Greene Tool not only uses superior design to manufacture all of our tools, but we also have the unique capability to design tooling processes for our customers’ parts manufacturing. Our customers provide us with their preliminary prints, and we design a complete process not only for solid carbide round tools but also for inserted cutting and milling tools. We can supply the tools, the cutters, and the holders.
Whether a customer wants to eliminate tools in their process or create a brand new process from scratch, Greene Tool works to help them figure out how to machine their parts, fixture them, set up the process, and then design the tools to fit the process.
We apply the same process design principles for our customers’ processes that we use for our own processes in-house: when our customers machine parts using precision cutting tools from Greene Tool, they do it using the least amount of operations possible.
We start with samples of the actual material the customer plans to use to make their parts. We run their material through a variety of tests to learn how it machines. We develop proper speeds and feeds, chip flow, and other parameters. With this information, we can design the tool and solve problems with chip control, vibration or chatter, and tool wear. We also assess the feasibility of the concept given the customers actual conditions.
This is important because it allows us to anticipate how the material will behave in different circumstances in the customer’s plant. The end result is that we save a lot of time for the customer because we can predict what will happen in production.
Turnkey tooling with Greene Tool is a complete solution. When the customer comes to us and says, “we want to machine this part on that machine, and we need all of the tool holders, engineering drawings, partial process drawings, and speeds and feeds testing,” we provide what they want as a turnkey package. It is a partnership between the customers’ engineers and Greene Tool experts.
We do the development in our lab on CNC machines. We test the process, develop speeds and feeds, and create the tool designs so when it comes time for the customer to run production, we’ve reduced the time involved by troubleshooting all of the possible conditions ahead of time.