Next Generation Tooling Opens Two Offices in California to Provide Technical Support During the Pandemic.
Sacramento, CA. - Next Generation Tooling, LLC, a manufacturer's representative agency, founded in 1995 and servicing the California Nevada Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico CNC manufacturing markets has just opened TWO offices in California.
Most of Next Generation Tooling's customers know them as "the Next Gen guys" according to Chris Savolainen, the Founder and President of 'Next Gen Tooling'.
What was the rationale of opening not one, but two offices when the entire team has worked out of their own home offices for years?
"We've grown our market service area quite a bit since we started out servicing just Northern California. We now include most of the Western States of the US. We've s been adding some of the best technical CNC application people we can find to support the unique mix of principles we represent. The products that we represent are what are considered very high performance tooling and workholding. It's some of the premiere products in our entire industry! We determined that we really needed a place to provide on-site technical training. We also needed to carry some inventory to support the unique needs of the aerospace, medical, electronics and defense industries that we support." Said Savolainen.
Rob Aldama, Vice-President of Next Gen Tool picks up the story, "At first we thought that one training and showroom might be good enough, but as we started talk to our distributor, machine dealer and end-user manufacturing customers, we discovered that there was a real need for facilities in both Northern and Southern California. None of our competitors are providing the deep technical service that has helped us gain market share, so we really felt we should just take it to the next level and open two facilities."
But what about the Pandemic?
With the Covid-19 pandemic raging there are not a lot of companies expanding. Most are cutting costs and employees. When asked about this both Chris and Rob stated that their team of people have remained pretty busy throughout this entire period.
Chris said "We get asked in to shops to provide technical support pretty often. Putting on the full body PPE suits has been kind of common for us during the past few months."
Rob picked it up from there, "I think we may be some of the really select few that have been asked to come into shops because we're not just taking orders, we're reducing cycle time and we're improving efficiency"
Chris jumped back in, "And maybe its a little bit self serving, We can have the equipment set-up at both locations instead of trying to bring it into a facility. It's actually a lot easier, faster and safer to bring people to one of our locations rather than try to move things with lots of sweat and heavy breathing in PPE."
"Yea, We can bring people to either location and do the training. There are far less interruptions and the I think people learn a lot more, and learn it faster" stated Rob.
NGT Warehouse and Training
What types of training do they provide at Next Gen's new buildings? They start off with a lot of fundamentals that people running CNC machines may never had any formal training about. That's where their basic Training Classes fit in.
But they also can go much deeper with their Advanced Part Manufacturing training series
Platinum Tooling recently announced that it has an extensive line of Heimatec tooling available for the new Haas BMT turret.
NTK Cutting Tools’ TFX front turning carbide inserts, designed for Swiss-type CNC applications, machines large depths of cut ranging to 0.197" (5 mm) in a single pass. The inserts incorporate a chip-breaker with a sharp cutting edge to optimize chip control and surface finishes. The inserts are available in DM4 (for titanium, cobalt chrome, heat resistant alloys and stainless steels) and ST4 (for stainless steels like 304 and 17-4PH).
TFX front turning carbide inserts (wiper style available) with up to 0.197" depth of cut in a single pass, incorporate a special chip-breaker with sharp cutting edge for chip control and surface finishes.
Pairing the inserts with a coolant-through holder can improve chip evacuation, surface finish, part tolerance and tool life, says the company. The company’s corresponding TFT series holders have rigid side screw clamping to ensure stable turning by preventing movement of the insert from Z directional cutting forces.
TFT series holders have rigid side screw clamping for stable turning, preventing insert movement from Z-directional cutting forces. Pair the TFX inserts with a coolant-through holder (TFT...-OH2) to improve chip evacuation, surface finish, part tolerance, and tool life. The -OH2 style holders are compatible with new coolant-through gangs (Citizen L20 & D25 CNC machines).
TFX inserts are available in DM4, for titanium, cobalt chrome, heat resistant alloys, stainless steels, and now in ST4, a super- tough PVD-coated carbide grade. The CrAlN coating provides high hardness and resists oxidation, solving issues related to machining materials such as 304SS, 17-4PH, and Nitinol.
Heimatec Inc., the North American importer of Live Tooling and Angle Heads, is now Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. As Platinum Tooling, they are committed to providing the same superior quality products and service but with an expanded product offering.
In addition to their continued commitment to Heimatec tooling for all major Live Tool lathes, Next Generation Tooling and Platinum Tooling are excited to bring you complementary machine tool accessories from Tecnicrafts, Henninger, AMF, and Suzuki.
For Swiss machines, we will continue to offer Heimatec Live Tools, but now will also provide tooling solutions from Tecnicrafts Precision Collets and Guide Bushings and Suzuki Live Tool speed increasers. For Machining Centers, we offer Heimatec standard Angle Heads, Henninger Spindle Speed Increasers and custom Angle Heads. In addition, we offer AMF markers, cleaners, and radio sensor systems to help maximize existing equipment for long term cost savings.
Platinum Tooling's recent office and warehouse expansion have allowed them to increase inventory and staff to better serve their customer’s needs.
Join us at #IMTS2018!
We'll be learning about new products at our principals booth.
Check out our schedule, come join us and we'll learn some new things together!
Wednesday September 12th
10:30 - 11:30 AM - NTK Cutting Tools Booth W-431664
1:00 to 3:00 PM - Big Kaiser Booth W-431610
Thursday September 13th
10:00 to 11:00 AM - Heimatec Booth W-433427
11:00 to 12:00 PM - 5th Axis Booth W-431158
1:00 to 2:00 PM - Precision Cutting Tools W-432164
Friday September 14th
10:00 to 11:00 AM - Carmex Booth W-431480
11:00 to 12:00 PM - OSG Booth W-432080
1:00 to 2:00 PM - Techniks Booth W-431075
The EXOTAP® A-Tap® is an all-purpose tap series designed to simplify tool management and to excel in a wide variety of materials and applications.
The EXOTAP® A-Tap® is made from powdered metal HSS and has OSG's patented V coating to achieve excellent wear resistance.
The spiral flute series has adopted a variable helix flute design, which encourages stable chip evacuation and reduces cutting forces. The spiral point series has unique geometry that enables greater chip control that can help produce tightly compacted chips for easy ejection from the hole.
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We are very excited to announce that David Edge has joined the Next Generation Tooling team. David has a wealth of experience from his 45+ years in the metalcutting industry. He not only knows the technical aspects of cutting tool applications but also the procedural functions that are important to manufacturers, Industrial distributors and machinery dealers.
David began his career in 1972 as a manufacturing engineer in turning applications, with Pneumatic Auto Turret lathes, Tracer lathes and manual Turret lathes. He cut his teeth in sales for 11 years as a cutting tool specialist for Valenite in the Bay area.
He moved north to work for RTW and Iscar where he managed Washington, Oregon and Western Canada for the many aerospace applciations in that area. In 2012 he moved back to the Bay area to manage Northern California for Tungaloy.
David also brings first hand experience as a distributor from his time at J&L Industrial Supply and Aronson-Campbell Industrial Supply as a carbide application engineer. He has a deep understanding of what the expectations are of a industrial distributor from a manufacturer.
David also has an inside knowledge of the expectations of a machine tool dealer from his time back in the late 1980's working at Selway Machine Tools.
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