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Archive 2015

Archive 2015

New Seco chaser inserts offer perfect pitches and profiles with single-pass threading capability |

Fagersta, December 2014 – Seco’s new Thread Chaser inserts provide the speed, reliability and accuracy needed to meet the demanding requirements of the oil and gas industry and other segments that rely on special purpose threads such as API thread types to ensure superior hydraulic sealing in modern oil and gas components. Seco also offers threading products that are produced under license from leading brands within the oil and gas industry.

Seco Expands Line of Precision Thread Chaser Holders | 12/13/2016 9:00:00 AM

Seco Tools recently adapted its line of reliable, accurate thread chaser holders to support Steadyline® vibration damping bars and Capto tooling. With special carbide-pin locating systems, patented pocket seat surface patterns and high-pressure coolant delivery, these holders guarantee consistent insert positioning, superior rigidity and effective chip evacuation

Seco Expands Line of Highly Effective Parting-Off Blades to Fit VDI Turrets | 11/15/2016 9:00:00 AM

Seco Tools line of 150.10‑JETI family of parting-off blades and square-shank blocks now includes a new VDI block design. Adapters directly hold the 150.10-JETI parting-off blades onto the VDI turret and offer streamlined delivery of high-pressure coolant to the cutting zone without the use of hoses.

Seco Expands Offering of High-Performance Tooling Systems | 11/1/2016 9:00:00 AM

Seco Tools continues to develop solutions that keep pace with the natural progression of the metalcutting industry. Two of the company’s latest tooling systems that set new standards in precision and performance are the EPB 5831 Slim Hydraulic Chucks and the ER-to-Combimaster™ holders.

Seco Increases Selection of Disc Mill Cutters with Introductions and Expansions | 10/18/2016 9:00:00 AM

Seco has further expanded the industry’s widest selection of disc milling inserts and cutter bodies. In response to customer demands, Seco has introduced the 335.14 small-diameter exchangeable head system, 335.16 cutter for T-slot operations and cassette versions of the 335.25 cutter that incorporate round inserts. 

New Seco End Mills Boost Material Removal Rates in a Wide Range of Materials | 10/11/2016 9:00:00 AM

Fagersta, October 2016 — Seco recently released two new solid-carbide end mills that significantly boost metal removal rates and offer exceptionally long tool life. The Jabro®-HFM JHF181 is an excellent choice for high-feed milling strategies in hardened steels and nickel-based alloys, while the Jabro®-Solid2 JS564 and JS565 represent Seco’s continued focus on developing tools for advanced roughing strategies for a wide range of materials such as steels, stainless steels and titanium alloys.

Seco Adds new Duratomic® TK Insert Grades for Cast Iron Turning | 9/13/2016 9:00:00 AM

Seco’s new TK1501 and TK0501 insert grades incorporate the latest developments in next-generation Duratomic coating technology. The new dedicated cast iron turning grades reach a new level of toughness and wear resistance, as well as reduce tool waste and process more parts per edge.

New Seco Highfeed Cutter Boosts Material Removal Rates in a Wide Range of Materials | 9/6/2016 5:00:00 PM

Fagersta, September 2016 — Seco Tools has expanded its solutions for achieving high performance and long tool life with the introduction of the Highfeed 6—the latest addition to the Highfeed series of indexable-insert milling cutters. This new cutter features a design created specifically to boost material removal rates and handle high chip loads, resulting in substantial productivity increases and exceptional tool life.

Solid-carbide end mills with smaller neck diameters increase application range | 8/1/2016 9:00:00 AM

Fagersta, August 2016 — The Jabro®-Solid2 JS554 range of solid-carbide end mills gains further utility and versatility with smaller neck diameter options. These latest tools provide greater clearance when machining complex components, such as those found in aerospace, medical and general machining applications.

New Seco turning and boring bars reduce vibrations in more applications | 7/8/2016 10:30:00 AM

Fagersta, July 2016 — Seco’s Steadyline® vibration-damping tooling welcomes new spindle interface options for its turning/boring bars. The latest bars, which feature HSK-T/A63, HSK-T/A100 and Seco-Capto™ C8 machine side connections, bring the line’s high-performance results to even more applications.

New Seco parting-off system takes more direct approach to coolant delivery | 5/9/2016 3:00:00 PM

Fagersta, May 2016 – Designed with increased productivity, tool life and part quality in mind, the new Seco 150.10-JETI system streamlines the heat removal process in high-speed parting-off applications.

Seco increases flute options for popular Jabro® high-feed end mill | 4/5/2016 9:00:00 AM

Fagersta, April 2016 – Seco has expanded the high-feed machining applicability of its Jabro-HFM JHF980 solid-carbide end mill with new 4- and 5-flute options. The additional flutes allow parts manufacturers in industries such as aerospace and medical to achieve maximum productivity when performing face, slot and plunge milling operations. 

Seco adds larger insert sizes to T4-12 square shoulder, helical milling cutters | 3/29/2016 9:00:00 AM

Fagersta, March 2016 – By adding larger insert sizes to its popular T4-12 line of square shoulder and helical milling cutters, Seco allows parts manufacturers to achieve increased depths of cut and higher metal removal rates when roughing and semi-finishing steel, cast iron and other workpiece materials.  

Seco unveils toolholders with simultaneous taper and face contact | 2/9/2016 10:00:00 AM

Fagersta, February 2016 – Seco has added a new range of taper-face toolholders to meet machinists’ increasing needs for higher production and process reliability. These new options provide two surfaces of contact to offer increased rigidity and consistency compared with standard holders when machining complex parts at high cutting parameters.

New T-style sialon ceramic inserts from Seco excel in unstable conditions | 1/12/2016 10:00:00 AM

Fagersta, January 2016 – Seco has expanded the roughing and semi-finishing performance capabilities of its Secomax™ CS100 sialon ceramic grade by adding inserts with T-style edge preparation to the line. Featuring a free-cutting, extremely sharp geometry, the new inserts bring stability and performance longevity to the machining of nickel-based superalloys in unstable conditions.

New Seco MDT heads deliver turning interchangeability and vibration control | 12/10/2015 9:30:00 AM

Fagersta, December 2015 – Seco’s new Multi-Directional Turning (MDT) interchangeable heads for use with the Seco Steadylineâ modular vibration-damping tool bar system now incorporate the company’s recently developed GL Connection. Together, the GL Connection and Steadyline bars ensure precision and superior surface finishes for grooving and turning with the new MDT heads in long-reach applications as well as those with high risk of cutting vibrations.

Seco close-pitch Quattromill boosts feed rates and overall milling performance | 12/1/2015 8:30:00 AM

Fagersta, December 2015 – Seco now offers its popular general-purpose Quattromillâ face milling cutter in a new close-pitch version. Thanks to a special patented centre-locking insert screw design, the new face mill puts more teeth/inserts in the cut for higher feed rates, improved surface finishes and increased productivity.

Seco introduces new insert geometries and holders for turning challenging materials | 11/17/2015 8:30:00 AM

Fagersta, November 2015 – Seco has expanded its range of insert geometries for the turning of challenging materials, such as hardened steels and superalloys. The new geometries are available in the TH1000 PVD-coated grade and TH1500 Duratomic® CVD-coated grade. Combining a Seco-Capto™ machine-side interface with rigid P-lever-clamping, the new holders accommodate larger inserts for heavy-duty applications, particularly in ductile materials.

Seco further extends 335.25 disc milling cutter with additional insert sizes | 11/3/2015 8:00:00 AM

Fagersta, November 2015 – Seco has introduced two new insert sizes to its family of 335.25 disc milling cutters, a successful line that provides manufacturers with high flexibility and productivity. With the additions, the cutter now offers a range of cutting widths from 13.5 to 32 mm, allowing for optimisation of an even greater variety of applications.

Seco adds special purpose and larger diameter taps to its Threadmaster™ Tap product range | 10/27/2015 8:00:00 AM

Fagersta, October 2015 – Seco has introduced new additions to the Threadmaster Tap family, including taps for larger hole sizes, as well as dedicated solutions for specific material groups. This substantial expansion encompasses over 200 new products and brings the number of ISO material-specific taps within the family to 330.

New Seco Jabro®-Solid2 end mills enhance roughing and thin-wall applications | 10/20/2015 8:30:00 AM

Fagersta, October 2015 – Seco recently expanded its already comprehensive line of Jabro-Solid2 end mills to include new capabilities for significantly higher feed rates and metal removal in advanced roughing applications as well as a broader selection of long-length tools for processing aluminium.

Seco expands Precimaster Plus™ system for high-precision reaming | 10/12/2015 8:30:00 AM

Fagersta, October 2015 – Seco has expanded its Precimaster Plus high-precision, indexable-head reaming system to include new shanks featuring built-in floating and adjustability. These new options further strengthen the system’s potential benefits by improving hole surface finishes, eliminating runout and correcting for misalignment without the use of special toolholders.

Seco introduces rough and fine boring heads for Steadyline® vibration-damping bars | 9/15/2015 10:00:00 AM

Fagersta, September 2015 – Seco has extended the versatility of its Steadyline™ vibration-damping system with the new EPB® 610 rough boring head and EPB 620 radial type fine boring head.

Seco increases copy milling capabilities via three product expansions | 9/4/2015 9:00:00 AM

Fagersta, September 2015 – Seco recently added new offerings to its Minimaster®Plus replaceable cutting tool system, Combimaster milling cutter system and Round 12 button insert line to further extend the capabilities of these copy milling products.

New Seco MS2050 milling grades optimised for titanium machining | 8/4/2015 10:00:00 AM

Fagersta, August 2015 – Seco has increased the versatility of its MS2050 milling grade with new variations that bring optimised cutting performance to shops processing parts from titanium and high chromium content steels. The latest additions span a wide scope of insert sizes, radii and geometries along with special coating technology. 

Seco extends X4 product line for reliable short-reach grooving and parting-off | 7/14/2015 9:30:00 AM

Fagersta, July 2015 – Seco continues to grow its innovative, highly productive X4 product line to expand the benefits of its short-reach grooving and parting-off system to an even greater range of applications. The line now includes larger radii, additional angled inserts and TGH 1050 grade inserts.

Seco Double Octomill™ Cassette Cutter achieves near zero axial runout | 7/1/2015 11:00:00 AM

Fagersta, July 2015 – Seco recently expanded its successful range of face milling cutters to include an innovative new Double Octomill™ Cassette Cutter. The new cassette cutters use Seco’s advanced pinlocating technology and high-speed steel pins, to ensure fast, easy and precise insert positioning. Equally important, cassette pockets are adjustable to virtually eliminate axial runout.

New mounting system boosts Seco’s Square T4-08 Helical cutter strength, stability | 6/9/2015 10:00:00 AM

Fagersta, April 2015 – Seco recently expanded its Square T4-08 Helical milling cutter line to include a new innovative insert mounting system for specially designed inserts with four cutting edge capabilities. The product line also now includes a new MS2050 insert grade.

Precision and rigidity top traits of new thread chaser insert holder from Seco | 5/19/2015 9:30:00 AM

Fagersta, May 2015 – Seco developed its new thread chaser insert holder to bring high levels of precision and rigidity to threading operations that involve tough materials including the hard, gummy or high-chrome content ones used in the oil and gas industry. Such achievement is possible via a special carbide-pin locating system combined with a patented pocket seat surface pattern and high-pressure coolant capabilities.

Seco introduces Turbo 10 PCD milling inserts for smooth finishing | 5/5/2015 4:00:00 PM

Fagersta, April 2015 – Seco recently introduced two new PCD-tipped milling insert grades for use with its popular Turbo 10 cutters. PCD05 and PCD20 are well-proven PCD grades that produce unmatched surface quality in finish machining applications, primarily in aluminium, but also in titanium alloys. These workpiece materials are typically found in aerospace and automotive applications. The new grades are also highly effective in cutting polymers and fibre-reinforced composites.

Seco broadens carbide circlip-grooving insert lineup | 4/21/2015 8:30:00 AM

Fagersta, April 2015 – Seco designed its new X4 polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PCBN) insert to bring high stability and long tool life to circlip grooving operations that involve heavy interrupted cuts in hardened steels.

New Jabro® end mills from Seco offer fast, efficient composite machining | 4/7/2015 9:30:00 AM

Fagersta, April 2015 – Seco recently added new JPD and JC end mills to its line of Jabro products developed specifically for cutting composite materials. These end mills consist of four new geometries that bring fast, efficient cutting to applications involving workpiece materials such as carbon and glass fibre composites as well as carbon reinforced plastics (CRFP).

Seco introduces first Duratomic® CVD grade for thread turning inserts | 4/1/2015 8:00:00 AM

Fagersta, March 2015 – Seco developed the new TM4000 grade for its single-point threading inserts to provide the highest possible protection against built-up edge when turning steel workpiece materials. A first of its kind, the grade features a hard, ductile cemented carbide substrate and special dual coating made of CVD and Duratomic layers.

Seco adds shorter flutes to Minimaster®Plus replaceable tip milling system | 3/24/2015 8:00:00 AM

Fagersta, March 2015 – Seco is continuously expanding upon its popular Minimaster Plus replaceable tip milling system. The latest development involves cutting heads with shorter flute lengths for handling higher cutting forces and increasing metal removal rates in roughing and semi-finishing operations.

Seco My Pages now available in several countries | 3/3/2015 8:00:00 AM

Fagersta, February 2015 – Seco customers in serveral countries now have access to My Pages, a valuable new tool available via the Internet or as an app for smartphones and tablets. Featuring an unprecedented amount of data in a simple, user-friendly interface, My Pages demonstrates Seco’s continuous commitment to better serving the metal cutting industry. Manufacturers can begin receiving the benefits of My Pages by signing up at

New Seco PCBN grade delivers high-volume, roughing performance | 2/17/2015 8:30:00 AM

Fagersta, February 2015 – Developed for grey cast irons and high-chrome iron, Seco’s new CBN600 PCBN insert grade provides high-volume, cost-effective rough machining performance.

Two new families of Seco Highfeed cutters deliver increased speeds and feeds | 2/10/2015 9:00:00 AM

Fagersta, February 2015 – Seco has expanded its Highfeed milling cutter lineup with the introduction of the new Highfeed 2 small-diameter and Highfeed 4 with double-sided inserts. Both families incorporate new insert designs combined with more teeth per diameter for higher productivity.   

New book series from Seco provides practical application support | 2/3/2015 9:00:00 AM

Fagersta, February 2015 – Seco continues its strong focus on educating, training and informing those in the manufacturing industries with the release of four metal cutting books in a new series called “Metal Cutting – Best Practices.” The books cover current trends and techniques in metal cutting and will be published throughout 2015.

Seco expands Steadyline™ vibration damping system with boring bars | 1/13/2015 10:30:00 AM

Fagersta, January 2015 – As the use of long overhang tools becomes increasingly popular throughout the manufacturing industry, Seco has expanded its patented line of Steadyline damping tools include boring heads.

Digital portal offers unprecedented access, functionality and resources to manufacturers | 1/4/2015 10:00:00 AM

Fagersta, December 2014 – Manufacturers around the world will soon be able to streamline tasks involving Seco products and services when the leading metal cutting solutions provider introduces its new My Pages digital portal in 2015. Featuring an unprecedented amount of data in a user-friendly interface, My Pages further demonstrates Seco’s continuous commitment to better serve its customers.

Seco adds roughing and small-diameter four-flute endmills to Jabro® line | 11/27/2014 10:00:00 AM

Fagersta, December 2014 – Seco recently added four-flute designs to its Jabro-HPM JHP951 roughing endmill in diameters of 16 mm and 20 mm and Jabro-Mini JM905 and JM920 small-diameter endmills. These additions further expand the capabilities of Seco’s premium solid carbide tools.  

New Seco EPB® 5867 boosts hole-tapping output and thread quality | 11/25/2014 9:00:00 AM

Fagersta, November 2014 – Seco completes its range of high-quality tooling systems with the recent launch of the EPB 5867 tapping chuck, which features an all-new micro-compensating mechanism for secure tapping with synchronous machines.

Seco introduces new generation modular reamer system | 11/4/2014 8:30:00 AM

Fagersta, November 2014 – Seco’s latest Precimaster Plus modular reamer system builds on the success of the company’s original Precimaster by featuring a new high-precision connection, solid-carbide disposable heads as well as common holders for blind and through-hole applications. Such enhancements boost reaming speed, stability and versatility for more precise, cost-effective hole production, with size tolerances held to between 15 and 25 microns and surface finishes of Ra. 4 to Ra. 8.        

Seco increases versatility of Minimaster® Plus replaceable tip milling system | 10/21/2014 9:00:00 AM

Fagersta, October 2014 – Seco recently added new through-tool coolant high-feed heads to its Minimaster Plus replaceable tip milling system. The expansion further increases the versatility of this cost-effective system that already features a large selection of inserts and shanks for tackling a broad range of applications. 

New Seco holemaking products bring versatility and value to tapping and drilling | 10/7/2014 10:00:00 AM

Fagersta, September 2014 – Seco recently expanded its selection of holemaking products by adding the new Threadmaster Tap and Seco Feedmax Universal drills to its comprehensive cutting tool portfolio. The company designed these latest products with performance, versatility and value in mind.   

Seco expands performance, economy of Square T4-08 series with new helical cutter | 10/1/2014 9:30:00 AM

Fagersta, October 2014 – Seco recently added a new helical tool to its Square T4-08 line of square shoulder mills that feature four cutting edges and an innovative tangential cutter design. Ideal for slotting and contouring/shouldering applications, the Helical T4-08 excels in machining challenging materials such as cast iron, steel, stainless steel and alloys.   

Seco adds turning bars to Steadyline™ vibration damping system | 9/29/2014 8:00:00 AM

Fagersta, September 2014 – Following the success of its Steadyline milling holders, Seco is adding turning bars to this patented line of damped tooling that brings excellent productivity results to a wide variety of long overhang machining operations. The new patented GL connection on these turning tools makes it possible to perform rotating and static operations with the same bar. 

Seco’s new CW100 grade brings speed, strength to HRSA grooving | 9/29/2014 7:30:00 AM

Fagersta, September 2014 – With its new whisker-reinforced CW100 ceramic insert grade for high-speed grooving operations, Seco further enhances its range of products that optimise wear resistance and toughness in the machining of challenging materials, including Inconel 718, Waspaloy and other heat-resistant super alloys (HRSA).

Seco’s new-generation Jabro®-Solid2 endmills offer higher productivity gains | 9/18/2014 10:30:00 AM

Fagersta, September 2014 – Covering a broader application range than its previous generation, the latest lineup of Jabro-Solid2 solid endmills from Seco represents more than 470 universal products that apply to all commonly machined materials, from steel to titanium alloy. These endmills are coated with a new NXT coating application process as well as feature optimised geometries and special edge preparations to achieve longer tool life and higher cutting speeds than the products they replace. 

Seco expands, simplifies SMG classification system for optimised machining | 9/18/2014 8:30:00 AM

Fagersta, September 2014 – Continuously developing new ways for its metalworking customers to maximise productivity and profitability, Seco recently released a new version of its workpiece material classification system (SMG) classification system that makes it even easier to understand the complicated interactions between cutting tools and workpiece materials during milling, turning and holemaking operations.

Seco increases Jetstream Tooling® performance | 8/19/2014 10:00:00 AM

Fagersta, August 2014 – Seco recently improved the productivity and process safety of its line of Jetstream Tooling products through multiple enhancements, including a new lever clamping design and optional roughing inducer. These extras further increase the performance levels of Jetstream Tooling, enabling manufacturers to attain higher productivity and part quality by removing heat from turning applications.

Seco extends its range of solutions for turning superalloys and hardened steels | 8/5/2014 9:00:00 AM

Fagersta, August 2014 – Seco has widened its range of efficient solutions for demanding materials with further additions to its high-performing turning grades, TH1000 and TH1500. Available in both negative and centre-locked-styled inserts, these grades offer significant boosts to productivity and process stability.

Seco X4 grooving and parting-off system stabilises small parts machining | 7/15/2014 9:00:00 AM

Fagersta, July 2014 – Perfect for small-part manufacturers, the Seco X4 multi-edge system meets the industry’s demand for grooving and parting-off tools with narrow cutting edges. Most recently, the company added smaller shanks to the short-reach system so that it can accommodate an even broader range of machining applications such as Swiss parts.

Seco Double Octomill™ High Feed optimises roughing operations | 7/2/2014 8:00:00 AM

Fagersta, July 2014 – Designed to increase metal removal rates in steel and cast iron applications, the new Seco Double Octomill High Feed face mill features 16 cutting edges per insert and brings versatility, productivity and economy to roughing operations.

Seco adds new M06 insert geometry to Turbo 10 series | 6/24/2014 8:30:00 AM

Fagersta, June 2014 – Seco launched the new M06 geometry within its XOEX10T3 insert range to bring longer tool life and lower production costs to stainless steel and titanium alloys machining applications involving the company’s Turbo 10 square shoulder milling cutters. Available in several options, the M06 comes in grades F40M, T350M, MP2500, MP1020, MM4500, MS2500 and MS2050 and corner radii from 0.4 mm to 3.1 mm.

Seco 150.10 Jet parting-off blade expands Jetstream Tooling® capabilities | 5/20/2014 11:30:00 AM

Fagersta, May 2014 – With the new highly rigid 150.10 Jet blade, Seco further expands the heat removal capabilities of its Jetstream Tooling Duo technology. The two coolant jets directed to optimal positions in the cutting zone enable users to achieve longer tool life, increased productivity and higher cutting speeds in parting-off operations that involve superalloys and stainless steels.

Seco adds two new geometries to Crownloc® Plus drill family | 5/6/2014 2:00:00 PM

Fagersta, May 2014 – Seco recently expanded the highly secure and cost-effective holemaking capabilities of its Crownloc Plus line with the addition of two new geometries. The latest M and L geometries bring added edge sharpness and chip control, respectively, to this exchangeable-tip drill family known for its strong wear resistance in a variety of materials. 

Seco introduces W-MF4 insert geometry for higher performance in stainless steels | 4/22/2014 9:00:00 AM

Fagersta, April 2014 - To further improve the output manufacturers can obtain when machining stainless steels, Seco has developed and released the new dedicated W-Mf4 insert geometry. A high-feed (wiper) geometry, W-MF4 enables the high performance levels that have been available for other metals, but were difficult to attain when cutting stainless steels. 

Seco adds Steadyline™ technology to Combimaster toolholders | 4/8/2014 3:00:00 PM

Fagersta, April 2014 – With the release of the Steadyline Combimaster, Seco has expanded its successful Combimaster family of toolholding for medium-sized milling applications to include state-of-the-art vibration damping technology. This will allow the family of Combimaster cutters to be used in a wider variety of applications, specifically those requiring long overhangs or unstable set-ups.

Seco further expands solid carbide end mill range | 3/18/2014 11:30:00 AM

Fagersta, March 2013 – Seco recently expanded its already comprehensive Jabro®-Solid2 line of solid carbide end mills to include new inch sizes, geometries and flute versions. Such additions allow an even greater range of applications to benefit from this highly versatile series of cutters that balances economy and performance. 

Seco’s new MS2050 milling grade increases productivity in titanium alloys | 3/13/2014 8:30:00 PM

Fagersta, March 2014 – Optimised for challenging conditions, the latest MS2050 milling insert grade from Seco utilises a new coating technique and substrate that brings enhanced process reliability and higher cutting data to part processing applications involving titanium alloy materials.

Seco Square T4-08 shoulder mill balances economy and performance | 2/25/2014 8:00:00 AM

Fagersta, February 2014 – Seco’s new Square T4-08 shoulder milling solution with four cutting edges and innovative cutter design balances economy and performance in cast iron and steel machining applications, as well as those that involve contouring operations in challenging materials.

Seco adds new rough boring heads and hydraulic chuck to EPB line | 2/17/2014 9:00:00 AM

Fagersta, February 2014 – Seco has extended its EPB product line to include new compact, highly intuitive EPB 610 rough boring heads that simplify the holemaking process as well as the EPB 5835 hydraulic chuck that brings strength, rigidity and high metal removal rates to rough milling applications.

Seco extends product line for grooving & parting-off | 2/17/2014 8:30:00 AM

Fagersta, February 2014 – Seco has announced a special focus on products for grooving and parting off applications in 2014. In addition to introducing and focusing on new products, Seco will also be launching an online Digital Sales Guide to provide the market with technical information in an innovative format.

Milling tooling developments increase quality and productivity in the machining of orthopedic replacement components | 2/11/2014 8:00:00 AM

Fagersta, February 2014 – The manufacturing of medical components must meet standards of accuracy, reliability, quality, and traceability that equal and sometimes exceed those required for aerospace and nuclear parts. In addition, global competition and efforts to restrain health care expense create great pressure to maximise productivity and reduce manufacturing costs. Tooling manufacturers are helping medical partmakers meet these challenges with a selection of milling tools custom-engineered for the machining of complex orthopedic replacement components.

Identifying and addressing eight common insert failure modes | 1/28/2014 8:00:00 AM

Fagersta, January 2014 – Insert failure and its negative impact on manufacturing equipment is similar to an athlete exhausting a good pair of running shoes. Much like a shoe under the weight of the runner wearing it, an insert endures tremendous stress over and over again, creating wear and tear. If not addressed, wear can cause pain for an athlete and inaccurate processes or poor productivity for a manufacturer.

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.