Elgin Fabrication Machinery is a new division of FMI, one of the Formtek Group of companies. Elgin imports press brakes and shears from Formtek's partner in China, and the FMI facility in South Elgin, Ill. installs electrics and controls. A full-service department works from South Elgin, offering training, maintenance, spare parts, and customer assistance.
Three turning guides from Kennametal provide application information along with a catalog of turning inserts and grades. The guides include an 80-pg book covering steel materials, a 100-pg guide on cast irons, and a 100-pg high-temperature-alloy guide. The guides also include detailed charts for optimizing productivity with less-common materials.
Based on the Kenna Prefect insert-selection system, the guides reportedly make it easy to choose optimum insert geometries, grades, and cutting conditions to maximize productivity in any operation.