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Dillon Air Chuck Jaws Provide Maximum Gripping Surface for Delicate Parts

Press Release - Dillon Manufacturing Inc.


Dillon pin-location top jaws hold small and delicate parts – such as those often machined using air chucks - firmly without damaging or marring their surface. The jaws are milled with very close tolerances to correctly fit the chuck.The jaws can be customized per customers’ requests.  Full Article

Walter Augments F2010 Face Mill Productivity with Two New Insert Cartridges

Press Release - Walter


Walter has introduced two new indexable insert cartridges for the Walter F2010 face mill. These new cartridges, the FR751M and FR752M, bring the flexibility and performance of Walter BLAXX tangential indexable inserts to the Walter F2010 face mill. The family of indexable milling tools, characterized by precision and reliability, includes shoulder, helical and slitting mills. Full Article

OSG Changes Name to Better Reflect Core Competencies

Press Release - OSG USA Inc.


OSG Tap & Die, Inc., a leading manufacturer of taps, drills, end mills, dies and indexable cutting tools, announced that it has officially changed its name to OSG USA, INC. effective immediately.The corporate name change was made to better reflect the diverse array of products and services that OSG markets domestically. Full Article

Automate Part Loading with New Unilock ESA 120/70 Chucks

Press Release - BIG Kaiser


The worlds of workholding and automation collide with the addition of Unilock’s new ESA 120/70 automation chuck. Unilock is known for reducing setup and changeover costs, but until now, the standard knob program was limited when it came to automation. Full Article

Emuge Introduces Comprehensive Tooling Program for Threading Demanding Titanium Alloys

Press Release - Emuge Corp.


Today, Emuge Corp. ( announced they are introducing a comprehensive line of high-performance tools for threading demanding alloyed Titanium materials. Ranging from taps with unique new geometry designs to solid carbide thread mills, the new program provides solutions for the most demanding titanium challenges such as in Aerospace, Defense and Medical machining applications. Full Article

The Heat Is On Difficult-to-Machine Metals

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Cutting tool manufacturers call on a lot of tribal knowledge to help their customers find the most productive machining solutions for processing difficult-to-machine materials. Manufacturers in industries that are big users of titanium, stainless steels, Inconels, and other high-temperature heat-resistant superalloys (HRSA) are increasingly seeking machining solutions that extend tool life, improve productivity, deliver consistent part quality, and take advantage of the latest advances in machine tool technology—all at the same time. Full Article

Advanced Manufacturing Now: New Toolholder Technology Improves Efficiency

Jose Alvarenga, Tap Holder Product Manager, Emuge Corp.


Traditionally in high-volume thread production, productivity can be limited by machine tool spindle rotational speeds and feeds. Synchronous spindles often do not achieve the programmed rotational speeds above a certain spindle feed. Especially when using small cutting tool diameters, the programmed cutting speed may not be achieved without decreasing tool life and increasing cycle times. Full Article

New President Named to Lead Seco Tools, LLC

Press Release - Seco Tools


Seco Tools, LLC in North America has appointed Robert Keenan as the company’s new president effective Jan. 1, 2015. Keenan will succeed current president Kurt Nordlund who will return to Seco Tools AB in Sweden as senior advisor on a global basis.A planned transition, Seco promoted Keenan from within the organization. Full Article

CARVEsmart™ Expands Quick Change Vise Jaw System Product Line

Press Release - CARVEsmart


CARVEsmart™, maker of the original quick change vise jaw system, has added a fully accessorized 4” tool steel master jaw set, SMARTstop™ for repetitive set ups, PERMAjaw a flippable ductile cast iron jaw and two new extruded aluminum profiles and new cut-to-any-length 1-1/2”W x 2”H and a 1”W x 1.71”H flippable extrusions. Full Article

Marposs Acquires Precision Tooling and Gaging Manufacturer

Press Release - Marposs


Marposs S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy) has announced the acquisition of FL Tool Holders LLC of Livonia, Michigan, a leading manufacturer of precision tooling and gaging products for the automotive, aerospace, marine and off-road manufacturing industries. Full Article

Roughing and Semi-Finish Machining with Tangential Indexable Inserts

Press Release - MAPAL


MAPAL has developed a new generation of tangential indexable inserts for roughing and semi-finishing operations. The sintered CTMQ inserts with four cutting edges are particularly cost-effective in applications with larger admissible tolerances, as is generally the case for roughing. Full Article

Mini-Spiral Mill-Thread Cutters from Carmex

Press Release - Carmex


The new Mini Spiral Mill-Thread cutter line from Carmex Precision Tools, Ltd., extends “X-treme thread cutting™” capability to diameters as small as 5/8 16 UN and 3/8 18 NPT. Designed with Carmexʼs Helical Advantage™ for better performance and improved finish, the Mini Spiral line permits faster cutting action and reduced cycle time with less vibration and chatter. Full Article

CJWinter Exhibiting at HOUSTEX 2015

Press Release - CJWinter


CJWinter will be exhibiting in the HOUSTEX 2015 show on February 24-26 in booth #252. CJWinter is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of cold roll tooling, cylindrical dies and thread rolling attachments. CJWinter products are found in traditional rolling applications, such as those used to create threads, knurls or splines. Full Article

Jergens Expands Its Range of Workholding Pallets

Press Release - Jergens Inc.


Jergens Inc. range of pallet solutions has been expanded to include two more styles, a 4-Pin pallet and a manual version of the company’s popular ZPS (Zero Point System). Announced in September at IMTS 2014, the new pallet solutions offer users several key features. Full Article

New INCONEX End Mills Break Productivity Barriers in Tests With Hi-Temp Alloys

Press Release - IMCO Carbide Tool


IMCO Carbide Tool today announced a January launch for a new high-performance end mill designed specifically to overcome the challenges of machining in hi-temp alloys.“The new INCONEX line is a real breakthrough in productivity for machining in Inconel, Hastalloy, Waspalloy, and similar hi-temp alloys,” said Perry Osburn, IMCO president. Full Article

Jergens Announces Two New Universal Multi-Axis Rotary Adapters

Press Release - Jergens


Jergens Inc. announces its universal Multi-Axis Rotary Adapters for a range of 3, 4 and 5 axis applications. The two additions, first unveiled at IMTS 2014, are designed with FixturePro® QLS mounting system or Jergens Zero Point System (ZPS) which provide easy implantation on a wide range of standard rotary indexers and tables. Full Article

Eaton Team in Shenandoah, IA, Develops Safer, More Efficient Machine Lockout Device

Eaton Press Release


SHENANDOAH, IA -- Power management company Eaton announced today that employees at the company’s Shenandoah commercial vehicle transmission plant have invented a new electrical lockout device that minimizes safety risks during machine maintenance and significantly improves efficiency of the lockout procedure. Full Article

US Cutting Tool Consumption Up 4.6% in September

Press Release - AMT & USCTI


September U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $176.5 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 4.6% from August’s total and up 7.7% from September 2013. Full Article

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

Shop Solutions: CNC Retrofit Improves Job Shop Performance

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Major Tool & Machine (MTM: Indianapolis, IN) is a large job shop, producing precision milled and turned hardware throughout the company’s 500,000 ft2 (46,451 m2) Indiana facility for mission critical, one-off projects for leading aerospace, energy, nuclear, and defense companies. According to owner and CEO Steve Weyreter, MTM started with an aggressive retrofit strategy. 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

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