Cutting Tools Survey outlines requirements for improving cutting technologies
Tool selection and development are paramount to further advancing cutting technologies, especially for materials which are difficult to machine, according to a survey of some 150 companies.
A report on the results of the poll, jointly conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and the Laboratory for Machine Tools at Aachen University, said adapting cooling lubricants to tool specifications is rapidly gaining in importance, and process monitoring systems will play an increasing role in process design and monitoring activities as long as they demonstrate robustness, user-friendliness and flexibility.
Strong market forces are driving demands for improved cutting technology, the report said. Its author, Marc Busch, team leader of Fraunhofer IPT’s high-performance machining department wrote: “One of the results of the increasingly cutthroat competitive pressure in the domestic and, more particularly, in international markets is that the users of cutting technologies are confronted on a daily basis with demands for ever shorter lead times – accompanied by lower production costs whilst maintaining or even surpassing existing quality standards.”
The survey focused on development trends relating to drilling, turning and milling operations within the tool-making industry, and the majority of the companies polled use cutting technologies, make tools and coat objects or manufacture machine tools, materials, clamping systems and special actuator engineering devices and sensor technology systems.
See: The full report.