New milling lines from ITC at Southern Manufacturing

On stand H250 at the Southern Manufacturing exhibition, Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) will be introducing a host of new product lines from its extensive cutting tool portfolio.

From the 8-10 February at the Farnborough International Exhibition Centre, the Tamworth manufacturer will demonstrate its latest cutting tool innovations alongside the new technologies available from Widia and Big Kaiser.

ITC has an outstanding reputation for the quality, consistency and performance of its solid carbide end mills, drills and thread milling ranges; and at the Farnborough event, ITC engineers will be on-hand to discuss the latest product lines that can boost productivity for manufacturers.

One of the new ITC products on show will be the latest 6054 Series of end mill developed specifically for the machining of steel and exotic material types. The geometry of the 6054 Series has a centre cutting geometry with harmonic fluting to maximise material removal rates and swarf evacuation whilst minimising vibration to enhance surface finishes and tool life.

This rigidity and performance is further enhanced with a shallow chip gullet that guarantees exceptional core strength for high material removal rates and stability. Complementing this is the polished harmonic flutes, Cupro coating and chip breaker that evacuates swarf at an extraordinary rate.

The 6-flute series 6054 Series is available with diameter options of 6, 8, 10, 12, 16 and 20mm with a length of cut from 18mm on the 6mm diameter tool through to 60mm on the 20mm diameter end mills. Complementing the UK manufactured ITC product lines will be products from the Widia range.

ITC will give a Southern Manufacturing debut to the new Widia M1600 face mill series. Suitable for roughing to semi-finishing operations in steel, stainless steel, cast iron and nodular iron materials, this new series has 16-cutting edges and a smart insert design that performs exceptionally well under various machining conditions including low-power machines, unstable, non-rigid setups, long overhangs and weak fixture conditions.

The 16-edged, precision-ground insert with a positive geometry enables low cutting forces and low power consumption resulting in higher tool life and an excellent cost per edge. The M1600 has one universal insert geometry in three versatile grades: WP35CM, WK15CM and WU20PM. The M1600 face mills are available in six metric diameter ranges between 50mm and 160mm.

Alongside the M1600 will be the impressive M8065HD milling system for machining steel and cast-iron materials. Designed with eight cutting edges and extra-wide chip gashes, the new M8065HD can achieve deep depths of cuts while producing high metal removal rates during face and shoulder milling applications.

Adding to ITC’s unparalleled drilling line at Southern Manufacturing will be the expanded range of indexable inserts added to the Widia TOP DRILL TDMX modular drilling line. The Widia TDMX Modular X drilling line is the ultimate choice for demanding drilling applications and the new MS geometry delivers stable modular drilling for general engineering and energy applications on steel and stainless steel.

The new MS geometry insert for the Widia brand’s best-selling TOP DRILL Modular X (TDMX) drill now sees the TDMX platform offer three material-specific inserts that broadens the platform’s application capabilities to include inclined entry and exit, stacked plates and cross-hole drilling in steel, stainless steel, superalloys and cast iron.

From the Big Kaiser stable, ITC will introduce the expanded line-up of Smart Damper-equipped, arbour-style face mill holders that support face mills with diameters of 80mm or 100mm with an arbour pilot diameter of 27mm.

The Model SDF57 assembly has an outside diameter of 71.8mm and allows users of 75mm face mills to access up to 500mm of reach, the longest tool assembly in the industry using standard components. Despite the remarkable reach capabilities of the Smart Damper face mill holders, the system demonstrates extremely quiet, vibration-free milling, even with long-projection assemblies.

Also from Big Kaiser will be the Mega Synchro Tapping Chuck. The innovative new tapping chuck has a special function built-in to compensate for synchronisation errors that may occur during rigid tapping. With more than 60 body types and 193 tap holders, the exceptionally diverse portfolio enables the end-user to select the perfect combination between the fixture and the tap holder, providing the ideal cantilever length for any machine and processing scenario.

The Mega Synchro Tapping Chuck incorporates a unique feature that intercepts the tap-to-spindle distance when using a tapping cycle to reduce cutting forces. This is complemented by a body and tap holder that are fixed with a drive key in the rotation direction as well as the square of the tap to guarantee stability and process security.