Reduce cycle times with the right tooling and parameters

This application required a significant amount of material removal from several large hot-rolled steel parts – using a machine tool that was somewhat limited in horsepower for its size.

Our Applications Specialist worked with the customer to dial in the "sweet spot" where a 4" diameter high-feed indexable cutter could remove material at a spindle load percentage that the machine could handle long-term. The result was a 50% improvement in cycle time, with tool life that eliminated stopping to index in each workpiece.

These parameters resulted in a smooth, even cut – even over the large interruptions:

  • 600 SFM (625 RPM)
  • 160 IPM (.032" FPT)
  • .050" DOC
  • 65% WOC

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