Thursday, October 27, 2016

Stop Presetting Tools in Your Machine

Your machine makes money when it is machining.  You do everything you can to maximize efficiency, increase productivity, and reduce downtime.  You have to.

Tool changers, pallet changers, quick-change fixtures, and dozens of improvements are made to reduce the time that a spindle sits idle.  So why do so many people still set tool lengths in the machine?  "Setting a tool only takes a minute or two."  Yes, but setting just 20 tools can mean a loss of 40 minutes of productivity.  That's 3-1/2 hours per week setting tools - working only one shift.  That equates to two days a month lost productivity.


Did you know you can also save time and money tooling up a new machine or job?  Next time you consider a new machine or a new job give us a call.  We can supply your tooling packages (no matter the size) fully assembled and preset.
Every tool arrives labeled and ready to put into action.

Contact us today to learn more.


Tool Presetters

Even the smallest machine shop can benefit from presetting tools.  Not sure which one you need?  Simply contact us, we are here to help.  We don't just sell them; we use them, we install them, and we service them.

Parlec Presetters

Parlec offers several presetters from the entry level Origin for under $10,000 to full-blown CNC tool presetters.  Video measuring, powerful software, and quality construction add up to superior performance.


Parlec Origin Presetter







Let this entry level bench mounted Tool Measuring Machine be the beginning of your process. The Origin is designed to provide basic video tool measuring and inspection functionality at an economical price.
Imaging: 70x Video Measuring, 19" Monitor
Measuring Length: 483 mm (19”)
Measuring Diameter: 254 mm (10”)
Spindle:
• 40 OR 50 TAPER (CAT/BT/ISO/SK)
• 360° Braking
• 360° Angle indicator
• Adapt to other connections with additional adapters


Parlec 1550TMM







The Series 1550 TMM® is the starter offering  into our production ready Tool Measuring Machines.

At the core of the machine is cast iron construction, high grade bearings and guideways that are paired with Parlec's unsurpassed ParleVision® imaging system. This unit is perfect for customization as there are many options available for this series tool measuring machine.

If the Origin is not quite enough and the 1850 seems like too much then the 1550TMM presetter might be right for you.  Not sure?  Let us help.  Give us a call 800-236-1975.









 At the core of the Series 1850 TMM® is ductile cast iron construction, high grade bearings and guideways that are paired with Parlec's unsurpassed ParleVision® imaging system. This unit includes many features such as a touch screen monitor, vacuum clamping, and surface inspection. Additionally that integrated base with retractable castors allows this unit to be placed virtually anywhere.

Watch our YouTube video of the Parlec 1850TMM with Speedscan technology.


The 1850TMM is the workhorse for the Parlec presetter family.  When precision, performance, and production really matter look to the 1850 series presetters.


Contact Engman-Taylor for all your production needs.  Presetters, tooling, tool packages, service, support & more.



Stop Presetting Tools in Your Machine

Your machine makes money when it is machining.  You do everything you can to maximize efficiency, increase productivity, and reduce downtime.  You have to.

Tool changers, pallet changers, quick-change fixtures, and dozens of improvements are made to reduce the time that a spindle sits idle.  So why do so many people still set tool lengths in the machine?  "Setting a tool only takes a minute or two."  Yes, but setting just 20 tools can mean a loss of 40 minutes of productivity.  That's 3-1/2 hours per week setting tools - working only one shift.  That equates to two days a month lost productivity.


Did you know you can also save time and money tooling up a new machine or job?  Next time you consider a new machine or a new job give us a call.  We can supply your tooling packages (no matter the size) fully assembled and preset.
Every tool arrives labeled and ready to put into action.

Contact us today to learn more.


Tool Presetters

Even the smallest machine shop can benefit from presetting tools.  Not sure which one you need?  Simply contact us, we are here to help.  We don't just sell them; we use them, we install them, and we service them.

Parlec Presetters

Parlec offers several presetters from the entry level Origin for under $10,000 to full-blown CNC tool presetters.  Video measuring, powerful software, and quality construction add up to superior performance.


Parlec Origin Presetter




Let this entry level bench mounted Tool Measuring Machine be the beginning of your process. The Origin is designed to provide basic video tool measuring and inspection functionality at an economical price.
Imaging: 70x Video Measuring, 19" Monitor
Measuring Length: 483 mm (19”)
Measuring Diameter: 254 mm (10”)
Spindle:
• 40 OR 50 TAPER (CAT/BT/ISO/SK)
• 360° Braking
• 360° Angle indicator
• Adapt to other connections with additional adapters


Parlec 1550TMM






The Series 1550 TMM® is the starter offering  into our production ready Tool Measuring Machines.

At the core of the machine is cast iron construction, high grade bearings and guideways that are paired with Parlec's unsurpassed ParleVision® imaging system. This unit is perfect for customization as there are many options available for this series tool measuring machine.

If the Origin is not quite enough and the 1850 seems like too much then the 1550TMM presetter might be right for you.  Not sure?  Let us help.  Give us a call 800-236-1975.



 At the core of the Series 1850 TMM® is ductile cast iron construction, high grade bearings and guideways that are paired with Parlec's unsurpassed ParleVision® imaging system. This unit includes many features such as a touch screen monitor, vacuum clamping, and surface inspection. Additionally that integrated base with retractable castors allows this unit to be placed virtually anywhere.

Watch our YouTube video of the Parlec 1850TMM with Speedscan technology.


The 1850TMM is the workhorse for the Parlec presetter family.  When precision, performance, and production really matter look to the 1850 series presetters.


Contact Engman-Taylor for all your production needs.  Presetters, tooling, tool packages, service, support & more.



Friday, February 19, 2016

Engman-Taylor Co., Inc. - An Article from Wholesale & Distribution International


As a key employer in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Engman-Taylor believes it has a civic duty to its community. “I really think we should give back a portion of what we make when we make it,” President Rick Star says.

The industrial distributor has found many conduits for its community service aspirations over the years. Star himself was motivated to advance the company’s charitable giving after his mother died of pancreatic cancer in 2008. “We decided at Engman-Taylor we’re going to do something positive to memorialize her,” he says. The company and its employees became involved in cancer organizations and events. Engman-Taylor supports the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and is the primary sponsor for the PurpleStride run/walk at Miller Park and Fight for Air Climb in Milwaukee.

Although Engman-Taylor is a regional, niche business, the company’s reputation and capabilities have made it competitive with large national and international industrial distributors. That has led to offers to buyout Engman-Taylor over the years. When Star was younger he used to dream of someday selling the family business and getting that big payday. But his father always cautioned him against such shortsighted decisions. “My dad would always tell me, ‘Rick, forget about it. Engman-Taylor is our family business and it’s going to be your engine to do other things.’”

Star never understood what his father was getting at until Engman-Taylor became involved in cancer organizations and community groups. Now the whole company is engaged. Employees regularly participate in the events and suggest other organizations Engman-Taylor should become involved in. “I don’t think that we’ve ever declined one of our team member’s request to support a cause,” Star says.

CHARITABLE SPIRIT

Its charitable spirit has since extended to other parts of the community. The types of organizations Engman-Taylor wants to support are focused on children, education and health, Star says. On the higher education level, Star’s father and the company provide scholarships to Marquette University and Beloit College. The company also provides funding to HOPE Christian Schools, a network of six college-preparatory schools serving underprivileged students in Milwaukee and Racine, Wis., and Brookfield Academy, a suburban college-preparatory school in Brookfield, Wis. Star points out, “Regardless of their backgrounds, we want to help develop tomorrow’s leaders today.”

For the past six years, Engman-Taylor has sponsored a local youth baseball team that Star coaches, and even built a winter practice facility for the young athletes in Menomonee Falls. Star sees it as an outreach opportunity for himself and the company. “We’re trying to build character in these kids and show them their own personal limits are always higher than they think they are,” he says.

It’s a message that is woven into the fabric of Engman-Taylor’s own company culture because Engman-Taylor is constantly pushing for new ways to improve quality and customer service. Brothers Carl and Joe Engman founded the company in Milwaukee in 1945 and the business was formally incorporated in 1956 - the company is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. At the beginning, Engman-Taylor specialized in Abrasives for grinding and finishing within the industrial manufacturing marketplace. Additional air tool products were added later, and a focus on cutting tools was established when Dick Star joined the firm in 1971. The company today supplies a range of items such as abrasives, adhesives, finishing supplies, hand tools, electrical wire, lighting equipment, safety rail systems, emergency eyewash stations and grinding machines. 

Instead of focusing narrowly on its own prices, Engman-Taylor wants to work with clients to reduce their overall expenses through better products and unmatched service. “The customers we go after are interested in reducing total cost,” Star says.


BRANCHING OUT


With a portfolio of those original industrial supplies and additional products such as janitorial, safety, and maintenance items, Engman-Taylor has successfully served the manufacturing sector for nearly 60 years. But the company recently began expanding its distribution services to other markets, such as schools, restaurants and institutional sectors that overlap with its catalog. A classroom might not need a saw blade, but its janitor uses the same chemical cleaners, sanitizers and trash liners found on a factory floor. “We’re just looking for ways to diversify the business so we’re not just an industrial distributor,” Star says.
Engman-Taylor isn’t planning to radically expand its product lineup, but the company is looking at what it already offers in a new light and pitching those items to new kinds of customers through its salespeople, emails blasts, catalogs and fliers. “It’s gone well,” Star says. “Trying to change existing paradigms and is a little bit challenging at times, but we’ve brought additional people on board that have expertise in those areas.”

The company has grown to five locations – two in Wisconsin, two in Illinois and one in North Carolina – enabling Engman-Taylor to serve the midwestern and southeastern United States. Star says the company is looking to possibly add more facilities in either Kentucky or Tennessee to expand its customer base and connect its two geographic markets.

Each of those facilities can meet its customers’ regional needs, but many of Engman-Taylor’s service offerings still come out of its Menomonee Falls headquarters, such as on-demand product demonstrations. One of the newest services is 3-D printing. Although it is only offered out of Menomonee Falls, Star says customers in any of Engman-Taylor’s markets can utilize the equipment for prototyping or small lot size part orders.

“Basically, we can make anything as long as it fits in a 12 by 12 by 12-inch cube and made out of a plastic-type material,” Star says. That capability is critical for Engman-Taylor’s customers, many of which are Rust Belt manufacturers still using equipment and machinery built 50 years ago that is no longer being supported. “If a machine part breaks, they may have no source to get a replacement,” Star says. “We can take that part, scan it, reverse engineer it and build a copy in a day.”


There’s been a lot of interest in Engman-Taylor’s 3-D printing capability in the year since it was introduced, Star adds. The customer base for 3-D printing is still in its infancy, but the company is already being careful not to duplicate the 3-D printing services offered by its clients. “We’ve got to make sure they know we’re not competing with them,” Star says of preserving those relationships.


Engman-Taylor’s mission is to help its customers produce the highest-quality components at the lowest-possible cost. To accomplish that, the company works closely with its clients to find efficiencies. Engman-Taylor has a customer cost-savings team comprised of product specialists who support the sales team. “We try to show our customers how to use the product in the most efficient way,” Star says.

The customer cost-savings team also uses survey tools to help buyers dig into their operations and discover hidden ways to cut expenses. For the largest customers, Engman-Taylor even sends employees to work full-time alongside the client’s staff. Boat motor manufacturer Mercury Marine, for example, has eight Engman-Taylor employees who work with the company to engineer manufacturing improvements, handle transactions and provide vending equipment to create a smoother-running and less costly operation.

That partnership continues to thrive as Mercury Marine has come to better understand the value of Engman-Taylor’s hands-on service. At one point, Mercury Marine dropped Engman-Taylor in favor of a competitor that offered lower prices. But the company soon saw its total cost rise and realized there was more to Engman-Taylor’s involvement than just a price chart. “Mercury discovered that they didn’t get the technical support so they brought us back,” Star says.
 
The ideal Engman-Taylor customer, Star says, is one that understands that value and puts a premium on reducing overall cost. “Everybody wants low price, and that’s what we try to give them,” Star adds. “But we really target those who want to use our services to also lower cost.”




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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

2016 Carbide Insert Catalog Now Available

Premium Quality Tooling at Competitive Prices

Our 2016 Carbide Insert catalog is now available.  Milling and grooving inserts have been added along with several new chip breakers and coatings.  It doesn't matter if you are a one person shop or a large scale production facility we will save you money with our inserts.  We have a near 100% success rate when we test against any one of the big brands carbide companies out there.  Not only do we perform equal to or greater than your existing tools, we are almost always less expensive.  Whether you are looking at cost-per-part or cost-per-insert we can help drive down your total production costs.  Engman-Taylor has partnered with some of the best manufacturers in the industry and carbide inserts are no exception.

Contact us today to request a catalog or to arrange a trial.

Don't get us wrong, we represent many of the world's premier carbide manufacturers and they are often the first choice for turning and milling operations.  There are a lot of choices out there and we are here to recommend the best insert for the job no matter how the package is labeled.  Every job, material, and machine presents a unique challenge; we will help you determine which inserts are, or are not, good candidates to try.  We rely on our cutting tool applications specialists and so should you.

We know that every job is a balance between cost and performance and we strive to always provide the right tool for the job.  Whether or not you make a profit often comes down to this choice and we realize that you may not always need, or want to pay for, indefinite tool life.

We carry all popular styles, sizes, chipbreakers, and grades.  From CCGT to VCMT we have you covered.   Browse our online catalog and don't let the prices fool you; these are premium quality cutting tools without the big brand markup.  Call today to learn more 800-236-1975.


Carbide Inserts

View the complete catalog here (pdf)

View a cross reference / grade comparison chart here (pdf)

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Round Tooling


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Monday, November 2, 2015

Compression Cutter for Composite Materials

This week we took an in-depth look at Harvey Tool compression cutters.  This one was an easy choice; first off we have had a few requests lately for tools specifically designed for composites and secondly Harvey Tool provides some excellent technical articles on their website.  If you do any machining at all you are already familiar with Harvey tool but on the outside chance that you are unfamiliar contact Engman-Taylor - we would be delighted to ship or deliver a catalog you.

Composite Materials

First of all let's explain "composite" materials.  Composites are materials, and the machining of, are growing in popularity mostly because of the aerospace industry and in performance automobile manufacturing.  These materials though are also appearing in bicycles, bathtubs, guitars and other commonly produced products.


Composites are a group of materials made up of at least two unique constituents, that when combined produce mechanical and physical properties favorable for a wide array of applications. These materials usually contain a binding ingredient, known as a matrix, filled with particles or fibers called reinforcements. Composites have become increasingly popular in the Aerospace, Automotive, and Sporting Goods industries because they combine the strength of metal, light weight of plastic, and rigidity of ceramics. Many times a composite is used in cases where an extremely high strength to weight ratio is needed. A composite is also often layered with varying fiber and tape orientations, which help to increase strength in the material.

Composite materials are generally machined using standard metal cutting end mills. These unidirectional helix mills bring a few issues to the machining process such as lifting, fiber pullout, and de-lamination in layered composites.

Machining composites can be difficult because of two primary factors.  First of all composites are very abrasive, and can prematurely wear most cutting tools including carbide tools.  Secondly, composites tend to de-laminate during milling and drilling operations.  Sharp edges and space -age coating can increase tool-life but tool geometries can help here too.

Harvey Tool Compression Cutters 

To combat these machining challenges, the compression cutter has both an up and down-cut helix. The top half of the flute, closest to the shank, has right hand cutting teeth with a left hand spiral, forcing chips down. The bottom portion of the flute, closest to the end, has right hand cutting teeth and a right hand spiral, forcing the chips up. When cutting, the opposing flute directions generate counteracting up and down-cut forces. The opposing cutting forces stabilize the material removal, which causes a superb finish on both the bottom and top of the workpeice, limits fiber pullout, and stops de-lamination.

Choosing the Right Diamond

Another factor to consider when machining composites is the abrasiveness of the material. Glass and carbon fiber filled materials have the tendency to wear down the edges of carbide cutting tools. To account for the rough nature of composites, the compression cutter is offered coated with Amorphous Diamond, a PVD coating with DLC properties, and CVD Diamond, a diamond coating that is chemically grown onto the carbide. Each coating is better suited for different materials. The Amorphous Diamond is a thin layer of diamond that does not experience edge rounding from the thickness of the coating, making it suitable for materials that contain less than 30% of abrasive fill. Since these materials are more matrix than fill, they will create a chip when machined. When cutting materials with a higher concentration of fill, the CVD diamond coating is found to be very beneficial. The CVD coating is five times thicker, and has superior abrasion resistance to the Amorphous Diamond. At the micro-level, the cutting action is similar to that of a grinding operation, which makes the coating best suited for heavily filled composites that will produce a powder-like chip when machined.





Example of Milling Carbon Fiber: https://youtu.be/6-RjLwMOQBk

Sources:
http://www.harveytool.com/cms/TechnicalResources_266.aspx
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composite_material

Let us know some of the challenges you face in machining composites or show your composite material finished products.