Beginning around six years ago, one machine tool builder after another added laser cutting and even welding to their products’ already impressive repertoires.
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Hainbuch America Corp., Germantown, Wis., offers a modular workholding system with maximum flexibility and designed for a wide range of part diameters, configurations and small quantities.
Machine manufacturers are working to streamline the gear-making process, to deliver a more highly finished gear in fewer steps.
Walter has reached an agreement to acquire the Melin Tool Co., a privately-owned, Cleveland-based company and manufacturer of solid-carbide and HSS end mills, drills and countersinks.
November 2019 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $189.1 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.
It’s getting harder to imagine any market that isn’t benefiting from the latest developments in parts manufactured from advanced composites. “Advanced composites will arguably dominate consumer and production products, especially in the near future,” says Bert Erdel, industry consultant and executive technology advisor, Morris Group Inc. (Windsor, CT), “as they have begun to gain wide acceptance in solving energy-related issues.”
The machining challenges for two of the most advanced concepts in cutting tool materials are pretty well known. Cubic boron nitride (CBN) tools of varying designs are being used to cut hardened ferrous metals with or without interrupted cuts, as well as welded and clad metals.
Mitsui Seiki USA Inc., Franklin Lakes, N.J., has announced the appointment of Kyal Machine Tools Ltd. as its exclusive representative for machine tool sales and service in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
GWS Tool Group announced it has acquired North American Tool Corp. (NATC). It is the second add-on acquisition in 2020 for GWS. Located in South Beloit, Illinois, North American Tool is a supplier of special taps, dies, and gages.
Unlike its name, the use of shrink-fit tooling is expanding. A shrink-fit toolholder starts with a slightly undersize bore that is heated to enlarge the inner diameter enough to accept a cutting tool and then grip the cutter as it cools and contracts.