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New Tooling Improves Machining Cell Output

By incorporating advanced tooling from Seco Tools, Thern Inc. was able to increase its machine tool capacity and reduce cutting costs.

Tooling, Technical Support Boost Machining Capacity

Technology and application support from cutting tool supplier Seco Tools has played a key role in various process improvements at this manufacturer of transmission and torque converter components.

Variable-Geometry End Mill Outguns Chatter

This shop boosted cutting speed and tool life on a troublesome tool steel application by switching to SGS Tool Company’s Z-Carb AP end mill, which features a custom geometry designed to reduce chatter.

Tooling Helps Race Shop Take the Fast Lane

Cutting tools and expertise from Sandvik Coromant help this drag racing organization stay ahead.

Inconel Meets Match in General-Purpose End Mill

This difficult Inconel application demonstrates that even some basic tool designs can perform admirably when paired with the right tool paths.

High-Feed Cutters Keep Mold Shops Competitive

Ingersoll cutting tools designed specifically for high-feed machining helped these three mold-makers improve productivity on deep cavities and hostile combinations of layered material.

Insert Geometry Doubles Hard Milling Throughput

Insert geometry can make a huge difference in throughput, as demonstrated by the gains this manufacturer realized by swapping tools in a long-reach slot-finishing application in hardened tool steel.

A New Milling 101: What Customers Demand

Part 5. For W Machine Works in San Fernando, a custom variation of the WIDIA-Hanita VariMILL II solid end mill proved especially effective in roughing and semi-finishing applications in stainless steels, high-temp alloys, nickel- and carbon-based al...

Simple Retooling Brings Significant Savings

Changing to Accupro cutting tools from MSC Industrial Supply and adjusting parameters accordingly enabled these shops to realize significant cost savings and productivity gains without fundamentally altering their operations.

Mold Shop Finds Tool Performance Outweighs Price

This moldmaker sought to reduce costs to compete with low-cost overseas manufacturers. While purchasing relatively expensive, high-performance tools might seem counterintuitive, resulting improvements in cycle time and tool life more than made up th...


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