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Seco Tools Expands Digital Services With Strategic Partnerships

Seco Tools Expands Digital Services with Strategic Partnerships

Seco Tools has expanded its portfolio of digital services in collaboration with online Lean management training platform 7-Shapes and Automated Process Control (APC) software provider Ellistat.

Seco Tools leverages more than eight decades of manufacturing experience to address issues beyond the cutting tool. In collaboration with partners who are leaders and experts in their respective fields, Seco ensures that customers can access the best solutions to challenges on their journey to operational excellence.

These partnerships enrich the Seco portfolio in employee training and machine setup, major concerns for customers who face labour shortages and the skills gap. “This is the next step in a customer centric approach,” said Helga Dekempeneer, Director of Seco Manufacturing Transformation. “Our educational process focuses on machining itself and the physics and economics related with it, so these partnerships complement what we offer.”

The 7-Shapes online training platform offers 24/7 access to Lean management courses for operators, managers and engineers, with courses ranging from White Belt to Green Belt. Trainees test theoretical knowledge through a game-like interactive simulation of a virtual factory.

“This partnership is a great opportunity to offer Seco customers a whole new way to learn about operational excellence,” said Julien Charles, CEO of 7-Shapes. “We share the same vision: Whether you are an operator, a manager, or an engineer, your contribution is important, and you must have all the tools in hand to give your best.”

One-step machine-tool setup with precise process control
Ellistat provides APC software for one-step machine setup with greater precision than traditional SPC or manual methods. APC limits process drift, and the system learns from its corrections to improve over time. With complete integration into the digital chain, the system compares data from a measuring machine with a corresponding 3D part file, calculates corrections and feeds them back into the machining centre.

Davy Pillet, CEO of Ellistat, stated that “We are very pleased to develop this partnership with Seco, combining the best of both worlds – knowledge of physical cutting tools and expertise with digital tools such as machine learning – to automate critical processes.”

 

Seco Tools Acquires QCT’s Cutting Tool Division

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 leading solid carbide tooling manufacturer, specializing in custom products and reconditioning.

“With this acquisition we build an even stronger foundation in North America for our round tools business. Giving us additional capabilities within the fast-growing area of round tools,” says Fredrik Vejgården, President of Seco Tools, AB.

The cutting tool division acquired from QCT will continue to serve its present customers and begin serving Seco customers directly after closing. As of June 1, they have become a wholly owned part of Seco Tools Mexico and will discontinue use of the QCT name.

“This is a great complement to our product and service portfolio in North America and enables Seco to serve the growing demand for solid carbide tools in Mexico,” says Rob Keenan, President, Seco North America. “The demand for high performance tooling solutions in Mexico is increasing, especially in the aerospace and automotive segments and the QCT acquisition positions us to meet that demand by being close to customers with engineering and production capabilities.”

 

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Seco QC Modular Toolholder Simplifies Swiss-style Machining

Seco QC Modular Toolholder Simplifies Swiss-style Machining

Seco Tools has introduced a modular toolholder system for manufacturers seeking to improve their productivity with Swiss-style machining. The system enables fast, easy and repeatable insert indexing and tool changes outside of tight machine work envelopes. The QC Toolholders also feature Seco Jetstream Tooling and Jetstream Tooling Duo technology for optimal chip control, high-quality surface finishes and extended tool life.

For ease of use, the Seco QC Modular Toolholder allows users to remove both cutting heads and inserts as a single assembly, quickly index them and reinstall. Manufacturers may also use this system to exchange cutting heads and inserts with a second set for even greater efficiency. The QC cutting head also features double carbide pins for accurate, consistent and secure insert mounting and indexing.

Seco Jetstream Tooling technology precisely directs high-pressure coolant through the QC Toolholder to the cutting zone. Seco Jetstream Tooling Duo, available on a selection of cutting heads, adds a second coolant channel to the underside of the holder. The second coolant channel can be switched off if needed for even more versatile machining.

The new QC Toolholders include cutting heads for general ISO turning, MDT, threading and parting-off. Shank are available in metric sizes of 1010 mm, 1212 mm and 1616 mm, and inch sizes of 0375″, 050″ and 0635″. For more information on the QC Modular Toolholders, please contact your local Seco representative or visit our QC Toolholder product page.

 

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Seco 335.18 And 335.19 Cutters Enable Smooth, Problem-Free Disc Milling

Seco 335.18 And 335.19 Cutters Enable Smooth, Problem-Free Disc Milling

To address the difficulties manufacturers face when performing disc milling operations in hard-to-machine materials, Seco Tools has announced a new line of products, the Seco 335.18 And 335.19 Cutters Enable Smooth, Problem-Free Disc Milling. Close-pitch insert pockets improve stability and productivity, while plug-and-play internal coolant system further ensures the highest tool life and superior chip control. These features, as well as a new corrosion-resistant cutter body and indexable inserts with four cutting edges, allow these disc mills to outperform high-speed steel alternatives, especially in tough materials like sticky stainless steel, titanium and superalloys.

Designed for slotting operations between 4-12 mm and cutting-off operations from 4-8 mm, the 335.18 and 335.19 cutters are available in metric diameters ranging from 32 mm to 125 mm. Inch diameters range from 1.25″ to 4″ with widths from 0.156″ to 0.50″. Inserts for these cutters are available with the full range of grades, edge geometries and corner radii (0.2-6.0 mm, 0.008″-0.236″). For the greatest flexibility and ease of use, as well as superior radial and axial reach, the 335.18 and 335.19 cutters utilise modular Combimaster connections.

 

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Seco Tools: Prevent Delamination In Hybrid Stacked Material Machining

Seco Tools: Prevent Delamination In Hybrid Stacked Material Machining

For aerospace shops struggling with holemaking and milling operations in hybrid stacked materials, the new JC899 Hybrid Stack finisher and JC898 rougher from Seco Tools are ideal solutions. The finisher, JC899, features a patented two-in-one geometry that eliminates problems with delamination and fiber pulling out when working with stacked materials such as carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) combined with titanium/aluminum. Together with the JC898 rougher, the JC899 finisher offers three to six times more tool life over conventional drill/reamer combinations and generates pollution free holes and side walls with perfect surface finishes to deliver up to 300 percent greater process efficiency.

 

The JC898 offers an advanced frontal teeth design ideal for helical interpolation which reduces cutting forces and minimises the risk of delamination when working with hybrid stacked materials that can put lots of pressure on Z-axis drilling operations and generate chips that can damage the machined hole’s surface finish.

The patented JC899 finishing tool utilises a two-in-one geometry to eliminate chip pollution, removing the need for manufacturers to unstack and clean hybrid stacked materials after machining. The diamond-based STAX coating ensures reliable processes and high-quality products, while the double geometry’s left-hand ½ helix prevents delamination, fiber pullout and chip marks from damaging the workpiece’s surface.

As opposed to boring tools that involve time-consuming benchwork and complicated measuring for proper part repositioning, the JC898 and JC899 eliminate such post-machining work to significantly simplify CFRPtitanium and CFRP-aluminum hybrid material holemaking operations. The resulting processes are twice as fast as those performed with alternative solutions and tool life has been doubled as well.

In addition, the JC898 and JC899 offer numerous advantages for helical inerpolation and side milling applications, increasing process stability and speed at the same time they minimise the need for postmachining operations and benchwork. By reducing stress imparted to stacked materials during machining, these tools improve workpiece quality, particularly for CFRP-titanium applications that are otherwise likely to produce burrs.

The JC898 and JC899 handle lengths or stack heights ranging from 15 to 60 mm. The JC898 is available in diameters of 8 or 15 mm, while the JC899 is available in 8.5 and 14.8 mm (finisher) as well as in a 0.375″ diameter.

 

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Seco Tools Releases New Duratomic TM Grades For Stainless Steel Turning

Seco Tools Releases New Duratomic TM Grades for Stainless Steel Turning

Seco Tools has announced the release of three new grades specifically for stainless steel turning featuring the company’s latest Duratomic generation and its Used-Edge Detection technology. The new TM grades TM1501, TM2501 and TM3501 secure operations and improve productivity in materials ranging from austenitic stainless steel to high-alloyed, super-duplex stainless steels. The expanded range of 479 total TM insert configurations also includes three new geometries with chipbreakers optimised for finishing and medium-roughing applications in stainless steel.

TM1501 is designed for the highest level of speed, productivity and wear resistance in stable continuous cut applications for austenitic stainless steel components. The first-choice grade for any low to medium-alloyed stainless steel, TM2501 excels as a general grade that provides long tool life and toughness across the widest application area. And a brand-new grade for the toughest high-alloyed stainless steels, including duplex and super-duplex stainless steels, TM3501 also offers good performance across all stainless steel applications.

The addition of the unique FF1 chipbreaker for the TM3501 grade provides superior chip control in stainless steel finishing, while the new MR3 and M3 complements MF4 and M5 in medium-roughing applications. These three Duratomic grades feature innovations based on world-leading coating chemistry developments adapted to manufacturers’ application needs. In addition to offering superior mechanical and thermal properties, this coating also provides the chrome-colored Used-Edge Detection technology, which makes every edge count and reduces potential waste.

 

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Seco Tools: Secomax CS300 Inserts

Seco Tools: Secomax CS300 Inserts

Seco Tools now offers Secomax CS300 ceramic inserts and cutter bodies to boost productivity in milling and turning operations with heavy interrupted cuts on nickel-based, heat-resistant superalloys. The new cutters increase productivity by up to eight times over standard carbide milling, according to the company, and are designed for machining a  range of components for aerospace and power generation turbine segments.

CS300 inserts use SiAlON-type ceramics that offer high notch wear resistance, toughness and thermal shock resistance. The inserts provide optimum flank wear resistance at higher cutting speeds ranging from 1,970 to 3,940 feet per min., enabling feeds from 0.05 to 0.15 mm) per tooth. Combined, these attributes reduce machining cost per workpiece, increase output and lower energy consumption.

Seco Tools: T4-12 Helical Milling Cutters

Seco Tools: T4-12 helical milling cutters

Seco Tools has expanded its popular family of T4-12 helical milling cutters to include five new cutters for economical and versatile roughing and semi-finishing operations. The addition of three metric and two imperial sizes makes Seco’s range of long-reach, replaceable-end tangential helical cutters the industry’s most complete, spanning diameters from 40 mm to 100 mm.

Designed specifically with aerospace manufacturers in mind, the new long reach cutters with HSK-100A back ends optimize side-milling operations. With replaceable ends, the cutters allow for custom solutions if needed and the capability to replace the first row of pocket seats without replacing the entire system.

The cutters excel in applications with sticky materials such as stainless steels and high temperature alloys. The high-positive, free-cutting insert geometries and grades boost tool life, while the tangentially mounted multi-edged inserts enable efficient chip flow and provide stability.

Seco Tools:  Jetstream Tooling High-Pressure Coolant

Seco Tools: Jetstream Tooling High-Pressure Coolant

Seco Tools’ Jetstream Tooling threading turning holders deliver a concentrated high-pressure jet of coolant —up to 150 bar/2,175 psi or hose connections for up to 275 bar/3,988 psi coolant inlets—to the optimum position close to the cutting edge making it possible to guide or steer chips a certain direction away from the cut.

The toolholders are available in 22 external, 28 internal and 14 GL-heads types in insert pocket sizes of 16, 22 and 27. For parts made from titanium or similar materials, Jetstream Tooling technology is capable of breaking the tough threading chips to increase tool life.

When threading steel and stainless steel, the improved chip control of the new thread turning tools allow for potentially 30 percent to 60 percent higher cutting speeds without compromising thread surface quality.

Seco: Insert Grades

Seco: Insert Grades

Seco has released three insert grades TP2501, TP1501 and TP0501, for steel turning with Duratomic coating technology to provide improved toughness, heat resistance and chemical inertness. This lengthens tool life and offers the potential for higher cutting speeds.

TP2501 suits a variety of workpiece material requirements and unpredictable working conditions with its highly secure edge toughness behaviour. TP1501 is well-balanced and suits applications requiring high wear resistance in low-alloy steel workpieces. TP0501 provides high wear resistance and cutting speeds, and suits stable machining conditions and situations requiring high output.

The TP grades also feature used-edge detection that do not impact tool performance, yet allows machinists to quickly and accurately identify used edges with the naked eye.

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