Laser Tool Co.

42 years in business
10-49 employees

Meadville was also looking for a drill design to core forgings that would increase productivity over what they were currently using.

The drill body is made from the finest heat treated steel and is designed to significantly reduce the possibility of jams or tool melting with it's rigid platform for the insert nest and straight flute design that efficiently removes chips. The rigid platform also eliminates drill body flexing, greatly extending insert life. Chip jamming and tool melting was a significant problem for Meadville Forging. With the use of the Laser Tool Core Drill this problem was solved with a two-coolant hole design that keeps the tool cutting efficiently for extended periods by supplying adequate coolant pressure and volume.

"When it closed, some 300 Northwestern PA toolmakers supplying Talon started their own shops�injection molding shops, die stampers, heat treaters, platers, moldmakers. In fact, my brother was one of the last to go through Talon's journeyman apprenticeship program." The ties that bound those Northwestern PA folks in the tool and die business still hold. Smith says Laser Tool is an active member of The Source, a successful regional marketing cooperative of the Northwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Assn. "When we're given a challenge, we can call up, say, a heat treater, or a plater in the area to help us solve it."

Meadville was also looking for a drill design to core forgings that would increase productivity over what they were currently using. Don Whitbeck explains, "We were looking for a way to cut the time it took to core drill forgings for the automotive industry. When used instead of a boring tool, the two cutting edges let us double the feed rate, cutting boring time in half. The productivity gains achieved with Laser Tool's Drill, multiplied by 15,000 pieces per month times the length of the contract was the kind of efficiency and repeatability I was looking for. With tight margins today on contract machining, productivity is always a central issue."

The drill body is made from the finest heat treated steel and is designed to significantly reduce the possibility of jams or tool melting with it's rigid platform for the insert nest and straight flute design that efficiently removes chips. The rigid platform also eliminates drill body flexing, greatly extending insert life. Chip jamming and tool melting was a significant problem for Meadville Forging. With the use of the Laser Tool Core Drill this problem was solved with a two-coolant hole design that keeps the tool cutting efficiently for extended periods by supplying adequate coolant pressure and volume.

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17763 Highway 198
Saegertown, PA 16433

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