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Floyd Automatic introduce new form tools

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The machining of complex forms can be a significant challenge for manufacturers, especially if the batch size is considerable. Luckily, Floyd Automatic Tooling can now provide remarkably precise form tools for even the most challenging of material types thanks to the impressive Schwanog range of form tool solutions.

When establishing complex forms, productivity and precision are of paramount importance. Nowhere is this more of a challenge than the machining of hard materials. Now, Schwanog and Floyd Automatic offer the perfect solution with special form tools and form ‘cut-off’ tools that guarantee the smooth transition of contours, impeccable precision, surface finishes and component quality.

How is this achieved? Often it is difficult to manufacture more complex forms on the ‘cut-off’ side of a part using a standard ‘cut-off’ tool. In these situations, it is the application of a Schwanog form tool that can make the difference and ensure a smooth contour transition. Simultaneously, at the start of the next part, forms or corner breaks can be added.

This results in a reliable tool with immense cycle time savings. Of course, the key requirement for success is the use of a twin-spindle turning centre. However, with a twin-spindle turning centre and Schwanog form tools, most complex forms can be manufactured process-safe with significant time savings due to adding of forms or corner breaks at the start of the next part.

The scope for the Schwanog form tools from Floyd is huge and extends way beyond ‘cut-off’ tools. The series is suitable for external and internal turning, grooving and much more. Regarding external turning, grooving has emerged as a more efficient solution compared to single-point turning for almost all machine types in numerous industries.

Floyd now offers various systems that are the perfect solution, as the Schwanog tools are individually manufactured to customer drawings. This makes the system available for various cutting widths and machine types. For example, the Schwanog system can be created with OD grooving tools, OD grooving tools for Escomatic and rotary transfer machines, shaving tools, skiving tools, modular MSIK systems and DCI Swiss-type grooving systems.

Depending on the contour, internal turning and grooving of parts can also be complex and very challenging. Compared to OD grooving, rigidity, coolant and chip removal play a more significant role. With five different tooling systems for ID machining, Schwanog offers the perfect, cost-effective solution for almost any application, regardless of whether it's radial or axial internal turning or grooving.

The form tool line also incorporates form drilling. This is one of the most frequently applied operations when machining precision small parts. The Schwanog form drills with exchangeable inserts are recommended wherever drilling tolerances are below ±0.02mm.

There is no need for adjustment during tool changes and the exchangeable insert is significantly more cost-effective than solid carbide form drills. If tighter tolerances or greater drilling depths are required, Floyd Automatic can offer Schwanog solid carbide form drills that are individually ground to suit sizes, specifications and material types.

For the machining of threads, there are a variety of processes for different components, thread profiles and thread pitches. Each process offers individual advantages for specific working conditions – and Schwanog can cater for them all. Whether it's OD or ID thread whirling single-point turning of OD or ID threads, Floyd Automatic can deliver the solution.

This also applies to form milling tools for the machining of serrations, grooves and specially milled forms. This is complemented by the ability to provide a comprehensive offering of broaching tools for gear, groove and the machining of special shapes.

The almost infinite range of tool and form options is supported by an unprecedented depth of toolholder designs. So, whether it's square shank toolholders for basic VDI toolholders, cartridges for WEP and PWP tooling systems or customer-specific solutions, Schwanog can manufacture the solution.

For more than 75 years, Schwanog has been developing and manufacturing special insert tools to meet the diverse requirements of the industry with a high degree of innovation. This innovation and creativity are applied to both insert design, suitable base bodies and toolholders. With a high level of in-house vertical integration, Schwanog develops complex special tool solutions for a wide range of industry sectors and applications with internal and external coolant supply that is tailored to the requirements of the specific workpiece.