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Uploaded 16 Mar @ 15:43pm

MACH 2018 is a key focus for high performance cutting tool and manufacturing solutions specialist, M.A. Ford Europe (Stand H20-720), as the company is not only celebrating its 20th anniversary this year but is also launching many new tooling ranges and key extensions to existing product lines at the show.
At the head of the list is the new ‘XT-9 Series 380’ end mill for high speed machining of Inconel, titanium, stainless steel and similar difficult to machine materials. Using a 9-flute design to reduce harmonics and the latest ALtima Xtreme AX coating technology with a maximum service temperature of 1,100ºC, the XT-9 achieves typical cutting speeds of 55 m/min on Inconel and 115 m/min on titanium in diameters ranging from 8 to 20 mm.
Also being launched at MACH is the new indexable ‘High Feed Series’ milling ranges from the company’s cost–effective Fordmax range, which incorporates both cylindrical and modular shank end mills for roughing operations on 3D machining and die & mould applications.
The new solid carbide Series 158 is another new product being launched. For use in 3D machining and die & mould applications, where its ‘super-hard’ ALtima52 TiAlSiN coating, corner radius options and special edge preparation enables it to excel when roughing and finishing of hardened materials and super alloys.
An extension to the 5-flute V5LCB solid carbide end mill range, which incorporates integral chip breakers, is also being introduced at the show with extended lengths up to 3xD and through coolant options. The flutes are also precision ground with an unequal pitch to remove harmonic vibration and the range is available in diameters from 8 to 16 mm.
A new feature on the M.A. Ford Europe stand at this year’s MACH are two special machining solutions areas. The first focuses on different cutting tool solutions specifically for Heat Resistant Super Alloys (HRSA) and the second is dedicated to high performance machining of composite materials. These two ‘zones’ will provide visitors with key information on the cutting tool technologies.

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