A wide variety of KM tooling for multitasking machines, machining centers, and mill-turn lathes is readily available, improving productivity in any machining application
Multitasking and mill-turn centers were once considered high-end specialty machines, found only in shops with the financial resources and production volumes needed to justify such an investment. Not anymore. Turning centers with live tool stations are becoming increasingly popular with machine shops of all sizes. These machines offer the ability to cost effectively machine parts in a single operation.
With capability comes complexity, however, and the need to maximize the output of such a machine tool investment through reduced setup time is ever present. Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, PA has been meeting these needs for decades with state-of-the-art cutting tool and toolholder solutions such as its KM™ (Kennametal Modular) quick-change tooling, and has recently announced a substantial expansion of that offering, one that promises to make driven tool setup fast and accurate.
“The partnership between Kennametal and EWS Tool Technologies is aimed at maximizing our customers’ productivity by providing the best tooling solution and support for their CNC lathes,” says Jay Verellen, Director of Global Product Management, Tooling Systems. “The KM™ quick change connection is one of the most comprehensive in the industry. Together with EWS’ global leadership in driven tooling and static tool blocks, we will provide a standard range ready to tool up many major brands of CNC turning centers with this incredible system.”
EWS was founded in 1960 as a manufacturer of laboratory equipment and hydraulic components in Köngen, Germany. The company soon expanded into machine tool accessories and today offers more than 15,000 driven and 25,000 static toolholders in its product lineup. EWS’ corporate philosophy of placing customers’ needs first, along with dedication to its employees, customer service levels, and high quality products, makes its slogan “Precision meets Motion” much more than just a catchphrase.
It’s more than a large selection of the highest quality lathe tooling, though. Anyone who’s owned or operated a live-tool lathe knows the importance of service after the sale. Metal becomes fatigued, bearings eventually fail, operators make mistakes. Sending live tools and tool blocks overseas for reconditioning is a costly, time-consuming affair, one that shop owners can ill afford. “You don’t have to wait two weeks for a worn tool to arrive in Germany,” says Bahti Hanedar, Chief Financial Officer at Command Tooling Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EWS. “For those in the US, the tools are serviced here using original OEM parts, by factory trained personnel. EWS also has manufacturing locations in Korea, China, and Russia, so no matter where your shop is located, service is never more than a day away. At EWS, global presence is more than a logo.”
Quick response applies to custom tooling as well. There’s no need to worry about time zones to get a rush quote on a non-standard gage length toolholder, or a 45-degree angle head able to spin at 15,000 rpm. Says Hanedar, “We have the capability for quick turnaround of custom solutions in the US and elsewhere, and are making significant engineering and service investments at all locations.”
“For our customers we are making it really easy, one call into our service centers and we’ll take care of everything else,” comments Verellen.
Making a good thing better: the partnership between Kennametal and EWS promises to expand the company’s already extensive offering of KM tooling
At the forefront of advanced materials innovation for more than 75 years, Kennametal Inc. is a global industrial technology leader delivering productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day nearly 12,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated more than $2.6 billion in revenues in fiscal 2015. Learn more at www.kennametal.com
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