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Engman-Taylor

Midwest

run truer than unbalanced tools, leading to better dimensional repeatability, better finishes, and longer tool lives.
Beyond shrinking and balancing, tools that are optimized
to cut properly dimensioned parts immediately are "preset." Presetting ensures not just the repeatability providing
by balancing, but also conformance to nominal dimensions.
"We will prepare the tool to run a customer's specific
application. No one else in our business is doing that right
now," Star says. "Doing this positions us as tooling experts."
In addition to optimizing tools used by its customers,
Engman-Taylor also offers tool failure analysis services.
This involves examining failed tools under a microscope
in its in-house laboratory to determine the reason they
failed. The company then recommends a new tool based
on this analysis.
"Often, when a tool fails, people take guesses as to why
it failed; by putting it under a microscope, we can learn the
exact reason for its failure," Star says. "If the tool failed
because it wasn't wear-resistant enough, we would recommend a more wear-resistant carbide; if it fractured, then we
would go with a tougher grade of carbide."
Engman-Taylor has also just added spindle analysis
to the e-Taylored services list. Lion Precision's Spindle
Check Inspector is used for accurate data collection on
machine tools, grinders and many other pieces of equipment with spindles.
With capacitive sensors measuring displacement of the
target pin to the nanometer, high-resolution data is captured to monitor and detect changes in a process, machine
tool and spindle. This data can then be used to troubleshoot
vibration problems, identify and qualify the capability of
the machine in all axis, address thermal errors, identify
changes in the event of a crash, optimize cutting parameters and know when to rebuild a spindle. Within a couple
hours this data can be captured to quickly help determine
solutions to these problems and many more. Spindle analysis saves time and money in the event of a crash, reduces or
eliminates spindle rebuild costs, and tells customers with
certainty the condition of their spindle, Star says.

Breaking New Ground
Engman-Taylor in January enhanced its 3-D printing operation when it installed a new Hewlett Packard HP 4200
Jet Fusion 3-D printer. The printer uses a proprietary nylon
glass-filled thermoplastic material to create a wide range of
pieces. The material is ideal for applications requiring high
stiffness, such as enclosures, housings, fixtures and tooling.
"[The HP 4200] will allow us to use a new material no
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