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Solutions require innovations.

A few years ago, one of my colleagues at Iscar Metals, Andrew Benson, wrote an article for this magazine. In it he said something that I thought was profound. He said it was time to change the phrase "Change is good" to "Change is essential."

In today's global marketplace this couldn't be more true. In a short walk through the IMTS show you will see manufacturing and competition from around the world. Solutions to succeed in this market not only require change but require innovations.

At Iscar, innovation is driven by the need to meet the demands of a competitive market.

Now that we are well into the year 2000, Iscar has unveiled its new Millennium line of products and services:

HELI2000: A new version of the popular Helimill originally introduced by Iscar. The milling inserts have helical cutting edges for very free cutting action. A higher axial rake angle also improves metal removal rates. They are designed with an improved wiper flat that gives superior surface finishes. The new HELI2000 tools are made with a new pocket design that has superior strength and accuracy. The cutter bodies are laser-etched with all of the spare parts and wrenches required. To ensure that there are no inconveniences to our customers, all of the HELI2000 tools and inserts are interchangeable with the previous Helimill products. The inserts are available in the standard 10 mm and 15 mm cutting lengths.

Complementing the new designs is a new carbide grade, IC908, a submicron substrate coated with TiALN. This cutting tool can be used for machining cast iron, stainless steel, alloyed steel, and hardened material.

MILL2000: This is the milling system for the new millennium. Iscar has used its vast experience working with the helical design of milling inserts to produce another unique tool. Unlike traditional positive rake milling inserts and tools, the MILL2000 uses a dovetail pocket to match the sides of the insert. This gives a much more accurate and stronger tool. The increased clamping strength allows feed-rates up to double that of conventional screw clamped inserts. In most cases the feed is limited only by the machine power. To increase the range of Iscar's products the inserts are available in two new sizes. The MILL2000 inserts come in 13 mm and 20 mm cutting lengths. Tools are available from 1" endmills up to 10" dia facemills.

AUTO2000: A new generation of milling cutters and inserts has been designed for semi-finishing and finishing of cast iron parts. The tools have been designed to work in high production applications such as the automotive industries. The ability of the Iscar design team to invent a way to mold carbide into very complex shapes has made it possible to have a milling insert with 16 cutting edges. The AUTO2000 inserts are precision-ground for the highest accuracy. The cutter bodies also have a precision-ground locating plate. This combination, achieves near perfect axial run out, with no spare parts or adjusting mechanisms. The double-sided inserts have positive chipformer molded into the face. This reduces cutting pressures, and reduces the temperature in the cutting zone. With 16 cutting edges, it is the most economical choice for the applications.

THE PLUNGE MILL: Another innovation from Iscar has been designed for the mold industry. The Plungers are a flat-bottom center-cutting facemill. To create cavities, the tool can be drilled straight down into the workpiece. This puts all of the cutting pressure up and into the spindle. This cutting condition is the most favorable for high metal removal. A special insert design gives four cutting edges and high strength. The tools are available from 1500" in dia, up to 2500". All of the tools are equipped with coolant ports for better chip evacuation.

In addition to the many new products that have been introduced, Iscar has made a great effort to better serve our customers. Technical information is always available from the closest Iscar regional office or local authorized distributor.

Change is essential. Changing to new and innovative products that will help your productivity is the only way to succeed.
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Title Annotation:Iscar Metals, new products
Comment:Solutions require innovations.(Iscar Metals, new products)
Author:Gadzinski, Mike
Publication:Tooling & Production
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2000
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