Alliance makes tooling supplier visible

Alliance makes tooling supplier visible

Index for September '03—August '04

A strategic alliance between Vykor and Iscar, Arlington, Tex., brings advanced machining technology in support of Vykor's Engineered Part Management (EPM) sourcing solutions.

With Vykor EPM solutions, manufacturing knowledge integrates into a collaborative platform and lets OEMs and suppliers in the aerospace and semiconductor capital-equipment industries quantify the investment of advanced manufacturing technologies and processes. Iscar tooling, modeled in Vykor's software when appropriate best-in-class criteria are met, gives visibility to the ROI of new Iscar cutting technology.

Vykor Inc.
Renton, Wash.
vykor.com


Expanded collaboration

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America expands its collaboration with Yamazen as its major distributor of Mitsubishi machine-tool products in the U.S. Yamazen now assumes responsibility for all Mitsubishi machining center, large machine, and grinder products. Yamazen's role is that of importer and distributor providing logistics, warehousing, and national parts and service support.

Yamazen Inc.
Schaumburg, Ill.
yamazen.com


Cast and ductile-iron cutters

The high insert density of M750 Hexacut cast and ductile-iron facemilling cutters from Kennametal delivers increased metal-removal rates. The 8-in. cutters have 28 inserts, double-negative geometries, and positive-rake insert topographies. They are well-suited for transfer lines and high-performance machining centers, such as those with CAT 50 tapers, and larger, and HSK spindles. M750 Hexacuts are available in diameters from 3 to 12 in. and 80 to 315 mm.

The cutter program includes a 45° lead-angle roughing cutter, three 30° lead-angle cutters, a 30° lead-angle roughing cutter, and two 30° lead-angle finishing and semifinishing cutters. One of the 30° lead-angle finishing and semifinishing cutters provides reduced cutting pressure for light-duty machines and thin-wall parts. All cutters in the line reportedly offer low tooling costs because they use two-sided, hexagonal inserts with 12 cutting edges, as compared with six or eight cutting edges on competitive tools. Various coatedcarbide grades are available for the M750 Hexacut milling program.

U.S. CUTTING TOOL INSTITUTE BILLINGS INDEX

Index for September '03—August '04

September...$125,456,973 .......115.4% March ........$154,823,146 .......145.4%
October ......$132,331,224 .......121.3% April...........$142,985,844 .......134.7%
November ..$116,384,449 .......107.1% May............$135,776,786 .......127.8%
December ...$121,200,994 .......111.7% June............$150,760,547 .......141.2%
January.......$126,819,295 .......119.2% July.............$136,045,837 .......126.8%
February.....$130,560,000 .......123.0% August........$151,299,780 .......142.9%

Kennametal Inc.
Latrobe, Pa.
Kennametal.com


Extension to boring-head range

The upper range of Kaiser's series 310 EWB automaticbalance finish-boring heads now runs from 4 to 6 in. for high-speed operations. The high-strength aluminum-alloy EWB heads are for boring on CNC machining centers with a maximum cutting speed of 6,600 sfpm.

Six EWB heads (32, 41, 53, 68, 85, and now 100), covering a diameter range of 1.260 to 6.024 in., incorporate KA connections and fully automatic balancing that occurs with diameter adjustment. Dials on the EWB heads eliminate parallax errors and graduate in 0.0005-in. increments. Kaiser's locking system prevents tool carrier or the counterweight movement caused by locking action or centrifugal force at high speeds.

BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling
Elk Grove Village, Ill.
bigkaiser.com

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