Friday, July 29, 2011

Tech Tip #2: Drilling: Drill Length

Always select the shortest drill possible for an application. The increased rigidity will dramatically enhance the holes per grind, hole concentricity and location.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Product Spotlight: NEW MICRO 100 Micro-Quik Product Line

Micro 100 is proud to introduce a new Quick Change Tooling System with center-line repeatability within .0005 from tool to tool. Utilizing Micro 100’s world-class proprietary super carbide process, the NEW Micro Quick Change System utilizes their carbide boring styles, grooving profiling and threading style tools in ferrous and non-ferrous materials. 

For more information or to view a brochure, check out their website

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tech Tip #1: Threading: Drill Formula for Metric Taps

The formula is Basic Major Diameter minus the Pitch = Hole Size.
For example, a M5 X 0.8 thread would be calculated as follows:
5.00mm minus 0.80mm = 4.20mm hole size.
Simply select the nearest available drill size.
The hole produced would yield approximately 70-75% percentage of thread.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

VARDEX MiTM Promotion

The VARDEX Multi-Flute Indexable Thread Mill (MiTM), reduces cycle time on machining of threads with long inserts 24mm (.945"), 25mm (.985), 40mm (1.572), and 41mm (1.614") in a variety of holder styles.

From now until September 30th, if you purchase 10 inserts, you will receive a FREE toolholder! If you purchase 20 inserts, you will receive a FREE shell mill holder! Take advantage of this limited time offer.

For more information on this promotion, visit Vardex's website or contact a customer service representative at (740) 392-0330.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Product Spotlight: NEW 3ARM

Are you in the market for an ergonomic assistance arm but it needs to be customized for your application needs? We have a solution for you and it's called 3ARM. This arm is fully engineered for your applications with over 450 standard combinations available to you.

3ARM features the following:

• Hold ANY tool up to 77 lbs.
• Ergonomic & safe
• Simple installation & maintanence
• Endless tool combinations
• High sensitivity for operator
• Achieves weightlessness

Industries that use 3ARM:

• Metalworking
• Fabrication
• Assembly
• Mechanical
• Chemical
• Construction
• Forensics

Monday, July 18, 2011

Principal Spotlight: AIS

 We are a proud representative of Automated Inventory Systems (AIS).

Automated Inventory Systems was formed in 2007 to serve the inventory control needs of businesses everywhere and to reduce the organizations’ costs in the process. AIS has its headquarters located in Kearneysville, WV.

Using swipe-card, barcode or keypad technology, AIS is helping companies maintain cost-reducing control over their valuable and expensive property through state-of-the-art vending technology. The inventories of tools, equipment and supplies can now be monitored to ensure secure tracking of all items. Users of company property can now be held accountable for that property. These new vendors are known as The Keepers.

For more information visit their website,

Greg Mason, Vice President & Eric Mason, Sales/Service Tech

Greg Mason, Vice President & Eric Mason, Sales/Service Tech presenting during our recent sales meeting