About the presentation
Underutilization stems from a variety of reasons, ranging from simply being uninformed or unaware, to misapplication while attempting to leverage existing cutting tools. The biggest area for improvement is the optimization of cutting tools by paying closer attention to the various other manufacturing technologies on hand. Machine tool capabilities, materials being machined, and other manufacturing technologies such as CAM programming capabilities, high pressure coolant capability, fixturing, small spindles (such as driven tools), etc. should all be considered and leveraged. No matter the reason, even the smallest of companies now have tools and technology at their disposal to assist in making better cutting tool choices while considering the manufacturing technologies. A lot has changed recently in the world of manufacturing, and this is no different for cutting tool production. For example, 3D printing is used to produce indexable cutting tools with coolant ports directly to the insert that couldn’t have been effectively producing using traditional methods. The result is cutting tools that last longer and improve quality. This seminar focuses on the typical reasons for underutilization of cutting tools, pointing to solutions companies can employ to ensure they’re maximizing their investments.
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Meet your presenter
Tom Raun has more than 30 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. He started his manufacturing career in 1991 and spent the next 12 years as a CNC machinist and CAM programmer for companies within the die & mold industry. In 2003, he joined ISCAR as a national product manager focused on die & mold industry companies. He has served in multiple roles through nearly 19 years with ISCAR, consistently engaging with manufacturing companies throughout the USA to improve CNC machining. Raun currently serves as chief technical officer, a role requiring both technical and marketing-related skills to meet the needs of the many industries served by ISCAR including energy, aerospace, medical, automotive, and heavy equipment. He’s achieved the highest qualification in Lean Six Sigma, a methodology for improving efficiency and effectiveness throughout an organization. Raun also completed coursework through Villanova University in Lean & Six Sigma, Strategic Organizational Leadership, and Finance & Accounting for Non-Financial Managers.
About the company
ISCAR is a producer of cutting tools for metalworking, including turning, grooving, milling, hole making, boring and threading tools. Founded in 1952 by Stef Wertheimer, ISCAR has grown from its origins as a small blades factory to what is recognized today as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of metalworking tools. Based in purpose-built R&D and manufacturing facilities spread over a scenic campus, ISCAR’s teams of engineering and product specialists combine years of technical experience with deep industry knowledge to develop efficient, practical, and economical cutting solutions for customers all over the world.