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Star Open House 2017
10th - 12th October 2017. We are pleased to have been invited by Star Micronics GB Ltd to support them at their forthcoming Open House Event in Derby and we invite you to join us at our stand where will be able to introduce you to some of the latest innovations from Floyd. Please follow the link to register.


HEB MiniPlug3 ImageNEW FLO-Tool Multi-Insert Backworking Holders for Star Machines
The already extensive range of backworking solutions for STAR machines has been further enhanced with these new ‘triple’ holders with up to three insert options available on a single holder. Designed for the latest generation of STAR machines with Y-axis control, these holders can provide yet further productivity gains. The holder combinations include classic CC.., DC.., and VC.. ISO inserts, 16ER threading inserts, and Applitec ECO-Line and TOP-Line inserts.


Mikron New Tool ImageHigh Performance Tools from Mikron
We are pleased to announce the release of Mikron Tool's latest and most comprehensive new catalogue called 'crazy about cool tools'. With many new additions to their range of high performance and productivity when machining small diameter deep holes in different materials.

 


MASA Microconic ImageMASA Microconic
A new approach to Small Precision Component Clamping inc. Over-Gripping. From 0.20mm to 10.00mm.
 




Smart Centering System ImageWibemo Smart Centering System
Rapid and accurate centering of drills and other tools to the main spindle and sub-spindles. Saves time on multi-tool set ups and no dial gauges are required.





Zeus Roll Marking ImageZeus Individual Roll Marking Kits
One single roll marking tool with multiple marking options.
With our standard modular system you can reassemble your individual marking again and again.
Standard Segments available in 2mm and 3mm character heights; A-Z 0-9 including dash, dot and slash.



Applitec ImageApplitec Swiss Tooling
TURN-Line 300 Insert Program
Including the ISO-line Special Swiss! The 300 series insert from Applitec has been used extensively on sliding head lathes for many years, but now the range has been enhanced and is now available in an ISO SV 35° insert.
PRO-Line the NEW Twin-Screw Program
Offering competitive prices and high performance. This recently introduced alternative to the TOP-Line program offers a competitive alternative and comprehensive range of cutting geometries.
ISO-Line Jet and CUT-Line
Through coolant holders. These holders now complete the JET range of through coolant holders for all Applitec insert programs.


 
Improve Aerospace Traceability With Zeus Marking
In the aerospace industry, requirements concerning traceability are extremely exacting on account of the painstaking approval process. Manufacturers and the respective supply chain must flawlessly comply with standards and documentation that details the when, what, where and how of component production and assembly. For components to be permanently marked to an impeccable standard, Floyd Automatic Tooling now offers the latest Hommel+Keller brand of Zeus marking systems. It is well recognized that the Zeus range of marking tools from Hommel+Keller GmbH can be integrated smoothly into a production process on all standard turning and machining centres, meaning the end of manual re-tooling on separate machines. This enables components to be processed in a single machine as part of the machining process, improving process stability, repeatability and precision.

A manufacturer of aerospace industry connectors has recently chosen marking technology from Hommel + Keller as a means of clearly identifying components. The connectors vary in terms of diameter and material. For example, parts identical in design are made from nickel with a diameter of 3.33mm and from brass with a much smaller diameter of 1.52mm. To optimise production and further reduce set-up times, the aerospace manufacturer was also looking for an alternative to marking with the production number.

Zeus Marking ImageThe solution was the Zeus spring return marking method. Explaining the situation, Hommel + Keller International Technical Sales engineer, Mr José Cruz recalls:

“The company was already using our tools for marking. However, the revolving method that depends on diameter was being employed. That meant there was a separate marking roll for each connector diameter and the customer often had to swap tools with production changes. Since the workpieces have very small diameters, the marking rolls also had an unfavorable ratio of 6:1 to ensure precise marking in multiple rotations. This increased the amount of set-ups required, particularly in the case of small and medium-sized production volumes. With our spring return system, we were able to offer the customer an even more cost-effective alternative method of machining. Now, different connectors need only one roll for marking.”

In contrast to the revolving method, the spring return method ensures the embossing process takes place over just one partial rotation of the marking roll. This permits processing at high speeds. The equipment remains in place at the end of the embossing process and jumps back to its precise starting position with the aid of a return spring. This enables workpieces of different diameters and product series to be marked with one and the same roll tool.

Adapted tool combined with individual marking roll
The left-handed version of the Zeus 431 marking tool was chosen for marking the different connectors. The profile of the marking roll is adjustable and replacing the springs enables the direction of rotation to be changed. Special surface hardening of the Zeus 431 marking tool increases wear resistance. The tool can be used on Swiss-type auto lathes, short and universal turning centres, mill/turn centres, multi-spindle turning machines and even rotary transfer machines. “To enable it to run on special machining equipment for manufacturing the connectors, the tool has a smaller shank measuring 7x7mm and an adjusted length, as well as a smaller head”, adds José Cruz.

Hommel+Keller GmbH has combined the marking tool with a single type 41 marking roll. This has a diameter of 12mm and a width of 5mm. The roll achieves the full depth of 0.3mm with complete clarity of the 0.25mm wide characters. Next to the marking, the Zeus marking roll has several sharply tapered driving points. There is a hole for the return spring and a centering chamfer opposite the starting point to ensure precise positioning. If the marking roll has to be replaced, a runner pin with a stop washer secured by a screw guarantees a speedy exchange. This exciting new development will be shown at EMO 2017 in Hanover in Hall 4 Stand D26 on the Hommel+Keller stand. For those that can’t make it to EMO, the new Zeus marking tools as well as the innovative HOBit gear cutting tools are now available from Floyd Automatic Tooling.
Citizen Open House 2017
3rd - 5th October 2017. We are pleased to have been invited by Citizen Machinery Ltd to support them at their forthcoming Open House event at the UK headquarters in Bushey Hertfordshire, where you will see the latest innovations from Floyd. Please follow the link to register.


HEB MiniPlug3 ImageHEB MiniPlug
Through coolant tooling systems have become more common in recent years, enhancing modern efficient machining. Small permanently installed copper pipes have been the traditional method of feeding high pressure coolant to the tool holders. Consequently, tool change overs were very time consuming, and often frustrating! With the new HEB MiniPlug system, machine downtime for tool changes is dramatically reduced. The High Pressure quick connector system, using high quality flexible hoses, offers an easy to use solution for all types of sliding head and fixed head lathes. Ideal for use with the Applitec through coolant ‘JET’ holders.

Mikron New Tool ImageHigh Performance Tools from Mikron
A new and comprehensive catalogue is now available from Mikron Tool called ‘crazy about cool tools’. We are pleased to welcome Mr. Marco Biscuoli, Technical Sales Manager of Mikron Tools, Switzerland, to this year’s Citizen Open House event to help visitors with the their drilling and milling applications.

 


MASA Microconic ImageMASA Microconic
A new approach to Small Precision Component Clamping inc. Over-Gripping. From 0.20mm to 10.00mm.
 




Smart Centering System ImageWibemo Smart Centering System
Rapid and accurate centering of drills and other tools to the main spindle and sub-spindles. Saves time on multi-tool set ups and no dial gauges are required.





Zeus Roll Marking ImageZeus Individual Roll Marking Kits
One single roll marking tool with multiple marking options.
With our standard modular system you can reassemble your individual marking again and again.
Standard Segments available in 2mm and 3mm character heights; A-Z 0-9 including dash, dot and slash.



Applitec ImageApplitec Swiss Tooling
TURN-Line 300 Insert Program
Including the ISO-line Special Swiss! The 300 series insert from Applitec has been used extensively on sliding head lathes for many years, but now the range has been enhanced and is now available in an ISO SV 35° insert.
PRO-Line the NEW Twin-Screw Program
Offering competitive prices and high performance. This recently introduced alternative to the TOP-Line program offers a competitive alternative and comprehensive range of cutting geometries.
ISO-Line Jet and CUT-Line
Through coolant holders. These holders now complete the JET range of through coolant holders for all Applitec insert programs.


 
Floyd at EMO 2017
EMO Hannover 2017 The world of metalworking will be open daily from the 18th - 23rd September 2017 9am - 6pm. Floyd Automatic will have two representatives at this years EMO Hannover 2017. Lee Wilkinson and Eric Chamberlain will be visiting on the 20th - 22nd September.

 
Zeus HOBit imageH&K // Hall 4 Stand D26
This year, not only have Hommel and Keller released a new knurling catalogue, but they have also introduced a new Hobit range of Hobbing Tools.
Contacts: Sigmund Grimm and Thomas Stamml.
Hommel & Keller Exhibitor Link



Schaublin SRS imageSchaublin // Hall 5 Stand A70
The SRS is a collet chuck that will clamp raw material or blanks. The system allows the operator to adjust the concentricity of the collet to obtain minimal runout and an excellent concentricity on the workpiece.
Contacts: Michel Pfeiffer and Simon Boeckle.
Schaublin Exhibitor Link


Mikron imageMikron // Hall 4 Stand A74
Mikron Tooling have launched a new book called Crazy about Cool Tools, this range of tooling will be on display at EMO 2017.
Contacts: Marco Biscuoli.
Mikron Exhibitor Link



Hirt-Line imageHirt-Line // Hall 26 Stand D22
The Hirt-Line system will be on display at the Citizen Stand only. This live display includes the full range of Type0, Type1, Type2 and Type3 nozzles and hoses.
Contacts: Daniel Mantel.
Hirt-Line Exhibitor Link



Schwanog imageSchwanog // Hall 5 Stand A44
Schwanog will be exhibiting all of their range, including their latest innovations like DCI Swiss Turning and ID Broaching.
Contacts: Clemens Guntert (CEO) and Peter Schoninger.
Schwanog Exhibitor Link



Wagner image
Wagner // Hall 4 Stand G32

Contacts: Matthias Holder and Andre Moradian.
Wagner Exhibitor Link



Alesa imageAlesa // Hall 5 Stand A70
This year at EMO Hannover, Alesa will be exhibiting the new Delta Milling Tool program.
Contacts: Martin Wyrsch and Beat Loffel.
Alesa Exhibitor Link

 

Ifanger imageIfanger // Hall 5 Stand A70
Ifanger will be presenting several tools and holders this year, including the MTKR-Copying Tools (diameter 4mm) for backworking and MTEC-Borning Tools (diameter 6mm) with long necks. The holders on show are the MTHB-20061, MTHB-28057, MTAD-01002 and MTAD-01300 to name a few.
Contacts: Ronald Lisibach.
Ifanger Exhibitor Link


Madaula image
Madaula // Hall 5 Stand G52

Contacts: Josep Madaula and Alvaro Vidal-Quadras.
Madaula Exhibitor Link
 
HEB Miniplug3 with Applitec ISO-Line Jet Series
The ISO-Line Jet Series holder with integrated coolant supply, can now be used in conjunction with the HEB Miniplug3 to quickly connect to your high-pressure coolant system up to 200 bar capacity!








 
Smart Centering System
We have new catalogues for Wibemo’s Smart Centering System check them out here on our website. The Mowidec-TT is great for rapid and accurate centering of drills and other tools to the main spindle and sub-spindles.

Mowidec-TT- Micron read out via a contactless proximity detector
- Allows X and Y axis offsets to be accurately adjusted
- No dial gauges required
- Save time on multi-tool set ups





 
Floyd Jets Out More Innovation
Recognised for bringing some of the most innovative machine tool and cutting tool solutions to the shores of the UK, Floyd Automatic Tooling has once again raised the bar with its new VARIO-Jet automatic coolant nozzle from Hirt Line. Introducing the UKs first retro-fitted and freely programmable coolant nozzle with automatic data exchange via the tool offset of the machine; Floyd Automatic is certain to keep the coolant flowing to the cutting edge with this unique innovation. The challenge for manufacturers running machine tools with multiple cutting tools used on a single component is how to keep the coolant flowing directly to the cutting edge with continually changing tool lengths and diameters.

Vario-Jet ImageAs an example, coolant hoses can be directed at the cutting edge of a tool protruding 60mm from the spindle nose; however the next tool from the carousel may have a protrusion of 100, 150 or even beyond 200mm. The result is the coolant jet will not remain targeted at the cutting edge due to the ever changing tool length parameters. Insufficient coolant supply can create excessive heating of the contact area, poor swarf clearance, diminishing tool life and consequently inconsistent tool life. To enhance tool life, machining performance, surface finishes and even prolong the life of the fluid, the VARIO-Jet guarantees that coolant is always directed at the cutting area. The VARIO-Jet can be retro-fitted to any machine tool with a tool offset. As standard, the VARIO-Jet is available with 20bar pressure and an optional system is offered with 80bar.

The VARIO-Jet has a data exchange system that operates via the tool offset RS232 or through a similar interface on the CNC control. With a brushless DC motor and encoder, the VARIO-Jet is a maintenance-free system that is available with a complete line of replaceable flat or circular coolant nozzles. The nozzles can rotate at up to 35 degrees, so coolant is optimally delivered to the cutting edge of tools of all lengths and diameters. Only requiring a ‘one-time’ input of the parameters to complete the setup operation, the VARIO-Jet can also be activated via Wi-Fi through a web browser or App that is compatible with smart-phones, tablets, laptops or PCs. The connection thread for the coolant is programmable through G1 codes and the Wi-Fi has a WPA2 encryption system for added security. Connected to the machine tool with a 230V AC power supply, the energy efficient system has a power consumption of just 50W. The easily retro-fitted system includes an 85 by 70 mm by 100mm unit that can be fitted anywhere in the machine envelope. With the central unit is a VARIO-Jet nozzle with a 3.2mm diameter outlet, a special stainless steel holder, an IP65 rated control cabinet, a 2m hose set with up to 20bar pressure, a pre-assembled 15m long data cable, a 3m long 230V connection cable and an installation and operation manual.
 
Publication posted on CMM Magazine
 
Get into gear with new HOBit Hobbing Line
Floyd Automatic Tooling has launched a new program of gear cutting tools from Hommel & Keller. Introduced under the HOBit brand, the new range incorporates a complete series of disc cutters, bore and shank type hobbing tools as well as shaper and power skiving cutters that can all be manufactured to customer specifications.

The new brand has been developed by the gear cutting experts at Hommel & Keller to cater for the rising demands of hobbing tools from end users familiar with the quality, precision and capability of the company’s specialist knurling tools and wheels that are well known as the Zeus brand. As an industry leader in knurling products, Hommel & Keller has now developed its own hardening technology and PVD coating division.

HOBit

The new HOBit gear cutting and hobbing tools are manufactured to customer demands with HSS, PM and solid carbide tools offered. Furthermore, the new HOBit series is available with a variety of coating technologies that include TiN, TiCN, TiAlN, nACo. nACo3 and nACRo with a host of alternate coatings available upon demand. This wealth of selection ensures that the new HOBit product lines can deliver optimum performance levels, long-lasting tool life and productivity.

The range of standard and specialised HOBit products can be suited to customer demands with geometries and tooth angles and the subsequent tooth numbers machined with precision. This level of precision extends to all facets of every product in the HOBit line up.

Publication posted on Publication Engineering Solutions
New Products and Catalogues from Zeus
We have just updated the website with the new Zeus Catalogues from Hommel and Keller, it includes catalogues for Form Knurling, Cut Knurling and Roll Marking. They have also introduced a new range of HOBit hobbling cutters which a now available from Floyd Automatic. To view and download these latest catalogues please follow the link.

Zeus Tools
ZXT and ZXB Range
High performance back turning inserts for sliding head machines. Better swarf control, better precision and better tool life! These later editions to the Applitec range of back turning insert have proven a hit with many of our clients who have been struggling with swarf control on difficult materials, i.e. tough stainless steels, iconels, and other alloyed materials.

The laser generated profiles provide excellent results click here for more information.

TOP-Line Inserts
 
New Precision Clamping Collets
Floyd have been appointed as their technical sales partner in the UK and Eire by MASA Tool Inc, California USA to sell their new Microconic high precision collets. The Microconic work holding system is a revolutionary micro-workholding system that grips tighter, chucks lighter, with more accuracy than ever seen before!

The Microconic system consists of a cartridge and a collet. The Microconic cartridge fits in your machine just like a standard collet, with a built-in extended nose. A Microconic collet then fits into the cartridge. A short overview video of a Microconic T25F cartridge installed into the sub spindle of a Swiss CNC or click here for more information.

MASA Collet
New Hirt-Line Typ-0 Outlet
And then there were four with the new TYP-0, 1/8" (3.20mm) outlet. The original Swiss made stainless steel adjustable and lockable coolant nozzle system. Stable and reliable flow of coolant, oil or air. This includes standard applications of up to 50 bar pressure, with optional components to go 100 bar plus. A permanent replacement for traditional plastic systems.

Typ-0 Outlet
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