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Innovative Tooling Puts Security into Tough Machining

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Nobody likes the thought of cuts or smashed fingers tooling up a job—before the machine is up and running, or tool and spindle-damaging crashes afterwards. “Getting the tooling right is the most important part of running any job,” said Steve Rose, CNC training consultant and former Swiss machine shop owner. Full Article

Sandvik Coromant Opens New Facility

Press Release - Sandvik Coromant


On October 16, 2014, Sandvik Coromant US celebrated the Grand Opening of its new US headquarters in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. The 100,000 square-foot facility contains a combination of modern office space, extensive meeting facilities, and a state-of-the-art Productivity Center and ITAR-certified Aerospace Application Center with machining capacity for customer training, engineering and process development. Full Article

Partmaking for People

Teun van Asten, Engineer Marketing Services, Solid Milling, Seco Tools


The manufacturing of medical components must meet standards of accuracy, reliability, quality, and traceability that equal and sometimes exceed those required for aerospace and nuclear parts. In addition, global competition and efforts to restrain health care expense create great pressure to maximize productivity and reduce manufacturing costs. Full Article

Diamonds Can Be A Tool's Best Friend

Don Graham, Manager of Education and Technical Services, Seco Tools Inc.


If you’re machining high-performance parts from advanced non-ferrous materials, diamonds could be your best friend—especially if you’re dealing with high demands and limited capacity.Diamond is the hardest, most abrasion-resistant material known, making it a brilliant cutting solution for manufacturing. Full Article

Against the Odds at MTM

Edited by Senior Editor Michael Anderson from information provided by Seco Tools


The odds are often stacked against May Technology & Manufacturing Inc. (MTM) when it comes to its aerospace work. For starters, the Kansas City, MO, shop operates in an intense high-mix/low-volume production environment, which affords little, if any, time for job setups and test runs. Full Article

In Aerospace Boring, It's all about the Tool

Jack Burley, VP, Sales and Engineering, BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc.


Aerospace is unique among industries in its thirst for component accuracy. Flight-critical parts are expensive to begin with, then must be machined to ‘blemish-free’ precision. Unlike any other industry, anything that goes into the air has to be on spec, as the smallest imperfection in machining can adversely affect flight safety. Full Article

Maximizing Metal Removal in Titanium

Mark Huston, VP, Global Engineered Solutions, Kennametal Inc.


The US Federal Aviation Administration’s most recent forecast (FAA Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years 2013–2033) notes that “over the long term, we see a competitive and profitable aviation industry.” Fundamentally, as economies stabilize and strengthen, so will aviation manufacturing. Full Article

Cornering the Market on Suspension Innovation

Edited by Executive Editor James D. Sawyer from information provided by BIG Kaiser


It has been a roller-coaster ride of a 2014 season for Andretti Autosport. The highs were certainly high, with four of the five Andretti racers finishing the 98th Indianapolis 500 in the top six, including Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won the race. When the checkered flag waved to end the last race of the season, the team saw three drivers finish the year inside the top nine in the championship standings. Full Article

Secure Machining of Deep Internal Grooves

Press Release - Sandvik Coromant


The CoroCut QD system now includes CoroTurn® SL blades for deep grooves in internal machining. The modularity of the CoroTurn SL interface enables tool assemblies optimized for the specific application. Internal grooving and parting off with long overhangs requires stability and tooling solutions that keep vibration to a minimum. Full Article

Viewpoints: Standardized Tooling Data Enables Smarter Choices

Sean Holt, Vice President of Engineering, Sandvik Coromant


Engineers and machinists on the shop floor are constantly under pressure to problem-solve and reduce the time it takes to transform a design into a finished component. This can affect their ability to keep up with the equally rapid-fire advancements in machine and tooling technology. As CAM technology advances, manufacturers are turning to digital manufacturing solutions to seamlessly manage their entire product life-cycle. Now more than ever, the demand for fully integrated and connected manufacturing systems is growing, and it will only continue to grow. Full Article

Innovative Tools Remove the Jagged Edges

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Precision product finishing has come a long way from the days when the principal options for burr removal were manual deburring or high-volume tumbling. Both of those options play an important role in helping manufacturers meet their finishing requirements, especially with the variety of equipment and media available to meet most any part requirement. Full Article

S-Carb High Performance End Mills

Press Release - SGS Tool Company


SGS Tool Company, a leader in solid carbide cutting tool manufacturing, has expanded its S‐Carb offering to include anew ball nose geometry, additional corner radius and reach options, and larger diameters. The S‐Carb high performance end mills are designed for aggressive aluminum, non‐ferrous and nonmetallic machining applications requiring a high level of material removal. Full Article

Plastic Composite Routers from SGS Tool Company

Press Release - SGS Tool Company


SGS Tool Company, a leader in solid carbide cutting tool manufacturing, has added a new Plastic Composite Router (PCR) to its high performance offering. The new Series 29 PCR product line is specifically designed for machine routing glass reinforced composite materials, such as fiberglass and G10, as well as most other common plastic and non‐metallic materials. Full Article

Searching Toolboxes for the Right Solution

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Suppliers of advanced tooling and workholding solutions are an innovative lot who like doing nothing better than trying to one-up the competition on behalf of their customers. That involves paying careful attention to where the opportunities for advanced technologies lie and how to expand their offerings of products and services. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Quick-Change Tooling Primes Pump Production

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Long job changeover times and setup scrap constantly hindered drive-shaft machining operations at Bosch Rexroth Corporation’s drives and controls plant in Fountain Inn, SC. The shop desperately needed to reduce setup scrap and the almost 60 minutes of downtime that occurred every time it switched from one hydraulic pump drive-shaft job to the next on its twin-spindle/twin-turret turning machines. Full Article

IMTS 2014: Precision Tooling has Never Been Valued More

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


“Demand for precision tooling has never been higher and valued more, especially since the last recession when manufacturers made significant investments in improving their productivity with advanced technology,” said Tim Fara, president, Bilz Co. Inc. (Lombard, IL). Full Article

ARCH Global Precision Announces the Acquisition of Voisard Tool

Press Release - ARCH Global Precision


ARCH Global Precision, a Strength Capital Partners platform company that is focused on precision machined components and precision cutting tools has acquired Voisard Tool (“Voisard”) located in Russia, Ohio from Gene and Pam Voisard. Full Article

Okuma and Boeing to Present Discussion and Demonstration of STEP-NC ISO Standard During IMTS 2014

Press Release - Okuma America


During the upcoming IMTS 2014 show and the Trends in Advanced Machining, Manufacturing and Materials (TRAM) Conference, Boeing and Okuma will share their experiences in technology leadership with a new implementation of the STEP-NC ISO standard. Comparative titanium cutting shown every day at 11:00 a.m. in the Okuma booth, S-8500 to demonstrate programming efficiencies. Full Article

Shop Solutions -- Making the Grade: New Solutions Make Precision Products More Competitive

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Precision Products Inc. had a reputation to uphold. Known for machining a wide variety of quality components in a very efficient manner, the company is successful because it never rests on its laurels. Management continuously searches for new ways to optimize their processes, fine-tune their operation and stay on top of current trends. But after purchasing a new machine and earning a contract for components machined in stainless steel, owner and engineer Bruce Palmer was no longer in his comfort zone and needed external support. Full Article

Allied Machine & Engineering Corp. Begins Phase II of Expansion Project

Allied Machine & Engineering Corp.


Allied Machine & Engineering Corp. will officially break ground Tuesday, July 15, at 10:30 on Phase II of its expansion project. It involves a 30,000 square foot addition to its West Third Street facility which includes research and development space, training areas, offices, and cafeteria space. The addition is expected to cost $15.1 million. Full Article

US Cutting Tool Consumption Up 2.1% in April



April U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $175 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 2.1 percent from March’s total and down 3.3 percent from April 2013. Full Article

Mats Ceder Named President of DE-STA-CO

Press Release From DE-STA-CO


DE-STA-CO, the world’s leading manufacturer of positioning and holding equipment, welcomes Mats Ceder as president, effective June 10, 2014. Ceder succeeds John Podczerwinski, who announced his retirement after leading DE-STA-CO through three years of record earnings since joining the company in 2011.  Full Article

Kaiser Tool Company's THINBIT Celebrates 50th Birthday

Kaiser Tool Company


Fifty years is a long time for any company and is particularly amazing for a small manufacturing company.  The idea of THINBIT® grooving tools, its start in a garage and attic and its subsequent growth to where it is today is a wonderful story.  A story that speaks of the tenacity of its founders, William and Hazel Kaiser, and the hard work and resilience of its people throughout these past fifty years. Full Article

Vise Accessories from Kurt Manufacturing Company

Kurt Manufacturing Company


Kurt’s broad line of vise accessories, including its 3-in-one jaw plates, vise handle hangers, sine parallels, and groove lock, add versatility to workholding setups and improve productivity. Full Article

Manufacturing Technology Orders Down in February

AMT--The Association for Manufacturing Technology


February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $354.40 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 6.6% from January and down 6.2% when compared with the total of $377.82 million reported for February 2013. Full Article

Is an Automotive Tooling Capacity Gap Looming?

Laurie Harbour, President and CEO, Harbour Results Inc.


Will there be a significant gap in automotive tooling capacity within the next five years? If so, how will this affect reshoring or the demand that other industries, such as appliance, aerospace and consumer products, are placing on the automotive tool supplier base? These are the important issues that Harbour Results Inc. (HRI) investigated in its latest research. With HRI’s years of experience in automotive tooling it seemed obvious when looking at the data that there could be a problem but this needed validation. Full Article

Viewpoints: Manufacturing is the New IT Career

Carlos Cardoso, Kennametal Chairman, President and CEO


Like many of our nation’s citizens, a career in manufacturing made it possible for me to live the American Dream. Full Article

United Grinding North America Names Terry Derrico as New President and CEO

United Grinding North America


United Grinding North America, Inc. today announced that current President and CEO, Rodger Pinney, has been elected as vice chairmanof the company’s board of directors in conjunction with his planned retirement on April 1, 2014. Terry Derrico will join United Grinding North America, Inc. as its new president and CEO and assume complete responsibility for leading the company’s strategic, tactical, operational, and administrative functions in North America. Full Article

US Cutting Tool Consumption Up 14.5% in January



January U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $158 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 14.5 percent from December’s total and down 10.6 percent from January 2013. Full Article

MFH-Raptor High Feed Milling Cutter with Anti-Vibration Design

Kyocera Industrial Cermanics Corp.


Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation, Cutting Tool Division today introduced its new MFH-Raptor High Feed Milling Cutter, which features an anti-vibration design for increased productivity in ramping and helical milling at high speeds.The MFH-Raptor offers a variety of cutting options with three different inserts designed specifically to enhance general milling; to support large depth-of-cut operations (up to 5mm), and to provide a wiper edge for roughing and finishing, even in low-horsepower machining centers. Full Article

Focus on the Workforce: You're Hired--Apprenticeships Can Reinvigorate Workforce

Chris Kaiser, President and CEO, BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc.


It may seem that no stone has been left unturned in the ongoing push to bridge the skills gap in American manufacturing. As an industry, manufacturing has devoted concerted efforts towards countering misconceptions, building inroads with technical colleges and general recruitment. And while there have been high-value, public victories in changing these perceptions, the fact remains that manufacturing jobs remain unfilled while thousands of Americans, lacking the correct set of skills, are seeking work. Full Article

Manufacturing Technology Orders End 2013 on Strong Note

AMT--The Association for Manufacturing Technology


December U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $491.89 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 9.9% from November and up 11.8% when compared with the total of $439.90 million reported for December 2012. Full Article

Quick-Change Five-Axis Workholding Systems Keep Spindles Turning

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


With five-axis machines continuing to grow in popularity, given their more accessible prices and programming software, demand has also grown for modular workholding systems specifically built for these machines that can be changed out quickly and deliver reliable, accurate fixturing job after job.Several leading workholding providers have developed all new five-axis workholding systems that deliver just that. Full Article

Bilsing Carbon Fiber Master Boom Meets GM World Tool Standards

Bilsing Automation


Bilsing Automation has announced that it offers Carbon Fiber(CF) Master Booms that meet dimensional specification and standards as set by General Motors for its World Tool Boom. Full Article

Sandvik Coromant Teams with Star SU for Gear Milling

Sandvik Coromant & Star SU


Sandvik Coromant, the world’s leading producer of cutting tools for the metal cutting industry, has teamed up with Star SU on an extended basis. Beginning as an authorized OEM agent, and now a national channel partner with Sandvik Coromant for Gear Milling tools, Star SU is a top industry provider of gear related tools and milling cutters in the Americas. Full Article

November Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 0.6% From October

AMT--The Assocation for Manufacturing Technology


November U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $437.79 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 0.6% from October and up 20.7% when compared with the total of $362.63 million reported for November 2012. Full Article

US Cutting Tool Consumption Down 16.6% in November



November U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $156 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was down 16.6 percent from October’s total and down 7.0 percent from November 2012. Full Article

Using Digital Tools to Optimize Your Cutting Tools

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Significant advances in tooling materials, design and operation, combined with an array of constantly improving computer-driven tools, are helping the manufacturing industry keep pace with demands for improved productivity and efficiency. In addition to cloud-based computer-aided design and manufacturing software (CAD/CAM), new digital tools, and linkages to those tools, are being developed all the time. Full Article

SD-SP15 New T-Slot Cutters with a Unique Spline Connection

ISCAR Press Release


ISCAR is introducing the SD-SP15, a new family of narrow slotting and groove milling cutters, featuring 1.25” diameter milling heads with 8 teeth in a width range of .125 - .250” for maximum depth of cut up to .315”.   Full Article

US Cutting Tool Consumption Up 13.1% in October



October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $176 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 13.1 percent from September’s total but down 5.8 percent from October 2012. Full Article

Collets for Hydromat Rotary Transfer Machines

Hardinge Inc.


Hardinge Inc. (Elmira, NY) manufactures a complete line of collets for Hydromat rotary transfer machines to help you fully meet your high quality production needs. Hydromat collets are manufactured to rigid specifications including material, heat treatment and accuracy for the high-production environment. Full Article

QuickFlex® System from WTO Saves Money Up Front--and Over Time



The perfect combination: ER collet chuck and Quick Change system in one toolholder. Full Article

Siemens and KUKA Announce Cooperation

Siemens and KUKA Roboter GmbH


Siemens Drive Technologies Division and KUKA Roboter GmbH have announced comprehensive cooperation at EMO in Hanover. The central pillar of the cooperation is integration of KUKA robots and Siemens CNC solutions for loading machine tools. Full Article

US Cutting Tool Consumption Off 8.2% Through June

The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI)


June U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $155 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was down 6.6 percent from May and down 12.8 percent from the June 2012 level of $195 million. Full Article

Four Partners Join Komet Service Program

Senior Editor James Sawyer


The Komet Service program for North America that was announced at IMTS 2012 is bearing fruit. Two partners already have been brought on board and two more companies soon will become part of the program, one in June and the other in July. Full Article

To Swiss or Not to Swiss?

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Choices lead to machining solutions for most small complex parts Full Article

Rego-Fix: Swiss-Made Precision Toolholding

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


The three sons of the late Fritz Weber lead the next chapter for Rego-Fix, the fast-growing Swiss precision toolholding manufacturer   Full Article

Seco Relocates Custom Tooling Division to HQ in Troy, MI

Seco Tools


Seco Tools recently announced that it will close its Lenoir City, TN, custom tooling unit facility and relocate it to its North American headquarters in Troy, MI.  Full Article

Komet Names First Service Partner

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


Cutting tool developer Komet of America Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) has named CountyLine Tool (East Peoria, IL) as its first North American Komet Service licensed partner, providing customers with tool refurbishment services as well as Komet brand standard and made-to-order solid carbide tools. Full Article

Agility Delivers Workholding Dollars

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Quick change (QC), zero point clamping, modular vises and clamping devices are just some of the buzzwords one hears in the workholding world. Typically stated objectives are reduction in setup time and downtime, increased spindle utilization, and flexibility to match requirements of automation and increasingly popular five-axis machining.  Full Article

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