Is Your Sawblade Restricting Optimizing Line Efficiency?

The Stiles System TM Opti-Kap and Dimter machines operate at high RPM’s, setting the standard for high-speed optimizing (defecting & sizing) of component pieces. However, most saw blades are not approved for use and do not perform well at this high RPM and cutting speeds.

Leitz optimizing blades are among very few blades approved to safely operate at up to 5,100 RPMs, and designed to continuously outperform competing blades. Customers who have made the switch to Leitz optimizing blades, provide very positive feedback:

“That’s the best blade we’ve ever used.”

“Who knew an optimizing saw could cut so clean!”

“My optimizing line now performs at optimal efficiency!”

Can Leitz help optimize the efficiency of your high-speed Optimizing line?  Yes, we can!

Leitz Tooling Systems strives to continuously improve our manufacturing partner’s efficiency, productivity, and profitability through consultative support, education, and cutting-edge technology.

Consultative Support – Leitz technical personnel continuously analyze your manufacturing environment, ensuring machine throughput, product finish quality, dust evacuation and scrap loss are all optimized.

Education & Training – Oftentimes inefficiencies are created by lack of operator experience.  Leitz “consultants” take the time to educate and guide operators to the safest and most efficient means of producing their products. 

Tool and application engineering – We understand your unique production goals and constraints.  We work closely with your engineers, production managers, and operators, to design custom solutions that optimize your production environment.

Machine set-up and ongoing support- Leitz personnel will be present and readily available to support you at any time, from new machine installation to daily production headaches, we will provide essential onsite support and guidance.  We will also ensure your tooling is serviced and maintained at a level which provides optimal performance and ROI. 

TOOLING controls your machinery and process efficiency.  Working with Leitz ensures your tooling works for you! 

Talk to your local Leitz representative today about how the right tools can improve your manufacturing process and your bottom line.

Fill out the form below or give us a call at 616.431.4096 and we’ll be in touch.

A Sawdust-free Wood Shop? It’s Achievable with Dust Extraction Solutions from Leitz.

“Sawdust” is not only a daily clean-up and downtime issue, but excess dust can also lead to serious consequences for your employees, equipment, facilities, productivity, and the quality of your products.  The airborne dust within your facility is inhaled by employees, sucked into machine motors, and coats everything within the facility, all of which lead to serious health, maintenance, and safety issues citable by OSHA.

Wood dust is considered carcinogenic to humans (Group 1)(IARC). IARC states that wood dust causes cancer of the upper respiratory system and is linked to health issues related to the inhalation of bacteria, mold, or fungi within the wood.  Wood dust is also associated with toxic effects, irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, dermatitis, and respiratory system effects which include decreased lung capacity and allergic reactions. (Canadian OSHA 2017)

Dust on the workspace floor can cause slip and fall accidents, which account for more than 65% of (95 million) lost US workdays per year (US Dept of Labor). Dust is also highly combustible and can cause catastrophic explosions resulting in employee injury or death and destruction of facilities.

You may have invested in the best dust collection system available, with automated gates and spark arresting technology, but the problem originates at the cutting tool.  Most cutting tools are engineered to eject dust into the cutting path of the tool, and most machine “tool hoods” fail to efficiently trap and extract dust from the cutting process.  A large percentage of the dust simply flows in the airstream around the tool and is ejected back into the workshop.

Leitz utilizes dust flow control tool gullet designs (DFC) to neutralize dust velocity and trap it within the hood.  Once the dust velocity is neutralized, Leitz aerodynamic dust hoods efficiently extract virtually all of the dust from the cutting process and send it into your dust collection system.  Hoods are designed with easy tool access, and adjustable gate features, for ease of use and maximum encapsulation of the cutting process.  Leitz dust hoods are also available with noise-canceling technology, which reduces cutting related sound by as much as 5dB.

 

 

Leitz has long been a leader in engineering custom dust control solutions which provide a clean and safe environment for employees, improve product quality, and optimize process efficiency.  Whether you need to upgrade existing machinery, or have new machines in the budget, put our 20+ years of dust extraction engineering experience to work, ensuring the safest and most efficient tooling and dust extraction solutions possible.

Eliminate a costly and potentially hazardous contaminant from your manufacturing process with Leitz.

Fill out the form below or call 616.431.4096 to schedule a consultation with your local Leitz representative.

Proper Tool $ervice yields Critical Cost $aving$

 

Are you really buying the lowest cost-cutting tools? Caution, tool cost is not based on the lowest initial price, it’s based on the total efficient productivity provided by the tool.

The Real Cost of Tooling

Here’s how you should be calculating your tool costs:

New tool price + total service costs + tool change over costs / total linear feet of production achieved over the life of the tool.

The actual tool cost really comes down to the cost of cutting each piece of material. The key cost variables are total productivity between sharpening cycles and maximizing the total number of efficient service cycles.

If you simply evaluate tooling cost based on the initial purchase price and assume you are saving money by buying lower-priced tools. In reality, you are likely buying lower-performing tools, more frequently, and therefore, at a higher overall expense.

Better Tools + Better Service

Leitz is intensively focused on providing the lowest cost tooling, by ensuring our premium quality tools are used in the correct manner and returned to like new condition at every service interval. By sharpening tools on precision CNC grinding equipment and adhering to Leitz principals of proportional and relief grinding, we ensure your tools operate at top performance over the greatest possible service life.

Leitz proportional grinding procedures ensure the sharpest possible cutting edge while removing the least amount of cutting-edge material, thereby maximizing total available sharpening cycles.

Leitz proprietary tool relief geometry, and service relieving procedures ensure premium cutting-edge quality and sufficient tool clearance which minimizes friction heat build-up and thermal breakdown of the cutting edge.

High-tech final inspection and dynamic balancing equipment ensure you will NEVER be shut down due to tool geometry or performance issues.

If you’re searching for the lowest cost tooling solutions, Leitz will always provide the least expensive solution over the life of your tools!

Interested in learning how you can extend your tool life and save money? Contact Leitz at insidesales@leitz.org or (616) 431-4096, or fill out the form below, and we’ll get in touch.

Tool Up for 2020 with Special Pricing on Leitz Tooling Solutions

 

Special promotional pricing now through the end of the year.

Take advantage of special promotional pricing on premier Leitz Tooling Solutions for both solid wood processing and CNC machining now through the end of the year.

Solid Wood Processing Promotion

Stock-up on these high-quality, standard necessities for your millwork. Promotion includes:

BlackTron Saw Glue-line Ripsaw Blades

BlackTron coating resists build-up of resin and significantly improves tool life. Use for ripping solid hard woods for glue-line finish. Special pricing for Raiman and Mereen-Johnson machines.  Standard saws for other machines available upon request.

Corrugated Profile Cutterheads

Standard dimensions for HSK85W spindles available with 20° cutting angle for MDF and soft wood applications and 12° cutting angle for hard wood applications.

HS Knife Stock

Multiple grades of high-quality corrugated bar stock for easy, consistent grind quality

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CNC Machining Promotion

Tooling is the determinant between limiting or optimizing your machine’s efficiency, which directly impacts your return on the significant investment you made in your machine. Promotion includes:

Diamond Router Bits

DiaMaster PRO Router Cutters

Extended performance and efficient sizing and nesting cuts in panel products and abrasive materials.

DiaMaster EdgeExpert

Extreme alternate shear angle for long tool life and best possible finish when machining delicate laminates, foils, and veneers.

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ThermoGrip® Tool-Holding System

Maintain the perfect tool centerline to provide excellent cut quality while yielding upwards of 25% longer tool life and allowing significantly higher processing speeds.

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For more information and to order contact the Leitz team at 616.431.4096, email insidesales@leitz.org or fill out the form below.

Tooling Spotlight: Bevel Cutterheads

 

In our tooling spotlight, we break down what you need to know about our most effective tooling solutions. This MVP is the Leitz variable angle bevel cutters.

The Tool:

Leitz variable angle bevel cutters represent the next generation of flexible high-performance tooling solutions.  Featuring field-replaceable PCD tips or shear-set radial inserts, Leitz variable angle bevel cutters provide infinite angular cutting possibilities in natural woods and highly abrasive manmade materials.

What makes it better:

The Leitz bevel cutterhead system offers individual advantages for every potential application and thus helps to achieve a clear production and quality superiority. The system is not only flexible and sustainable but also improves production efficiency.

When to use it:

Leitz variable angle bevel cutters offer unmatched flexibility. Suitable for various materials from solid wood to wood-derived materials and plastics. They can be used on machines for manual feed, throughfeed machines, and CNC machining centers.

Turnblade knife system – Traditional standard straight-knife version for use in all applications.

HeliCut knife system – 4-sided, radius face inserts, shear-set with compression, provide particularly good cutting quality and excellent value in solid woods.

WhisperCut knife system – Replaceable (sharpen-able) shear-set PCD tips with compression provide excellent performance in abrasive materials.

 

The results:

Adjustable variable angle bevel cutters consolidate the need for various cutters set to exact angles.

Replaceable PCD or micro-grain inserts provide an economic solution for processing all material while maintaining exact tool tolerances.

Precisely adjustable cut angles ensure minimum machine downtime and first-piece perfection.

Up to a 40% time saving through newly designed adjustment mechanism.

Add this MVP to your line-up:

Download our Bevel Cutters brochure.

Contact Leitz at insidesales@leitz.org or (616) 431-4096, or fill out the form below, and we’ll get in touch.

What You Need to Know for a Successful Transition to CNC-Based Manufacturing

Manufacturers commonly buy CNCs because these flexible machines promise to replace several manual machines and dramatically improve the capabilities and efficiency of the production shop. This transition is, of course, very achievable, but because of inaccurate tooling and application choices, many buyers are missing out on fully optimizing their CNC machine performance.

When key machining principals such as proper part fixturing, achieving ideal cutting velocity and chip load are overlooked it can significantly affect process efficiency and ROI. Developing strong relationships with your router supplier and qualified tooling experts will prevent catastrophic errors and expedite the integration and optimization of this critical machine technology.

Utilizing existing hand routers and shaper tools

Many first-time CNC buyers will continue to use their inexpensive carbide-tipped tools on their new high-tech machine. These brazed carbide tools may “work,” but are generally not rigid, precise, balanced or durable enough to provide ideal CNC performance. Brazed carbide tools are, by necessity, much softer and less wear resistant than solid carbide or carbide insert tools. Tools designed around the CNC’s operational specifications and your output will yield more efficient and higher quality results.

Solid carbide router options

Solid carbide tools are also available in a range of hardness and durability levels that cannot be differentiated by eye. Carbide is essentially tungsten particles held together with a cobalt binder. Softer, less expensive routers are formed with 10% cobalt glue; harder more durable carbides generally have 3% cobalt concentration and may also include trace elements which resist thermal or mechanical dulling.

CNC operators may inadvertently settle for “softer/less durable” solid carbide tools because they’ve broken harder versions. Understanding why these higher quality tools broke (vibration, part movement, improper chip load, etc.) and addressing the issue will help you extend tool service-life and lower annualized tooling expenses.

Coated carbide tooling

Carbide coating options that improve surface lubricity, heat deflection, or increased cutting-edge hardness offer the next level of enhanced performance. These coatings are relatively inexpensive and generally provide much greater value to the user. Depending on how the tool must be sharpened, these coatings can sometimes provide extended performance over multiple service cycles.

Diamond tooling

Polycrystalline Diamond (PCD) routing tools can provide the lowest tooling cost per unit of production, but the higher initial tool cost and risk of damage can be intimidating. We recommend transitioning to diamond tools only after you are comfortable with the operation of your CNC and are enjoying problem-free routing with solid carbide tools. We also recommend forming a partnership with a PCD tooling supplier who can guide you through the proper utilization and care of these delicate yet durable tools. The baseline cost comparison for PCD vs. solid carbide routing tools is generally less than 7:1, but the average performance comparison should exceed 15:1. Used correctly, PCD tooling will dramatically reduce tooling inventory and required tool changes, while maximizing machine uptime and process efficiency.

Tool holding

Tool holding generally drives most CNC processing issues. Machine tooling start-up kits generally include basic collet chucks in one of three common collet versions (ER32, ER40 or SYOZ25/RDO35). Collets provide dimensional flexibility, allowing an operator to hold cutting tools with 1/8” to 1” diameter shanks in the same chuck body. Collets are, however, the first weak-link in an otherwise very rigid and precise machining process. The multi-directional torque applied to the collet when tightening or releasing tools can push the tools out of concentricity, and slight rotation or slipping of the tool will create internal damage which compounds tool run-out. Even the premium SYOZ25 collet system, which due to its 52mm grip length and 2.5-degree taper is the most precise option, can induce tool eccentricity and allow tool deflection. Collet systems also require significant maintenance and wear out over time, but issues which lead to poor tool performance are not always easy to visualize.

Eliminating collets

There are several collet-free chucking options available, but the easiest and most effective is Leitz ThermoGrip heat-shrink chucking system. ThermoGrip uses the thermo-mechanical properties of steel to grip tool shanks under tremendous pressure, effectively yielding a one-piece chuck and tool. Leitz ThermoGrip CNC chucking system provides the most rigid and precise CNC tool holding possible, optimizing cut quality, throughput and safety, while conservatively yielding $15,000 in annualized savings per machine shift. ThermoGrip ensures perfect tool concentricity under working loads, resulting in greater than 25% increase in tool life and at least 10% improvement in machine throughput at optimal finish quality.leitz, thermogrip, tooling, woodworking tools

We challenge customers to test their existing top running router bit style with the ThermoGrip. Once installed, their operator will immediately report:

  • Much quieter cutting
  • Outstanding cut quality
  • The ability to increase feed speed, without degrading the quality
  • Significantly longer tool life

 

Ultimately, this test is eye-opening for most customers, and a major step in optimizing the efficiency of their routing processes.

In conclusion

In order to optimize your CNC-based manufacturing process, you must be aware of available cutting tool related technologies and understand how to properly implement and utilize the technology. Tooling is the single machine accessory which can either limit or optimize your manufacturing efficiency and success. Having a knowledgeable tooling partner, with a worldwide perspective, will greatly enhance your ability to continuously improve your internal processes and keep your company at the forefront of the industry. How can Leitz help you?

Talk to your Leitz Representative about a partnership for continuous improvement. Fill out the form below or call us at 800.253.6070.

How Jefferson Millwork & Design Inc. Optimized Their Production Process with Expert Tooling

While it’s easy to put the majority of focus on the machine, your tooling has a major impact on your production efficiency. It creates a vicious cycle when tooling needs to be constantly serviced or replaced. Tools going out the door for frequent service results in an unnecessarily large tooling inventory just to keep machines running.  Additionally, tooling that wears out quickly forces manufacturers to buy new tooling more often.

When Tom Jewell with Jefferson Millwork & Design Inc, a nationally recognized, award-winning architectural and cabinet woodworking manufacturer, contacted Leitz for information on new router bits, their Leitz representative went beyond only providing pricing. After hearing Tom’s issues with dust collection and how quickly they were running through router bits, their Leitz representative offered to come to their location, review their application, and develop a plan to resolve the problems that were slowing down and adding cost to the manufacturing process.

Jefferson Millwork & Design Inc implemented Leitz Diamaster Pro diamond router bits and the Leitz ThermoGrip chuck. They are now experiencing a 6-7x improvement in the life of the tool. The longer tool life has helped them cut costs and reduce the downtime required to replace the bit while improving product quality. The Leitz ThermoGrip tool holding system uses an inductive heating concept to provide stronger, more concentric tool clamping. This leads to increased tool life, better surface finishes, and improved cost efficiency.

Inefficient dust collection was also plaguing Jefferson Millwork & Design Inc’s manufacturing process. To clear dust, the machine had to be shut-down and the dust manually blown off of the table. Adding an extra step and completely stopping production each time dust collection was required was a costly inefficiency that slowed output. Leitz installed a turbine to help with dust collection and eliminate the extra step and production shutdown.

By working hands-on with Tom and the team at Jefferson Millwork & Design, their Leitz representative was able to identify key areas to optimize the overall production process. Because of Leitz’ commitment to partnering with customers to ensure they are as profitable and successful as possible, the customer is saving time, saving money and has an improved cut quality. Jefferson Millwork is so pleased with the results, they are implementing an additional three set-ups and running the Leitz solution on all their applications.

Form a partnership for continuous improvement with Leitz. 

Get in touch with your Leitz representative by calling 800.253.6070or filling out the form below.

Tooling and Integrating Your First CNC

Congratulations, you’ve just bought your first CNC!  The price tag was a bit overwhelming, but breaking the price down into monthly and weekly costs makes the expense easier to rationalize.  The manufacturer has assured you that this machine will replace the majority of your current manual equipment and perform the same tasks much more efficiently.  Builds which would take weeks can now be accomplished in hours with greater accuracy and quality.

You’ve configured the machine footprint on your shop-floor, contracted an electrician to install the proper disconnect, and a dust collection company to install an external collector and piping.  The machine will arrive tomorrow, and the riggers will be here in the morning to off-load and set the machine.  A service tech from the manufacturer will arrive the following day to complete installation and begin training your operators.

Ready, set, WAIT… Tooling! You’ve completely forgotten about the tooling!  Unfortunately, this scenario is all too frequent.  Manufacturers focus on the machine, not realizing the machine is simply a big tool holder.  They don’t consider the importance of proper tooling when the tooling actually controls the efficiency, productivity, and ROI of the machine!  Make the wrong choices regarding tooling, or run tools at the wrong parameters, and your new production battleship becomes a tugboat.

Take for instance a Midwest cabinet manufacturer, who contacted us to urgently tool up their first CNC.  Thankfully basic collet chucks, solid carbide routing tools, and boring bits were stock items, but there are critical considerations when deciding which tools to utilize.

Tool holding is one of the most important considerations because this is the first point at which a weak link can be introduced to an otherwise rigid and precise machine.  Collet chucks may suffice for start-up purposes, or when running seldom used tools, but flexible collets allow for significant tool deflection and run-out.  Thankfully the customer was aware of and understood the value of the Leitz ThermoGrip heat-shrink chucks.  This collet-free chucking system extends the machine spindle rigidity and precision through the cutting tool.  By maintaining the perfect tool centerline, cutting pressure and workload are equally divided, providing excellent cut quality while yielding upwards of 25% longer tool life and allowing significantly higher processing speeds.  Thanks to the ThermoGrip chucking system, the customer believed in and is now realizing more than $16,000 in annualized operational savings (based on current single-shift production levels).

leitz, thermogrip, tooling, woodworking toolsThe customer inquired about the value of the Leitz solid carbide router bits offered, stating they could by the “same style” compression bit at a slightly lower cost from another source.  As always, we suggested the customer test both tools and track differences in longevity.  Solid carbide routers may look alike but can be made from dramatically different grades of carbide.  Carbide is essentially powdered tungsten (cutting element), held together with a cobalt binder and some trace performance elements.  The differences cannot be seen visually, but a hard carbide composition with 3% cobalt concentration will generally far outlast a softer carbide with 10% cobalt concentration.  Add to this a protective coating, and the slightly more expensive tool may outlast the lesser tool by a factor of 2 or 3 times.  The customer completed their testing and chose to use the Leitz tool for this reason.

This company also wanted to convert their old shaper profiling tools for use on the new CNC.

While It may be possible to convert certain shaper tools for use on a CNC, that may not the best choice. Your new CNC will process material at a much faster rate, and more than twice the RPMs, generally using lighter, more compact tools.  Beyond size and weight issues, the CNC will hold much tighter tolerances, but only if you equip it with precision tooling.

The customers’ existing three-wing, carbide-tipped tools may have “worked” on their shaper, but workpieces required significant manual repair and sanding.  Wanting to eliminate this expensive off-line processing, the customer was interested in higher quality profiling tools.  They found this quality in Leitz ProfilCut Q profile insert system, a light-weight and highly precise profiled insert system which provides almost perfect knife-to-knife precision.  Not only did these tools fit within the machine spindle weight and collision diameter specifications, but they also cut extremely quiet and provided a cut quality which did not require post-machine sanding.  The customer also appreciated the fact that they could manufacture various profiles through simple knife changes, and that these coated knives provided exceptional service life.

Even more critical than tool design is ensuring the operator understands how to optimize performance through proper operational parameters.  Even the best tools can be quickly destroyed by part movement, overheating, or excessive cutting pressure.  The Leitz consultant took the time to educate the operators about essential variables such as rim speed, chip-load, mass removal and part fixturing.  Above all, operators must ensure workpieces are securely held in place, vibration is eliminated, cutting pressure is regulated, and friction heat is removed from the cutting process via the wood chips.   Understanding how to apply these relatively simple machining parameters is the key to maximizing CNC process efficiency and profitability.

How can we help your production team maximize their process efficiency?

Leitz is the trusted tooling partner for today’s manufacturing leaders. For over 140 years, Leitz has set the standard for tooling development, innovation, application expertise, and service. We empower our customers with the right solutions to optimize their entire manufacturing process to meet their business goals.

Form a partnership for continuous improvement with Leitz. Fill out the form below or contact us at 800.253.6070 to talk about solutions.

Optimize CNC Machinery and Ensure a Superior Finished Product with High-Quality Tooling

Speed, higher production rates, and accuracy are just a few of the benefits of CNC machining. Yet, despite the implementation of a new CNC machine, a specialized wood product manufacturer was experiencing inferior finish quality on their solid wood boards, including fuzzing in the cut and poor staining consistency.

The unsatisfactory cut quality forced the manufacturer to invest in additional labor, which added costs, produced extra scrap and slowed down the production process. The cut quality was unacceptable and overall, the manufacturer was extremely disappointed in the output.

The manufacturer and the Leitz representative discussed the issues the competitor’s tooling solution created. After addressing the manufacturer’s concerns and reviewing a sample workpiece from the customer, their Leitz representative identified undulations in the cut surface from inaccurate tooling and determined the customer needed a more concentric tool to maximize efficiency. The Leitz ProfilCut Q program was recommended to the customer.

ProfilCut Q is a technologically advanced insert system with precision shank rigidity and concentricity. The uniform clamping system utilizes profile knives and standard turnblade inserts to get the job done economically with the best finish quality. The unique clamping system places zero stress on the tool body, allowing for the use of aluminum alloy and round-bodied designs to reduce weight, noise, and vibration while optimizing balance, dust flow and finish quality. Clamping elements are protected from dust and resin build-up for quick and easy knife changes— without setting gauges or other measuring equipment. Repeatability is guaranteed.

After implementing the Leitz ProfilCut Q system, the customer achieved a virtually perfect output from the first run on their CNC machine. The customer was astonished by the cut quality the Leitz tooling solution provided and is beyond pleased with the results. The customer has now realized that sanding pieces coming off the CNC is unnecessary, and has since eliminated this very costly process step.  This manufacturer is now able to move parts to the finishing line directly from the CNC.

The finished product using the Leitz ProfilCut Q tooling system.

Leitz understands that two of the biggest areas for manufacturing companies to hemorrhage cash are inefficiency in labor and excess scrap. By taking an innovative and service-oriented approach to tooling solutions, Leitz helps organizations achieve operational efficiency without compromising the quality of the finished product.

Learn how the ProfilCut Q tooling system can optimize your manufacturing process. Fill out the form below or view the brochure here.

Maximize the Benefits of Diamond Tooling with Continuous Education, Expert Service, and High-Quality Tooling

A premier office furniture manufacturer located in the Midwest increases the benefits of diamond tooling through education, service, and quality tooling.

Diamond tooling offers several benefits over traditional carbide tooling. However, if you are not getting longevity out of your diamond tooling, the cost benefits rapidly diminish.

This is the exact issue a market-leading office furniture manufacturer was experiencing. Unusual amounts of wear and damage to their diamond tooling and exceedingly long turn-around times from their tooling service provider were increasing production expenses and ruining efficiency.

Working with their Leitz representative, the manufacturer was able to identify and implement four areas of strategic improvement.

Tooling Quality

More PCD tip height on a tool’s cutting wing = more serviceable tool life. A taller PCD tip height will allow you to sharpen the tool more times before having to replace the tool. There are currently no industry standards for custom tool tip heights, so it’s important customers understand this significant tooling characteristic. Leitz designs their custom tools with maximum amount of usable tip height more than any other tooling provider and, therefore, provides the customer with more efficient, lowest applied cost tooling solutions.

Continuous Education

Diamond tooling is harder than carbide tooling. As such, it is also much more brittle. Most machine operators lack an understanding of the gravity of the cost difference between diamond and carbide tooling as well as how to properly handle diamond tooling to ensure the longevity of the tools. Leitz is providing ongoing education to teach the operator team how to handle and protect diamond tooling and increase tool life.

These photos show PDC damage due to improper tool handling. There is layered breaking within the PDC layer itself, similar to how shale rock would break. This can only be caused by side impact to the PCD.

Material Improvement

In addition to damage from mishandling, through extensive tool evaluation after running, including high-resolution photographs, the Leitz service team was able to identify and document frontal impact damage to the tool caused by impurities in the materials being cut. The manufacturer was able to return to their material provider and discuss reimbursement for damage and investigate alternative material options.

These photos show PCD damage due to impurities in the material. Damage is straight down through the entire layer of PDC and into the tool body.

Expert Service

Because of the multiple Leitz service centers located around the country, Leitz can provide a faster turn-around time for tool servicing. The manufacturer is now able to carry less tooling in-house with results in cost savings on their overall tooling inventory.

Although the furniture manufacturer was using a quality competitor, Leitz has provided a total tooling solution for the customer that will deliver more efficiency and maximize their investment. By understanding the difference in tooling service and handling, the manufacturer has watched their efficiencies grow and has realized positive downstream effects from the changes implemented during the manufacturing process.

Let’s talk about increasing the benefits of your PCD tooling through better service and education. Contact Leitz at (800) 253-6070 or fill out the form below.