Harvey Performance Company Launches Valor Holemaking Brand

Harvey Performance Company’s sixth brand will introduce a superior American-made high performance drilling and holemaking offering for CNC machinists.

Rowley MA (July 31, 2023) – Harvey Performance Company, the parent company of the Harvey Tool, Helical Solutions, Micro 100, Titan USA, and CoreHog brands, today launched Valor Holemaking, satisfying a significant industry demand for American-made high performance drills and complementary holemaking solutions. Valor Holemaking’s inaugural product offering, highlighted in its first annual product catalog, will feature High Performance Drills for Aluminum & Aluminum Alloys, High Performance Drills for Steels, and High Performance Spotting Drills, among other complementary holemaking solutions, such as Combined Drill & Countersinks, High Performance Chamfer Cutters, Counterbores, and Multi-Form Thread Mills. Like all Harvey Performance Company brands, Valor Holemaking products are entirely fully stocked and ready to ship the day of purchase.

Valor Holemaking’s High Performance Drills have been meticulously tested and fine-tuned to deliver outstanding hole accuracy and repeatability, exceptional surface finish, amazing tool life and performance, and impressive cost-per-hole.

While optimized for 6061 Aluminum, Valor Holemaking’s offering of High Performance Drills for Aluminum & Aluminum Alloys, offered in solid round and coolant-through styles, is engineered to deliver superior performance in a wide range of Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys. Its initial offering will consist of stocked drills with diameters ranging from 1.587 mm to 12.700 mm for 3x and 5x solid round drilling, and 5x and 8x coolant-through drilling.

Similarly, Valor Holemaking’s High Performance Drills for Steels is optimized for 4140 Steel, but exceptional in other Alloy Steels, as well. This offering features products offered in solid round or coolant-through styles, also, with stocked products ranging in diameter sizes from 1.587 mm to 12.700 mm for 3x, 5x, and 8x solid round drilling, and 5x and 8x coolant-through drilling.

Further, Valor Holemaking introduced an array of website and technical resources, upon launch. Along with downloadable .STEP style Simulation Files and Speeds and Feeds Charts for each product, CAM Tooling Libraries are available with industry-leading software packages such as Autodesk Fusion 360, MasterCAM, SolidCAM, and ESPRIT. Further, Valor Holemaking is already available on Machining Advisor Pro, the popular running parameters generator that supports the Harvey Tool and Helical Solutions brands.

Valor Holemaking’s Premiering 2023 Product Catalog, featuring more than 2,200 products, began arriving to machine shops in late July. Visit www.valorholemaking.com for more information on the Valor Holemaking brand and its offering.

“We are so proud of the Valor Holemaking brand,” said Harvey Performance Company Chief Executive Officer Brian Lavelle. “Every member of the Harvey Performance Company Team played a role in making this new brand possible. This launch marks a truly great day in the history of our company, and we couldn’t be more excited for Valor Holemaking’s potential.”

“When it came to design and testing, we left no stone unturned, ensuring that the high performance products we’re introducing to the industry are superior, across-the-board,” said Harvey Performance Company Vice President of Engineering and Technology Brian McKahan. “We took our time to guarantee we’d do it right, and we did. Our High Performance Drills are already outperforming competitor’s drills and winning on quality and tool life.”

The decision to launch the Valor Holemaking brand was made in effort to deliver to machinists a premium, high quality holemaking offering featuring drills designed, engineered, and manufactured in the United States. “Our customers want and need American-made quality in their drilling applications and we’re excited to offer a fully-stocked inventory of drills and delivery and service levels that our customers have come to expect with all Harvey Performance Company brands,” said Harvey Performance Company Senior Vice President of Sales Jerry Gleisner.

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