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Since employing a new managerial team, FB Chain has undergone a transformation in the past five years that has seen the Letchworth-based company move to a new 15,000 sq ft factory and invest over £1m in new plant and equipment. The manufacturer of leaf chain anchor bolts has been growing annually with support for its lights-out production facility from TaeguTec.

Typically, FB Chain produces steel leaf chain anchor bolts from M10 to M52 in lengths from 75 to 550 mm, with the bolt heads incorporating varying slot widths and features on the heads that extend to 120 mm diameter. The first opportunity for TaeguTec to prove its expertise arrived on a Doosan Puma 10C turning centre.

The existing supplier of turning tools was witnessing uncontrollable swarf issues on 817M40T steel. Unable to break the stringy swarf, TaeguTec offered a solution with its TurnRush indexable turning line.

The chip-breaker geometry on TaeguTec’s TT8115 grade CNMX TurnRush instantly released the operator to undertake setting or loading tasks on other machines without constantly untangling swarf from the work envelope or taking stringy swarf to a designated disposal location.

From a performance perspective, the four edged TurnRush inserts enabled FB Chain to increase tool life from two parts per-edge to three, giving a total of 12 parts per insert as opposed to the previous two parts. Additionally, the feed per revolution was increased from 0.3 to 0.38 mm, resulting in a 20% cycle time improvement as well as a 20% cost saving of over £900 per batch of 1000 bolts. This successful first step has since given TaeguTec the opportunity to successfully trial many more tools.

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