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Riddle of the Month
At the end of each month we will be revealing the answers to each of the riddles in our 2019 calendar. Look below to find out if you were right.

I have forests but no trees. I have lakes
but no water. I have roads but no cars.
SEPTEMBER   I crawl on the earth. And rise on a pillar. Answer:
What makes a loud noise when changing its jacket.
Becomes larger but weighs less?
I am always hungry, I must always be fed.
The finger I lick will soon turn red.
DECEMBER   I come in winter. I cannot see, hear, or feel.
I can’t eat, But you can eat parts of me.
JANUARY   Until I am measured. I am not known,
yet how you miss me when I have flown.
Answer: Time
FEBRUARY   No matter how little or how much you use me,
you change me every month.
Answer: Calendar
MARCH   Every night I'm told what to do, and each morning
I do what I'm told. But I still don't escape your scold.
Answer: Alarm Clock
APRIL   Three lives have I. Gentle enough to soothe the skin.
Light enough to caress the sky. Hard enough to crack rocks.
Answer: Water
MAY   Which seven-letter word contains dozens of letters? Answer: Postbox
JUNE   The thunder comes before the lightning; the lightning comes
before the clouds. The rain dries everything it touches.
Answer: Volcano
JULY   What flies forever, Rests never? Answer: Wind
Milling Grooves with the Schwanog WEP Tooling System

Milling of grooves is a typical application when machining precision parts. Solid carbide milling cutters are still used, although there are alternatives which significantly reduce both setup times and part costs. Probably the best machining alternative is the Schwanog WEP tooling system with eight insertable tools, each tool carrying 3-cutting edges. The benefits are reduced setup times, lower coating costs, and elimination of the time consuming regrinding process.

No regrinding
I.e., the time-consuming regrinding of solid carbide milling cutters is completely eliminated.

Lower coating costs
Coating costs are significantly lower as only the insertable tools are coated and not the entire tool.

Lower setup costs
Once worn, the 3-edged tool is indexed or exchanged -the cutter body remains in calibrated position.

Maximum flexibility
The cutter body is universal, i.e. with new geometries, only the insertable tools are changed.

Significant cost reduction for family of parts
When manufacturing family of parts, setup times can be significantly reduced due to the universal cutter body.

Reduction of tool balancing times
Tool balancing already takes place directly in the 3D design phase and thus lowers the setup costs on the machine.

We can do both
Generally, we are able to manufacture standard as well as special milling cutter bodies

Schwanog insertable PCD tipped form tools
Today polycrystalline diamonds are widely used for the manufacture of precision parts made from non-ferrous metals and plastics to increase tool life and to reduce part costs. Another decisive factor for using PCD tools is improved surface finish quality.

This leads to five key advantages:

Due to high levels of hardness and wear-resistance, significantly higher cutting speeds up to 2000 m/min or 6,500 SFM can be achieved. This leads to a significant cycle time reduction and results in long-term cost savings.

Due to extremely resistant material characteristics, the use of PCD tools can increase tool life greatly which contributes in part cost reduction as well.

The PCD characteristics also leads to considerably improved surface finish quality of the part as it generates a smooth and scratch-free surface finish.

The PCD options are available for all current Schwanog systems with a repeatability of < 0.02 mm.

Often PCD is brazed onto the entire tool carrier. This leads to enormous and unnecessary downtimes during wear-related tool changeovers as the entire tool must be changed. Using the Schwanog system, PCD is brazed only onto the insertable tip leading to a substantial reduction in changeover times.

Schwanog insertable PCD tipped form tool

Highly efficient grooving of implant head profiles!
Grooving instead of single-point turning has become more established in medical applications as well. There are many reasons for it, as shown by the following example:

Previously, after turning the thread, the head profile was achieved by single-point turning. The contour of the head was rough-turned using a standard tool. Then the head profile was finished using an ISO insert with a very small cutting edge radius (R 0.2 mm). To achieve a high surface finish quality and to prolong tool life on the ISO insert a very low feed rate was used.

The rough-turning was done by a standard insert as in the previous process. The finishing process was achieved while grooving the entire head contour with a SCHWANOG PWP insertable tool.

Due to the grooving process a very high surface finish quality was achieved, while the previously rotational grooves established by the single-pointing process, were greatly minimized. Not only was the head profile produced with absolute process safety, but the Schwanog form tool was also able to reduce the part cycle time significantly.

Join us at Citizen
Join us at the opening of Citizen's new showroom and demonstration facitlities.
We will be there from 14th-16th May.

Citizen Building

  What to expect
  A chance to see our new permanent display booth in the partner area
  of Citizen’s new facility.

  See our latest tooling innovations for CNC sliding head and fixed head lathes.

  An opportunity to meet members of or our specialist technical team
  and discuss specific applications.
  Find us at
  Citizen Machinery UK,
  Narrowboat Way,
  Hurst Business Park, Brierley Hill,
  West Midlands, DY5 1UF
  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
  With a wide range of tools on display in the showroom during the event.
Applitec EVOCUT-Line   Floyd Tools   Microconic by MASA Tool

How are Floyd preparing for a No-Deal Brexit?
Many clients have been contacting us to ask this question as they understand that we are fundamentally ‘importers’ of tooling products, and they are naturally concerned that there could be supply issues with essential tooling we provide. Whilst we believe that the UK will not crash out of the EU without a deal, it cannot be 100% ruled out in the light of the current problems in the UK Parliament.

For this reason, we have taken measures to reduce the impact of a No-Deal Brexit on the 29th March 2019, which we have outlined below.

UPS are our principal partner for handling all our imports. Following discussions with them, they have advised that in the very unlikely event of the UK leaving on WTO (World Trade Organisation) rules, they will be able to continue to process incoming goods. With the use of digital (paperless) processing of customs documents they do not anticipate major issues, however services may be delayed in the earlier stages. They cannot comment further at this time. In addition, we have advised all our suppliers who are already very versed in handling orders with countries outside of the EU to be prepared for such changes
As we already export to many countries’ worldwide, we have the expertise to ensure that our shipments to our customers in the Republic of Ireland and other European clients will be processed as efficiently as possible.
Due to the diverse nature of the tooling products we offer, we will not be increasing our stock of standard tools. This would put unnecessary stress on our facilities in terms of storage and costs. However, we are working closely with clients who have expressed concerns about the supply chain and are working closely with them to ensure supply.

Please do contact us if you have concerns regarding the continuity of supply of any of the tools you currently purchase from us.

Thank you for your attention.
Richard Floyd

Future Engineering Ireland
This year we will be attending the Future Engineering Ireland exhibition.
The relevent information is inluded below, we look forward to seeing you there.

FEI 2019 Logo
Tools on show technical support
At this year Future Engineering show we will be bring a variety of tools including; Schwanog tooling for the medical industry and Alesa high performance milling solutions for the aerospace and automotive industries. We won’t forget Zeus knurling and roll marking solutions either.
For the latest innovations in specific tooling for Sliding head Lathes there will be; Applitec Swiss tooling for Sliding Head lathes and Masa Microconic Sub-spindle high precision collet system. All other associated products will be available.
As specialist in tooling for precision component machining, we have nearly 30 years of experience supporting companies manufacturing complex parts. We collaborate with some of the top tooling companies to provide specific solutions in medical, automotive, aerospace and electronics industries.
From complex work holding to high performance machining of difficult materials, we can assist you. For more information, visit our website, or contact our technical team on 0044 1462 491919.

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

Christmas Banner * We will be closed from *

We will be re-opening at 9AM
on Wednesday 2nd January 2019
Delivery for Christmas During Christmas
Please place your orders with us in good time to receive your products before Christmas. Remember our European suppliers will ship their last deliveries in WEEK 51. Last orders will be shipped on the 20th December by UPS ONLY. 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.
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.
Merry Christmas from Floyd
Torque Spanners
New to our FLO-Tool range is the Torque Spanner for ER Collet Nuts. Available for ER8 up to ER32 Collet Clamping Nuts.
Click here for more detailed infomation.

Torque Spanners for:
Torque Spanner Mini-Nuts   Mini-Nuts
ER8 to ER25
£99.00 - 20%
  Hexagon & Slotted Nuts
ER16 to ER32
£130.00 - 20%


Torque Spanners

Predefined force for tightening the nut (repeatability)
Reduced risk of runout problems by using too much strength
Reduced risk of damaging nuts and tool holders
Reduced risk of injuries
Torque Spanners

Also available from our FLO-Tool range:
Single and double ended through coolant Collet Holders
Tap & die holders
Backworking Holders
Boring Bar and Reduction Sleeves
ER/ESX Collets, Nuts and Spanners
Broaching Heads
Driven Tools
ER Collet Reduction Sleeves
Milling Arbors
Quick Change Tool System
Reamer Holders
High Pressure coolant feed systems


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

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)
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.

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.
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.
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.
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
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