Tooling Spotlight: ProfilCut Q Insert Tooling System

In our tooling spotlight, we break down what you need to know about our most popular tools. This month’s MVP is the Profil Cut Q & ProfilCut Q Premium.

The Tool

ProfilCut Q, ProfilCut Q Premium, and ProfilCut Q PCD are the fastest and most precise dedicated profile insert systems available.  The ProfilCut family of tools is designed to optimize process efficiency through perfect cut quality, highest yield, and fastest production cycles.

What makes it better

  • Modular body design offers profile flexibility and economic operation
  • Precision knife locating and retention prevent knife movement due to centrifugal forces
  • All knife changes can be made at the spindle, without disassembly of cutterhead
  • Knife clamping elements are protected from dust & resin build-up for ease of maintenance
  • Longest service cycles with Marathon or TDC (diamond) coated, and RipTec knife options
  • Lightweight aluminum alloy body allows for better balance and, in turn, reduced vibration
  • Certified and approved to operate at knife velocities up to 120 meters per second (50% faster than any competing insert system)

When to use it

  • Five-piece cabinet doors (cope/stick/style/rail/edge detail)
  • Wood interior and exterior doors
  • Wood windows
  • Architectural millwork and mating profiles
  • Miter lock or v-folding applications
  • Finger and glue jointing applications
  • Profiling of non-ferrous metals and advanced materials

Suitable raw materials

  • Soft, hard and exotic wood species
  • Panel materials such as plywood, raw or laminated particleboard and MDF
  • Plastic, foam, resin and composite materials
  • Non-ferrous metals

The results

  • Perfect sand-free finish quality at high knife marks per inch
  • Prevention common defects such as grain plucking, tearing and fuzzing
  • Reduced scrap loss, rework, and post machine sanding and repairs
  • Exact profile dimensions are maintained with every knife change
  • Maximum tool life
  • Multiple profiles can be achieved through simple knife change or exchange of modular cutter disks
  • Reduced machine downtime, with no need for machine recalibration
  • Larger profiles and limited machine spindle wear
  • Lowest possible cost per unit of production

Add this MVP to Your Lineup:

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Leitz Attends the 2018 Fensterbau/Holz-Handwerk Trade Fair in Nürnberg, Germany

With 110,000 visitors and 1,329 exhibitors from 42 countries the exhibition duo of HOLZ-HANDWERK an FENSTERBAU FRONTALE 2018 represents one of the largest wood manufacturing shows in Europe. The show has an emphasis on all things related to window and door manufacturers.

Leitz participated in this year’s trade fair, which took place March 21 – 24, 2018, presenting solutions and concepts that display technical innovation and focus on added value for our customers.

In addition to recent additions to the Leitz program, such as ProfilCut Q Diamond and WhisperCut panel saws, Leitz has also partnered with the hardware manufacturer, Roto-Frank, and other companies, to develop a new, high performance sliding door: Inova. The Patio Inova sliding door and sliding window system is specially designed for use in extreme climates.

Secondly, after an 8-year run, the ClimTrend tilt-turn window/door system has seen an upgrade to ClimaTrend Style, offering a modular design, higher performance,  slimmer sight-lines and more efficient manufacturing.

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The Role of Tooling Technology in Cabinet & Cabinet Door Manufacturing

By Mark Alster

Kitchen cabinets are a central focus of modern home designs, as the kitchen is perhaps the most used room in the home. We cook, dine, socialize and entertain in our kitchens. The kitchen becomes the centerpiece of the home, and many of today’s open floor plans incorporate the kitchen into the primary living space. The cabinets are a focal point in any kitchen and must be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.  

Hardwood construction dominates high-end cabinetry, however, European influence and modern laminates provide affordable alternatives that offer an upscale look and feel.

Regardless of the material used, construction quality is of paramount importance, and each presents certain manufacturing challenges. In either case, correct tooling technology will assure the desired finish quality and optimal manufacturing efficiency.

The Challenges

Manufacturing wooden five piece cabinet doors meets the same raw material challenges traditional furniture makers face. The various wood species commonly used in cabinet manufacturing have different hardness ratings and grain structure, which must be addressed through proper tool design and operating parameters. Failure to design or utilize cutting tools, with respect to the cutting characteristics of the various wood species, will result in defects such as plucking, tearing, splintering of the workpiece and significant repair work or scrap loss. Add the fact that door components are generally manufactured across three different machines (moulder, shaper, tennoner), and the various tools must be accurate enough to provide mating joints which are both visually perfect and structurally sound.

Because of the primary components, including particleboard, surface laminates, and edgebanding, and the basic manufacturing process being accomplished using a CNC or saw and edgebander, European-style slab doors may seem easier to manufacture. However, challenges can still arise due to the quality of the particleboard, characteristics of the laminate, and style of edgebanding that is used. Common particleboard with a large-flake loose core can be very challenging to machine without plucking the core and adversely affecting the integrity of the banded edge. Modern laminates feature textured surfaces, made from wear resistance components, which are increasingly difficult to process. Finally, the banding process is becoming more critical, as manufactures strive to achieve a perfect, seamless edge between the laminated and banded surfaces.

The Solution

Using tooling technology, the solutions are relatively simple, and evolve around one key principal; cutting pressure is the root cause of most cutting defects, including plucking, fuzzing, ripped grain, crushed grain and chipped laminates. Cutting pressure can be controlled through the proper application of cutting tool geometry.

The solution must begin with thoughtful tool design, which employs the correct cutting angles for the raw materials being processed. Generally speaking, the harder the workpiece, the lower the cutting angle must be in order to prevent pre-splitting and defects ahead of the knife. Achieving ideal cutter speed and chip-load is critical, as the velocity of cut and amount of material being removed are the keys to maintaining ideal cutting pressure and heat dispersion. Utilizing shear to slice through the workpiece lessens the “chiseling” effect of the knife while reducing cutting pressure and providing better internal support of the material being processed.

Continuous Improvement Focus

Tooling technology continues to increase production efficiency, through improvement in precision, design, sustainability and cutting materials.  Leitz produces precision tooling systems, using advanced cutting materials and designs, which are both flexible and adaptable to meet modern production demands. We apply advanced cutting technologies in a manner which continuously improves the manufacturing process, by optimizing quality output and manufacturing efficiency. Moreover, we work to educate manufacturers as to the availability and proper implementation of current cutting tool technologies. Understanding how tooling can limit or accelerate your manufacturing efficiency is critical, as the investment in cutting-edge tooling technology will always return greater value to your bottom line.

Learn more about Leitz profiling tools.

Download the ProfilCut Q and ProfilCut Q Premium brochure.

Mark Alster has been in the tooling industry for over three decades and is the Central North Regional Manager for Leitz. Mark is passionate about advancing the cutting tooling industry and applies his knowledge and twenty-two years of experience with Leitz to help Leitz customers implement industry-leading advancements. Mark currently serves on the AWFS Board of Directors.

Leitz Hires Joe Mora as Regional Manager for the West South United States Region

Leitz Tooling is pleased to announce the addition of Joe Mora to their team. Mora has over 25 years of industry experience in a variety of roles, including CNC Machinist, Programmer, Operations Management and Regional Management. He will serve as the Regional Manager for the West South USA region, which includes California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. Mora will lead the sales team and service operations for this region. Continue reading “Leitz Hires Joe Mora as Regional Manager for the West South United States Region”

Three Ways to Partner with Your Tooling Provider for Overall Production Success

If you ask the right questions – or more importantly, if the right questions are asked of you – your tooling provider is key to driving success on the manufacturing floor.

Collaborating with your tooling provider throughout your production process, from the purchase of new machines to on-going maintenance, offers significant value to your organization and helps to ensure application success. A knowledgeable tooling provider who offers consultative services can help you save money by implementing solutions with the lowest applied cost, drive efficiency with the right tooling systems and tool management, and reduce downtime and scrap. Continue reading “Three Ways to Partner with Your Tooling Provider for Overall Production Success”

How Cutting Tool Providers Play a Role in Lean Initiatives

By Michael Lind, CEO of Leitz Tooling

You don’t have to be on a full-blown “Lean-Journey” to embrace the building blocks of Lean…

Like all good companies who are committed to continuous improvement, you can positively impact your business by implementing fundamental Lean Manufacturing concepts immediately with minimal outside training. Here are a few ways that your tooling provider can help you.

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A Year of Tooling Innovation – Looking Back at 2017

What a great year it has been! Thank you to our customers, partners, and employees for making 2017 another banner year for Leitz USA. We’re looking back at our top moments in 2017, the posts and stories that you liked the most, and looking forward to another great year in 2018.

Intelligent Tooling took the stage at Ligna 2017 and will continue to be a factor for innovation in 2018 and beyond. Mike Lind, Leitz CEO, discusses the role of the tool maker in intelligent tooling and how intelligent tooling benefits production with CCI media editor Karl Forth in this webinar originally recorded in June.

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Leitz Releases Latest Version of Renowned Leitz Lexicon Industry Reference Manual

The Leitz Lexicon Edition 7 industry resource manual is now available in both print and PDF versions.  This premier reference book is used by thousands of manufacturers to maximize the efficiency, productivity, and longevity of their tools.

For decades, the Leitz Lexicon has presented tooling expertise to help manufacturers meet sustainability, flexibility, and quality goals. Edition 7, the latest version, features a new layout and user-friendly structure with each product category in a compact format, providing you comprehensive process and tooling know-how.

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New MDF Door Program from Leitz Provides a Total Solution for Rigid Thermofoil Cabinet Doors

Leitz Tooling Systems has developed a line of standard, off-the-shelf, precision diamond-tipped router tooling to support the MDF cabinet door industry. This selection of contemporary tools is much more economic, offering significantly longer life and the possibility of multiple re-sharpenings when compared to insert tooling. Profiles can be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of door designs. Economic custom profiles are also available upon request.

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