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On High RPM

Andrei Petrilin, Technical Manager of ISCAR discusses the importance of high-speed spindle and the requirements in high-speed machining (HSM).  High-speed machining (HSM) has not only led to a significant difference between machine tools but has also brought awareness to the…

Changing Times In The Metal Cutting Industry

Changing Times In The Metal Cutting Industry

Today, workpieces need to be machined using multiple tools and fast tool change systems are becoming the norm. Article by heimatec.  Today, workpieces generally need to be machined using multiple tools, which in turn means that tool changes are required…

The Logic of Development

The Logic of Development

Andrei Petrilin of ISCAR writes about the different directions for the development of cutting tools. In machining, a cutting tool is an element of a technological system that shapes a part by material removal. The system comprises a machine tool,…

Special Tools For Difficult Recesses

Special Tools For Difficult Recesses

While machining of titanium alloys no longer poses any major challenges for experienced machinists—when machining operations are straightforward—intricate sensor component designs made from titanium call for an appropriate tool design and an intelligent machining strategy. Article by Paul Horn GmbH.…

Choose Digital, Choose the Right Drill

Choose Digital, Choose the Right Drill

James Thorpe of Sandvik Coromant explains how, by combining advanced software with the correct machine tools, manufacturers can digitalise profitably, and on their own terms. The Industry 4.0 & Smart Manufacturing Adoption Report by IoT Analytics suggests that Industry 4.0…

Achieving Quick and Easy Machining

Achieving Quick and Easy Machining

In choosing ESPRIT to write programs for its CNC grinders and wire EDM machine, MCC Tooling found a CAM system so user friendly that the owner’s young grandchildren sometimes use it. More importantly, ESPRIT’s efficient programming is saving MCC Tooling…

Machining Exotica

Machining Exotica

Here’s a look at machining strategies when dealing with exotic metals. Article by Andrei Petrilin, ISCAR. What are exotic metals, why are they so rare, and how are they machined? To understand this subject, let’s start by defining it. Mainstream…

An Industry in High Demand

An Industry in High Demand

Tom Nathan of ANCA explains how demand for carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) growing at 9.3 percent per year leads to huge potential for cutting tool manufacturers.  Using strengthening fibres embedded in a supporting material has been around since the…

What is Successful Milling?

What is Successful Milling?

Milling 101: What are the considerations when it comes to milling operations, and how can operators reduce vibration in milling? Read on. Article by Sandvik Coromant. Milling has been evolved into a method that machines a very broad range of…

Digital Transformation in a Time of Crisis

Digital Transformation in a Time of Crisis

As COVID-19 strikes, all companies in various sectors are facing a huge challenge of sustaining their businesses. People are being forced to make hard decision on whether to close their doors or digitally innovate even further. Article by Makino. COVID-19…

Advantages of Collaborative Development

Advantages of Collaborative Development

The larger the series of parts to be produced, the more important cycle times and tool costs are. And the properties of both the machine tool and the tool itself need to be optimally suited to each other—and to the…

When Grinding Receives An Unprecedented Dimension

When Grinding Receives An Unprecedented Dimension

Dressing technology enables completely new possibilities in grinding with metal bonded CBN and diamond wheels. Article by Fritz Studer AG. Alfred Mair, Head of Grinding Technology at Fischer AG, faces a challenge. The company, a manufacturer of high-precision spindles, has…

A Drill for All Materials

A Drill for All Materials

It’s said that life is a marathon, not a sprint. For automotive manufacturers, longer lasting tooling solutions are integral to more profitable production—but, often, manufacturers see little reason to change their existing tool set-up. In this article, James Thorpe, global…

Barrel Cutter Shapes a New Milling Trend

Barrel Cutter Shapes a New Milling Trend

Advanced workpiece manufacturing technologies—such as metal injection moulding, 3D printing, investment casting and close-tolerance forging—innovative machine tools, and a quantum leap in digitizing of manufacturing will increase the needs for finishing complex surfaces with minimum machining stock. Article by Andrei…

The Benefits of Composites for Milling Tools and Spindles

The Benefits of Composites for Milling Tools and Spindles

In this article, Dr. Humphrey Carter of CompoTech explains why CFRP tools are a feasible option for machinery manufacturers. The use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastics (CFRPs) is very widespread in motorsports and the aerospace industry. The exceptional stiffness and lightweight…

First-class Surface Finish with Hydrostatic Motor Grinding Spindle Bearings

First-class Surface Finish with Hydrostatic Motor Grinding Spindle Bearings

Hydrostatic machine tool components help improve machining quality, ensure higher availability, and provide longer working life. Article by Maren Röding, for Hyprostatik Schönfeld GmbH. In order to get the best surface finish, the machine tool components, such as spindles, gears, hydraulic…

Machining of fin die on Mazak vertical machining center.

Tool and Die Shop Reduces Production Time to Machine Die Form Plates

Here’s a look at how a tool and die maker reduced time to machine die form plates from 11.3 to 4 hours. Burr OAK Tool Inc. produces dies used to manufacture two types of fins for window air conditioners: evaporator…

Guhring Philippines Discusses Metal-Cutting Tool Landscape And Outlook

Guhring Philippines Discusses Metal-Cutting Tool Landscape And Outlook

Dale Andrew Reyes, president of Guhring Philippines Inc., talked about mould manufacturing challenges, opportunities and trends in the country, as well as his outlook for the rest of the year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Article by Stephen Las Marias. Guhring…

Keeping the Heart of Your CNC Machine Going

Keeping the Heart Of Your CNC Machine Going

Here are a few things to look out for when choosing the right spindle repair service centre. Article by DKSH. Spindle is the heart of every CNC machine, and any damage or fault in the spindle can decrease productivity tremendously.…

Grade Upgrade

Grade Upgrade

Has the development of new tool materials already reached its peak and is experiencing stagnation? Find out more from Andrei Petrilin and Marcel Elkouby, ISCAR. Building a house begins with laying the foundation. The strength and the reliability of the…

Profound Machinery Benefits Of A Multi-disciplinary Design

Profound Machinery Benefits Of A Multi-disciplinary Design

All engineering disciplines need to work in close collaboration to ensure a design is completed on time and manufactured and commissioned cost-effectively. Article by Alex Teo, Siemens Digital Industries. In manufacturing, building a machine is a complicated process. Historically, the…

Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Making Design Processes 50% Faster With 40% Fewer Errors

As Benson Industries’ business expanded, the need to collaborate across time zones with a wider range of teams began complicating design processes. Here’s how they overcame communication challenges with streamlined collaboration efforts and accelerated design processes, resulting in 40 percent…

The global market for computer numerical controls is projected to grow from a value of $64 billion in 2018 to $115.1 billion by 2027, according to a study by Transparency Market Research (TMR).

TMR: CNC Market to Reach $115B by 2027

The increasing focus on production efficiency is aiding the uptake of computer numerical controls (CNC) technologies as these machines streamline various operational processes by reducing production time and minimizing human error. The highly competitive environment has compelled players to focus…

With the G2016-P groove turning holder and the UX grooving insert with GD2 geometry, Walter is launching a grooving system for heavy-duty cutting.

Wider Range for Heavy-duty Cutting Needs

Walter is providing new insert widths up to 19 mm to its standard product range. With the G2016-P groove turning holder and the UX grooving insert with GD2 geometry, Walter is launching a grooving system developed specifically for heavy-duty cutting.…

Efficiency and Speed Make Kencoa Aerospace Machining Top Notch

Efficiency and Speed Make Kencoa Aerospace Machining Top Notch

Using CAD/CAM software has helped this aerospace parts manufacturer achieve increased efficiencies and shorter lead times. Article by Mastercam. When Kencoa Aerospace began its operations 20 years ago, they were a small company focused on defense applications. But, according to…

The cutting tool division acquired from QCT has three locations in Mexico to support customers.

Seco Tools Acquires QCT’s Cutting Tool Division

Seco Tools has completed the acquisition of the cutting tool division of Quimmco Centro Tecnológico (QCT), a subsidiary of the Quimmco Group. The cutting tool division acquired from QCT has three locations in Mexico to support customers and is a…

The SCHUNK CDB robot deburring tool enables automated deburring that closely follows manual deburring processes.

Schunk Releases Robot Deburring Tool

For the very first time, manual deburring processes can be automated with the robot deburring tool CDB from Schunk, without having to forgo the proven deburring blades. The adjustable-flexibility deburring tool is suitable for robot-assisted deburring of workpieces made of…

EMUGE has enhanced its H Series of Rekord-A style taps to provide more standard product solutions for threading hardened steel and cast iron material.

New Generation Of Taps For Hardened Steel, Cast Iron Materials

EMUGE Corp. has launched its A-H family of taps, a new generation of Premium HSS-E and HSSE-PM Taps for hardened steel and cast iron materials. EMUGE has enhanced its H Series of Rekord-A style taps to provide more standard product solutions for…

FH3125 is a new grade specifically developed to enhance the guide pad’s wear resistance in machining various materials.

Guide Pad Extends Tool Life Of Tungaloy’s Deep Hole Drills

Tungaloy has released FH3125, a new guide pad grade for its indexable deep hole drill series, including DeepTri-Drill, TRI-FINE, FINE BEAM, and UNIDEX. FH3125 is a new grade specifically developed to enhance the guide pad’s wear resistance in machining various…

NUM has launched a new HMI (human-machine interface) software package that features a fully integrated CAM/postprocessor module to further simplify and accelerate the creation of part programs for CNC cutting machines.

Integrated CAM/Postprocessor Module Simplifies Creation Of Part Programs In CNC Cutting Machines

CNC specialist NUM has launched a new HMI (human-machine interface) software package that features a fully integrated CAM/postprocessor module to further simplify and accelerate the creation of part programs for CNC cutting machines. The software also includes two new real-time…

Is it better in the long run to buy a premium quality CNC machine tool at a higher initial price?

Are Cheaper CNC Machine Tools More Cost Effective?

When buying your CNC machine tool, what factors come into consideration? Cost? Quality? Design? Functionality? Find out the key considerations in choosing your CNC Machine in this article by Sue Neo, Hwacheon Asia Pacific. What is the cheapest CNC machine…

Expertise In Grooving For Small Part Production

Expertise In Grooving For Small Part Production

The trend towards miniaturisation of even complex component geometries is driving the need for highly reliable grooving tools. Article by Walter AG. Grooving processes play an important role, especially in mass production. The trend towards miniaturisation of even complex component…

Cutting Tools That Cut Out Vibrations

Cutting Tools That Cut Out Vibrations

How to say no to vibrations in machining? Find out more in this article by Andrei Petrilin, Technical Manager at ISCAR. Vibrations in machining are generally an unavoidable part of the metal cutting process. They have a forced or self-excited…

Convenient Clamping by Magnet

Convenient Clamping by Magnet

Here are some of the latest developments in magnetic clamping technology. Article by Schunk. The electrically activated permanent magnetic clamping technology is considered an insider tip when it comes to reducing set-up time and low-deformation clamping of workpieces. With a…

Making the Industry More Sustainable with the Circular Economy

Making the Industry More Sustainable with the Circular Economy

Mats W. Lundberg, Sustainable Business Manager at Sandvik Materials Technology (SMT), evaluates the circular approach in the metalworking industry. How old is your mobile phone? If you’re thinking about your current device, it’s likely that you change it every couple…

Heimatec on Thailand Opportunities and Challenges

Heimatec on Thailand Opportunities and Challenges

Karl Moessmer and Dirk Hund of Heimatec sound off on the company’s Thailand market and the opportunities they are seeing in the region. Article by Stephen Las Marias. At the recent METALEX 2019 event in Bangkok, Thailand, Asia Pacific Metalworking…

Helping Customers Move Towards Industry 4.0

Helping Customers Move Towards Industry 4.0

Amolak Preet Singh, Managing Director of Haimer talks about how the company is helping its customers move towards process improvement and automation. Article by Stephen Las Marias. Haimer is a family owned company based in Igenhausen, Bavaria in Germany. Established…

Super Alloy Machining Solution Takes Project from Loss to Profit

Super Alloy Machining Solution Takes Project from Loss to Profit

Super Alloy Machining Solution Takes Project from Loss to Profit: Here’s how one aircraft component manufacturer was able to solve a cycle time and productivity issue in their project. Article by Jeff Boyd, Sutton Tools. Our client was in a…

Halcyon’s Vargas Talks Trends, Opportunities in Philippine Metalworking Industry

Halcyon’s Vargas Talks Trends, Opportunities in Philippine Metalworking Industry

Franklin Vargas of Halcyon Technology (Philippines) Inc. talks about the opportunities, manufacturing challenges, and markets driving the growth of the metalworking industries in the Philippines. Article by Stephen Las Marias. Halcyon Technology (Philippines) Inc. is a partnership company between a…

Five Stars for Effective Chamfering

Five Stars for Effective Chamfering

Although seemingly simple, the design of effective chamfering tools needs to take into consideration various factors, including whether the chamfers are external or internal, breaking sharp edges and removing burrs, chamfers in holes, productivity, and versatility. Article by Andrei Petrilin,…

Milling Cast and Steel Parts More Cost-Effectively

Milling Cast and Steel Parts More Cost-Effectively

Dr. Wolfgang Baumann of Mapal explains the benefits of their latest radial insert milling range. Whether they’re producing turbochargers, steering knuckles, or cylinder blocks, customers can mill their cast and steel parts considerably more cost-effectively with Mapal’s radial insert milling range…

How A Metalworking Fluid Can Be Critical Success Factor

How A Metalworking Fluid Can Be Critical Success Factor

What prompted Yida Precision Engineering to switch to a new coolant fluid for its 17 machines? Read on to find out. Article by Blaser Swisslube. Established in 2006, Yida Precision Engineering is an ISO-certified company operating from a 6,000 square…

When Precision Touches Flesh and Blood

Arno: When Precision Touches Flesh and Blood

In producing surgical instruments, Eberle Medizintechnik only trusts ARNO’s tools. Here’s why. Article by ARNO Werkzeuge. To put it bluntly, everyone is much happier when they do not need products from Eberle Medizintechnik. Well, not as such. On the other…

Sutton Tools Discusses Automotive, Aerospace Trends

Sutton Tools Discusses Automotive, Aerospace Trends

Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News sat down with Jeff Boyd of Sutton Tools to talk about trends and opportunities in the cutting tools market, and some of the product innovations at the company. Article by Stephen Las Marias. Established in…

Here's the top 10 most read metal cutting articles for 2019.

Top 10 Metal Cutting Articles for 2019

As we move into 2020, we take a look back at the most popular metal cutting articles for 2019. For your enjoyment, here is the list of the top 10 most read metal cutting articles over the past year. Increasing…

Latest technologies from ISCAR on display at EMO Hannover 2019.

ISCAR CTO Stresses On Productivity Improvement

Erich Timons, CTO of ISCAR Germany GmbH, speaks with Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News about tooling trends and challenges, and how the industry should move forward by improving productivity. Article by Stephen Las Marias. From its humble establishment in 1952,…

Trends in Tool Development Walter is developing future innovations at the Technology Center on its Tubingen site.

Trends in Tool Development

Reducing CO2 greenhouse gas emissions has a considerable impact on the development of machining tools, as new fields of application are emerging, and existing ones need to be adapted. This is because alternative drives, new, lighter materials, and concepts that…

OMAX Corp. will present its OMAX 5555 JetMachining Center with a 40hp EnduroMAX pump and Tilt-A-Jet, as well as the latest in personal waterjets, the ProtoMAX, at EMO Hannover 2019.

OMAX Presents Waterjet Cutting Technology at EMO 2019

OMAX Corp. will present its OMAX 5555 JetMachining Center with a 40hp EnduroMAX pump and Tilt-A-Jet, as well as the latest in personal waterjets, the ProtoMAX, at EMO Hannover 2019. Visitors to the OMAX booth (Hall 16/Stand D01) will experience versatility, high precision and a…

Bystronic is now producing its BySmart Fiber laser cutting system in the 4020 format.

Bystronic Releases BySmart Fiber In 4020 Format

Bystronic is now producing its BySmart Fiber laser cutting system in the 4020 format, with a capability of up to 6kW laser power and the option to add compatible automation solutions. With the larger format, users can now process sheet…

Hwacheon on VMCs vs. HMCs

Hwacheon Machine Tools Co. Ltd compares and contrasts horizontal machining centres (HMCs) and vertical machining centres (VMCs) and explains the uses of each. Article by Stephen Las Marias. South Korea-based Hwacheon Machine Tools Co. Ltd is a pioneer in the…

Sawing and storage technology specialist KASTO will be presenting a wide range of innovations at the EMO 2019, which will be held in Hanover, Germany.

KASTO To Showcase Sawing, Storage Technology Innovations At EMO 2019

Sawing and storage technology specialist KASTO will be presenting a wide range of innovations at the EMO 2019, which will be held September 16–21 in Hanover, Germany. KASTO’s booth (E54 in Hall 15) will feature an efficient energy recovery and…

Indexable insert T890 with complex shape.

Round Tool Concepts: Indexable, Solid or Both

Indexable or solid—which round tool concept is better? As in many subjects of technology, there is no absolute answer to this question. However, a definite answer does exist if the advantages and disadvantages of both concepts are considered according to…

The optimum machine tool combined with the optimum tool results in a perfect combination. And that makes cost-effective processes and impressive machining results possible.

The Perfect Combination for Structural Parts—Faster, Better, Lower Cutting Forces

The optimum machine tool combined with the optimum tool results in a perfect combination. And that makes cost-effective processes and impressive machining results possible. One good example of this is the cooperation between machine manufacturer F. Zimmermann GmbH and MAPAL.

In collaboration with NUM Taiwan, the Taiwanese laser machine manufacturer Legend Laser, Inc., has developed a unique multi-axis system for the precision cutting of thin sheet metal parts.

NUM Flexium+ CNC Enables Sheet Metal Laser Cutting System To Achieve Exceptional Accuracy

In collaboration with NUM Taiwan, the Taiwanese laser machine manufacturer Legend Laser, Inc., has developed a unique multi-axis system for the precision cutting of thin sheet metal parts. Based on NUM’s latest-generation Flexium+ CNC platform, the system combines high dynamic…

Walter AG has launched new single-sided indexable inserts with HU5 geometry for ISO M and S materials helps users produce more components using the same number of machines.

Walter’s HU5 Geometry Enhances Capabilities Of Cutting Machines

Walter AG has launched new single-sided indexable inserts with HU5 geometry for ISO M and S materials, helping users produce more components using the same number of machines.

ARNO Werkzeuge presents the AWL direct mount for STAR Swiss type machines.

Direct Mount For The Stars

ARNO Werkzeuge presents the AWL direct mount for STAR Swiss type machines. The tool holder system for turning or grooving tools (patent pending) has an integrated adjustable high-pressure coolant supply of up to 130 bar. When combined with the AFC…

Following the successful introduction of its GC4330 and GC4340 steel milling grades, Sandvik Coromant is now extending the range of application for these advanced insert grades to additional milling concepts.

Sandvik Coromant Extends Advanced Insert Grades To Additional Milling Concepts

Following the successful introduction of its GC4330 and GC4340 steel milling grades, Sandvik Coromant is now extending the range of application for these advanced insert grades to additional milling concepts. The grades are now available for selection with the CoroMill…

In principle, machining large parts involves the same cutting action and chip formation process as for small or mid-size parts.

Tools For Large Part Manufacturing

In principle, machining large parts involves the same cutting action and chip formation process as for small or mid-size parts. However, large dimensions demand a specific approach to machining, and manufacturers need to plan technological processes and choose more effective…

Ever smaller, ever lighter – many developments across vastly different industries are driven by the trend towards miniaturisation or lightweight construction. 

The Next Stage In The Evolution Of ISO Turning

What is the next stage in the evolution of ISO turning? Ever smaller, ever lighter – many developments across vastly different industries are driven by the trend towards miniaturisation or lightweight construction. For mechanical engineering and suppliers, this results in…

New Demands, New Solutions In general, tool holding (tooling) equipment has not undergone any fundamental changes for a long time. Although there have been some notable advances...

New Demands, New Solutions

New Demands, New Solutions New tool holding products mirror modern metalworking demands. Article by Andrei Petrilin, Technical Manager, Rotating Tools, ISCAR.

Directing-Investments-In-The-Right-Way

Directing Investments In The Right Way

Directing investments in the right way: Procurement of new machines is not the only way of increasing production capacity. The right tools and suitable software can also generate up to 85 percent gains in productivity. Expand the existing capacity or…

Tools At The Touch Of A Button

Walter AG supports its customers with high-quality product data, which is available from tool data management systems and online libraries such as MachiningCloud. Article by Walter AG. A focus on the needs of customers sets machining specialist Walter apart, including…

Casting Light On First-Stage Aluminium Machining

In order to boost the first stage roughing operation on newly cast aluminium parts for the automotive industry, Sandvik Coromant is introducing its M5Q90 angential milling cutter.

Laser Cutting Technology: Why Choose It?

Since people realised the precision and efficiency of laser cutting in the early 1960s, industrialists are looking for ways to implement this cutting-edge technology to their respective industries.

Hypertherm Adds New Features To Rotary Tube Pro Software With Version Update

Hypertherm has announced a minor version update of the Rotary Tube Pro software that makes it easier to design and cut tube and pipe parts with no 3D CAD experience required.

Reasons Why Indexable Tools Will Challenge Solid Carbide For Small Diameters

Rotating one-piece solid carbide tools traditionally dominate the market for diameter ranges of up to 20 mm and indexable tool manufacturers have not yet succeeded in penetrating this solid stronghold. Several important factors contribute to the historical perception of solid carbide as a better bet for tooling reliability.

Electrochemical And Electrodischarge Machining

A Brief Review Of Electrochemical And Electrodischarge Machining

EDM and ECM processes are advanced manufacturing technologies with unique capabilities due to their non-mechanical material removal principles can be found in different areas of application in industry offering a better alternative or sometimes the only alternative in generating accurate 3D complex shaped macro, micro and nano features and components of difficult-to-machine materials. 

The Right Grade Creates The Right Tool: Selecting Tool Materials

The Right Grade Creates The Right Tool: Selecting Tool Materials

Cutting tools have different design configurations. Some of them are assembled comprising a body with replaceable cutting elements (indexable inserts, for example), another is wholly produced from solid material. Functionally, a cutting tool may be divided into a cutting part that is involved in cutting, and a mounting part, which is necessary for mounting the tool in a holder or a machine spindle. Contributed by Iscar

How Coolant Can Improve Thread-Turning Performance

Threads are machined features that exist universally, across all sectors of industry. And despite decades of performing thread-turning operations, advances in the process continue to be made, particularly when it comes to challenging materials such as stainless steel, heat resistant…

New Heights For Aerospace Industry

New Heights For Aerospace Industry

The challenges that the aerospace sector, in particular, presents motivates manufacturers to generate more inspired solutions to meet customer demands. Contributed by Sutton Tools Melbourne-based Sutton Tools has never been hesitant about the expansion of its global markets. To its…

Machining Titanium Quickly And Safely In Aerospace

Walter: Machining Titanium Quickly And Safely In Aerospace

Dirk Masur, aerospace component manager and specialist in titanium machining, Walter AG, tells APMEN how Walter is improving methods in which this difficult element is fabricated with the aid of special tools. Tübingen-based specialist Walter’s Xpress range is made to…

A Focus On Precision For Turning Operations

High-precision turning operations using high-positive indexable inserts are able to deliver the required accuracy for machine shops. Contributed by Arno Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) manufactures high-precision and reliable digital and offset printing machines. The manufacturer has set itself the goal…

About Turn! Making The Change To All-Directional Turning

About Turn! Making The Change To All-Directional Turning

The recent arrival of all-directional turning and tools has re-written the conventional rules of this age-old machining process, offering tantalising improvements in productivity. By Håkan Ericksson, general turning product manager, Sandvik Coromant

Virtual Image The Digital Twin

Virtual Image The Digital Twin

Virtual Image The Digital Twin Industry 4.0, digitalised data in the cloud, networked processes in smart factories—what role does the metal-cutting tool play in this context? By Walter Frick

Micro Tooling, Maximum Benefits

What are the benefits of using ultra-high speeds when machining non-ferrous metals with micro tooling? Contributed by Datron With a trend towards miniaturisation in manufacturing, work piece sizes are decreasing and part versions are increasing. So, the use of micro…

Y-Axis Parting In Multi-Task Machines And Turning Centres

Y-Axis Parting In Multi-Task Machines And Turning Centres

One of the manufacturing megatrends of recent decades is to simplify and minimise the number of machining set-ups required to produce a specific Y-Axis component. Contributed by Sandvik Coromant Markets call for shorter lead times and reduced inventories, and this…

Machining Intelligently In The Era of Industry 4.0

Machining Intelligently In The Era of Industry 4.0 A logical progression in a series of strategic moves sees a cutting tool provider implement Industry 4.0 standards to its tools. Contributed by Iscar

Efficient Machining For New Materials

Automotive Industry Efficient Machining For New Materials

Efficient Machining For New Materials Lightweight yet high-performance drive systems are the order of the day for the rapidly changing automotive industry.

Manufacturing Turbochargers: Turbine Housings Made Affordable

Manufacturing Turbochargers: Turbine Housings Made Affordable

Roughing and finishing turbine housings is particularly challenging in the case of passenger cars with spark-ignition engines. By Lim Gan Shu, marketing manager, Walter AG Singapore.

Acoustic Emission Sensors

Acoustic Emission Sensors

The application of the acoustic emission (AE) sensor for monitoring can supply valuable information regarding the discontinuity in material. By Tim Wood, international sales manager, SBS

Metal Removal? There’s A Robot For That!

Metal Removal? There’s A Robot For That!

Intelligent industrial robots provide possibilities for safer and more mobile manufacturing. By Etsushi Imaizumi, engineering manager, OSG

Waterjet Cutting Makes A Splash: High Precision & Low Tolerances

Waterjet Cutting Makes A Splash: High Precision & Low Tolerances

From special alloys to very tight tolerances, waterjet cutting has some special features that make it attractive for certain applications. By Jonathan Chou

Shoe Grinding: Precision For Thin-Walled Workpieces

Shoe Grinding: Precision For Thin-Walled Workpieces

Thin-walled circular workpieces can be a challenge to work with, but the usage of a shoe grinding fixture can give noteworthy results. Contributed by Studer

Machining Monitoring Adds Extra Value To Manufacturing

Machining Monitoring Adds Extra Value To Manufacturing

Machining Monitoring Adds Extra Value To Manufacturing The next stage in the metalworking production journey is to monitor and share with other interested parties precisely what is happening in the machining process. By Adir Zonta, product manager process monitoring and machining analytics, Sandvik Coromant

Better Surface Finish With Linear Technology

Better Surface Finish With Linear Technology

To gain traction in the aerospace industry, Australian manufacturer of rotary shank cutting tools, Sutton Tools, has been using linear motor technology. Contributed by Anca.

Coating Processes with Increased Material and Energy Efficiency

Coating Processes with Increased Material and Energy Efficiency

Coating Processes with Increased Material and Energy Efficiency The key to reducing the unit costs of coating and painting metal parts is the optimisation of all steps along the process sequence. By Doris Schulz

Caring For Your Cables

Caring For Your Cables

Maintenance-free and corrosion resistant cable carrier systems and are designed to extend the service life of your machine’s cable and hoses. Contributed by igus

The Challenges To Success On The XXL Machinery Market

The Challenges To Success On The XXL Machinery Market

The Challenges To Success On The XXL Machinery Market Precise measurement and multitasking features are top priority when machining extra-large workpieces. By Alan Reynvoet, chief sales officer, and Bernd Duchstein, marketing, Schiess

Electrical discharge machining (EDM) has long been the answer for high accuracy and demanding machining applications where conventional metal removal is difficult or impossible. The time has now arrived for it to also be equipped with intelligent features. Contributed by Makino

Moving Towards Intelligent Control Of Electrical Discharge Machining

Moving Towards Intelligent Control Of Electrical Discharge Machining Electrical discharge machining (EDM) has long been the answer for high accuracy and demanding machining applications where conventional metal removal is difficult or impossible. The time has now arrived for it to also be equipped with intelligent features. Contributed by Makino

Versatility With Multi-Spindle Machine Tools

Versatility With Multi-Spindle Machine Tools

Versatility With Multi-Spindle Machine Tools Where high flexibility and autonomy in machining operations are required, an automotive manufacturer has found multi-spindle machine tools to be a versatile addition. By Brice Renggli, marketing manager, Tornos

Simplifying Job Setup & Increasing Spindle Time

Simplifying Job Setup & Increasing Spindle Time

An automotive company was able to reduce job setup time by 75 percent by making a shop-wide workholding change. Contributed by Kurt

Achieving Sustainability In Manufacturing

Achieving Sustainability In Manufacturing

The hype of the manufacturing world in recent years is centred on sustainability—of practices, of technology or of waste disposal—for a better future. But what exactly does ‘sustainable manufacturing’ mean, and how can a manufacturer achieve or engage in it? By Michelle Cheong

Advanced Vending Systems: Increased Gearing For Productivity

Advanced Vending Systems: Increased Gearing For Productivity

For over two decades industrial vending machines have provided a viable means of storing tools around the world. Raoul Rapke, Director CTMS Division, IMC Group, shares its benefits with APMEN.

Let’s Get Grinding

Let’s Get Grinding

Pat Mccluskey, co-founder of ANCA shares the advances in linear motor technology and how they will improve the tool grinding process.

Achieving The Digital Edge

Achieving The Digital Edge

Within the next decade or so, the machine floor will see connectivity reach new heights with immense amounts of data being driven through networks and on demand – at the touch of a finger. Article contributed by Schaeffler Technologies AG.

Using The Force & The STAR

Using The Force & The STAR

APMEN and IAA were granted the opportunity to interview Dr Thomas Liew, executive director, National Metrology Centre; Lee Shih Mean, senior metrologist, National Metrology Centre; Sim Sem Peng, chairman, Malayan Daching; and Elton Tong, service manager, Malayan Daching, on the relationship between Malayan Daching and A*STAR in setting up Singapore’s first 20 MN force measurement facility. By Mark Johnston.

Making The Digital Transformation

Making The Digital Transformation

Today, intelligent software solutions form the basis of the digital transformation of manufacturing process chains like DMG Mori’s Celos system.

Upping The Gears Of Productivity

Upping The Gears Of Productivity

Robotic technologies are gaining popularity across the world, especially Asia, with their improving features and functionalities. Small and medium-sized enterprises are also gaining increased accessibility to these robots as they become more affordable and simpler to implement. By Shermine Gotfredsen, general manager, APAC, Universal Robots.

Something For Everything: The Right Aluminium Saw For Every Application

Something For Everything: The Right Aluminium Saw For Every Application

Aluminium is used for a wide range of purposes in construction, including façades, blinds and window elements. But it has applications in many other areas of manufacturing as well: ships, aircraft, motor vehicles, machines and household goods. Having the correct machining tools for aluminium is imperative. By Stephanie Riegel-Stolzer, member of the board of management, Kasto Maschinenbau.

The Technology Interplay

The Technology Interplay

Where additive manufacturing is concerned the integral combination of building up material with the aid of a laser and machining is essential. DMG Mori has promised what they coin as “unlimited degrees of freedom” in construction and at the same time precision and surface qualities from this combination.

Ensuring Accuracy On The Shop Floor

Ensuring Accuracy On The Shop Floor

With many shop-floor measurement options available in today’s marketplace, understanding the technology differences and the impact they have on performance before selecting a system. Sea Chiahui, regional product manager – stationary at Hexagon Manufacturing Asia Pacific gives an insight into the operating principles behind its 4.5.4 SF and 7.10.7 SF coordinate measuring machines.

Rolling On Forward

Rolling On Forward

With more autonomy to the Southeast Asian operations, Schaeffler hopes to get a further foothold in the region with its offerings. Syed Shah speaks to Mark Gabel, VP industrial and aerospace, Schaeffler Southeast Asia, to get his inputs on the company’s plans and directions for the region in 2016 and beyond.

Machine Vision: Raise Profits, Cut Waste

Machine Vision: Raise Profits, Cut Waste

More manufacturers are turning to quality controls that enable greater efficiencies on the production front. By Didier Lacroix, senior VP, International Sales & Services, Cognex Corporation

Smart Service Factory: Setting The Standards & Methods

Smart Service Factory: Setting The Standards & Methods

Companies produce large volumes of data every day and this volume continues to increase. By Bert Rosenheinrich, director, engineering, SEA, Schaeffler.

Human-Robot Collaboration To Drive The Automotive Industry (Part II)

Human-Robot Collaboration To Drive The Automotive Industry (Part II)

Teamwork between human and machine is key in enabling manufacturers to ride on the growth of the automotive industry. By Shermine Gotfredsen, general manager, APAC, Universal Robots

Human-Robot Collaboration To Drive The Automotive Industry (Part I)

Human-Robot Collaboration To Drive The Automotive Industry (Part I)

Teamwork between human and machine is key in enabling manufacturers to ride on the growth of the automotive industry. By Shermine Gotfredsen, general manager, APAC, Universal Robots

Smart Press Shop

Smart Press Shop

Networked systems can increase process reliability and cost effectiveness. By Simon Scherrenbacher, corporate communications, Schuler.

Maximising Productivity, Minimising Waste

Maximising Productivity, Minimising Waste

Efficient and cost-effective processes are crucial to creating a sustainable manufacturing industry. By Dr Chen Wei Long, director, Sustainable Manufacturing Centre, SIMTech

Why Laser Tracker Technology Is More Efficient For Aluminium Extrusion Press Alignment

Why Laser Tracker Technology Is More Efficient For Aluminium Extrusion Press Alignment

Using a laser tracker, a metrology engineer can quickly capture high tolerance dimensional measurements – including conventional level and square measurements. By Hubert Meagher, director of metrology services, OASIS Alignment Services LLC.

Reciprocating Grinding: Cycle Times Cut

Reciprocating Grinding: Cycle Times Cut

In the automotive sector, reciprocating grinding is the way to go for manufacturing ball nuts in steering sytems. By Markus Isgro, marketing communications, Emag

Poised To Take On The Global Market: A Look At Taiwan's Machine Tool Industry

Poised To Take On The Global Market: A Look At Taiwan’s Machine Tool Industry

As Taiwan’s machine tool industry matures, it aims to make its mark on the trends that are shaping the global market.

Industry 4.0: Is The Italian Machine Tool Industry Ready For The Challenge?

Industry 4.0: Is The Italian Machine Tool Industry Ready For The Challenge?

With new technologies and new skills, Marco Taisch explains how enterprises in Italy will adapt.

10 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Vision System

10 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Vision System

Variations in lighting conditions and ongoing post-deployment support are just some factors to consider before buying a vision system. By Didier Lacroix, senior vice president, international sales and services, Cognex.

Boosting With Scanning

Boosting With Scanning

Laser scanning opens new business opportunities at PMS Diecasting with increased accuracy using laser scanning. Contributed by Chris Wright, Technical Edtior, The Right Image

Tour De Force: High Pressure Coolant Machining

Tour De Force: High Pressure Coolant Machining

High pressure coolant machining can avoid heat problems, poor chip control and low lubricity. By Sharon Weiss, chief executive officer, Colibri Spindles

Redefining Productivity: New Advances In Inserts Technology

Redefining Productivity: New Advances In Inserts Technology

Customers always look forward to procuring parts and devices from manufacturers that are reliable in providing quality products that achieve output that does minimal to affect the delivery schedule. Staffan Lundström, product management, parting & grooving, and Bimal Mazumdar, product manager, Sandvik Coromant, explain what it takes to achieve such a status.

Ramping It Up

Ramping It Up

Aluminium is one of the most important materials in the aerospace industry. Furthermore, typical components are extremely machining-intensive and therefore require long production times. Tools designed to precisely suit these requirements, such as the M2131 ramping cutter from Walter AG, help to reduce machining times and costs. Lim Ganshu, Walter marketing, explains

Getting Automotive-ated

Getting Automotive-ated

Constantly changing factors such as unstable oil prices, ever more demanding environmental protection legislations and the evolution of more efficient technologies ensures a continually changing global automotive market place. These factors also increase the ongoing competition between carmakers and OEMs and dictate today’s automotive industry manufacturing trends. By Oleg Eliezer, Iscar’s automotive industry manager.

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

More and more travellers use modern train services because of their ease, cost effectiveness, comfort and safety. All these are only possible when the right tools are utilised at the manufacturing stage. Tomáš Hantek, the international application manager for railway at Dormer Pramet shares his thoughts on rail production.

Upping The Precision

Upping The Precision

Producing components for modern gas turbines is a challenge that machining experts are familiar with; they are often faced with the task of machining difficult-to-cut materials such as titanium alloys and superalloys and creating shapes such as onion-shaped profiles and flutes.

The Milling Evolution

The Milling Evolution

Multiple factors determine the results of metal cutting processes. Among the most important and the least understood factors is the “thickness of the chips” cut by the cutting tool. Patrick de Vos, corporate technical education manager, Seco Tools, explains.

Big Solutions For Miniature Parts

Big Solutions For Miniature Parts

The global medical manufacturing industry is one of the world’s fastest growing industrial sectors. It has accounted for more than 10 percent of the gross volume of metalworking activities recorded in 2015. Yair Selek, product manager of face grooving systems and miniature industry, Iscar, tells us more about machining medical parts.

Greater Transparency Greater Efficiency

Greater Transparency, Greater Efficiency

Closely monitoring all tools used in the manufacturing process; checking tool life and carrying out tool changes at just the right time with the touch of a button. Gan Shu Lim, marketing manager Southeast Asia, Walter shows us how.

C-Level Talk: Taking Success Forward

C-Level Talk: Taking Success Forward

Mr Reinhard Banasch, the global CEO of the Hoffmann Group shares his thoughts with Syed Shah on the developments and milestones since his appointment to the role in 2014.

Cost Down, Production Up

Cost Down, Production Up

At the fore, high speed milling of aluminium parts for the aerospace industry. By Reuven Shapir, Iscar Industry Manager for the Aerospace Marketing Division.

On Time, On Budget

On Time, On Budget

It’s not about playing with the cost, but budgeting well in order to manufacture efficiently and maximise the margins. By Asier Ortiz, CTO of Lantek.

Keeping Pace With Production

Keeping Pace With Production

When perfect volume cuts are required in wet or dry cutting situations, the solution lies with a high-performance automatic circular saw.
Thanks to references from the steel market, circular saw manufacturer Behringer Eisele from Weilheim/Teck succeeded in submitting the winning bid to supply and install an HCS 160 Multifluid high-performance circular machine to an international market leader in quenched and tempered steel.

Press Blanking Line To Cut Steel

Press Blanking Line To Cut Steel

A smaller, but higher capacity press blanking machine at Volkswagen’s main production facility at Wolfsburg in Germany has changed the steel cutting workflow for the automaker. By Simon Scherrenbacher, specialist press officer for Schuler.

Aluminium Tubes, Sheets, Ingots Needs Specialised Cutting Tools

Aluminium Tubes, Sheets, Ingots Needs Specialised Cutting Tools

Cutting aluminium requires a range of machinery depending on the end-use application that vary from aircraft to window blinds with techniques that rely on higher speeds and lower cutting forces compared to metals like steel to ensure optimum cutting geometry. By Stephanie Riegel-Stolzer, member of the Kasto management board.

A Fresh New Coat For Inserts

A Fresh New Coat For Inserts

Both CVD and PVD coatings for metal cutting inserts are seeing continuous improvements for adhesion, toughness and wear properties. By Jonathan Chou

Coolant For Difficult Materials: Carbon Dioxide Is The New Cool

Coolant For Difficult Materials: Carbon Dioxide Is The New Cool

Recent research has shown that carbon dioxide for milling on exceptionally difficult materials with promising results. By Lim Gan Shu, Southeast Asia marketing manager, Walter AG

Anti-Vibration Tools: A Quiet Revolution

Anti-Vibration Tools: A Quiet Revolution

Development in anti-vibration tools is able to reduce or even eliminate problematic vibrations. By Rafi Ravoach, Iscar ISO turn product manager

Tracing The History & Forecasting The Future Of Tool Grinding

Tracing The History & Forecasting The Future Of Tool Grinding

From increased tool complexity to controlled micro geometry, modern applications of tool grinding have changed radically. What’s in store for the future? By Jeff Foregard, general manager, Anca Asia

Optimisation Through Insight: New Technologies For Turning & Machine Monitoring

Optimisation Through Insight: New Technologies For Turning & Machine Monitoring

In addition to releasing an industry first for turning, Sandvik Coromant is expanding its offerings for Industry 4.0. APMEN was in Sweden to cover the company’s latest developments. By Jonathan Chou

New Standards For Milling tools

New Standards For Milling tools

New anti-vibration additions to milling tools are adding versatile options to a variety of milling applications. By Ikuo Takikawa, applications engineer (end mill development division), OSG Corporation.

Producing Precision Surface Finishes: Convergence Of Machining & Finishing

Producing Precision Surface Finishes: Convergence Of Machining & Finishing

Machining & Finishing Innovative, advanced processes for deburring, surface finishing and shaping are making it possible to improve quality and productivity, as well as economic efficiency. By Doris Schulz

Tooling Assemblies: Adaptive Trends In Complex Projects

Tooling Assemblies: Adaptive Trends In Complex Projects

Comprehensive tool assemblies save time and cut down on the workforce required for start-up procedures, especially for large turnkey projects. By Joseph Polyanovsky, machine tool builder project manager, Iscar

No Chip No Bird Nesting: Eliminating Operation Disruption & Safety Risk

No Chip, No Bird Nesting: Eliminating Operation Disruption & Safety Risk

Using a new forming tap, a manufacturer was able to avoid tap breakage due to the formation of bird nesting, in which cut chips ejected during operation would wrap around the workpiece, disrupting the tool path. By Valdir Lima, OSG Sulamericana

Productive Mould Construction With Modern CNC Technology

Productive Mould Construction With Modern CNC Technology

Machine controls can bring higher quality and shorter machining times in the production of stretch blow moulds. Contributed by DMG Mori

Reducing Chatter: Vibration Dampening Technology For Metal Cutting

Reducing Chatter: Vibration Dampening Technology For Metal Cutting

In applications where excessive vibrations cause undesirable chatter, introducing vibration dampening tools can improve machining results.

Best Selection Practices With Multi Tasking

Best Selection Practices With multitasking machining systems

The sophistication of multitasking machining systems has made it expensive and the selection of a system for the right application an important decision becomes all the more complex. Best Selection Practices With Multi-Tasking.

Bearing Industry Mass Production Gathers Pace

Bearing Industry Mass Production Gathers Pace

Soaring demand for specialised bearings is driving fast-paced changes in mass production techniques aimed at quality and price. By Robi Nudelman, bearing industry manager, and Yair Feraro, application engineer at Iscar.

Elements For Successful Face Milling

Elements For Successful Face Milling

Boost productivity in face milling operations with pivotal technologies. Contributed by Sandvik Coromant.

Digitisation of Production In Industry 4.0 machine tool

Digitisation of Production In Industry 4.0

Digitisation of Production In Industry 4.0 How are machine tool makers incorporating Industry 4.0 in their machining centres and beyond Machine tool manufacturer Heller Industry 4.0 has been providing a range of products for decades,? By Michael E Neumann

Process Knowledge Makes Machining More Efficient

Process Knowledge Makes Machining More Efficient

Process Knowledge Makes Machining More Efficient Complete machining solutions at the component level are improving cost-efficiency for the aerospace industry. By Lim Gan Shu, Southeast Asia marketing manager, Walter AG

Nimble Flexibility: Providing Niche Tooling Services

Nimble Flexibility: Providing Niche Tooling Services

Arno Tooling Services Werkzeuge SE Asia, speaks to APMEN on how his company Nimble Flexibility: Providing Niche Dietmar Kogler, managing director Dietmar Kogler, managing director, Arno Werkzeuge SE Asia, speaks to APMEN on how his company provides specific tooling services for manufacturers in the region.

Data-Driven Business Models For Machine Tool Manufacturers

Data-Driven Business Models For Machine Tool Manufacturers

An inquiry by the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries (CECIMO) shows that data-driven business models are high on the agenda of machine tool builders in Europe. Contributed by CECIMO

Turning And Grinding Solutions For Machining Automotive Gears

Turning And Grinding Solutions For Machining Automotive Gears

Innovation in transmission design means that today’s transmissions are generally getting smaller, while simultaneously offering more gear ratios. In what ways have machining automotive gears improved? By Markus Isgro, marketing communications, Emag

All Loaded Up! Machine tool automation palletising systems

All Loaded Up! Machine tool

All Loaded Up! Machine tool automation palletising systems allow for flexible loading around the clock. This makes them an integral component in machine tool automation Contributed by Schunk

Quality Is Profitable: Faster Machining Time With Tool Holders

Quality Is Profitable: Faster Machining Time With Tool Holders

Quality Is Profitable: Faster Machining Time With Tool Holders to increase the productivity of the milling process in a die and mould company one cannot concentrate only on the high performance machining centres. Contributed by Haimer

The Macro Economics of Optimal Material Removal

The Macro Economics of Optimal Material Removal

Many CNC parts manufacturers as well as production and job shops could reduce their overall production costs 15 percent or more by leveraging existing CAM technology that is readily available. By Stas Mylek, applications advisor, CNC Software

Green Light For Accelerated Automotive Turning

Green Light For Accelerated Automotive Turning

An interesting approach towards the external turning of steel parts in high volume offers opportunities for manufacturers in the automotive industry. By Håkan Ericksson, global product specialist at Sandvik Coromant

In With The New Radius Grinding Machines

In With The New Radius Grinding Machines

A higher level of technology allows radius grinding machines to have more powerful software, grinding of larger workpieces, while having easier maintenance. Contributed by Studer

Industry 4.0: Is The Italian Machine Tool Industry Ready For The Challenge

Industry 4.0: Is The Italian Machine Tool Industry Ready For The Challenge

Industry 4.0: Is The Italian Machine Tool Industry Ready For The Challenge With new technologies and new skills, Marco Taisch explains how enterprises in Italy will adapt.

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