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GILMOUR TOOLS MEETS INCREASED OIL & GAS AND AEROSPACE INSERT DEMAND WITH EWAG GRINDERS

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GILMOUR TOOLS MEETS INCREASED OIL & GAS AND AEROSPACE INSERT DEMAND WITH EWAG GRINDERS

WALTER EWAG UK Ltd

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GILMOUR TOOLS MEETS INCREASED OIL & GAS AND AEROSPACE INSERT DEMAND WITH EWAG GRINDERS

In response to the need for increased output by customers in the oil & gas and aerospace industries, Larkhall-based Gilmour Tools - the of the largest independently owned cutting tool manufacturers in Europe - has expanded its already impressive range of Ewag insert grinders with a Compact Line insert grinding machine.


Supplied by Walter Ewag UK, a member of the United Grinding Group, the new machine complements five other Ewag insert grinders (Ewamatic models) and has been installed primarily to produce threading-type inserts for the oil and gas sector.


According to managing director Gary Gilmour, the new 5.5 kW/7,000 revs/min machine is ideally suited to such work, offering very fast and accurate machining of inserts.


Its production capacity is not only enabling the company to meet increasing order demands but the machine also represents the latest progressive upgrade to insert manufacturing at the 10,000 ft2 factory in the west of Scotland.


The machine’s ‘three-in-one’ dressing unit is highlighted as especially useful, since it ensures grinding wheel concentricity and high process reproducibility, plus offers wheel dressing, regeneration and ‘crushing’ in a single package.


Gilmour Tools specialises in the production of a wide range of carbide inserts for all oil threads to many complex shapes in a variety of materials alongside the production of toolholders and blades.


Established in 1976, the company has customers in the aerospace, automotive and general engineering sectors as well as the oil and gas industry.


The Compact Line was purchased to meet the rising order book particularly from clients in this latter industry sector which, likewise, has also led to complementary investment in new EDM equipment, additional machine operators and two-shift working.


Capable of machining inserts of carbide, cermet, ceramic and PCB/PCD, the six-axis Ewag Compact Line provides resolutions of 0.0001 mm (linear) and 0.0001deg (rotary). Depending on the clamping system, the machine can accommodate minimum inscribed circle diameters of 4 mm (pin clamping) and 3 mm (indexable insert clamping) and offers very short set-up times.


Applying protective chamfers on inserts’ main cutting edges is ensured by the machine’s optimised kinematics as well as by its C axis. Machine downtime is minimised by the machine’s short travel distances and by the integrated six-axis Fanuc robot that offers agile handling and a high degree of flexibility for loading complex inserts.


Machine usability and effectiveness is also guaranteed by the integrated ProGrind software, and the Fanuc control system enables all grinding routines to be programmed quickly and easily via its user-friendly touch-screen panel.


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