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Production Machining Product News: Tooling, Dec. 03, 2019

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The latest technology from Dormer Pramet, Walter USA, IBAG North America, and MC Machinery Systems

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Dormer Pramet Expands its Line of Milling Tools for Die and Mold

A strong main cutting edge is said to enable a high durability and process security, especially when machining corners inside a pocket. 

Dormer Pramet’s SNGX11 milling insert

Dormer Pramet’s SNGX11 milling insert

The Dormer Pramet milling assortment for die and mold has grown with several introductions, including the double-sided Pramet SNGX11 insert for high feed milling with up to 0.07” depths of cut.

A strong main cutting edge is said to enable a high durability and process security, especially when machining corners inside a pocket. With eight cutting edges, the square-shaped SNGX11 also represents an economical solution, the company says.

Made for copy milling, helical interpolation, ramping, progressive plunging and face milling, the SNGX11 is available in two geometries. M is for machining steel but also hardened steel and cast iron. MM provides a smoother cut and is more suitable for stainless steel, soft steel and super alloys. 

The range is supplemented by the new SSN11 cutter, made in diameters from 1.26”–4.92” with intermediate sizes for die and mold applications. All cutters feature a through-coolant design to further improve process security and a high overhang to support deep milling up to 10×D.




Walter's HU5 Universal Geometry Improves Metal Removal in Tough Materials

The HU5 has a larger seating surface than double-sided negative inserts. This is said to increase stability and enable deeper cutting depths, feed rates and metal removal rates.

Walter’s HU5 indexable inserts

Walter’s HU5 indexable inserts

Walter’s single-sided indexable inserts’ HU5 geometry can improve productivity, particularly in rough machining of stainless steels and heat-resistant superalloys, the company says. The inserts are typically used in machining AISI 316 material, Inconel 718 and titanium materials.

The main cutting edge, which is protected by a negative chamfer, prevents insert fractures when machining hard scales and heat-affected zones, improving insert performance in forged parts. Components with interrupted cuts and other demanding machining operations benefit as well.

The HU5 has a larger seating surface than double-sided negative inserts. This is said to increase stability and enable deeper cutting depths, feed rates and metal removal rates. In addition to the stable seating, the combination of HU5 geometry and Walter’s Tiger-tec Silver grades increases tool life up to 75%, the company says.

With HU5 geometry, the curved cutting edge and deep chip groove produce low cutting forces even at high feed rates, reducing heat buildup. The variable rake angle at the corner radius enables lower cutting forces and benefits tool life. The HU5 geometry is made in grades WPP10S, WPP20S, WMP20S, WSM20S and WSM30S.




Ibag Micro Spindle Converter Operates Two Spindles Simultaneously

Ibag’s micro spindle converter enables space-saving and improved control of spindles, the company says.

 
Ibag North America’s converter for its micro line of spindles allows two spindles to operate simultaneously from one drive at speeds from 5,000 rpm up to 100,000 rpm. This enables space-saving and improved control of spindles, the company says.

The converter uses two interfaces to accommodate varying spindle speeds to suit a range of application requirements. The front panel display shows speed, load and effort messages, while CW and CCW operation are selectable by interface. The supply voltage is 230VAC, 50/60 Hz.




Replaceable Head Drill Body Expansion for Large-Diameter Drilling

Existing body options—3xD, 5xD and 8xD—have been expanded with a 12xD for deep hole applications and a 1.5xD for improved rigidity in shallow hole and plate drilling.

Dormer Hydra Extension

A cost-effective option for large-diameter drilling, the Dormer Hydra program supports structural and general engineering applications, the company says. The range of solid carbide heads for steel, stainless steel and cast iron are married together with a high-speed steel body.

Existing body options—3xD, 5xD and 8xD—have been expanded with a 12xD for deep hole applications and a 1.5xD for improved rigidity in shallow hole and plate drilling.

The range of bodies incorporates coolant holes to improve cutting efficiency and chip evacuation. The exact fit between head and body maximizes tool rigidity for superior hole accuracy and precise tolerances, the company says.

Also, one body can fit multiple solid carbide head sizes, and heads can be easily changed without removing the body from the spindle.




Automatic Tool Changer for Dual-Drive Press Brakes

MC Machinery Systems’s high-capacity automatic tool changer for its BH series of dual-drive press brakes is designed to increase production levels and utilization rates while reducing setup time, especially in high-mix, low-volume environments.

MC Machinery Systems’s high-capacity automatic tool changer (ATC) for its BH series of dual-drive press brakes is designed to increase production levels and utilization rates while reducing setup time, especially in high-mix, low-volume environments.

The ATC allows for fully automated tool setup and removal, freeing up the operator to perform other tasks. Its available 107.3- x 170.6-ft. storage capacity allows for a lot of tooling variation, ranging from high-runner V-dies to specialized hemming or offset tools. Up to 2” V-die openings and 19.7” lengths can be placed with the single, large-capacity tool manipulator with the added functionality of pick and place for small tool sections for setups that do not require the full setup to be removed. The manipulator is also equipped with a tool and bed cleaner that runs automatically during tool changes.

The ATC is engineered for operators of all experience levels. Programs can be created offline using DiamondBend software, at the control, or imported from other MOS controlled press brakes. Further support for operators is available with MC Machinery’s VIDERE operator support system for real-time bending information, sequences and automatic tool changes.

According to MC Machinery, more companies are looking at adding tool changers to their forming departments. This trend has gained momentum due to industry and market factors, such as updating their laser processing equipment or finding qualified people to staff their forming departments. Metalworking companies are seeking ways to add efficiency to their blanking departments. 

Machines equipped with the ATC are not limited to the tools in the changer’s storage. The machine can be used as a stand-alone press brake or automated system, allowing for the flexibility for one-off jobs, according to the company.

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