A Buyer’s Guide to Purchasing Live Tools
These are the questions we will answer today that will lead you to an informed decision about your live tooling needs.
Preben Hansen, the President of Platinum Tooling, offers his 30+ years of experience in the metal cutting industry to help you with your timing and selection of live and static tools.
What can I expect from my live tools?
It is reasonable to expect your tools to have a long life. However, not all tools are created equal; don’t sacrifice quality for short term savings. Inferior tools will have a difficult time cutting certain materials and keeping tight tolerances. Look for a supplier that offers live tools with a maximum runout of 5-6 micron.
Be sure to select tools engineered to provide outstanding performance and durability. Tools built with superior bearings and gear technology will have the greatest accuracy, smoothest transmission, and highest torque output.
In addition to performance, it is important that the tools you select are engineered with a flexible changing system. With the use of adapters, you can change the output of your tools for various applications without requiring a new tool purchase. This will result in lower tool costs and set-up times. Adapters are available in alternate ER, Weldon, and Arbor outputs.
Do I need any custom tools?
On occasion, a custom tool is warranted for a complex application. Although these tools are more costly up front, the saving in production time on this job and future jobs will more than pay for the tool. A custom tool can be designed based on your workpiece drawing and machine specifications. Be sure you are supplied a final drawing of the tool prior to production for review of overall dimensional data and interference concerns.
Preben Hansen, the President of Platinum Tooling, offers his 30+ years of experience in the metal cutting industry to help you with your timing and selection of live and static tools. Platinum Tooling is the exclusive North American importer of Heimatec tooling, a worldwide leader in the machine tool accessory market.