We are very excited to announce that effective October 1, 2017 we will be representing Precision Cutting Tools Inc. in the California and Nevada market areas.
Precision Cutting Tools Inc. was founded in 1963 and ever since has specialized in the production of high-quality cutting tools. Today, with over fifty years of experience, PCT is a leading cutting tool manufacturer that distributes its products all across the United States and Mexico.
They have based their company’s success on their long-standing commitment to satisfy our customers’ needs, by utilizing the finest raw materials, introducing innovative cutting tools and providing excellent customer service.
We look froward to working with them to develop new Carbide, Cobalt & Powdered Metal end mill and drill substrates and geometries that will meet the material cutting needs we find uniquely on the West Coast.
We think you are in for a a real treat once we see what we're working on with PCT!!!
After 22 years, Next Generation Tooling has ended our relationship as an independent sales agent for MA Ford in the Northern California and Northern Nevada territories. Our last effective day will be September 30, 2017.
We truly appreciate and greatly value our long, successful relationship fostered by both MA Ford and NextGen since the inception of our company. We realize, with no reservation, that the wonderful people at MA Ford were a huge part of our success by working with us to develop technical solutions and will always value our memories and our personal friendships.
At the outset of our relationship in the late 1990's, we worked hand-in-hand with MA Ford to introduce their products to the unique applications and high speed machining that takes place in our markets.
In conjunction with the MA Ford engineering team we developed the 138 series end mills for use in aluminum and non-ferrous milling. As a result, many other end mill manufacturer's followed in the footsteps of that tool and began developing material specific tooling.
Because of the unique needs of our market, we suggested the expansion of LOC and OAL from what was commonly offered in "Stub, Standard, Long & Extra Long" lengths. The 138 series end mills where the first nationally recognized brand to offer 7 different lengths of cuts as stock standard.
We are very grateful to everyone at the MA Ford team who has worked with us hand-in-hand for so many years, and wish only the best for MA Ford in the future.
The OSG AeroHBC is a herringbone style router for high feed rates and excellent surface finishes in difficult to cut carbon fiber composites and Nomex honeycomb sandwich materials. It features a compression cutting mechanism to reduce the tendency of flagging in honeycomb materials.
Upshear, Downshear and Herringbones
We often get asked about the advantages of different types of cutters by machine shops who are starting to move from metals based machining to composites. Here's a short explanation. Upcut or upshear routers will pull the chips up and out of the cut. Most standard end mills and routers operate this way. Downshear routers leaves a crisper, cleaner edge on the top surface of the material because they push the chips downward into the material. Herringbone cutters, also called compression routers, combine the two for the cutting of laminates, honeycomb or any two sided material. It virtually eliminates chipping, or flagging, on both sides for cleaner edge surface finishes. It also prevents the delimitation of the surface materials that sandwich the honeycomb together. In a herringbone cutter the bottom portion is upshear and the top portion is downshear.
EXOPRO® AERO-HBC Features
DiACON, a part of M.A. Ford’s Advanced Product Group, features a wide range of high performance, polycrystalline diamond (PCD) tipped tools to improve your productivity in today’s metal, wood and composite material industries.
PCD tooling is ideal for more efficient machining of non-ferrous metals, plastics, composite materials, graphite and other hard to machine and abrasive materials.
DiACONTM offers end mills, drills, step drills, step reamers and countersinks. Special tools are quoted upon request.
According to MA Ford, "DiACONTM is dedicated to continually developing innovative products manufactured with efficient state-of-the-art technology while offering great value and top quality at reasonable prices."
The tools will be offered in the following standard configurations. Here are the series names and some information about them.
Here's some of the details on the new tools:
DES (DiACON End Mill Square) Series
A straight flute PCD tipped end mill available with 1 or 2 flutes depending on tool size and configuration. These end mills combine a PCD tip with a carbide body for maximum rigidity and optimal performance. Offers excellent results in CFRP (Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer), fiberglass, aluminum and other very abrasive materials.
A straight flute PCD tipped end mill available from 3 flute to 9 flutes depending on tool size and configuration. These end mills combine a PCD tip with a carbide body for maximum rigidity and optimal performance. Offers excellent results in CFRP (Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer), fiberglass, aluminum and other very abrasive materials.
DEB (DiACON End Mill Ball) Series
A straight flute PCD tipped ball nose end mill available in 1 or 2 flutes depending on tool size. These end mills combine a PCD tip with a carbide body for maximum rigidity and optimal performance. Offers excellent results in CFRP (Carbon-Fiber- Reinforced Polymer), fiberglass, aluminum and other very abrasive materials.
DSE (DiACON Spiral End Mill) Series
A spiral veined PCD end mill designed with a 30 degree helix (15 degree helix angleavailable as a special). Available in 2 flute for 6mm and 1⁄4” diameters, and 4 flute for larger diameters. A through hole can also be provided as a special on sizes 3/8” (10mm) and above. Offers excellent results in CFRP (Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer), fiber-glass, aluminum and other very abrasive materials.
A two flute PCD tipped microstop countersink manufactured on a high speed steel body allows for exceptional performance in aircraft composite applications. Available in inch and metric sizes and also can be reconditioned for maximum cost per hole.
A three flute PCD tipped microstop countersink manufactured on a high speed steel body allows for exceptional performance in aircraft composite applications. The three flute design allows for optimal wear resistance. Available in inch sizes and also can be reconditioned for maximum cost per hole.
A two flute PCD tipped integral pilot microstop countersink manufactured on a high speed steel body allows for exceptional performance in aircraft composite applications. Available in inch and metric sizes. Due to the integral pilot design, tools are not typically reconditioned, but can be quoted if needed.
DWD (DiACON Spiral Wafer Drill)
The spiral wafer drill offers excellent performance in CFRP (Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer), fiberglass, aluminum and other very abrasive materials. Available as a special from 1/8” to 1/2” and 3mm to 16mm.
DND (DiACON Nib Drill) Series
DiACONTM’s Full Nib Drill has been specifically developed for the drilling of CFRP and CFRP/Metal stack used on all modern aircraft today. The high performance point and
fluting geometry greatly reduces separation and delamination in the drilling process. The DiACONTM Full Nib Drill can also be reconditioned two to three times for improved cost per hole. Available as a special in sizes from 1/8” to .354” and 3mm to 10mm.
This article originally appeared in the Gazette Xtra and I thought it had some great information to pass along to everyone to give you some background on Performance Micro Tool
JANESVILLE — As a small Janesville manufacturer, Performance Micro Tool likes to fly under the radar.
Performance Micro Tool's tools have been used to route communications equipment on the Mars Rover project, cut mother of pearl dots on the frets of Gibson guitars and make a harness for a fruit fly.
Its tools cut the "plus" and "minus" signs on the sides of 4 million iPhone 4s.
Burton said his company prefers a low profile, primarily to keep competitors off guard.
That, however, is becoming more difficult.
The Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Network recently named Performance Micro Tool as one of 33 "Wisconsin Companies to Watch." The annual program recognizes companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace and exhibit innovative products, services or processes.
Performance Micro Tool got its start after Burton watched a progression of big companies pass along ownership of a Janesville facility. The companies started with International Carbide and ended with Kennametal, a huge company with more than 100 facilities.
"We were always owned by some out-of-state manufacturer, and in the public sector, the mantra is always the next quarter," Burton said.
Kennametal ultimately closed its Janesville shop and shipped the work to a plant in China.
Burton and his partner launched Performance Micro Tool. Kennametal soon found that its China plant couldn't do what Performance Micro Tool did, and Kennametal became one of Burton's largest customers.
The 12 employees of Performance Micro Tool work across three shifts in a shop on Kennedy Road on Janesville's north side. Machines that robotically grind the tools fill the shop.
"Making them small is certainly our niche," Burton said. "We also do a lot of private labeling, which helps keep competitors off our backs.
"We try to keep our prices pretty low to keep competitors from getting into the business and keep them buying from us."
Burton credits the company's steady growth to a stable group of dedicated, talented employees, many of who have been with him for years.
"These guys will take a bullet for me and this company," he said. "We have an open shop. We're pretty lax and encourage creativity and playing around."
Burton said the company pays high wages, covers 100 percent of its health care plan, provides a 401(k) match and often gives bonuses that have included companywide cruises, trips to Cancun and last year involved a Packer-Viking weekend in Minneapolis.
"These guys are really concerned about the health of the company," Burton said. "I give them a bonus, and they ask me if I'm sure.
"If I wasn't sure, I wouldn't do it. When times are good, we share."
Times have been good. A look at the company's growth chart shows a steadily increasing line offset by routine ups and downs.
Burton doesn't want to see his company grow too quickly. He knows that fast ups can create fast downs.
"If we were to double in size next year, our customer base would suffer, no doubt," he said.
In 2009, Performance Micro Tool's sales were off 15 percent when its competitors experienced declines of 45 percent to 60 percent.
"I might tell a customer it will be three days, but my guy on the floor will look at it and say 'I'm gonna knock this out in one day because there's potential here,'" Burton said.
Performance Micro Tool is the definition of innovation, said Phil Jackson, the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Network regional director who nominated the company for the award.
"These guys are doing cutting-edge work, no pun intended," Jackson said. "And they're not just sitting here in Janesville looking at U.S. markets. They're looking internationally."
Our NEWS blog section is written by several different people. Sometimes, it from our team here at Next Generation Tooling & at other times it's by one of the manufacturer's we represent.