Billy Crabtree, Owner and CEO of SB Dezigns, takes great pride in his larger, state-of-the-art machine shop. “It is very important that we keep evolving with the latest and best technology, and that includes the cutting tools,” Crabtree said. When Crabtree and his team encountered long cycle times milling stainless steel automotive shifter parts, they sought out a way to reduce time and free up resources for other machining projects. Crabtree said, “We were having excellent results with versatile EMUGE MultiTAPs, so we were all ears when EMUGE and our local distributor W.C. Chapman suggested we try an EMUGE-FRANKEN end mill solution for the manufacture of the shifter parts.” At the time, SB Dezigns was using a couple of different brand end mills and was not optimizing the milling process.
“We knew we had a winner with EMUGE taps, but were unfamiliar with their end mills,” said Crabtree. “However, we did know that when we use EMUGE cutting tools, we are getting more than the just the tools – we are getting an engineering partner that works closely with us to ensure our application success.” For the shifter parts, EMUGE recommended and tested its TOP-Cut VAR End Mill and FPC Milling Chuck solution, as well as more aggressive feeds and speeds on the vertical CNC machining center.
Combining flexibility and high performance, the standard length TOP-Cut VAR End Mill with corner radius is made from premium solid micro-grain carbide with ALCR Coating. TOP-Cut VAR dampens vibration, increases feed rates and can be used in nearly all materials and milling strategies due to its special geometric properties. EMUGE-FRANKEN TOP-Cut VAR End Mills are manufactured at EMUGE North American headquarters in West Boylston, Massachusetts following strict engineering guidelines from Germany-based EMUGE-FRANKEN. The EMUGE FPC Milling Chuck provides a critical part of the solution, offering unprecedented rigidity, vibration dampening, concentricity and optimal pull-out protection via a pin lock collet system to enable faster machining speed and longer tool life.
The EMUGE solution was a clear success. Crabtree said that in addition to reducing cycle times, they gained longer lasting end mills which provided them with over 60% cost savings on shifter parts manufacture. He continued, “With the EMUGE end mills and holder combination, we are able to save over 30 hours of machining time and more than $5,000 for every 500 shifter parts we manufacture,” he said. “And I don’t have to wait for my tools – they are locally stocked at our distributor.”
For over 100 years, the German company group EMUGE-FRANKEN has been one of the world’s leading manufacturers of precision tools for thread cutting, gaging, clamping, and milling. With 1,950 employees, EMUGE-FRANKEN offers an innovative product program with 40,000 in-stock items and a multiple of that with customer-specific tools. The product range focuses on applications in the automotive industry, power plants, aerospace industry and medical technology as well as general manufacturing. As a complete system supplier for the machining industry, EMUGE-FRANKEN has branch offices or sales partners in 52 countries.
About Emuge Corp.
Emuge Corp. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the 1,950 employee German company EMUGE-Werk Richard Glimpel GmbH & Co. KG (Lauf, Germany). Emuge Corp. also offers end-user technical support through a network of in-the-field engineers and in-house product specialists, all with extensive tooling and application experience. Over 10,000 types of cutting tools and accessories are stocked in the company’s U.S. and Canadian Headquarters located in West Boylston, MA, USA. The recently expanded 50,000+ sq. ft. facility includes a technology center with a machining and tooling demonstration showroom and classroom, tool manufacturing and reconditioning, warehouse, sales, support and administrative offices. For more information on Emuge Corp., contact Emuge at 1800 Century Drive, West Boylston, MA 01583-2121, Tel. 800-323-3013, internet: (https://www.emuge.com).