CGC Cutting Tools (Waukesha, WI), a US cutting tool manufacturer, and Haimer USA (Villa Park, IL), a provider of tool holding technology, signed a US licensing agreement for Haimer’s patented Safe-Lock anti-pullout system. CGC’s Gorilla Mill end mills are now available with the Haimer Safe-Lock system within the US.
Safe-Lock was designed to prevent the rotation or pull-out of round cutting tools during heavy machining applications. It uses a positive form-locking mechanism in combination with the high-torque shrink fit clamping. The system provides a vibration-free machining process, which leads to more efficient metal removal rates than with conventional milling chucks or side-lock tool holders.
CGC Cutting Tools places importance on the performance of its Gorilla Mill end mills in machine tools, striving to reduce chatter, decrease cycle times, and extend tool life. The Gorilla Mill was designed with a variable flute and index design that is recommended for aggressive machining applications. While the end mills are built for high speeds and aggressive cuts, the higher helix angles and increased cutting forces also have potential to lead to tool pull-out.
Based on customer feedback, CGC researched a solution, which led it to partner with Haimer and the Safe-Lock system.
“It is my pleasure to welcome CGC/Gorilla Mill as an official US Safe-Lock licensee,” said Brendt Holden, president of Haimer USA. “The Safe-Lock system was specifically designed for aggressive machining applications and high speeds, as were the Gorilla Mill end mills. It is for this reason that I believe that the Safe-Lock system is a particularly good fit for these end mills and will be well received by Gorilla Mill customers across the US.”