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Production Control Manager Kelli Harris is a Cutting Tool Veteran

Meet Kelli Harris, the Production Control Manager at our Northern Illinois facility, formerly known as North American Tool. In this position, Kelli manages the oversight of manufacturing practices, inventory control, and strategic manufacturing planning. Depth of Knowledge During her 15-year career, Kelli has been involved in a number of key areas, serving as Sales & […]

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Tapping Tip – Don’t Let % of Thread Derail Your Part

As any experienced machinist will tell you, you usually gain some experience drilling and milling, before you learn about tapping a hole (the operation in which internal threads are produced). Why? Because a higher level of precision is required for this operation and tapping the hole is the last operation to occur in completing the […]

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Coating Tech Jose R. Enjoys Being Part of GWS Success Story

Meet Jose R., who started out as a material handler in our plant at GWS Massachusetts in 2011. Since then, he has mastered a variety of jobs, each one adding to his knowledge of the business and allowing him to advance to positions of increasing responsibility. In his time with us, Jose has learned about […]

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If You Haven’t Tried GWS Form Tools, You Might Be Missing Out

Let’s say you have to machine a part with a unique profile or feature. Would you rather use several off-the-shelf tools, each machining a different section of the contour, or just one tool that could do it all in one setup? Form tools, which are precision ground to machine a particular profile or contour on […]

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Ti-Feed: A Titan Among High Feed Endmills for Titanium

Not to brag, but one of our specialties is looking at a machining problem and coming up with ways to make your job a bit easier and more lucrative. Our Ti-Feed Series of high feed endmills is a great example of this. The series came about because popular multi-flute tools and iMachining tool paths are […]

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Autocam Medical Fights COVID-19 with a Little Help from Their Friends

Autocam Medical, with headquarters in Kentwood, Michigan, is a global contract manufacturer of orthopedic implants, spinal implants, precision instruments and orthopedic cutting tools. Like all of us, they have watched the coronavirus crisis unfold over the past few months. But unlike most of us, they were provided with an opportunity to make a life-saving difference. […]

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Manufacturers Shift Gears to Medical Machining for COVID-19 Support

GWS helps deliver in 48 hours Over the past weeks, while lives have changed for nearly everyone due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed the manufacturing industry rise to the occasion and respond with phenomenal dedication. Almost overnight, our partners have shifted their production lines from their usual products to producing medical parts for […]

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GWS Solves What Others Could Not

The Opportunity A global small engine manufacturer was dealing with an unacceptable scrap rate (3.03%) when drilling piston ring pin holes into pistons for the two-cycle engines that make up a large part of their product line. The parts are made out of high silicon aluminum castings. Upon placement of the pins, pistons were cracking due […]

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Custom Tool Spotlight: 10-Flute Form Tool for Defense

Welcome to our Custom Tool Spotlight, a series that takes GWS cutting tools and gives them mini biographies. Today, we’re talking about a custom 10-flute form tool to be coated with AlTiN for defense. What’s it for? This tool is specifically made for one our large tier defense/armament manufacturers. This tool will be used to […]

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Carbide Taps: A Practical User’s Guide to When, What, How and Why

Highly abrasive materials like cast iron, polymers, glass filled polycarbonates, and some cast aluminum are called “hard” materials for a reason. They’re hard to machine, hard on tool life and hard on production cycle times. How do you overcome the difficulties of making parts out of challenging raw stock? By using a tool that’s even […]

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Coating Technician Danny Cinnamon Knows How to Spice Up the Day

Meet Danny Cinnamon, a long-tenured employee at GWS-Florida, who helps make work there much more fun for everyone. Since 2011, Danny has tackled nearly every production job there is on the GWS shop floor. That includes everything from laser etching and cleaning tools to assisting the team with our CNC machines. If it needed to […]

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GWS Tools Up for Aerospace with a Line of PCD Holemaking Products

As a major provider of ​highly engineered custom, standard, and modified standard cutting tools ​to the aerospace sector, we have expanded our capacity in this area with a special emphasis on brazed PCD drills, reamers and countersinks with or without brazed threaded shank adapters. PCD (polycrystalline diamond) is made by fusing diamond grit with metal […]

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Custom Tool Spotlight: Ball Nose End Mill for Titanium

An army of GWS Custom Ball Nose End Mills Welcome to our Custom Tool Spotlight, a series that takes GWS cutting tools and gives them mini biographies. Today, we’re talking about a custom tapered ball nose end mill for Ti-6Al4V. This is a ⅛” 3FL .75 LOC 6.00 OAL ⅜ Shank 3° Taper per side. […]

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Aluminum Machining Goes from Awful to Awesome with GWS Tooling

Breiner Machine is a family-owned-and-operated manufacturing facility located in Brooksville, Florida. Their 11,000 square foot facility offers a wide range of services such as product development, precision CNC milling and turning, welding, and CNC sheet metal fabrication. The company produces components for a variety of manufacturing industries, including the Food and Beverage Industry, Aerospace, Aviation, […]

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The In’s & Out’s of Ball Nose End Mills

Ball nose end mills, also known as full radius end mills or ball mills, are cutting tools where the nose radius is equal to half of the diameter of the tool. This creates a constant single radius (or ball) at the tool end with no straight edge (sharp corners) in the profile. They are used for a host […]

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The Graduate: How Derek Haller Makes GWS Better

GWS has some impressive employees, and Derek Haller is one of them. Derek is one of our talented CNC operators and programmers at our Michigan facility. He has been with us since 2012, going all-in on the custom cutting tool world. Derek discovered a love of metalworking when he was a freshman in high school. […]

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Team Effort Speeds Production of Intricate Titanium Aerospace Parts

Superalloy Manufacturing Solutions Corporation offers turnkey components for aircraft engines and other mechanized systems in the commercial and military sectors. As you can well imagine, their customers are very particular about quality and delivery time. When an order came in for a titanium pylon part for aircraft landing gear, Marcia DeVeny, Superalloy Senior CNC Programmer, […]

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Cutting Tools Forecast: Ready for a Banner Year in 2020

In order to perfect our product line and the service we provide to our customers, GWS Tool Group continually analyzes the feedback we receive from our end users, distributors and employees. As the New Year approaches, we’d like to take this opportunity to share with you some of our findings, look at some industry trends […]

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Custom Tool Insert Professional: Anne Cooper – Master of Design

Meet Anne Cooper, a 27-year veteran of the custom cutting tools industry. Anne is the Lead Design Engineer for GWS Tool Groups’ insert division and started her career with humble origins as a machine operator in the Edge Prep Department. From there, she has continued to perfect her craft and expand her responsibilities, making her […]

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5 Signs You Need Custom Cutting Tools for a Better Bottom Line

Cutting tool catalogs are full of very good off-the-shelf options for a lot of machining applications. But not every situation has a standard answer. Is it possible that you may save time and even more money by going to a tool tailor-made to your needs? Here are 5 signs that you might be better off […]

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Cut Cost, Not Quality, with Reconditioned Inserts from GWS

  If you’re a high-volume production type facility, getting as much value as possible out of your cutting tool inserts on long runs is essential.  So, what if you could find a source of high-quality cutting tool inserts at half the price?  That’s exactly what happens when you take advantage of our Tool Reconditioning services.  […]

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New AlloyCat™ Whiskered Ceramic Inserts Ideal for Super Alloys

It’s a fact. Carbide inserts aren’t your best bet for finishing and roughing nickel and cobalt-based super alloys. By the time the temperature “sweet spot” is reached, the carbide is in meltdown (literally). Even traditional ceramics have a tough time due to the heat and stress generated during the machining process. What’s the answer? By […]

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Milling Titanium is a Lot Easier with Specialty Tools from GWS

Here’s a true story for you. A Tier One supplier was fulfilling a defense contract for titanium components using conventional 40 taper vertical machining centers. The part had a simple turning operation and then was put into the VMC and machined to its final stage. Total cycle time: 5.5 hours. Enter Mike Littlejohn, Senior Applications […]

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Custom Holemaking Tools Available from GWS Tool Group

To answer an increasing demand from customers, GWS has added a new line of precision tools to its existing lineup of holemaking products. Initial models include the 4005 Series ECO Premium High Performance Carbide Drills, the 4050 Series PAC Premium High Performance Carbide Reamers, and the 4105 Series ECO Premium High Performance Carbide Drills with […]

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How GWS Cutting Tools Go from Custom to Standard

Many of the tailor-made cutting tools we engineer for customers are so innovative they are easily adaptable to a wider range of applications than originally anticipated. This doesn’t happen by accident. Our organization is full of highly experienced and talented people who have a knack for both listening to customer feedback and seeing the future […]

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GWS Custom Inserts Last Longer by a Wide Margin

Continually changing worn out cutting tools can be a real profit breaker. If you’re machining automotive and aerospace components made out of hardened steel or nickel-based alloys, you really know what we mean. How do you avoid the costly downtime and excessive tooling costs typically associated with these super-hard materials? Find yourself a tougher tool. […]

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GWS Increases Tool Life 4000% for Semiconductor Parts Maker

Manufacturing valves, manifolds and fittings used for the delivery of ultra high purity gas for semiconductor production is a demanding job. Part of the problem is that the components are primarily made with heat resistant super alloys and stainless steel. One manufacturer came to us with a situation that is not unusual in the industry. […]

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Capital Expenditures: An Investment in Our Customers

Capital expenditures are often thought of in a negative light. After all, no organization likes to spend down their profits. But, in reality, the company that does not take the opportunity to enhance capability, create more throughput and/or to address an efficiency issue is not going to be in business for long. One way to […]

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Cutting Tool Breakage: The 3 Most Common Mistakes

Cutting tool breakage is a fact of life in this business. But you should be able to get your money’s worth out of them before it happens. There’s nothing like premature cutting tool breakage to get a machinist steamed. Not only is it slowing the operator down, it’s costing money. The problem is, there are […]

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Max Out 5-Axis Value with the Right Cutting Tools

Demand for faster cycles times in industries such as aerospace, die and mold, automotive and medical continue to drive OEM’s and their manufacturing suppliers to find ways of reducing production costs. This has given rise to a parallel popularity in 5-axis machining. That’s why there are more and more machine builders offering 5-axis machine platforms […]

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Boost Productivity with the Right Cutting Tool Coating

Do your cutting tools head south much sooner than you would like? Are you going through them by the gross? Is their performance less than satisfactory? If you answer yes to any (or all) of these questions, you might want to take a look at what kind of coating is protecting your tool. Cutting tool […]

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How Our Florida-Inspired AR-15 Catalog Made Its Way To Indiana

Years ago, we were getting so many requests for cutting tools to cut AR-15 parts that we decided to create a new AR-15 catalog.

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The Secret to Faster Turnaround Times for Custom Cutting Tool Orders

Whether it’s custom or standard cutting tools, they’re made with the utmost quality and precision at GWS. But when it comes to custom cutting tool orders, we have established a valuable differentiator in the industry: the ability to design, manufacture and deliver those specials in less time. It didn’t happen overnight, but thanks to years […]

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Cutting Tools: Metric Manufacturing Counts on GWS

Powdered metal casting can deliver highly accurate near net shape parts, but finishing the super-abrasive materials chews up cutting tools at a rapid pace. Metric Manufacturing Company of Lowell, Michigan knows this all too well. They specialize in machining high-volume powdered metal parts for the automotive industry. To keep the production line moving, they could […]

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Lake Tech is seeking a CNC Production Specialist Instructor

Lake Tech Technical College is looking for a CNC Production Specialist Instructor! Check out their PDF for details and how to apply. Visit http://laketech.org/ for more information. Learn more here! 

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Lake County Highlights GWS Tool Group

Jason gives SummerTech the low-down on GWS Tool Group. We Love Lake County!

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