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Earlier this month, Big Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. held its annual 3-day Breakfast & Learn event, presented at its headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The company opened its showroom for visitors to see its lineup of tool presetters, tooling displays and zero-point workholding solutions, with engineers available to provide demos and to discuss solutions achieving higher performance in the shop.

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Medtech Show Offers Education, Networking and More

 

MD&M East, held June 12-14 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, New York, connects attendees with thousands of engineers and executives, as well as hundreds of leading suppliers in the medtech industry. The show, now in its 34th year, offers exhibits that give attendees a look at the latest industry advancements, including new innovations that have not yet hit the market.

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Automation with a Purpose

 

If there is a buzz word in metalworking manufacturing today, it has got to be automation. The shop that we profiled in an article titled “Moving Automation In is a stable veteran manufacturer that doesn’t necessarily follow the “buzz” for its own sake.

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Certain factors must be considered when selecting modern high-performance milling cutters. These tools should be designed for high process speeds as resulting temperatures can promote premature tool wear and cause oxygen to become reactive. 

For users who primarily side mill components or mill slots, conventional roughing end mills with four cutting edges work and also work well for if the surface of the component also must be milled flat. For milling deeper, full slots with more than 1× diameter and for machining delicate components, a knuckle form roughing cutter works well. Ramping, helix milling or drilling are often necessary for carving out pockets when machining components. And modern HPC milling cutters leave behind such a smooth surface in some cases that the required finishing cut is no longer necessary except for in some instances like components produced using processes such as additive manufacturing or modern casting processes.

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Heule Celebrates 30 Years in North America

 

Heule Tool Corp. (HTC), in Loveland, Ohio, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary serving manufacturers in North America. HTC was established in 1988 by Heule Werkzeug AG in Balgach, Switzerland, and was first located in West Plymouth, Michigan. Moving to the Cincinnati area in 1993, the company has continued to increase sales of its automated deburring, chamfering, countersinking, and spotfacing tools in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and is now widely used by leading high-volume manufacturers for its Swiss-made precision cutting tools.

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