The mold and die industries have faced a lot of challenges over the past years, with the major area being the throughput. Due to overseas competition, businesses have been forced to improve productivity. Businesses are now required to produce more in a specified amount of time to keep up with the competition. Manufacturers have now embraced new technology to enable them to endure the global market.
The technology we are talking about is the high feeding tool. High feeding tool technology can be adapted by any machine tool. This article will highlight how high feeding tool technology and machining strategy can be adapted to increase productivity.
High Feed Tooling
In the recent past, high feed tooling was a limitless tool that was available in large diameters. Now, high feed tooling comes in different shapes and sizes which make it easy to be adopted by small businesses. They come in a two flute or four flute sizes which include different diameters. The high feed tooling allows heavy chip loads to be used in tools with small diameters and this in turn allows high feedrates in applications using smaller machines. Since the introduction of the high feed tooling, machine time has been reduced by up to 70 percent.
High Feed Geometry
CNC machining in Perth has adopted this technology by cutting tool manufacturers, which has allowed them to cut to any geometry. It uses a chip thinning factor to induce geometry. The thinning chip controls the cutting tool and is able to generate force from all direction to cut with precision. The technology has eliminated tool deflection and vibration from cutting machines which mean there is less room for error. This has tremendously increased production as more cutting companies are able to produce more in less time.
High feed machining strategy
A high feed machining strategy eliminates re-roughing operations. It allows both the corner radii and the net shaper to be achieved at high speeds. This technique allows to continue working on semi finish or to finish on operations. Smaller diameter tools are required to give a finer cut.
Advantages of high feed tooling
High feeding tooling has reduced machining time down by 70 percent. Manufacturers are able to produce more in less time and therefore it has helped to eliminate downtime. The high feeding tooling has also reduced the amount of time needed to handle roughing processes. Due to the high cutting precision achieved by the high geometry, materials are cut down to precision and this reduces the time needed for semi finishing operations.
Compared to years ago, high feed tooling has reduced the size of machines tremendously and this has allowed more businesses to adopt the technology. The roughing process has been doubled since more can be done in the initial roughing stages. This has reduced the overall manufacture time and therefore increased throughput. This technology has enabled business to be able to compete even in today’s global market place and prices are kept at healthy rates.