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High-feed cutter processes difficult-to-machine steels

April 7, 2016

The Pramet Penta HF high-feed cutter from Dormer Pramet can be used across various applications on multiple materials, including heat-treated and difficult-to-machine steels, stainless steels, and heat-resistant superalloys. The cutter features internal coolant on body for deep-cavity milling...

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Kennametal director receives Women in Manufacturing STEP Award

April 1, 2016

Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, Pa., has announced that Director of Global Strategic Pricing Cheryl Bush received honors in the 4th Women in Manufacturing STEP (science, technology, engineering, and production) Awards presented by The Manufacturing Institute. The STEP Awards recognize women at all...

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How fabricators manage machining

March 31, 2016 | By Tim Heston

These days certain custom fabrication operations have in-house machining capabilities. How these capabilities are managed depends on a company’s location, access to talent, and customer demands. The FABRICATOR talked with managers at two custom fabricators, each of which takes a distinct approach to managing its machining operations.

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PCX Aerostructures expands machining capacity

March 29, 2016

Cam-Tech Mfg., a division of PCX Aerostructures, has installed a new machining center to expand production of large-format aircraft parts at its Mansfield, Texas, facility. The T1 Makino 5-axis machining center has a 59- by 51- by 78-in. envelope. PCX Aerostructures is a supplier of highly...

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Solid-carbide mill offers five cutting edges

March 29, 2016

Walter USA LLC has introduced the Prototyp Proto▪max™ ST Z-5 solid carbide milling tool for dynamic milling of steel, with secondary applications in stainless steel. The tool, which has five cutting edges, is available with a Weldon shank configuration for secure clamping, with or without...

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Runout compensation nuts correct runout errors, misalignment

March 28, 2016

ReamTec EasyZero runout compensation nuts from Monaghan Tooling Group correct runout errors and misalignment for all round tools using ER collets. The replacement nuts feature six adjustment screws that allow for up to 0.011-in. runout to be dialed in rapidly. With concentric cutting, all cutting...

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Mill/drill chucks feature 1:16 worm gear

March 24, 2016

Emuge Corp., in partnership with Albrecht Precision Chucks, has introduced FPC mill/drill chucks with a 1:16 worm gear. The patented design delivers 3 tons of traction force and 100 percent holding power for maximum rigidity, says the company. The collet-cone assembly absorbs nearly all vibration...

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Dapra opens milling center in Illinois

March 22, 2016

Dapra Corp., a manufacturer of indexable milling tools and a supplier of direct part marking systems, has announced the opening of a new Midwest Tech Center site for customer training and testing in Rockford, Ill. The facility serves as a site for training, prototype testing, turnkey...

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Parabolic-flute drill designed for deep-hole drilling

March 21, 2016

Dormer Pramet offers PFX premium cobalt high-speed steel drills, available in screw machine, jobber, taper, and extra-length designs. It is suitable for most materials operating in depths of 3xD (A920, A921), 6xD (A900, A901), 10xD (A940, A941), and 15xD (A976, A977, A978). All drills feature a...

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Accurate Welding adds 3-axis milling machine

March 16, 2016

Accurate Welding & Fabricating, Harrison Township, Mich., has added a 3-axis CNC milling machine, giving the company additional capacity to fulfill customer requirements. The Vision Wide machine has an envelope of 165-in. X-axis travel, 90-in. Y-axis travel, and 55-in. Z-axis travel. The...

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Mill-turn control adds new cycles, features

March 14, 2016

Heidenhain’s TNC 640 mill-turn control has been updated with enhanced graphics, interpolation turning, and gear hobbing, allowing the control to be used in new applications such as machining large parts for power plants. Additionally, new manual probing cycles simplify workpiece setup. The new...

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Vertical machining center provides 5-axis capabilities

March 10, 2016

Okuma’s new MU-4000V, designed for 5-axis multisided machining, is suitable for the aerospace and die/mold industries. It provides high-speed, process-intensive machining combined with turning and 5-axis multitasking machining. The machine features a large work envelope and substantial base...

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Drill/tap, drill/mill centers offer increased X-axis travel

March 9, 2016

Haas Automation has introduced the DT-2 drill/tap center and DM-2 drill/mill center. The machines offer the high acceleration rates, fast axis speeds, and short tool-change times of the DT-1 and DM-1 models, but with an additional 8 in. of X-axis travel and table length and only a slight increase...

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Software feature helps simplify machining of shaped holes

March 8, 2016

Prima Power Laserdyne’s ShapeSoft™ feature, recently added to the Laserdyne S94P control for multiaxis laser systems, helps simplify the creation of programs for producing cone, oblique cone, fan, and racetrack holes in a variety of turbine engine components, including blades, nozzle guide...

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Okuma adds staff to sales, product specialist teams

March 3, 2016

Okuma America Corp., Charlotte, N.C., has added Brian Sides and Tom O’Toole to its sales and product specialist teams. Both are veterans in the CNC machine tool industry with more than 50 years of combined experience. Sides, sales engineer, joined the company in 1992 as an electrical engineer...

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