ldquoAnalysis of cutting tool consumption is a leading indicator of both upturns and downturns in US manufacturing activity as it is a true measure of actual production levelsrdquo offered the reportrsquos sources
Sales of cutting tools rebounded from a dip in September and achieved the highest volume since April but the yeartodate total continues to trail the 2012 pace
Durable goods shipments have taken a wavering course through 2012 but the trend in cutting tool shipments has been mostly declining during the second and third quarters
Quickchange tooling increases productivity for machining Solidfix is a modular quickchange collet system that helps machine operators to perform setups and changeovers in 15 seconds or less
A close view of highfeed milling in process Ingersollrsquos highfeed Powerfeed Plus tool feeds faster and cuts lighter to accelerate metal removal and protect Wemcorsquos lightframe CNC machines
Cutting Tool Consumption Rose Slightly in August
Kennametal Paying $605 Million for ATI’s Tungsten Materials
While the value of cutting tool shipments rose slightly in July related indexes like manufacturersrsquo durable goods suggest less market stability
Medfab Manufacturing improved its boring of small diameter medical parts dramatically with new Ingersoll TMicro microboring tool The operation shown here is a threequarterinch hole in tantalum Even on bores down to 0243 inches in thinwall titanium tubing the tool produces asmachined surfaces of 810micro lasts up to 10 times longer than previous tooling at 16 faster machining rates