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Aerospace Alert: Run Longer and Cleaner with New TRIM® C390 Coolant

The aerospace industry comes with strict requirements when it comes to the use of lubricants, and for good reason. We’re talking about lubricants used in machining components for expensive machinery, often carrying valuable cargo. The industry demands high-performance, lightweight and dependable lubricants that can ensure the highest level of performance and safety in your operations.

The latest solution is here and it’s good. The new TRIM® C390 High Performance Aerospace Synthetic is designed for the machining of composites for global aerospace industries. With a name like Master Fluid Solutions, you know this synthetic coolant has been designed specifically to offer both cooling and lubricity, without all the oily residue common in other synthetics.

TRIM ® C390 can improve your machining operations through:

  • Resisting corrosion on ferrous and nonferrous materials
  • A low-foaming formula even in chilled environments up to 60° F
  • Meeting nuclear and aerospace chemical content and machining requirements
  • Performing in wide range of operations including general grinding, spar milling and turbine blade manufacture
  • Providing low carryoff and long sump life
  • Easy cleanup and removal for decreased operating costs

Learn more about TRIM C390 from Master Fluid Solutions.

Watch this video from Master Fluid Solutions to learn how to extend your coolant life:

The team here at M&M Sales & Equipment would be happy to speak with you and uncover all the ways we can help you improve and maximize operations in your facility. Contact us, give us a call or stop in.


Save on Sandvik Coromant Cutter Bodies with Purchase of New Steel Milling Grades, Sept. 9-20

Manufacturers and fabricators know all too well the challenges of working with hard and abrasive steel, especially when working at high speeds or for extended periods of time. The cost of wear and tear on cutting inserts can be high, whether it’s due to unstable conditions, wet conditions or heat changes. Frequent use results in cracks, breaks and wear.

Sandvik Coromant recently released their new steel milling grades designed to boost steel milling operations. They launched the GC1130, the GC4330 and the GC4340 with the goal of increasing tool life and process security over the previous generations.

The GC4330 and GC4340 are both made with advanced technologies and a new substrate coating called Inveio™ which increases wear resistance, without impacting security. And the hard, thin-coated PVD grade GC1130 with Zertivo™ technology is ideal for light roughing to finishing operations and this steel milling insert provides superior performance in all machining conditions.

M&M Sales & Equipment is extending special manufacturer savings directly to you, but only for a limited time. The deal runs from Sept. 9-20, 2019.


Receive 50% off the regular list price on cutter bodies when purchased with new steel milling grades. *


Deal applies to milling cutter bodies including:

CoroMill® 390
Versatile concept suitable for mixed production
For mixed production with a variety of component features and materials, this is your go-to cutter. With an assortment including many different types of tools and wide selection of corner radii and insert sizes for various depth requirements.

CoroMill® 490
First choice for general and repeated shoulder milling
Light-cutting, positive concept with four cutting edges. Precise cutter bodies and insert location along with low-vibration machining process provide accurate shoulders without mismatch. Covers roughing to finishing.

CoroMill® 210
Productive roughing concept for high-feed face and plunge milling
First choice when high metal removal rate is the first priority. A 10° entering angle allows for extreme feed rates when face milling. This directs the cutting forces in an axial direction, providing a stable cutting action and no vibration tendency.

CoroMill® 745/725
Multi-edge cutters for best production economy
Offers multi-edge, double-sided insers with the cutting performance of a positive single-sided concept. Available also with a 25° entering angle as a productivity booster in CoroMill® 725.


And the following:

  • CoroMill® 200 – Robust face milling and profile cutter
  • CoroMill® 245 – General purpose cutter
  • CoroMill® 345 – First choice for highly productive face milling
  • CoroMill® 415 – Small diameter, high feed face milling cutter
  • CoroMill® 419 – Five-edged milling concept


View the family of Milling Cutters including High Feed Milling, Face Milling, Shoulder Milling and Profile Milling.


Contact your M&M Sales & Equipment representative to learn how you can take advantage of special pricing direct from the manufacturer. Just don’t wait too long, because the special deals end Sept. 20, 2019. If you have any questions or need help selecting the tools and supplies right for your job, don’t hesitate to contact us by clicking here.

Or, give us a call at your preferred branch location:

*Discount with qualifying insert order with cutter bodies only. Must purchase 10 inserts per inch (25 mm) to receive cutter blitz discount pricing. No returns, all sales are final. Offer is valid from September 9-20th, 2019.


How to Choose the Right Drill Bit for Your Application

Drill bits. One of the most useful and versatile tools that exist. You may be surprised to know that using the wrong one can not only hinder production, but could be costing more than you may think. That’s why it’s important to choose drill bits that are optimized for the application. Otherwise, you’re likely to be replacing the bits and the tools too often. Not only that, but you risk damaging the workpiece and having to start over.

Machinists and fabricators use drills daily, and proper drill bit selection can save both time and money. If you are looking to get the best machining result, here are some things to consider when choosing a drill bit for your next project.

Choosing the Right Drill Bit for the Job

Morse Cutting Tools – HSS

There are countless drill bits on the market today, making selection both difficult and time consuming. Two main categories of drill bits include standard bits used with handheld drills or drill presses and boring machine bits that are used in automated machinery like drill banks and CNC machines. Here are some brief explanations of various types of drill bits.

Twist Drill bits are the most common and can be used in a variety of everyday tasks from drilling woods, metal and plastic. They are made from High-Speed Steel or Carbon Steel.

Counterbore bits create a flat bottom blind hole with a smaller diameter center hole. These are often used to create a recess that can hide a fastener head.

Countersink bits create a tapered surface hole with a smaller center hole to allow fastener to sit flush with the material.

Flat Bottom Boring bits are similar to counterbores, but do not have a center drill.

Specialty bits are essentially all bits that don’t fit into the above categories and can be used with glass, tile or other specialty materials.

Coolant Through Drills have coolant ports that run through the drill and feed coolant to the cutting edge, allowing for faster cutting and improved chip evacuation. Used in high performance drilling operations.

Exchangeable Tip Drills have replaceable carbide heads or tips that saves time when changing tools and saves money over larger solid carbide drills. They also boost productivity in many machining applications.

Spade Drills have spade inserts that allow for cost effective drilling of deep holes and large diameter holes. They also run well on older machines and at lower speeds than high performance carbide drills.

Inserted Drills have multiple carbide inserts that handle the metal cutting. They are faster than HSS and cobalt drills, are cost effective and many can be used to “turn” the hole to a larger diameter than the drill size, much like using a boring bar in a lathe.

Understanding Drill Bit Materials

Drillco Drills

Certain tooling and machining operations require specialized drill bits that allow for effective drilling, without burning out too quickly.  Below, you’ll find some common drill bit materials and their uses.

Cobalt (HSCO): Despite being more brittle than HSS, cobalt drill bits are ideal for drilling harder steel as well as stainless steel grades. They are often more expensive than other drill bits but tend to last longer.

Carbide (Carb): Carbide is considered the hardest and most brittle drill bit material and can cut hardened steel, stainless steel and aluminum with ease. Ask if the CoroDrill 860 from Sandvik Coromant is right for you.

Diamond: These bits are effective for drilling tile, stone or other hard material and the use of water is recommended to prevent damage to the workpiece or tool. These are costly, so they are recommended for use in very specific tasks.

High-Speed Steel (HSS): High-Speed Steel bits are harder, more resistant to heat and can drill metal at greater cutting speeds than high-carbon steel. Ask about our HSS drills from Morse or Drillco that are available in a variety of lengths, including jobber and stub/screw.  

How Flute Design Impacts Cut

Flutes are grooves that are cut into the body of the drill bits to provide cutting surfaces, permit removal of chips and allow cutting fluids to reach cutting surfaces. There are different variations of flutes, but here are some common ones you should know.

Standard: Standard flutes are the most common and have a circular cross section.

Parabolic Design: This refers to the open geometry and faster spiral of a twist drill bit. It offers improved chip evacuation, increased feed rate, shorter cycle times and reduces the need for a peck cycle. It’s also less likely to jam and break.

Straight Flute: Used when drill rigidity is more important than chip evacuation, especially in short chipping materials. Also, can be used when the workpiece is spinning instead of the drill itself.

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Drill Point Coatings Explained

Coatings reduce friction when drilling. That reduction of heat helps to protect the drill bit and improves the flow of material out of the hole. See below for a brief explanation of various drill point coatings.

Black Oxide is a black surface coating that improves heat resistance, reduces friction and increases chip flow.

Bronze Oxide coatings help to increase tempering and relieves stress on the bit.

Bright drill points do not have a coating, but they are polished for increased chip flow and can be used in plastics, woods and aluminum.

Titanium Nitride (TiN) coatings help drills run faster and increases tool life because it increases the hardness of the bit. Look for drill points to be gold in color.

Titanium Carbonitride (TiCN) is ideal for stainless steel, cast iron and aluminum as it is harder and more wear-resistant than other coatings. Look for drill points to be a blue-gray in color.

Titanium Aluminum Nitride (TiALN) is ideal for use in high-alloy carbon steels, nickel-based materials and titanium, but should not be used for drilling aluminum. Look for drill point color to be violet.

“Man must shape his tools lest they shape him.”

Choosing the wrong tools can impact your productivity and profitability. With so many options out there, choosing the right cutting tools can be overwhelming — but it doesn’t have to be. We take pride in the level of knowledge and experience the M&M Sales & Equipment team has to offer our customers.

If you’re looking to improve production in your facility, but don’t know where to start, give us a call or stop in at one of our four locations. We offer a variety of quality drills from top-rated brands like Drillco, Morse, Guhring and Sandvik Coromant. Whatever your production needs are, M&M Sales & Equipment can help you get it done. Contact us today.

Introducing the New Left Hand Drill Kit from Drillco

Ever snap the head off of a bolt or screw? If you’ve ever had to remove a broken screw or back out part of a broken thread, you know that it can be rather difficult. You’ve probably tried the punch and hammer method, drilling and tapping or even tried an air hammer to do the job, but that may only work when it’s located in the perfect spot, and the moon and stars are aligned. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Every application is different, and it’s good to have options.

Some methods can leave you worse for wear, either by ruining the threads or mushrooming out the top of the fastener. That’s why many people find left hand drill bits to work better and faster than alternatives such as easy-outs that often snap off and leave a bigger problem behind. Why not use a regular drill bit? You’ve probably noticed that if you were to use a regular drill bit in a clockwise direction, you would actually tighten the screw in further and blunt the drill bit. You certainly don’t want that.

How does a left hand drill bit work?

A left hand drill bit is a useful tool when trying to remove a broken screw or a bolt that has had the head sheared off. It works by biting into the broken fastener and pulling the screw out of the hole. For faster removal, you can use a center drill puncher to make a center mark before you get started. It creates an indentation so you can drill where you actually want to drill.

The New Left Hand Drill Kit from DRILLCO removes broken bolts, screws and other fasteners without an extractor. In the market for a left hand drill kit? Check out these exclusive features:

  • Cobalt Steel Material for excellent heat and wear resistance
  • 135° Split Point reduces walking and engages fasteners more easily
  • Bronze Surface Treatment for maximum lubricity and acts as protective layer
  • 3-Flat Shank for less slippage in drill chuck
  • Lightweight, compact rollup pouch for storage
  • Kit contains 11 of the most frequently used sizes

Left hand drill bits can save you serious time and money. If you’re interested in improving your productivity and profitability, contact us today. The pros at M&M Sales & Equipment are happy to help you find solutions to all your metal cutting needs.

Sandvik Coromant Spotlight: Improve Your Machine Shop’s Burden Rate

Are you accurately assessing your operational costs? Many production facilities try to roll equipment costs and operating costs into one overhead account and then attempt to apply it to the entire shop. At a minimum, two problems can come from that:

  • You could dramatically underprice your rates for some parts and never be able to cover the cost of production.
  • You could overprice and drive business straight out of those departments.

If you don’t accurately assess the true costs associated with each machine or each part, you’ll never get a full return on your investment, and that’s when your business suffers.

Take a look at your production costs. What does it cost per hour to run your equipment? What is your output rate per part? Your scrap rate? If you think your shop could run faster, leaner and more efficient, you’re probably right. That’s exactly where M&M Sales & Equipment shines. Not only do we have extensive product knowledge, but our staff are among the few in the industry that have real metal cutting-application experience. We know the cutting tools and supplies you need because we’ve been in your shoes.

We specialize in helping you overcome production challenges. Our customers know that they can come to us with questions and we’ll work to find solutions. Check out this example of a customer who needed help optimizing their cutting process:

Recently, a customer contacted M&M Sales & Equipment for a better and faster cutting solution. They were fabricating the same part, but from two different materials. One was stainless steel and the other low carbon steel. Their challenge was making the same hole in the center of the bar and wanted to use one drill for both materials for faster production.

One of our knowledgeable representatives went out to the facility to observe the process and offered a solution. Not only that, they tested that solution and dialed it in for optimal performance.

That solution was the Sandvik Coromant CoroDrill ® 880.

Anyone can sell a product. It takes experience to sell a solution. That Sandvik Coromant CoroDrill 880 could cut both materials, but it didn’t end there. Not only could it effectively cut the stainless steel and the low carbon steel, it did so efficiently. The drill cut faster, more consistently and didn’t fail prematurely, which meant less downtime and more time savings.

When you look at your shop’s fixed cost of producing a part, so many dollars will be spent no matter how you slice it. That’s your labor and burden rate. The only way to produce that part at a lower cost is to produce it faster with less waste. We can help you spec out the right tools and supplies you need to process a part, minimize scrap and reduce wear on your machines, ultimately improving your burden and job completion rates.

If you’re looking to improve performance in your production facility or want to learn more about the top-rated tools we sell, contact us at any of our four M&M Sales & Equipment locations in West Texas today.

Guhring SelectMill

New Product: Guhring SelectMill for Optimal Price and Efficiency

Guhring is a world-class manufacturer of drills, end mills, taps, tool holders and other innovative cutting tools and has been for over 100 years. Since they began production of tools in their Wisconsin facility in 1982, they’ve been busy bringing industry-leading Guhring technology here to the United States.

Another interesting fact is that they actually produce their own carbide rod as the substrate material for all of their carbide end mills. That attention to detail and commitment to quality is why we believe so strongly in their product lineup and wanted to share their latest product release with you. 

Introducing the new SelectMill German-made carbide end mill from Guhring

SelectMill is a new program of German-made carbide end mills ideal for the customer looking for a high-quality and low-cost option. These universal end mills are designed to excel in a wide range of materials and are crafted for shops with shorter production runs or who are machining different materials on a day-to-day basis.

Their competitive price tag comes from years of expertise manufacturing high-performance tooling. The result is a streamlined manufacturing process that delivers maximum performance at a reasonable cost.

The SelectMill offering includes:

  • 2, 3, and 4-flute general purpose tools in “standard” and “long” lengths, with FIREX heat-resistant coating
  • A series of 3-flute aluminum end mills that extends the range of materials possible to machine with SelectMill
  • For roughing operations, SelectMill offers a roughing end mill with a fine-tooth knuckle profile, and 3-4 flutes depending on diameter
  • High performance 4-flute variable helix end mill completes the SelectMill offering

M&M Sales and Equipment is committed to being your go-to source for all your cutting tools, abrasives, safety supplies and more. If you’d like to learn more about the Guhring line of end mills or just have questions, contact M&M Sales and Equipment today.

Learn more about Guhring’s SelectMill Program.

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Discover the Newest Sandvik Coromant Tools for 2019

Like you, we believe that a job well done requires reliability, experience and innovation.

It’s why we partner with industry leaders like Sandvik Coromant to ensure you get the quality and reliability you can only find in well-crafted tooling technology. Take a look at the latest cutting tools, solutions and updates from Sandvik Coromant, the leaders in tooling manufacturing. Questions? We are your West Texas experts on Sandvik Coromant. Give us a call today at 800-592-4516

General Turning

The newly updated CoroPlus® ToolPath for PrimeTurning™ helps you optimize your tool path and secure maximum output. The software provides programming codes, correct grade, geometry selection, cutting data recommendations and supports profiling and facing for external turning, as well as longitudinal turning. Its easy-to-use, intuitive interface takes the guesswork out of maintaining a correct tool path, which means you get maximum tool life and process security without compromising productivity.

Sandvik Coromant Coroturn Prime Insert for Turning
Sandvik Coromant Prime insert for all-directional turning

The CoroTurn® Prime insert for all-directional turning is your solution for chip control in ductile materials. It’s ideal for use in finishing to semi-finishing operations in unstable set-ups or for machining slender components that require lower feed rates. The CoroTurn® Prime insert helps you achieve excellent chip evacuation and control in internal turning applications.

Parting and Grooving

Face grooving just got a whole lot more reliable. The CoroCut® QF has an innovative blade design that provides more material in the weakest cross-section for added strength and less mass in the front of the blade for enhanced stiffness.

Sandvik Coromant Corocut QF
Sandvik Coromant Corocut QF

Milling

The lightweight CoroMill® 390 is more compact and lighter than your conventional cutter. When paired with Silent Tools™ milling adapters, you get lightweight functionality, slender tooling, less vibration, better stability and good process security in tough and demanding operations.

Sandvik Coromant Lightweight Coromill 390
Sandvik Coromant Lightweight Coromill 390

When it comes to Sandvik Coromant’s new steel milling grades, the GC4330 and GC4340 are your best option for efficient steel milling. They offer substantially increased tool life and improved process security. The Inveio® technology employs a new substrate and improved post-treatment technology for high-quality and low-cost milling.

Sandvik Coromant Coromill 331
Sandvik Coromant Coromill 331

The CoroMill® 331 offers reliable grooving and parting off with its high-quality surfaces, superior metal removal rate and true 90° corners. Improved cutting edge means you get more life from your tools and more predictable machining.

Boring

A new generation of fine boring tools is here. The CoroBore® 825 has a short, fine boring head in aluminum that allows for reduced weight and distance between damper and cutting edge. The Silent Tools™ technology provides a damper dimensioned for every adaptor for max performance. It’s ideal for use in applications where vibration is a factor, especially when machining with long overhangs.

Sandvik Coromant Corobore 825
Sandvik Coromant Corobore 825

Tooling Systems

For maximum pull-out security for Weldon shanks, choose the CoroChuck® 930m with a mechanical locking solution. When both collet and chuck are locked, the cylindrical clamping capability prevents pull-out for increased productivity on all heavy-duty applications.

Sandvik Coromant Corochuck 930
Sandvik Coromant Corochuck 930

Digital Machining

Optimize your production processes with a connected machine that makes gaining insight to your workshop easy. Improve your machine data collection, get real-time shop floor status and manage historic insights through reports and closed loop handling with CoroPlus® MachiningInsights.  

Sandvik Coromant Coroplus MachiningInsights
Sandvik Coromant Coroplus MachiningInsights

Check out the latest update of CoroPlus® ToolGuide for reaming operations. The update makes tools and machining strategy selection for widening of holes simple. All you need to do is choose the operation you want, select the material and receive quick and accurate tool recommendations.

Create digital tool assemblies based on standardized data with the CoroPlus® ToolLibrary. Now you can have tool assemblies integrated directly into your digital machining environment and save directly to your computer for time savings and enhanced security in planning processes.

For more information on these and other cutting tools and accessories available through M&M Sales & Equipment, contact us or give us a call at 800-592-4516

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CoroMill 745

 

The Sandvik Coromant CoroMill 745 is revolutionary milling cutter with double-sided, multi-edge inserts that have a positive cutting action.

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This insert concept reduces the number of inserts that must be kept on hand because each insert has 14 cutting edges. Cutter body and inserts combine for stable cutting, positive insert seating & reduced spindle loads to give a package that delivers performance & economy in one.

Key Features:

  • Multi-Edge concept with 14 cutting edges
  • Double-sided insert design, tilted for a positive cutting action
  • Thick and secure ground insert with strong and sharp edges for high precision and a secure cutting process
  • Precision-ground geometries designed to avoid workpiece frittering in cast iron
  • Clear insert marking (1-14) for easy indexing of the cutting edges
  • Secure tip seat with easy insert indexing

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