Thread turning with over- and under-coolant

The CoroThread 266 thread-turning tool from Sandvik Coromant is now available with precision over- and under-coolant to improve process security and maximise efficiency. While over-coolant improves chip formation for more secure machining, under-coolant controls temperature for long and predictable tool life, says the company. Precision coolant also has positive effects on surface finish, further supporting the generation of high-quality threads.

“Process security and stability is paramount in thread-turning operations to ensure the machining of right-first-time threads, every time,” explains Hampus Olsson, product manager thread turning at Sandvik Coromant. “Along with precision coolant, this is why CoroThread 266 features the proprietary iLock interface between the holder and insert, which prevents cutting forces from causing micro-movements of the insert in the tip seat. In addition, for applications where long overhangs are unavoidable, the use of dedicated damped Silent Tools adaptors provide a proven way to reduce vibration and maintain precision.”
Suitable for external and internal thread turning, a standard assortment of insert thread profiles with dedicated grades and geometries is available for all materials. A bespoke offer can also be provided for an extended thread profile assortment.
Quick-change tool holders with precision coolant include Coromant Capto C3, C4, C5 and C6 (for use with 16 mm inserts), as well as QS shanks in 20 x 20 and 25 x 25 mm sizes (with 16 and 22 mm inserts). For internal thread turning, a minimum hole diameter of 20 mm is required.
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Deep cavities within reach

Kennametal says it has solved the age-old problem of tool stability when drilling in deep cavities past tall shoulders or bulky fixtures. The company has developed a hydraulic chuck extension that meets these challenges, while increasing flexibility and reducing costs.

“We asked our customers how they drill holes in deep cavities and complex pockets,” explains Michael Schuffenhauer, senior global product manager tooling systems at Kennametal. “We wanted to know if they had problems with reaching past clamps and fixtures, how they were dealing with these issues, and the effectiveness of their existing solutions. Then we set out to develop a better one.”
Kennametal’s line of hydraulic chuck (HC) extensions offers a number of key features that include: runout to within 3 µm at 2.5xD; balanced to G2.5 at 25,000 rpm; and a slim design that allows, for example, a 12 mm drill to be clamped in a 20 mm chuck body. Furthermore, various reducer sleeves are available for both metric and imperial sizes, helping to maximise flexibility.
The design, in fact, is simple: just set any h6 tool shank inside the HC extension and turn the clamping screw on the end of the unit until seated. This causes a hydraulic piston within the unit to move forward, compressing the locating sleeve, and gripping the tool.
“Our HC Extensions are for customers that need the flexibility of a modular system but want to avoid the expense and limitations of a custom solution, as well as the constraints that come with traditional tool holders,” says Schuffenhauer.
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Zimmermann opts for Mapal

For demonstrations and machine acceptance tests, machine tool manufacturer Zimmermann says it equips the company’s latest horizontal machining centre with milling cutters from Mapal.

Zimmermann developed its first horizontal machining centre specially for the machining of structural parts used by the aerospace industry. Aluminium structural parts, such as wing parts and frame ribs, are generally milled from solid material – with up to 95% material removal. Fault-free machining with respect to dimensional accuracy and surface finish is crucial. Moreover, the component structure becomes more and more delicate with increasing material removal, representing an additional challenge.
In order to achieve maximum efficiency, Zimmermann employs its own patented M3ABC three-axis milling head in the machining centre. Particularly in the pocket corners of a workpiece, the milling head has to perform only very small swivel movements – allowing the feed rate to be kept more or less constant and hence the machining time to be significantly shortened.
“The perfect combination – the machine, the three-axis milling head and tools from Mapal – give the user a real performance boost,” says Steffen Nüssle, sales director export and head of applications engineering at Zimmermann. “With the SPM-Rough ISO shoulder milling cutter, we achieved the best results that we have ever witnessed using a tool featuring indexable inserts.”
The ISO tools with polished indexable inserts are the latest addition to the Mapal SPM product range. SPM-Rough with wave profile also surpassed the expectations for material removal with excellent smooth running.
“Complete machining of a 190 x 190 x 40 mm pocket is now effectively possible in less than a minute,” explains Nüssle.
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Drills boost productivity and tool life

The new range of Feedmax-P solid-carbide drills from Seco Tools is said to provide component manufacturers with up to 35% more productivity and improved tool life when machining steel and cast iron.

Featuring new geometry and a TiAIN coating, the range delivers improved chip management and control, says Seco. The end result being that manufacturers can drill holes faster (productivity) and use fewer drills (economy). Feedmax-P drills have strong, straight cutting edges with strategically located coolant holes. Moreover, narrow land margins help to minimise the effect of heat generation, while an improved flute design protects the drill point and delivers improved chip evacuation.
With a new TiAIN coating, which is said to deliver improved tool life when machining high heat-generating applications, combined with strong point geometry, cutting speeds of up to 190 m/min can be achieved when machining SMG P5 structural steel without causing excessive tool wear.
Feedmax-P drills are available in diameters ranging from 2 to 20 mm, and in length-to-diameter ratios of 3xD, 5xD and 7xD. Internal coolant supply is available as standard, while customised options, such as intermediate sizes, and chamfer and step-drill versions, can be supplied on request.
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ITC stands out at MACH

In the past two years Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has expanded its facility, invested heavily in new technology and significantly increased its product offering with the addition of the full-line of Widia indexable insert tools and the Big Kaiser brand of tooling and tool-holding technology.

At MACH 2018, it was the internal investment programme and ITC product extensions that were prominently promoted by the company.
ITC drew the attention of show visitors to the new range of micro-tools that are manufactured on the company’s Rollomatic GrindSmart Nano 6. As the first machine of its type installed in the UK, the addition gives ITC the opportunity to manufacture cutting tools from 0.2 to 2.0 mm, with concentricity tolerances below 0.001 mm. The six-axis grinding centre with an integrated robot-loading facility has been working around-the-clock since it was installed.
The result of this new technology has seen ITC extend the diameter range of its most popular product lines. With many of the solid-carbide end mill lines previously available in diameters from 3 to 25 mm, the new GrindSmart Nano 6 has enabled ITC to extend current product lines with diameters starting from 1 mm.
ITC also offers a variety of diameter increments to suit the needs of the end user. The enhanced product ranges with micro dimensions incorporate two-, three- and four-flute solid-carbide end mills with a choice of diamond-, AlTiN- and Cupro-coated tools to support the machining of everything from aluminium through to steel, hardened steel, graphite, aluminium alloys and more.
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