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Floyd Automatic Tooling has introduced the Trio-Line range of turning tools from Applitec. The inserts are suitable for precision grooving and fine turning.

The Trio-Line has been developed using Applitec’s classic ‘ridge’ clamping technique with three teeth on the surface that lock the insert into position with the ridged toolholder.

This process is said to improve clamping strength with three protrusions on the toolholder mating with the insert. As well as improving rigidity for productivity and surface-finish enhancements, the design offers three cutting edges on a triangular insert for improved cost and productivity per insert.

Three geometries are available in Applitec’s HN wear-resistant micro-grain carbide grade for machining small geometries in brass, low-alloyed aluminium and titanium materials. For the light machining of steel, stainless steel and titanium alloys, Applitec offers the HTA grade, which is PVD coated for good wear and fracture resistance.

Available geometries

GX geometry

  • High-precision grooving to DIN6799 and DIN471 standards for applications such as circlip grooving
  • Available in widths of 0.26mm, 0.36mm, 0.46mm, 0.5mm, 0.57mm, 0.67mm, 0.77mm, 0.87mm and 0.97mm and from 1– 2mm in 0.1mm increments
  • Accuracy of ±0.01mm and a cutting depth from 1.5mm to 3.5mm in 0.5mm increments
  • Incorporates a 0.03mm radius to prevent edge breakages
  • Right- and left-hand inserts available
  • Toolholders are available with 8mm², 10mm², 12mm², 16mm² and 20mm² shanks

FT geometry

  • Designed for front turning
  • Available with a 3mm cutting length
  • Available with a 0.03 or 0.08 radius and a 30° relief for highly productive front turning

GT geometry

  • Designed for grooving and turning
  • Available with cutting widths of 0.5mm to 2mm in 0.5mm increments
  • Available with cutting depths from 1.5mm to 3.5mm in 0.5mm increments with 0.03mm, 0.08mm and 0.15mm radius choices

Floyd Automatic Tooling

Floyd Automatic Tooling was established in 1989 to provide the turned-part industry with specialist tooling to accommodate the demands of a wide variety of subcontract and OEM component manufacturers. The cutting tool and turning ancillary products offered by the Baldock-based company are from some of Europe's most prestigious manufacturers, enabling Floyd to provide quality products at realistic prices.

The principle product ranges supplied by Floyd are well suited to commonly used CNC sliding-head automatic lathes. The product ranges are supported by technical expertise that is based on many years of experience encompassing product development programmes with machine tool and cutting tool manufacturers. As well as cutting tools, Floyd also offers high-specification solutions such as collets, bushes, feed collets, guide bushes, marking and knurling and threading tools plus many more customer-specific solutions.

The extensive product range also extends to cutting tool ranges for fixed-head CNC lathes, rotary transfer machines, multi-spindle lathes and many other high-specification machine tools used in the manufacture of precision components for a diverse range of industry sectors.

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