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Production Machining Product News: Tooling, Mar. 25, 2020

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The latest technology from Absolute Machine Tools, Inc. - Headquarters, Walter USA, Tungaloy America, Monaghan Tooling Group, and BIG KAISER

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Absolute Drilling/Tapping Centers for High-Precision, High-Volumes

Tongtai VTX drill/tapping centers from Absolute Machine Tools are engineered for high-precision, high-volume applications.

VTX drill/tapping center

VTX drill/tapping center

With rapid traverse speeds up to 2,362 ipm (60 m/min) in all axes and acceleration of 1.2 g, the Tongtai VTX series of drilling and tapping centers designed for high-precision, high-volume machining applications. The machines’ compact 87" × 63" (2,210 mm × 1,600 mm) footprint conserves shopfloor space, and a fixed column/moving table type design with Meehanite cast-iron frames and roller-type linear slideways provides rigidity and fast, precise movement, according to the company.

Two types of high-speed ATC systems are available. The 21-tool turret-type ATC on VTX-5 and VTX-7 models offers tool change time of 1.4 sec. tool to tool and 1.9 sec. chip to chip. VTX-5A and 7A versions have a 20-tool arm-type ATC system that reduces tool change time to 0.8 sec. tool to tool and 1.3 sec. chip to chip. 

The standard 7.5-hp, 12,000-rpm direct-drive spindle provides rigid tap speeds up to 6,000 rpm. An optional 24,000-rpm direct-drive spindle delivers high speeds for machining aluminum and magnesium parts. 

A BBT-30 (Big Plus dual contact) taper is standard for rigid milling. Coolant-through the spindle preparation also is standard, as is a spindle chiller.

A Mitsubishi M80A control is standard and is suitable for applications ranging from production to high-speed machining. It features a 10.4" (264-mm) touchscreen with intuitive smartphone-type operation. The M80A control comes with a three-year parts and labor warranty. A FANUC OiM-F control with 8.4" (203-mm) LCD with a two-year warranty is also available.




Walter Adds TiN-Coated Threading Tool for Small, Medium Batch Sizes

Walter USA’s TC410 Advance HSS-E thread former is a versatile TiN coated threading tool for small and medium batch sizes.

The TC410 Advance HSS-E thread former.

The TC410 Advance HSS-E thread former.

Walter USA’s TC410 Advance HSS-E thread former is a versatile TiN coated threading tool for small and medium batch sizes. It can be used universally for blind and through-hole threads in most materials, having a primary application in ISO material groups P, M and N and ISO K and S as a secondary application.

The Advance is available in two variants: with lubrication grooves for applications that need help getting coolant to the area where the forming is happening, or without lubrication grooves for when the coolant is already pooled in the hole. Deeper threads up to 3.5 × DN can be produced in certain materials with these tools. Also offered are a variety of configurations covering thread styles, thread tolerances and shank standards, including an option for LH threads.




Tungaloy Expands Tung-AluMill Line of Indexable Shoulder Milling Cutters

Tungaloy has expanded its Tung-AluMill line of indexable shoulder milling cutters to include an insert with a 2.5-mm (0.1") nose radii.

 

Tungaloy has expanded its

Tung-AluMill indexable shoulder milling cutters

line of indexable shoulder milling cutters to include an insert with a 2.5-mm (0.1") nose radii.

The square milling cutters feature V bottom inserts and secure insert retention, enabling high-speed milling of aluminum alloys and other non-ferrous materials. The cutters ensure stability and efficiency in shouldering, slotting and profiling applications at elevated cutting speeds, the company says.

The use of lightweight, high-strength aluminum alloys is increasing across many industries to reduce environmental burdens. More specifically, the aerospace industry is using aluminum alloys for large aircraft components to meet weight reduction requirements for improved fuel efficiency.

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Monaghan Tooling’s Top Speed Ring Allows 70% Higher Feed Rates

Monaghan Tooling Group introduces its Top Speed Ring, a reamer that allows higher feed rates.

Monaghan Tooling Group’s Top Speed Ring is a reamer that allows up to 70% higher feed rates than traditional cutting rings, according to the company.  These modular Top Speed Rings require no setting. 

 
Top Speed ring

Monaghan Tooling's Top Speed Ring.

They have a diameter range from 50,600 mm–225,000 mm (1.9921”-8.8583”). Four extra teeth compared with expandable rings are designed to allow for faster cutting with better surface finishes and roundness. Solid, straight or left-hand fluted designs ensure stoutness throughout its long service life, the company says. 

Different cutting materials and coatings are available to ream a variety of part materials, special geometries upon request. Holders come with internal coolant as standard.  The Top Speed Ring holders are made with either cylindrical shanks or module connections for runout compensation. The Top Speed Ring can be repaired/re-tipped and achieve the same tool life as new reamers, making them efficient and cost-effective, the company says. They are especially useful for high speed reaming applications, long production runs, large hole reaming and whenever precise, repeatable reaming is required.




Big Kaiser Adds New Inserts to its Offering

Big Kaiser Precision Tooling is adding more than 30 pressed-geometry carbide inserts for its tools.

Big Kaiser Precision Tooling is adding more than 30 pressed-geometry carbide inserts for its tools. The insert design is the result of extensive research and testing.

Big Kaiser pressed-geometry inserts

Big Kaiser pressed-geometry inserts.

The grades and geometries offer improved chip control due to optimized chipbreakers, even when boring gummy materials like low-carbon or stainless steel; improved coatings for increased speed and better wear resistance; more positive cutting geometries to reduce cutting forces, chatter and vibration when used in deep-hole boring operations; longer tool life; and up to 20% savings when compared withcurrent grades.

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