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Picking the Right Toolholder for the Toughest Jobs

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


When sizing up an application for a milling toolholder, it is necessary to consider the materials being machined, how aggressively metal is going to be removed, and any machining conditions that are likely to present a challenge to tooling security. By now, the pros and cons of hydraulic, mechanical, and heat-assisted shrink-fit systems are well known and results well documented. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Drop-In Retooling Puts Rush into Titanium Turning

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


It goes without saying that we should never let tooling hold back a good machine. That truism holds as much for short-run work on difficult superalloys as for high-volume machining of commodity steels and aluminums. Because of its reputation for handling the tough jobs, Micor Industries (Decatur, AL) is a very busy place. The 70-man contract machine shop runs 80 hours a week on average, dealing with titanium, Inconel, 2507 stainless steel and similar high chrome and nickel alloys. Full Article

Osborn Moves North American HQ to Richmond, IN

Press Release - Osborn


RICHMOND, Ind. – July 2015 – Osborn, the world’s leading supplier of industrial brushes, polishing compounds and buffs, recently moved its North American headquarters to Richmond, Ind.At its new headquarters, Osborn expects to create more than 30 new jobs. Along with its current 180,000-ft2 Richmond facility, Osborn plans to construct a 7,400-ft2 addition in late 2015. Full Article

Quickly Adapt to Changing Needs with Modular Tooling

Nicholas Bergmann, General Manager, EXSYS Tool Inc.


In today’s just-in-time business environment, shops must quickly respond to product changes and meet extremely tight delivery times, yet continue to achieve increasingly higher quality standards. For these shops, smaller lot sizes of very different products have replaced high-volume long-running production of identical parts. For these reasons, making fast job changeovers is a key factor for success. Full Article

Shops Migrate to Higher Value Parts Making

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Following the money trail is a police-drama honored way of sorting out the usual suspects in solving a crime. Keeping an eye on the money is also a good strategy for shops looking to remain competitive, as well as a bigger payday. Today, adopting five-axis machine technology is a tried and true method of producing more complex workpieces with higher value in both the raw and the machined states. Full Article

Shop Solves Machining Problems with Creative Cutting Tools

Contributing Editor Ed Sinkora


Taking the approach that “you need to be able to think like a tool,” Sonic Tools has provided customers with some truly innovative solutions. If you’ve ever counted the wasted time of your tool changes... Or watched impatiently as a ballnose end mill made pass after pass as it cut a contour, on part after part after part... Or thrown out another expensive tool after what seemed like too few cycles, then you’ve probably reached out to a custom tool manufacturer such as Sonic Tools (Ashland, VA). Full Article

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