From tool testing to complete solution

Who has the time and resources these days to test new tools on their in-house machines, optimise processes or develop new projects?

That is precisely what "Crazy Service Products", as Mikron Tool calls its engineering offering, can provide to the customer: while the customer’s machines are producing at full speed, the machining specialists at Mikron Tool take care of his new projects and new or optimised CNC programs, or test whether a new tool is suitable for its application. The aim is always to manufacture workpieces economically and with maximum precision.

Five packages cover all requirements:

1. Tool evaluation

MikronTool engineers discussing test results on DMG MachineAre you looking for the appropriate tools to manufacture a new workpiece or for an existing process? Are you seeking the right tool for machining a new material? Is the tool used to date really the best option? What added value does Mikron Tool offer? The "Tool Evaluation" service is specifically defined for these tasks.

Services

  • Determine the best standardised tool for the customer’s individual machining task. 
  • Test the tool based on customer requirements.
  • Create a report with tool recommendations and tool evaluation.
  • Deliver cutting data and all relevant benchmarks for tool use.
  • Measurement protocols according to customer requirements.

Customer benefits

  • Save on resources and machines: Outsourcing saves the production company valuable staff time and avoids using in-house machines for testing.
  • Security and expertise before buying: The results using tools by Mikron Tool for a specific application are documented using measuring protocols.
  • The user obtains optimum cutting data for the tool at no additional expense.

Project implementation: Takes around two days.
Supplement: This package can be supplemented with packages 2 to 5.

Request a detailed offer including prices and timing at test.mto@mikron.com

2. Process definition

Process Definition

Wondering how to improve an existing machining process in terms of quality and throughput times? What is the optimal process for machining a new part? The "Process Definition" service was launched for such cases.

Services

  • Improve an existing process or define a new one on the workpiece using a standardized tool or an existing customized tool from Mikron Tool.
  • If necessary, redefine the parameters to reduce cycle times or improve the quality of the results.
  • Test the tool according to customer requirements.
  • Provide a report with a tool evaluation, tool recommendations, cutting data and developed drilling/milling strategy to reach the targeted quality.
  • Specifications on the dimensioning of the machining centre/clamping system, and, if requested, force and torque analysis as well as delivery of the machined workpiece.
  • Measuring protocols according to customer requirements.

Customer benefits

  • Fewer resources and machines required: Outsourcing saves valuable staff time and avoids using internal machines for set-up.
  • Certainty and expertise before you purchase as the optimal process for using standardized tools (Crazy Tools) is defined.
  • Information about optimal cutting conditions, cycle time and machining quality without any internal effort or resources.
  • Acquire expertise for future projects.
  • No additional investment: No internal measuring or production equipment is required to determine the cutting conditions and run in the process.

Project implementation:  Depending on the scope and complexity of the task, the time required for completing set-up is between one and two weeks.

This service can be supplemented with packages 3 to 5.

Request a detailed offer including prices and timing at test.mto@mikron.com

3. Tool life test

Life Time Test

Want to make your machining processes more economical? Would you like an estimate of the tool costs per workpiece produced? Do you want reliable manufacturing and know when a tool change is required in order to avoid rejects on cost-intensive parts? This is exactly what the "Tool Life Test" service is designed for.

 

 

 

Services

  • Definition of lifetime for a defined tool.
  • Test the tool according to customer requirements.
  • Information for calculating the workpiece machining costs and the savings potential of the tools used.
  • Create a report with tool evaluation, tool recommendations, cutting data and relevant measuring data.
  • Deliver all guidelines for the use of tools including wear analysis and estimated tool life.
  • Measuring protocols according to customer requirements.

Customer benefits

  • No tie-up of own resources: Outsourcing the lifetime test frees up staff working hours and machine capacity for series production.
  • Support with tool selection in terms of cost-effectiveness: By determining the tool life, it is possible to calculate the machining effort and costs per workpiece.
  • Identify savings potential thanks to a verified evaluation of the long-term tests with appropriate tool recommendation.  

Project implementation: The time it takes to obtain useful results is between five days and one month.

This service can be supplemented with packages 4 to 5

Request a detailed offer including prices and timing at test.mto@mikron.com

4. Process engineering

Process Engineering

Do you want to develop a new machining process or reduce cycle times without affecting workpiece quality? Is it possible to reduce production costs, for example, by using combination tools? For these tasks, the "Process Engineering" service is the right package.

 

 

 

 

Services

  • Develop an entire machining process including process steps and times.
  • Test the tool according to customer requirements.
  • Create a report with tool recommendations and tool evaluation.
  • Information on cutting data, process steps and times, as well as other guidelines for tool’s use.
  • Estimate workpiece processing costs based on the used tools and the defined parameters.
  • Recommendations for coolant, pressure and tool clamping system.

Customer benefits

  • Fully developed and optimised machining process for a workpiece.
  • Information regarding potential savings compared to an existing process.
  • Saving own resources: Your staff and machines can focus on production.
  • No need to invest in measuring or production equipment.
  • Acquire new skills.

Project implementation: Depending on the scope and complexity of the task, the time required to obtain concrete results is between three and five weeks.

This service can be supplemented with package 5

Request a detailed offer including prices and timing at test.mto@mikron.com

 

5. Turnkey solution & Prototyping

Turnkey solutions & Prototyping

You have an idea for a new workpiece but not yet a notion on how to achieve the goal through a chip removal process? Need more know-how about cutting tools and processes? You have no spare machine capacity, or the necessary production equipment is not available? Then our "Turnkey Solutions & Prototyping" service is exactly what you need.

 

 

 

 

Services

  • Develop an overall process (including recommendations for machines, coolants, tool holders, workpiece clamping, CAD/CAM programming, quality assessment etc.).
  • Transparent project management in several modules for different decision-making processes with corresponding interim reports/meetings.
  • Production of a prototype resp.  pilot series for product or process validation.
  • On request, customer training on the defined processes.

Customer benefits

  • No in-house capacity or expertise required, either for engineering or manufacturing.
  • Benefit from external expertise in the field of machining to obtain a complete technology package including prototype.
  • Shorter implementation time than with own internal resources.
  • No investment risk: Save on expensive investment in engineering, tools, machines, measuring equipment and employees and benefit from a strong partner who takes over these tasks on your behalf.

Project implementation: Depending on the complexity of the task, the project duration can vary considerably and may take up to several months.

Request a detailed offer including prices and timing at test.mto@mikron.com