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GWS Tool Group Announces Acquires North American Tool Corp.

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.

HMCs Offer Perfect Platform for Flexibility, Performance

Horizontal machining center technology—a long-time mainstay of OEMs and Tier One contract manufacturers—has morphed into space efficient, versatile machining platforms that any high-mix job shop can benefit from.

Shops Use Shrink-Fit with Presetters for Toolholding Efficiency

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.

How to Choose the Best Toolholding System for Your Shop

Many job shops hold onto traditional, inexpensive tooling systems. ER collets and Weldon flats are tried and true; they work and are proven. At the same time, newer, advanced machining technology, such as multi-axis machines, may perform better when newer, advanced (and more expensive) toolholders are deployed.