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Open Houses 2018
We will be attending the Citizen and Star Open Houses this year. For more details on these events please read below.



Star and Citizen Logos

 
Star GB
02-04 October 2018
Tues 0900-1800 / Wed 0900-1800 / Thurs 0900-1700
Unit 1, Riverlands Business Park, Rynesway, Derby, DE21 7BZ
  Citizen Machinery
16-18 October 2018
Tues 0900-1700 / Wed 0900-2130 (Curry Night) / Thurs 0900-1700
Bushey Headquarters, 1 Park Avenue, Bushey, WD23 2DA
 

 
TOOLS ON SHOW FROM FLOYD
 
W&F Micro   W&F MICRO
A completely interchangeable head design that provides a versatile, quick change solution precise to 0.002mm. Available in 8mm, 12mm and 16mm Sq. shanks, for standard CC, DC, and VC ISO inserts and other tooling lines*. Precision ‘Taper & Face’ location ensure repeatability and accuracy and heads can be pre-set with inserts to ensure minimum downtime when changing worn inserts. (*Please ask for more information)
 
Colibri SlimJet   COLIBRI SLIMJET
The new Colibri Slim Jet solution for increasing spindle speed of driven tool units was extremely popular as well. This brand new high-speed coolant driven spindle is powered by 20 bar of coolant pressure that generates a spindle speed above 20,000rpm. The speed, torque output and other performance parameters can be constantly monitored via any mobile device with Bluetooth connectivity.
 
MASA Collet Cartridge Group   THE NEW PUSH TYPE F37M10 CARTRIDGE FROM MASA TOOL

Replaces the standard F37 collet in your CNC spindle and also available for machines using collet types F25 (145E), F20 (138E), and 5C.
  • Overgrip collets also available up to +4mm on diameter
  • Concentricity guaranteed to be with in 5µm (0.0002”) in production use.
  • Use in high precision, small diameter CNC turning applications up to Ø10mm
  • Enables you to move more work to the sub spindle operations and reduced cycle time.
 
Hirt-Line Typ-0   HIRT-LINE TYP-0 (Ø1/8" OUTLET).
The original SWISS-MADE stainless steel adjustable and lockable coolant nozzle system. Stable & reliable flow of coolant for 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.
 
HEB No.1   HEB MINIPLUG 1
Solve you high pressure coolant connection with the Miniplug 1. Achieve pressures of up to 200 bar with high-quality braided steel hoses made entirely from stainless steel. Various connecting threads suitable distributor blocks and system accessories.
 
CGBG   COLLETS, GUIDE BUSHES & GRIPPERS
24-48 hrs In-House collet resizing service available for F-Type collets.
Specialist in guide bush technology, extended length carbide bushes, JBS & Schlenker SDK adaptive guide bushes. We offer special collet applications, over-shoulder clamping, internal clamping, extended nose collets. Pinned, threaded and turbo bar feed grippers for LNS, FMB, IEMCA and most makes of bar feeder. Most sizes available ex-stock at our facility in Hertfordshire.
 
Mikron CrazyMIll P&S   MIKRON CRAZYMILL P&S
This tungsten carbide shaft endmill with integrated cooling is new and unique in it's design and available in standard endmill sizes from 1 to 6 mm (.039” to .236”). This innovative tool can “drill” vertically into material up to 1 x d and then move sideways to mill slots and pockets into solid material. Hence operations like feather key-milling can be executed rapidly and processed safely in smallest spaces.
The following features distinguish this small milling bit CrazyMill Cool P&S which shows outstanding performance especially in nickel-based alloys:
Geometry of the head section | Edges and flutes geometries
Through cooling
| Ultrafine grain carbide | High-performance coating
NEW products are now available, visit our website for the catalogue here.



 
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MACH 2018 Highlights
Thank you for visiting us at MACH 2018! We had an amazing time at this years MACH exhibition, we hope you did as well. 
We're so grateful to those who came and made the show such a success. Here are some of the show highlights just for you.
 
If you made an enquiry with a member of the staff, someone will be in touch soon. Please bear with us.
 
MASA Microconic System

We had a huge level of interest in the new Masa Microconic Sub-Spindle Collets. Precise and stable clamping of small workpieces in the sub-spindles has long been an issue for turned part manufacturers; it has now been solved by the revolutionary precision workholding system. For manufacturers of high-precision parts in the connector, medical and electronics sector, the Microconic over-grip collet system was a great find.

 
Colibri Spindles

The new Colibri Slim Jet solution for increasing spindle speed of driven tool units was extremely popular as well. This brand new high-speed coolant driven spindle is powered by 20bar of coolant pressure that generates a spindle speed above 20,000rpm. The speed, torque output and other performance parameters can be constantly monitored via any mobile device with Bluetooth connectivity.

 
Zeus Burnishing

The Zeus Burnishing Tool from Hommel + Keller is an all-rounder for all classical applications for burnishing surfaces. It's suitable for small geometry work on materials such as steel and high-strength materials and the Series is available with two variants. 510 Series of fixed head tools for standard operations or the 520 Series with a variably adjustable head for end faces and conical surfaces.



Floyd Stand at MACH 2018
 
Poken at MACH 2018
We understand that at this year MACH 2018 exhibition some of you registered interest in receiving information from our POKENS. This was a new technology for us and our visitors, so we understand that not everyone will be switched on with what to do next.

What is POKEN?
Poken is a cloud-based event management platform, that creates richer engagement. Trade show exhibitors load their marketing documents or any other relevant content, into ‘Touchpoints’. Poken’s  Touchpoint sensors are completely autonomous, and easily placed by the show organiser or by exhibitors themselves, anywhere in their booth, or elsewhere around the venue. Every time a visitor collects this information, they leave a digital business card. The exhibitor has the details of everyone who has dropped by there booth and collected their information, as well as a useful analytics.

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Alternatively.. 
We have provided links withing this article, please click the links below. You will find all the information on each tooling sections from MACH 2018 exhibition.
For more information please call our sales team 01462 491919.
MACH 2018 H20-620
09-13th April 2018 // NEC Birmingham
We'll be there all week, come and see our full range of precision tooling on stand H20-620.
For more information on MACH visit their website..
www.machexhibition.com

Turning
With our roots set firmly in small turned part production, turning tools are one of our principal products with the Applitec Swiss Tooling range being our primary program. Offering a complete solution for modern CNC sliding head and fixed head machines, Applitec offers a broad range of standard tools that are readily available. Including the best selling insert program TOP-Line. ECO-Line, ISO-Line, CUT-Line and new PRO-Line are all available with through coolant holders. The new IN-Line system offers small boring tools from Ø0.3mm. Not all turning can be achieved with standard tools due to complexity or in the pursuit of productivity. Schwanog, the renowned German tool company, can supply productivity gains with their range of form tools which include external and internal form tools, thread whirling and milling, polygon tooling and Multi-Spindle tools.
 
Turning Tools














Milling ToolsMilling
Mikron Tool based in Agno Switzerlandprovide equally high performance end milling tool solutions like the CrazyMill Cool Ball, an innovative ball end-mill from Mikron Tool developed for the roughing and finishing of stainless steels, pure titanium and titanium alloys, Cr-Co alloys and super alloys. Patented with a very efficient integrated coolant supply it reaches the highest cutting speeds and guarantees a high chip removal rate.

Modern CNC machines now have complex multi-axis capability, requiring not just turning solutions, but milling too. To meet these demands we offer a range of milling and slotting tools from the Swiss company Alesa. Their Nutex ranges of HSS and Carbide slotting tools have dramatically improved reliability and performance. Their core product however remains the Twist, and recently introduced Delta Milling Cutters. Combined with the proven AlCrN-VA coating, the high positive-ground cutting edges offer reduced cutting forces, very long tool life and high process stability. Alesa also manufacture HSS milling inserts for applications where carbide just can’t cut it.
The ever popular Applitec CIRCO-Line range of Carbide saws and arbors are a mainstay of our range of slitting saw products. With fine, extra fine & coarse tooth saws available from stock.


Threading ToolsThreading
There are many different options for thread production and we can offer options from simple threading inserts to thread whirling and milling tools. A popular and fast solution for the production of external threads up to M8 is the Habegger thread rolling die made in Switzerland. It has been around for many years, but this simple roll-on/roll-off solution remains effective to this day. 
For larger applications, we have Wagner axial heads and tangential attachments for thread rolling as well as axial cutting heads.

 
Knurling, Marking & Burnishing ToolsKnurling, Marking, & Burnishing
Knurling is often considered to be a bit of black art when it comes to production machining. German based precision tool manufacturers, Hommel & Keller, have many years of experience with their range of ZEUS Form and Cut knurling tools that we offer along with our technical support. In addition, they also supply the ZEUS range of roll marking tools ideally suited to production applications where traceability and part marking are required. 


Broaching & Splining
Both external and internal broaching solutions are available from our FLO-Tool range of accessories for sliding head and fixed machines. Classic wobble broaching heads and static broaches are available. As a specialist form tool manufacturer, Schwanog can supply a very accurate solution to external splines using a serration form tool.
 
Drilling Tools

Drilling
Mikron Tool is probably better known for their CrazyDrill products. These tools were developed by Mikron initially to support their own range of high volume production machines, but soon realised that the ‘crazy’ performance and machining parameters would have a place in the market. With a wide range of tools for piloting, centring, deep hole drilling and chamfering. Applitec also offer an extensive range of precision Carbide drills in their MICRO-Line range at very competitive prices. Such high precision machine machinery also requires good setting techniques. To assist in setting of these precision drilling applications quickly, we have the MOWIDEC ‘Smart’ Centring system. This simple but very useful solution uses a contactless proximity probe to assist with offset adjustments. 

 
Workholding ToolsWorkholding
OVERGRIP CAPABILITY 4MM
We recently introduced the MASA Microconic Sub-Spindle collet system for sliding head machines. This new system overcomes the problems of precision part pick up and ‘over the shoulder’ clamping applications. Using a Patented cartridge and special collet that fits directly into the sub-spindle, the Microconic collets maintain a repeatable accuracy of 5 microns. Targeted at smaller parts up to Ø10mm, and currently available for machines using collet types F25 (145E), F20 (138E), and 5C. The developers, MASA Tool Inc. are currently working on further versions to enhance their range. Collets, guide bushes and bar feed collets are the basic ingredients for a sliding head machine, and we offer a wide variety of solutions depending on your equirements. We carry a full inventory of competitively priced products and provide an in-house collet re-sizing service.

We supply the Schaublin range of precision collets and spindle tooling. The Swiss precision collet manufacturer specialises in work holding for cylindrical tool grinding machines, where the SRS system has been specifically developed to allow collets to be adjusted to better than 5 microns!


Collet HoldersCollet Holders
On new CNC Sliding head machines there are many new configurations for static and driven tools. So, when it comes to finding the additional accessories, there is a lot more to these machines than just a few collet holders! Within our own FLO-Tool range, we have all types of ER collet holders, tap holders, reamer holders and back working holders to suit most machine types. 

Madaula SA
 provides us with a comprehensive range of driven tools for both standard and special applications with speeders, reducers and angle heads. 

Colibri Spindles provide an alternative high speed solution using High Pressure Coolant.


High Pressure Coolant Tools
 
High Pressure Coolant
Naturally, with the increased number of machines fitted with High Pressure coolant, we have options there too using our HEB Quick Change High Pressure Coolant Connectors and HIRT-Line stainless steel lockable coolant hoses.

 
New Cool SST-Inox Family
Drill deeper, mill faster with the new eXedur SNP Coating developed for the machining of stainless steels, heat resistant alloys (nickel based) & chrome-cobalt alloys.
 
CrazyDrill Cool Pilot & Cool SST-Inox
ø1.0 - ø6.0 up to 20xD
Fast and Accurate One Shot Drilling

CrazyMill Cool Ball Z4
ø1.0 - ø8.0 up to 5xD
Patented Integrated Cooling
Special Edge Geometry for Difficult Materials
Ground Surface Finishes

SST-Inox Family

 
Mikron Coming in 2018
Coming in 2018 is the CrazyMill Cool (Plunge & Slot)! Which has the new eXedur SNP Coating (increased heat/wear resistance, optimum chip flush), special Edge Geometry (for stable & vibration free ‘drilling’), 1xD plunge & slot capabilities and PATENTED integrated cooling (maximal cooling & chip removal).

Mikron CrazyMIll Cool (P&S)

 
Miniplug3 Custom-Made Solutions
This custom solution was designed specifically for the Tornos Deco 2000, providing fast and efficient quick change through coolant in a restricted space.
Call us to enquire about your machine 01462 491919.

HEB Miniplug 3 custom-made solution images

George Barnard at Southco Manufacturing (UK) says:
"The product that Floyd have created for us is exceptional in design, image and ease of use. The application has reduced a segment of our set-up process dramatically, a task that once took upwards of 15 minutes has now been cut to less than 30 seconds"

 
Christmas Closure 2017
This is a timely reminder to all our clients about our Christmas and New Year holiday closure. Please take note of the arrangements detailed.

We will be closed from Friday 22nd December at 1pm until Monday 1st January inclusive.
 
Christmas Closure DesignLast Orders and Delivery
Please contact us in good time to get the product in from our suppliers. As from the 20th-21st December we will be receiving our last deliveries in from our European based suppliers. Last orders will be shipped on the 21st December by UPS ONLY. Shipping on the 22nd will be done on request ONLY.
Please note that many of our suppliers will be closed into the New Year (approx. 6th January), so if you need anything for when we return to work then please let us know as soon as possible.

During Closure
During our closure, we will be monitoring emails and answerphone messages. If, however you have an urgent requirement that cannot wait, then please call us on 07919 004134 and we will do our best to help you.

On a final note we would like to say that as the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have helped shape our business in a most significant way. We value our relationship with you and look forward to working with you in the year to come.
 
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.


 
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