The machining of complex forms can be a significant challenge for manufacturers, especially if the batch size is considerable.
With this in mind, Floyd Automatic Tooling can now provide precise form tools for even the most challenging of material types thanks to the impressive Schwanog range of form tool solutions.
When establishing complex forms, productivity and precision are of paramount importance. Nowhere is this more of a challenge than the machining of hard materials. Now, Schwanog and Floyd Automatic offer an ideal solution with special form tools and form ‘cut-off’ tools that guarantee the smooth transition of contours, high precision, surface finishes and component quality.
How is this achieved? Often it is difficult to manufacture more complex forms on the ‘cut-off’ side of a part using a standard cut-off tool. In these situations, it is the application of a Schwanog form tool that can make the difference and ensure a smooth contour transition.
Simultaneously, at the start of the next part, forms or corner breaks can be added. This results in a reliable tool with significant cycle time savings. Of course, a key requirement for success is the use of a twin-spindle turning centre – and when used in conjunction with Schwanog form tools, most complex forms can be manufactured process-safe with significant time savings due to adding of forms or corner breaks at the start of the next part.
The scope for Schwanog form tools from Floyd is wide and extends way beyond cut-off tools. The series is suitable for external and internal turning, grooving and more. Regarding external turning, grooving has emerged as a more efficient solution compared to single-point turning for almost all machine types in numerous industries.
Floyd now offers various systems that are an ideal solution as the Schwanog tools are individually manufactured to customer drawings. This makes the system available for various cutting widths and machine types. For example, the Schwanog system can be created with OD grooving tools, OD grooving tools for Escomatic and rotary transfer machines, shaving tools, skiving tools, modular MSIK systems and DCI Swiss-type grooving systems.
Depending on the contour, internal turning and grooving of parts can also be complex and challenging. Compared to OD grooving, rigidity, coolant and chip removal play a more significant role. With five different tooling systems for ID machining, Schwanog offers a cost-effective solution for almost any application, regardless of whether it's radial or axial internal turning or grooving.
The form tool line also incorporates form drilling – one of the most frequently applied operations when machining precision small parts. The Schwanog form drills with exchangeable inserts are recommended wherever drilling tolerances are below ±0.02mm.
There’s no need for adjustment during tool changes and the exchangeable insert is significantly more cost-effective than solid carbide form drills. If tighter tolerances or greater drilling depths are required, Floyd Automatic can offer Schwanog solid carbide form drills that are individually ground to suit sizes, specifications and material types.
For the machining of threads, there are a variety of processes for different components, thread profiles and thread pitches. Each process offers individual advantages for specific working conditions – and Schwanog has all bases covered.
Whether it's OD or ID thread whirling, single-point turning of OD or ID threads, Floyd Automatic can deliver the solution. This also applies to form milling tools for the machining of serrations, grooves and specially milled forms. This is complemented by the ability to provide a comprehensive offering of broaching tools for gear, groove and the machining of special shapes.
The wide range of tool and form options is supported by an equally versatile choice of toolholder designs. Whether it's square shank toolholders for basic VDI toolholders, cartridges for WEP and PWP tooling systems or customer-specific solutions, Schwanog can manufacture the solution.
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