Harvey Performance Company’s Jeff Davis Interviewed in Advanced Manufacturing Article

Harvey Performance Company Vice President of Engineering Jeff Davis was interviewed in Advanced Manufacturing’s May 2, 2017 article entitled “Coatings Expand Cutting Tool Capabilities, Reach New Markets,” in which he discusses the proper use of tool coatings.

As the lead engineer for the Harvey Tool and Helical Solutions brands, Davis is well versed in the world of miniature and large diameter tooling, as well as several different coating options.

“Different coatings address different concerns,” said Davis. “Some coatings, when used improperly, can cause problems, including stickiness and galling. Although diamond works well in graphite and composites, ferrous applications could result in excessive thermal build-up, coating breakdown, and damage for both the tool and the part.”

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Harvey Tool Company was also mentioned in Advanced Manufacturing’s post “What Machine Shops Need to Know about Deburring.” For more, click here.

Helical Solutions Engineers Featured in Strausak Video

Helical Solutions Director of Engineering Brian McKahan and Senior Manufacturing Engineer Forrest Thurston were featured in an April 2, 2017 Strausak video entitled “Stäubli robots at Strausak, to improve machine autonomy,” in which Helical’s use of this robot arm and its production benefits are discussed.

“We just picked up the Strausak machine in October specifically for our specialty form tools.” Thurston said in the video.

“I will have all of our carbide blanks in pallets, and once the job is set up, the robot will pick up the blank and it will put it in the machine in the holder. And when the tool is finished, it will place the finished tool in a different pallet and load the next part completely unattended.”

Due in large part to the Stäubli Robots and their ability to help maximize machine potential, production levels at Helical have grown tremendously since 2016.

“As anybody knows in the manufacturing industry, the floor space is critical,” McKahan said. “You want the smallest footprint you can get and the maximum value from the machine.”

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Helical Solutions Showcased in United Grind Magazine

Featured in United Grind Magazine’s 2016 IMTS issue, the Helical Solutions team takes you behind the scenes for the process of how a cutting tool is developed, from the origination of its design to the grinding process. Materials such as Inconel, Hastelloy, and Waspalloy are valuable to the Aerospace Industry due to their great strength and heat resistant properties. But these same properties also make it difficult to machine. At Helical, the tool design process takes into account a material’s specific properties, aiming to provide the customer with not only a cutting tool, but a cutting tool solution.

“A tool geometry might be designed with a helix that works on the vertical forces to prevent part deflection,” Harvey Performance Company Vice President of Engineering Jeff Davis said. “Or the toolmaker may put a specific hone on cutting edges to extend tool life and also refine the finish of the surface being machined, which can be critical where mating surfaces are involved.”

Learn more about how Helical designs its tooling, as well as how state-of-the-art machinery plays a pivotal role in the performance of the cutting tool. Read More