Reliable turbocharger production

Most turbochargers are exhaust gas turbochargers, and each different automotive manufacturer has a different design that incorporates special geometries and the need for special tools.

However, when it comes to petrol engines, one factor is common in all variants: the very high temperatures achieved during operation. It is due to this reason: the turbine housing – the so-called ‘hot side’ – is manufactured from a very abrasive, heat-resistant material. These materials represent a particular challenge for cutting tools.
Mapal has taken up these challenges and developed new cutting materials and tool geometries. For instance, the company has introduced a range of face-milling cutters featuring pressed, radial ISO indexable inserts. The milling cutter series includes tools designed for roughing the face surfaces of turbocharger housings. Of particular note, the cutting material is specially matched to the machining of heat-resistant cast steel. This material is said to extend tool life significantly, thereby improving cost effectiveness and productivity.
ISO indexable inserts with 16 usable cutting edges are the highlight of Mapal’s latest face-milling cutter, which is a particularly economical prospect for turbocharger manufacturers.
To provide an example of performance, a 125 mm diameter variant with 14 inserts recently ran at a speed of 80 m/min (dry) and a feed rate of 0.12 mm per tooth to help maximise productivity and deliver a tool life of 125 parts.
The company has also released a newly developed turning tool system for pre-machining the catalytic converter flange on turbochargers. Designed to be highly cost effective, the system incorporates tangential technology and is used on the diameter and, due to the upright and horizontal installation of its LTHU inserts, allows eight effective cutting edges to be used per indexable insert.
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CECIMO elects latest president

CECIMO has elected Dr Hans-Martin Schneeberger as president for a period of two years. His term will focus on the setting of global standards and the uptake of artificial intelligence (AI).

Succeeding Dr Roland Feichtl, Dr Hans-Martin Schneeberger has been entrusted with the responsibility of leading the European association. Under his presidency, CECIMO will commit to being the voice of manufacturing in the definition of the digital single market.
The priorities of Schneeberger are in line with the goals of the next European Commission. Europe wants to set the right environment for digital networks and services to thrive, and strengthen itself as a responsible global leader. CECIMO will follow closely all the dossiers on the table, such as cyber security, trade agreements and IP, where valuable input can be provided. Schneeberger has been serving as chairman of Schneeberger Holding AG since 2003. He has also been a board member at Klingelnberg AG for the past 12 years.
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Better ISO M and S machining

Newly developed by Walter GB is the series of single-sided Tiger.tec Silver indexable inserts featuring HU5 geometry for the heavy roughing of stainless steels and high-temperature alloys in the ISO M and S groups. As the inserts have a larger contact surface to the tool holder than double-sided inserts, stability is increased, which in turn provides the user with a number of advantages.


Walter says that benefits include: greater cutting depths; higher feed rates at low cutting forces – thanks to the curved cutting edge and deep chip-breaker groove that consequently reduce machining temperature; improved metal removal – in one test, 18.36 l/h instead of 10.71 l/h; and increased tool life of up to 75% – courtesy of the variable rake angle in the area of the corner radius that permits soft chip reforming.
The main cutting edge, which is protected by a negative chamfer, prevents fractures when machining hard edge zones and optimises the performance on forged parts, for example. Components needing interrupted cuts and other demanding operations are equally viable, while customers machining materials such as AISI 316, Inconel 718 and titanium, in particular, will gain rewards.
Offered in the standard basic shapes of CNMM, DNMM and SNMM, the HU5 geometry means Walter now offers 12 geometries in six grades, as well as tools with precision cooling and ceramic or CBN inserts for ISO M and S workpieces.
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Distributor for NSK linear motion products

Over the past 45 years, NSK, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of linear motion and bearing technologies, has successfully served the Benelux market.

Supplying an extensive range of linear motion technologies – including linear guides, ball screws, monocarrier and support units – NSK has established an impressive client list in the medical, semiconductor and machining industries, among others. To enhance even further the level of support available to customers, NSK has decided to transfer the distributorship for its linear product portfolio to MCA linear motion robotics, which now becomes an NSK authorised distributor.
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40xD drilling now available from Floyd

Now available in the UK from Floyd Automatic Tooling is the latest addition to the CrazyDrill range from Mikron Tool: the CrazyDrill Cool SST-Inox.

Small, deep and fast characterises the new drill, which incorporates internal coolant ducts and a novel geometry and coating for the machining of stainless steels, nickel-based super alloys, and CrCo alloys.
The range includes through-coolant drills in six different working lengths: 6xD, 10xD, 15xD, 20xD, 30xD and 40xD. For machining holes between 1 and 2 mm diameter, the maximum depth available is 20xD. However, from 2 to 6 mm diameter, the entire range can be offered. In addition, there is a short pilot drill for a maximum bore depth of 3xD.
Although drills with spiral coolant ducts are already available in small diameter ranges, many such tools get into trouble with tough-elastic materials or with the poor heat conductivity of super alloys. Here, cooling through conventional round ducts is insufficient, even with high pressure. Premature edge chipping and excessive chip accumulation are typical symptoms that prevent stable drilling.
A new geometry on the CrazyDrill Cool SST-Inox provides a chip-breaking effect at the front that results in short, curved chips, while at the back, an open-flute profile facilitates the evacuation of micro-chips. There is a variant for long drills as they incorporate an open profile and polished flutes to help the easy evacuation of chips from the bore.
Performance and process stability is mainly delivered by cooling the tool via two spiral internal coolant ducts up to the drill tip, while the ducts themselves have the largest possible diameter and are teardrop shaped.
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