air-driven turboflex spindles from Koma Precision Inc. it’s possible to reach 60,000 rpm without overheating the tool, according to the company.
Carmexʼs quick-change polygon threading toolholders enable customers whose machines are equipped with the Sandvik Capto system to utilize Carmexʼs threading inserts. Incorporating a polygon taper to ensure automatic radial centering and even pressure around the coupling, the toolholders are ISO standard (26623) compliant for toolholding systems.
Suhner Industrial Products Corp., Automation Div., introduces the BEX8, a high-speed machining block spindle capable of maintaining rigidity, precision and reliable performance at high-speed operations up to 25,000 rpm.
Parlec Inc. says its new Light series Evolution line angle heads are an ideal solution for small machine tools. The aluminum body design and tapered, conical positioning pin provide uncomplicated spindle installation for ease of use, every time.

Buyers Guide Companies for Toolholding

Fitz-Rite Products 248-689-7143 http://www.fitzrite.com
Flex-E-On Inc. 330-928-4496 http://www.ahd-flex-e-on.com
Lenzkes Clamping Tools Inc. 540-381-1533 http://www.lenzkesusa.com
Bunting Magnetics Co. 316-284-2020 http://www.buntingmagnetics.com
Global CNC Industries 734-464-1920 http://www.globalcnc.com
Hardinge Workholding Div. 607-734-2281 http://www.hardinge.com
Triad Tooling Inc. 303-424-4280 http://www.triadtooling.net
ATI Industrial Automation 919-772-0115 http://www.ati-ia.com
Southwick & Meister Inc. 203-237-0000 http://www.s-mcollets.com
Mitsubishi Materials U.S.A. Corp. 714-352-6100 http://www.mitsubishicarbide.com
Lenzkes Clamping Tools Inc. 540-381-1533 http://www.lenzkesusa.com
YG-1 USA 847-634-3700 http://www.yg1usa.com
Platinum Tooling Technologies Inc. 847-749-0633 http://www.heimatecinc.com
Benz Inc. 704-529-5300 http://www.benztooling.com
JM Sales 248-879-5984 http://www.jmsales-usa.com
T.M. Smith Tool 586-468-1465 http://www.tmsmith.com
T.M. Smith Tool 586-468-1465 http://www.tmsmith.com
Fitz-Rite Products 248-689-7143 http://www.fitzrite.com
Greenleaf Corp. 814-763-2915 http://www.greenleafcorporation.com
Polygon Solutions Inc. 239-628-4800 http://www.polygonsolutions.com
Elderfield & Hall Inc. 865-671-7682 http://www.kooltools.com
Phase II Machine & Tool Inc. 201-962-7373 http://www.phase2plus.com
CJWinter Machine 585-429-5000 http://www.cjwinter.com
GMN USA 860-409-2550 http://www.gmnusa.com
Craftsman Industries Inc. 702-566-5808 http://www.craftsmanindustries.com
2L inc. 978-567-8867 http://www.2linc.com
Machine Tool Accessories & Mfg. Co. 773-489-0903 http://www.mtachicago.com
Pioneer NA 847-593-6000 http://www.pioneerna.com
PTS Group 800-236-6020 https://www.pts-tools.com
PTS Group 800-236-6020 https://www.pts-tools.com
Pratt Burnerd America 269-384-2225 http://www.prattburnerd.com
Siemens Industry Inc. 847-640-1595 http://www.usa.siemens.com/cnc
American Shop Tools LLC 936-828-3933 http://www.americanshoptools.com
S.L. Munson & Co. 803-252-3211 https://www.slmunson.com/
Royal Products 631-273-1010 http://www.royalprod.com
T.J. Davies Company Inc. 440-248-5510 http://www.tjdavies.com
Benz Inc. 704-529-5300 http://www.benztooling.com
ARCH Cutting Tools 888-390-2050 http://www.ARCHcuttingtools.com
ITI Tooling Co. Inc. 201-934-6333 http://www.ititooling.com
Tapmatic Corporation 208-773-8048 http://www.tapmatic.com
Briney Tooling Systems 989-269-9558 http://www.brineytooling.com
Hermann Schmidt Precision Workholding 860-289-3347 http://www.hschmidt.com
Rene Swiss Corp. 203-879-4822 http://www.reneswiss.com
AHD/Flex-E-On Inc. 330-928-4456 http://www.ahd-flex-e-on.com
Chevin Tools Inc. 847-690-1278 http://www.chevintools.com
OMG North America 866-440-8519 http://www.omgamerica.com
AHD/Flex-E-On Inc. 330-928-4456 http://www.ahd-flex-e-on.com
Dunham Tool Co. 712-542-1908 http://www.dunhamtool.com
Missouri Carbide Inc. 417-471-1047 http://www.missouricarbide.com
Adams Supply Co. 714-754-0551 http://www.ymwtaps.com
NT USA Corp. 615-771-1899 http://www.nttoolusa.com
Bunting Magnetics Co. 316-284-2020 http://www.buntingmagnetics.com
Genevieve Swiss Industries Inc. 413-562-4800 http://www.genswiss.com
Zagar Inc. 216-731-0500 https://www.zagar.com
Scientific Cutting Tools Inc. 800-383-2244 http://www.sct-usa.com
Vargus USA 608-756-4930 http://www.vargususa.com
Gewefa USA Inc. 248-377-8170 http://www.gewefa-usa.com
Pioneer NA 847-593-6000 http://www.pioneerna.com
Dillon Chuck Jaws 937-325-8482 http://www.dillonmfg.com
North American Carbide 636-488-5416 http://www.nacarbide.com
AGI-VR/Wesson 239-573-5132 http://www.vrwesson.com
Craftsman Industries Inc. 702-566-5808 http://www.craftsmanindustries.com
Iscar USA 817-258-3200 http://www.iscarmetals.com
Haimer USA LLC 630-833-1500 http://www.haimer-usa.com
Hydra-Lock Corp. 586-783-5007 http://www.hydralock.com
Bertsche Eng. Corp. 847-537-8757 http://www.bertsche.com
Briney Tooling Systems 989-269-9558 http://www.brineytooling.com
Iscar USA 817-258-3200 http://www.iscarmetals.com
RPD Industries Inc. 914-428-1444 http://www.rpdindustries.com
Rotary Systems Inc. 763-323-1514 http://www.rotarysystems.com
FANUC America http://www.fanucamerica.com
Sandvik Coromant Co. https://www.sandvik.coromant.com/en-us/pages/default.aspx
Techniks Cutting Tools 317-803-8000 http://www.techniksusa.com
Parlec Inc. 585-425-4400 http://www.parlec.com
Wm. Sopko & Sons Co. 216-289-1400 http://www.wmsopko.com
Planet Products Corp. 513-984-5544 http://www.planet-products.com
Iverson & Company 847-299-2461 http://iversonandco.com
Sauter North America Inc. 724-207-0900 http://www.sauter-group.us
Accutek Inc. 312-857-6577 http://www.accutekusa.com
Koyo Machinery USA Inc. 734-454-4107 http://www.koyomachinery.com
Korloy America Inc. 310-782-3800 http://www.korloyamerica.com
NT USA Corp. 615-771-1899 http://www.nttoolusa.com
UNISIG 262-252-3802 http://www.unisig.com
Carmex Precision Tools 262-628-5030 http://www.carmexusa.com
Advanced Machine & Engineering 815-979-3380 http://www.ame.com
HORN USA Inc. 615-771-4100 http://www.hornusa.com
Kennametal Inc. 724-539-5000 http://www.kennametal.com
Lyndex-Nikken 847-367-4800 http://www.lyndexnikken.com
Century Tool & Design Inc. 860-621-6748 http://www.centtool.com
Tungaloy America Inc. 630-227-3700 https://www.tungaloy.com/us/
Grainger 847-535-1000 http://www.grainger.com
Guhring Inc. 262-784-6730 http://www.guhring.com
New Vista Corp. 410-342-3820 http://www.newvistacorp.com
Stace-Allen Chucks Inc. 317-632-2401 http://www.stace-allen.com
J.F. Berns Co. 513-851-4600 http://www.jfberns.com
Master Magnetics Inc. 800-525-3536 http://www.magnetsource.com
Tapmatic Corporation 208-773-8048 http://www.tapmatic.com
RedLine Tools 763-742-1206 https://www.redlinetools.com/
ITI Tooling Co. Inc. 201-934-6333 http://www.ititooling.com
RedLine Tools 763-742-1206 https://www.redlinetools.com/