CERATIZIT custom-developed a combination tool for heavy-goods vehicle (HGV) freeze plug/water plug boring that reduces production cost dramatically – and increases performance when producing the holes in cylinder blocks and heads. Such results are possible because the tool roughs, chamfers, and reams/fine finishes holes in a single operation, even in gray iron castings with EN-GJV450 vermicular graphite.
The tool’s CERATIZIT R84 fine-boring indexable inserts feature a new reaming geometry specifically designed for exceptional hole finishing. The new positive geometry generates extremely low cutting forces and includes a new chip breaker that improves chip control. These features allow for higher feed speeds and at the same time result in better surface quality.
The new inserts also deliver longer tool life than the predecessor versions.
Compared with the conventional machining approach using two tools (one for roughing and chamfering, one for finishing), the CERATIZIT solution reduces tool changes down to one, shortening the cycle time by at least 20 percent.
"The savings potential of our new water plug drilling tool is huge. The shorter cycle time saves around 25 seconds on a component with 12 holes," according to Alfred Briegel, application manager at CERATIZIT.
Briegel pointed to the lower cost per part: Tool costs also drop by about 20 percent, as only one tool holder is required. The single-tool strategy also means that having to adjust the different tools precisely in relation to each other is now eliminated.
He also described the advantages of the four-edge indexable inserts. "Many users will also benefit from getting the tool for the entire machining process from a single source," according to Briegel. “Plus, a separate cutting insert for chamfering is already integrated. Previously used roughing inserts can be used for this purpose, as only up to about 45 percent of their cutting edge length is used when roughing."
As for tool setting, the plug and play system of the new water-plug machining makes reconditioning of a worn tool much easier than with the previous two-tool approach. While users still have to remove the cutting inserts and clean the base body, the highly accurate insert seat and the equally precise indexable insert mean that no resetting is required. Users simply rotate the four-edge insert and screw it back in position, recalculate the length dimensions and print the label or download the latest tool dimensions to the (optional) integrated chip.
The new HGV water plug machining tool from CERATIZIT is available in diameters ranging from 25 to 65 mm. The tool holder is designed and manufactured as a special tool in line with the customer's length and diameter requirements. The indexable inserts for roughing and fine boring are standard stock products.
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