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Archive 2013

Archive 2013

Rough cutting strategies run on optimised toolpaths | 12/10/2013 9:00:00 AM

Fagersta, December 2013 – Toolpath optimisation through the use of CAM systems has been commonplace for quite some time, especially in the die and mould industry sectors. However, only recently have shops begun to pair that capability with relatively new machining strategies and special designed solid rotary cutting tools to optimise rough-machining operations.

Seco makes CP200 grade available for parting-off and grooving with MDT | 12/10/2013 9:00:00 AM

Fagersta, December 2013 – Seco’s CP200 has long been an excellent grade for parting-off and grooving operations involving challenging materials. To further increase the versatility of this proven PVD product, the company has now made it available for MDT (multi-directional turning) applications.

Seco introduces cermet grade TP1030 for high-volume threading operations | 12/3/2013 9:00:00 AM

Fagersta, December 2013 – Seco designed its new cermet grade TP1030 to consistently deliver premium threading performance and maintain excellent tool life in high-production thread turning operations that involve steels and stainless steels. The grade maintains tight tolerances in combination with high surface finishing demands in a broad cutting speed area, especially when used in conjunction with Seco HD threading holders.

Milling tooling progress | 11/15/2013 10:00:00 AM

November 2013 – Recently developed milling tools provide the operational flexibility required to machine increasingly complex components.

Seco introduces M6 chipbreaker for top performance in turning applications | 11/12/2013 11:00:00 AM

Fagersta, November 2013 – Designed for roughing and semi-finishing of steel and cast iron in turning applications, Seco’s new negative-styled M6 chipbreaker inserts provide excellent productivity and versatility.

Seco’s new Jetstream Tooling® Duo improves turning performance | 11/5/2013 10:00:00 AM

Fagersta, November 2013 – Ideal for turning applications that involve titanium, superalloys and other challenging materials, Seco’s new Jetstream Tooling Duo technology applies one or more additional coolant jets from a second direction. This quickly and effectively removes heat from the cutting zone, allowing manufacturers to achieve higher cutting speeds, longer tool life, improved chip control and increased productivity overall. 

Tooling and application strategies for parting-off and grooving | 10/29/2013 10:00:00 AM

Fagersta, October 2013 – The basic goals of parting-off and grooving processes are the same as those for general turning operations: achieving the desired shape of the part being machined, meeting specifications for accuracy and maximising productivity. In addition, however, parting-off and grooving applications are distinguished by specific issues in regard to tool strength and rigidity as well as chip control. Tool manufacturers employ innovative tooling designs as well as advanced coolant delivery strategies to meet the special requirements of parting-off and grooving processes. 

Seco introduces new turning insert grades for challenging materials | 10/22/2013 10:00:00 AM

Fagersta, October 2013 – Seco’s new TH1000 and TH1500 turning insert grades further extend the company’s offerings of extremely wear-resistant solutions for cutting difficult-to-machine materials. Seco has engineered the grades to bring high performance and increased productivity to a range of challenging applications, such as the machining of superalloy and hardened steel components, which are frequently found in both the aerospace and automotive segments. 

Seco expands EPB 5600 Shrinkfit range with highly secure Safe-Lock system | 10/8/2013 11:00:00 AM

Fagersta, October 2013 – Seco has expanded its range of EPB 5600 Shrinkfit holders to allow them to be ordered with the Safe-Lock system, which achieves advanced pullout protection for round shanked cutting tools. This brings increased reliability, tool life and productivity to high-speed rough milling applications that involve workpieces machined from hard materials, such as titanium and special alloys.

Seco’s new CS100 grade offers higher cutting speeds, longer tool life | 9/4/2013 11:30:00 AM

Fagersta, September 2013 – Seco’s new CS100 sialon ceramic grade provides excellent performance in rough machining applications in nickel based heat resistant super alloys (HRSA). The CS100 grade features high chemical inertness, high abrasion resistance and high toughness, allowing it to achieve long and consistent tool life. This makes it the ideal solution to meet the aerospace industry's ever growing demands for HRSA materials. 

Seco extends its market leading Jabro®-Solid2 line | 9/3/2013 8:30:00 AM

Fagersta, September 2013 – The latest additions to Seco’s Jabro-Solid2 line of easy-to-use solid carbide end mills bring increased durability, speed and efficiency to a variety of cutting applications. The JS506 and JS509 chamfering tools and the JS410 and JS450 series of end mills for aluminium alloys machining operations are the newest members of the Jabro-Solid2 family. 

Seco advances milling in tough materials with new Turbo helical cutters | 9/3/2013 8:00:00 AM

Fagersta, September 2013 – Seco recently expanded its Turbo range of products to include new helical cutters that bring increased machining flexibility, stability and productivity to aggressive metal cutting operations such as aerospace shouldering applications.

Medical implant OEMs set their sights on ceramics | 8/20/2013 8:00:00 AM

Fagersta, August 2013 – Practically all of the major medical implant OEMs are actively pursuing, in one way or another, the viability of manufacturing various common implants from ceramic materials. Ceramics are perfect for implant use. They provide much higher levels of strength, wear resistance, smoothness and biocompatibility when compared with metals and polymers. However, ceramics lack one very important quality – machinability.

Directed High-Pressure Coolant Tooling | 7/23/2013 11:00:00 AM

Fagersta, July 2013 – There are high expectations for today’s coolant delivery tooling systems* to do more than just cool metal cutting processes. When you choose or are even forced to use coolant, functional efficiency should be at as high a level as possible and be able to present significant opportunities to release hidden productivity. Equally importantly, especially in turning operations, the modern coolant fluid delivery tooling systems must provide effective chip control.

Seco advances holemaking in composites with new PCD-tipped drills | 7/1/2013 11:00:00 AM

Fagersta, July 2013 – Seco’s new CX1 and CX2 solid polycrystalline diamond-tipped drills bring increased tool life, productivity and quality to manufacturers machining holes in composite materials. Unlike traditional PCD, vein or dual brazed tip designs, the CX1 and CX2 further prevent delamination and uncut fibres by featuring a solid PCD dome and solid PCD cap, respectively, on a solid carbide drill body. This new PCD technology has also enabled Seco to develop the industry’s first PCD three-flute geometry (CX1) for composite drilling.  

Low cost per edge drives new face mill cutter designs | 6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM

Fagersta, June 2013 – In today’s competitive manufacturing market, all industry segments are looking for the perfect cutting tool that offers high productivity, versatility and accuracy at a low cost per edge. In response, cutting tool companies are developing new precision-based solutions that offer improved economy by having even more cutting edges per insert, as well as better efficiency by performing both roughing and finishing operations.

Seco announces highly reliable CBN010 insert grade for turning steels | 6/10/2013 10:00:00 AM

Fagersta, June 2013 – Seco has introduced CBN010, a new, uncoated grade designed to provide excellent performance in continuous to moderately interrupted cuts. Offering an extremely homogenous structure, the new grade provides stable performance and consistent tool life to minimise downtime and machining costs.

Milling and drilling the tough materials | 5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM

Fagersta, May 2013 – The goal of aircraft weight reduction is driving the current increased use of advanced exotic materials such as composites, titaniums and Inconels in the aerospace industry. While materials such as these are lighter, yet stronger than those typically used, they each present their own sets of challenges when it comes to machining, more specifically milling and drilling.

Seco releases MK2050 grade for reliable, productive cast iron milling | 4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM

Fagersta, April 2013 – Seco has introduced MK2050 developed specifically to address the challenges of milling cast iron. Ideal for manufacturers serving the automotive and general engineering segments, MK2050 maintains strong performance across variances in cutting conditions and material heterogeneity.

Making headway through the many variables of cast iron machining | 3/11/2013 4:00:00 PM

Fagersta, March 2013 – Manufacturers face several variables and challenges when determining the right tooling to maintain competitiveness in cast iron machining operations. Not only are there several different types of cast irons, the material itself can vary from one casting to the next. So to choose the appropriate cutting tool insert geometries and grades, manufacturers must understand all the factors involved and take into consideration their entire production chains if they are to successfully achieve the best combination of quality, cost and productivity.

Seco adds 8xD option to Crownloc® Plus family of exchangeable-tip drills | 3/1/2013 4:30:00 PM

Fagersta, March 2013 – Seco has announced the expansion of its family of Crownloc® Plus exchangeable-tip drills to include 8xD options. Providing high flexibility and performance, Crownloc Plus offers substantial benefits in terms of both productivity and cost effectiveness.

Tooling up for mould machining | 2/13/2013 4:00:00 PM

Fagersta, February 2013 – Consider machine tool capability, intended milling techniques, programming, workholding and toolholding during your cutting tool selection process.

Seco expands family of Turbo 10 square shoulder milling cutters | 2/12/2013 4:00:00 PM

Fagersta, February 2013 – Seco has announced a substantial expansion of its highly successful family of Turbo 10 square shoulder milling cutters. Designed to bring even greater flexibility to

Seco introduces X4 for parting off and grooving of small components | 2/11/2013 4:00:00 PM

Fagersta, February 2013 – Seco has announced the introduction of X4, a new multi-edged, tangential tool for parting off and grooving of small components. Available in cutting widths from 0.5 – 3.0 mm (.031’’ – .093”), X4’s inserts minimise material consumption in parting off and enable precise grooving and copying of small and medium-sized, complex parts. Performance is further enhanced through X4’s tangential insert bodies that ensure high rigidity, stability and productivity.

Seco to roll out unprecedented number of cutting tool solutions in 2013 | 1/14/2013 4:00:00 PM

Fagersta, January 2013 – Throughout 2013, Seco will release a comprehensive range of new cutting tool solutions for milling, turning, threading and holemaking operations – all designed to assist manufacturers across all industry segments in optimising their machining processes by boosting their productivity and profitability.