Hommel & Keller QUICK Knurling & Marking Tools Now Available from Platinum Tooling
Platinum Tooling, the importer and master distributor of live tools, angle heads, marking tools, Swiss tools and multi-spindle tools manufactured by various global suppliers, is now the North American importer of the QUICK knurling and marking tools from Hommel & Keller.
The announcement was made by Platinum Tooling president, Preben Hansen, at headquarters in Prospect Heights, Illinois.
A longtime global leader in high-end knurling and marking tools, Hommel & Keller manufactures the QUICK line with a combination of function and innovation. Quality, precision, and stability are the key principals used to make QUICK tools successful. Furthermore, the company prides itself on a rich history of providing customized solutions for its customers.
The QUICK product spectrum offers innovative solutions for diverse knurling technology applications. For both form knurling and cut knurling, QUICK fulfills the most stringent quality standards and masters difficult tasks. Knurling tools are available for use on a wide range of workpiece diameters, including small tools for Swiss type lathes from Ø1.5mm.
QUICK marking tools make it possible to mark workpieces in seconds on a variety of surfaces and part geometries. Through single marking segments, the marking text can be individually customized. Tools are available in two diameters for interchangeable lettering, as well as custom logos.
These tools are used whenever absolute precision and first-rate surface quality are needed. Examples include medical and dental instruments, watches, fishing gear, windshield wiper shafts, barbells, screwdriver bits, fittings, connectors plus welding and cutting equipment.
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Platinum Tooling, the importer of live tools, angle heads, marking tools, Swiss tools, and multiple spindle tools manufactured by various global suppliers, has been importing and stocking Henninger Speed Increasers in North America since 2019.
Henninger, located in southwest Germany is a manufacturer of specialized equipment and precision machine tool accessories. Spindle Speeders, mechanical, air, and electric motor driven, Custom Angle Heads and Live Centers are amongst their specialties.
These systems are particularly useful for small-diameter tools that require more rpms than the machine tool spindle offers. Speeders enable using small-diameter tools that require more rpms than the machine spindle can offer. An additional benefit is said to be less wear on the machine spindle because it is not required to run at maximum rpm.
These speed increasers help maximize productivity by achieving a higher spindle rpm required for certain applications in today’s marketplace.
Mechanical speeders are available with up to a 1:8 gear ratio and a maximum speed of 50,000 rpm. Air speeders can run continuously at up to 80,000 rpm and high frequency motor spindles can maintain up to 80,000 rpm with high torque, and have variable speed options.
Many of the speeders have automatic tool change capabilities and are modular in design to offer the customer greater flexibility.
Henninger also manufactures custom angle heads, live centers, face drivers, and live chucks.
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Well known throughout the United States and Canada, the Better Edge team has been providing cutting tool reconditioning services for over 25 years to metalworking end users in the Automotive & Transportation, Aerospace & Defense, Heavy Equipment, Tool Manufacturing, Medical and Energy Industries.
With state-of-the-art CNC 5-Axis grinders, sophisticated inspection equipment and in-house coating capabilities, they service a wide range of drills in a variety of tool styles, including multi-step and chipbreaker type tools. They are also experts in applying close tolerance edge preps and corner geometries on standards and blue print special drilling tools.
Better Edge will restore drill points to original specifications all top brands of solid carbide high performance drills, including Kennametal®, Widia®, Garr®, Mitsubishi®, Sumitomo®, Sandvik®, OSG®, Titex® and Hanita®.
No matter the degree of wear, Better Edge will restore like-new performance - GUARANTEED.
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Change the Cutting Insert without Removing the Toolholder with the New SuperMini from Horn USA
Horn USA has introduced its proven Supermini tool holder system with face clamping as a set, thereby responding to customer requests for different tooling system heights.
As a result of the design of the Supermini, clamping is not carried out via the lateral surface of the cutting insert but via a clamping wedge on the face. This results in a greater holding force on the insert and thus high rigidity of the entire system.
written and edited by Bernard Martin
Increase your factory productivity with the all new, next generation 52/96 zero point workholding system from Mate Precision Technologies: Mate DynoGripTM Vises, Mate DynoLockTM Bases and Mate DynoMountTM Mounts and Accessories.
Mate Precision Technologies may be a new name to some folks in the tooling and workholding industry, but Mate has decades of machining experience producing precision, high quality steel products for customers around the world.
Mate created a new standard in Rotary Toolholders decades ago when they introduced the Command Toolholder brand that set a new bar by holding an AT3 taper tolerance. Mate then moved into Punch Press Tooling, Press Brake and Laser Tooling and has become the world leader in each of those markets. Using this knowledge, Mate set out about 7 years ago to design and develop the ultimate workholding system.
The Mate 52/96 zero point workholding system maximizes holding power in a compact, quick change modular design that reduces setup time and process variability. It is ideal for 3-, 4- and 5-axis machining centers. Going beyond machining, it can be used in a variety of applications such as inspection, CMM, cleaning, washing, assembly and additive manufacturing.
Their zero point 52/96 workholding system is compatible with similar systems, including 52mm and 96mm four post pull stud configurations from Lang, Jergens, 5th Axis, Gerardi and others. The vises also accept a single pull stud configuration for compatibility with Schunk, Big Daishowa and others. By using the appropriate adapter, Mate 52/96 zero point vises are easily modified to work with systems from SMW, Erowa, System 3R and others. It is perhaps the most well thought out and versatile system on the market today.
With an eye to factory automation, the Mate 52/96 zero point workholding system includes QuickSpecsTM, a unique QR code based product identification system that provides real-time access to product information and potential integration into your business systems. The system also supports common robotic interfaces and palletizing systems.
Mate has truly taken the best-of-breed approach in the development of their DynoGrip 52/96 vises by capturing all of the state-of-the-art features offered by competitors, improved on them, and then bundled them in the most feature rich, robust system on the market today. And it's all done by machinists for machinists.
Mate's DynGRip 52/96 Vise FeatureS Overview
In the video below, Mate Latin America Regional Sales Manager Benjamin Harrison discusses the Mate 52/96 Workholding System. Ben provides a detailed look at the key product features that show how Mate Workholding is designed to be the industry's most accurate and repeatable zero point workholding systems on the market. Filmed by MTD CNC at IMTS 2022 in Chicago.
Did you miss IMTS 2022? Check out the video below recapping the Blue Photon adhesive workholding solutions that was on display.
Blue Photon’s adhesive workholding solves problems associated with current workholding devices. The technology allows the user to hold parts and most materials without clamping. It also offers fixture design and engineering for milling, turning, grinding, electrical discharge machining (ECM), electro-chemical machining (EDM), 3D printing, laser, inspection, and assembly applications, including aerospace, additive, robotics, and medical machining.
Blue Photon Grip Pallets are designed to simplify how parts are loaded, reduce scrap and increase spindle uptime.
Available in 150, 225 and 300 mm square pallets, the Grip Pallets are designed for quick change and adhesive workholding of complex and hard-to-hold parts for EDM, grinding, inspection, laser and milling operations.
The pallets can hold parts securely, providing increased machining access on five to six surfaces while using standardized fixturing systems already in place.
Blue Photon’s grippers are inserted into new external inserts, designed specifically for the Grip Pallets. The external inserts are available for use with small, medium and large grippers. The new inserts allow for simple installation of the grippers at the required height for maximum holding power.
The 150-mm square pallet is available in aluminum and steel with a 52-mm pattern for a quick change receiver that will hold up to nine grippers. The 225-mm square pallet is available in aluminum and steel with a 96-mm pattern for a quick change receiver that will hold up to 21 grippers. The 300-mm square pallet is available in aluminum with a 96-mm pattern for a quick change receiver that will hold up to 33 grippers.
Each Grip Pallet includes two handles with multiple color choices and four spacers, with a 25.4-mm standoff that allows for the recommended nominal of 1-mm joint thickness between gripper and part.
Optional clamp studs are available for both 52 mm and 96 mm patterns for 5th axis, Jergens, Lang and Mate systems. Part can be removed with a ¼ turn twist of the gripper or hot-water soak. Residual adhesive is removed by using a handheld steamer or a hot-water soak and a light peeling action.
Check out these details and more from the IMTS video below.
If you missed seeing Blue Photon at IMTS 2022, you can always schedule a customer meeting with with one of our team.
Taking a look at live tooling
by Preben Hansen
This article originally appeared in Cutting Tool Engineering.
Live tooling, as a component on a lathe, is specifically manipulated by the CNC to perform various milling, drilling and other operations while the workpiece is being held in position by the main or sub-spindle.
These components, whether BMT or VDI, are also called driven tools, as opposed to static tools, that are used during turning operations.
Need a new tool?
When the need arises for a new machine tool, careful consideration should be made to determine which live tools are appropriate for your application. While a standard machine tool package will help you get started, it is important to anticipate job and volume changes, as well unforeseen machining challenges from the beginning, in order to avoid machine downtime.
Your examination can range from the simple such as external vs. internal coolant, for example, to the sublime including adjustable or multi-spindle configurations, to the custom tool, which may be required and built to suit your special application. Finding a supplier who has an in-house machine shop for the preparation of special tools is a great value-add.
Tool life is the product of cutting intensity, materials processed, machine stability and parts produced. Two seemingly identical job shops can have vastly different tooling needs because one is automotive and one is medical, or one specializes in the one-off and low-volume work, while the other has a greater occurrence of longer running jobs. The totality of your operation determines the best tooling for the machines being purchased.
Bearing construction and the resulting spindle concentricity drive the life of any tool. You might find that just a 10-15% greater investment in a better design can yield both longer-lasting cutters and consistently superior finish on your products.
Likewise, high pressure internal coolant might be desirable. Look for 2000 psi capabilities in 90 degree tools and 1000 psi in straight tools.
You need to ask another question, namely, is the turret RPM sufficient to handle the work to be done?
It’s possible that a live tool with a built-in speed increaser, often called a speed multiplier, would be helpful. Would it be beneficial to move secondary operations to your lathe? Gear hobbing can be accomplished in this manner, as can producing squares or flats, through the use of polygon machining.
Dedicated tools for large families of products may often be desirable for some applications, but do consider whether a flexible changing system would be more appropriate. Talk to your tooling supplier for the various options, before making that determination.
If standard ER tooling is suitable for the work, there are many good suppliers. It is important though, to pay close attention to the construction aspects noted above. For a quick-change or changeable adapter system, there are fewer suppliers in the market, so seek them out and be sure they can supply the product styles you need for all your lathe brands.
Testing live tool performance
Now, an application example showing clear evidence of the value of testing live tool performance...
One company was performing a cross-milling application using an ER 32 output tool on a Eurotech lathe, running 10 ipm at 4000 rpm. They were making three passes with a cycle time of 262 seconds and were having difficulties with chatter on the finish, while producing 20,000 pieces per year.
In the end, you may not need a universal adjustable tool or a multi-spindle live holder or even a quick-change adapter system, but do consider all these options. Talk to your machine builder and several tool suppliers, plus the most important people in this equation, your shop personnel, as their input is invaluable to keeping you up and running in a profitable, customer-satisfying scenario.
About the Author
Preben Hansen is president of Platinum Tooling Technologies Inc., Prospect Heights, Illinois, and a veteran of over 25 years in tooling and is considered a leading authority on the topic in the North American machine tool market.
NEW ENGLAND - F&L Technical Sales is excited to announce the addition of Rocky Mountain Twist Drill to our product offering. Rocky Mountain Twist Drill, RMT, manufactures standard twist drill including Jobber Drills, Maintenance Drills, Screw Machine Drills, Aircraft Extension Length Drills, Silver & Deming Drills, RMT also has a full line of taps including Hand Taps, Roll Form Taps, Spiral Point Taps and Pipe Taps.
RMT, Rocky Mountain Twist Drill, is an industry leader in design, engineering and manufacturing of high performance cutting tools. Founded in 2001, Rocky Mountain Twist headquarters and 300,000 square foot manufacturing facility is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Ronan, Montana – a region known for great hunting, fly-fishing, four-season recreation, and now superior performance made in the USA industrial cutting tools.
As seen at IMTS 2022. Dorian Tool’s Jet-StreamTM Thru Coolant Cutting Tools use a patented thru-coolant locking clamp which is precisely aimed to direct high pressure, high velocity coolant exactly onto the cutting edge of the carbide insert, from a short distance of 1⁄4”.
This controlled Jet-Stream coolant, directed onto the insert chip interface (right under the chip and over the insert cutting edge) will dissipate the generated heat very effectively as well as lubricate the cutting edge of the insert, causing the chips to hydroplane over the insert surface instead of adhering to it. As a result, the insert will operate at a constant low temperature, with a clean and undamaged cutting edge, changing the way metal is cut.
Higher speeds and feeds can be achieved, with a better surface finish, tolerance control and machining performance.
The insert life is extended up to 200%.
NEW ENGLAND - F&L Technical Sales is excited to announce our new partnership with Platinum Tooling Inc. based in Prospect Heights, IL. Platinum Tooling is the sole importer of live tools, angle heads, and multiple spindle tools manufactured by Heimatec as well as the Tecnicrafts Swiss Collet and Guide Bushing line, Henninger Spindle Speeders, and AMF Markers and Cleaners.
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