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Weekly Update 11/21/2007

Nov. 23, 2007
November 21, 2007 JobBOSSWOW Project #102 Exact JobBOSS Empowers General Metal Works Issue: Sales are declining and competitors are cutting into our business. Vision: Implement lean and invest in cuttingedge ...

November 21, 2007

WOW Project #102 Exact JobBOSS Empowers General Metal Works Issue: Sales are declining and competitors are cutting into our business.

Vision: Implement lean and invest in cuttingedge machines and technology to reposition the company.

Results: Sales volume doubled, finished goods inventory was reduced 800%, lead times and set up times were cut in half, achieved ISO certification.

Tooling News
Need To Machine Hardened Tool Steels? A new line of solid carbide end mills machine hardened tool steels to 65-HRc, and another series machines aluminum and copper. The tools are complemented by a range of solid carbide cutters for applications in markets such as mold and die, medical, aerospace or general engineering. Attractive Workholding Magnetic workholding chucks reduce set-up time for thin to thick workpieces. Sliding pole extensions support uneven workpieces to hold rough, uneven or round stock. Workpieces do not distort, so tool chatter is minimized and surface finish and tool life are improved. No electricity is needed to keep the chucks "on,"and they keep on holding even during a complete power loss. Mill With Serrated Or Round Inserts A new endmill can carry a serrated-cutting-edge insert as well as a traditional round insert for machining deep cavities. Its serrated insert has four indexing orientation options, while the round insert has eight. The cutter's serrated non-continuous cutting edge is designed to overlap and provide a fully effective cutter configuration that produces smaller chips. Avoid Toxic Metalworking Fluids Traditional petroleum-based metalworking fluids include a complex mixture of oils, detergents, lubricants and other ingredients that have the potential to be toxic. Fluid manufacturers have developed complex additive packages and new formulation strategies based on renewable resources to produce metalworking fluids that last longer, are safer and less labor intensive to use than traditional petroleum-based fluids. A Better Way To Tap A new line of small, solid-carbide TiCN coated threadmills produces threads with higher quality than tapping, reduces cost and improves productivity. The company said the tool's rigid, large-diameter shank allows for high feedrates, short cycle times, low vibration and long tool life.
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Makino— a leading manufacturer of horizontal and vertical machining centers and EDM machines — has announced a new series of online Webinars. Designed for shops of all types and sizes, the seminars are free to anyone who registers. The planned seminars are intended for shops in the automotive, aerospace, medical product and die and mold industries. In addition to metal cutting and die/mold, the seminars will cover new technologies, such as micromachining. Mark Rentschler, marketing manager, says, "Online seminars allow anyone with an Internet connection to attend without losing a day of work." The seminars concentrate on shop efficiency, lean manufacturing, asset utilization, machine tool integration and automation, machine tool technologies, and metal cutting processes. Makino's application engineers, product managers and guest speakers will give presentations.
Practical Machinist Metalworking Forum
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Case Study

Increase Productivity by Hard Milling Stainless Steels For years, machining stainless steel has been a time consuming and costly enterprise. The desirable combination of corrosion resistance and mechanical strength of stainless steel is challenging to productively and economically machine. Many applications today also require that the stainless steel be hardened, which can make machining these materials with indexable carbide inserts an even more difficult enterprise. Click here to read the Case Study.

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