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Selecting the right tools for a job can be challenging for manufacturers. Tools come in many different shapes, sizes, and types and have been standardised by tool manufacturers. But what may be standard for one company, may not be for another. This can lead to...

The microgeometry of a tool’s cutting edge has a direct impact on the tool’s performance and influences process parameters like chip formation, thermal and mechanical loading on the tool and workpiece, tool wear, and workpiece quality. It also directly impacts the workpiece’s surface finish, tool...

A common misconception in manufacturing is that only those manufacturers that use high-speed cutting in their processes benefit from tool balancing. The reality, however, is that any manufacturer can stand to benefit from the increased productivity, added precision, and better surface finishes that a balanced...

The fourth industrial revolution, otherwise known as Industry 4.0, refers to the transition to cyber-physical systems (CPS) that autonomously utilise and exchange big data through cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT). While Industry 3.0 introduced the use of information technology and automation to...

Controlling costs as a manufacturer is essential to remaining competitive in any market. One of the key areas in which cost reductions can be achieved is in regards to tool life improvement. PCD tools are versatile cutters that can dramatically decrease tooling costs and deliver...

The way tools and equipment are handled and stored may be an afterthought to many manufacturers – more so when the real driver of a company’s success relies on the productivity and efficiency of its processes. However, improper tool handling can impact both those key...

Identifying the most suitable cutting tool for the job is a crucial process. Cutting tools can be made from a number of materials such as high-speed steel, cemented carbide, ceramic, or diamond. In modern, high-volume, constant-output machining a common choice is PCD vs carbide tools. Each...