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GWS 2022 Catalog Release

We are very excited to announce that the all new GWS product catalog is ready for release and an interactive digital version is available now! This new catalog boasts over 30,000 items, all of which are stocked standard and sold exclusively throughout the GWS distribution network.  All items offered within the catalog are also now […]

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Second Shift Leader Brad Walma Makes Sure Custom Comes Standard Every Day

Meet Brad Walma, our Second Shift Leader at our GWS-MI facility in Grand Rapids, MI. Brad has been working at this location since 2013. He first heard about our Michigan facility from a friend of his who told him the shop was spotless and a great place to work, so he knew he had to […]

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Logistics and Quality Supervisor Dollin Islam Keeps It Steady On And Off The Dance Floor

Meet Dollin Islam, our Logistics and Quality Supervisor at our GWS-Edmonton facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Dollin or “Dolly” as she is known to her coworkers, has been working at this location for over fifteen years. She started as a general labor associate and has quickly risen due to her attention to detail and willingness […]

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Production Manager Norberto Pablo-Quinones Serves Country And Company With Distinction

Meet Norberto Pablo-Quinones, our Production Manager at our GWS-CA facility in Vista, California. Norberto has been working at this location for over ten years, when he left the Marine Corps to pursue a career in manufacturing. His military background helps him keep the many tool orders on schedule at his facility, utilizing his mastery of […]

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Office Manager Erin Hogan Shines Like A Star

Meet Erin Hogan, our Office Manager at our GWS-MI facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Erin has been working at this location since 2016, making sure both customers and coworkers alike are greeted with a warm smile. In addition to offering exceptional customer service when processing orders, her accounting skills and ability to help out in […]

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4 Tools In 1

Being competitive in a global market means maximizing all aspects of efficiency. This means not only minimizing cycle times, but also minimizing the number of tools you use to reduce costly set-ups, tool change times, and overall tool consumption costs. As this case study proves, it isn’t always as easy as it seems. At a […]

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Lead Tool Designer and Technical Service Associate Lori Sturdevant Goes Above And Beyond For Her Customers and Community

Meet Lori Sturdevant, our Lead Tool Design and Technical Service Associate at our GWS-Beloit facility in Illinois. Lori has been working at this location for 35 years, where she uses her vast experience with technical quotes, design and overall tap knowledge to help her customers every day. Designing Threads and Loving It Since 1986, Lori […]

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Tap Style Selections By Chip Management

Selecting a tap to avoid breaking and chipping is primarily dependent on the application. You need to decide the best way to handle the chips produced during the tapping operation by selecting one of four styles, Hand (straight flutes), Spiral Point, Spiral Flute, or Form Tap. Hand (straight flutes) Taps, “store” the chips produced within […]

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Production Setup Programmer Chris Luedtke Conquers Mountains And Machines Alike

Meet Christopher Luedtke, one of our Production Setup Programmers at our GWS-Batavia facility in Illinois. Chris came to GWS Tool Group through the acquisition of CJT Koolcarb in March 2021, where he had been working since 2005. He now focuses on streamlining projects that include the reduction of processes to manufacture new and existing tools.  […]

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When Off-The-Shelf Turnkey Tools Just Won’t Cut It

The underlying assumption when a tool is provided for an operation is that it must be the best tool for the job. However, the reality is often that it is the best tool that the supplier can offer from their off-the-shelf standard tool offerings. This was the case for a large Tier-1 automotive components manufacturer […]

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Shipping/Receiving Supervisor Anna Swonger Keeps Her Department Running Smoothly

Meet Anna Swonger, our Shipping/Receiving Supervisor at our GWS-Arizona facility. Since 2008, Anna has been working at the Surprise, AZ location making sure our shipping and receiving departments run smoothly. In addition to ensuring our custom and standard tools get sent to our customers on time, she oversees the purchasing of everything that the production […]

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Hurrimill® Storms In To Generate Serious Savings

Not every machining challenge requires customization, which is why GWS Tool Group offers a huge selection of ultimate performance cutting tool options for smaller shops or applications that need them. In this case, a large automotive job shop in Northern Wisconsin needed just that.  Working with the team at MSC Industrial, GWS application specialist Doug […]

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Customer Service Representative Patricia “Trish” Roberts Shines Bright Like Her Smile

Meet Patricia “Trish” Roberts, one of our Customer Service representatives at our GWS-NC facility. Since 2012, Trish has been working at the Arden, North Carolina location entering orders along with billing, shipping, receiving, and helping to train new hires. Self-described as having a crazy personality and loving to have fun, it’s no wonder both her […]

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NPT Taper Pipe Thread Gaging

The national standard for NPT (National Pipe Taper) taper pipe threads is ASME B1.20.1, the current edition has a date of 2013. This standard contains product detail values and their calculation formulas as well as conformance requirements. It also contains gage design details used to evaluate only some of the conformance requirements. Yes, you read […]

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GWS Coatings 101 – FX1: Tough, Heat Resistant, Long-lasting

Welcome back to our series on the different types of coatings we offer to make your cutting tools provide better performance. Cutting tool coatings are designed to improve wear properties via higher hardness, increased thermal stability and reduced coefficients of friction. In our first two posts, we discussed the properties and uses of AlTiN and […]

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Customer Service Representative Carol Witkus Keeps Orders On The Right Track

Meet Carol Witkus, one of our Customer Service representatives at our GWS-Batavia facility, formerly known as Taurus Tool & Engineering. Since 2011, Carol has been working at the Batavia, IL location both entering and helping to expedite orders, invoicing, billing and always striving to go above and beyond for her customers. Time Tested Manufacturing Experience […]

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Less Inserts Turn Into More Savings

Sometimes the ideal solution developed in a lab does not always translate to the best solution on the production floor. Such was the case with a large global medical device manufacturer and bone screw threading operation, but they just didn’t know it yet. GWS Application Specialist Audrea Triplett and National Key Account Manager Travis Coomer […]

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GWS Coatings 101 – FX3: Strong, Stable, Durable

In our last post in this series, we introduced you to AlTiN, a great general purpose coating with a high aluminum content, which is used for machining steel, titanium alloys, Inconel, stainless, and cast iron in both wet and dry environments. In this article, we’re going to kick it up a notch with a coating […]

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Production Engineer David Park Brings Tool Designs To Life

Meet David Park, one of our Production Engineers at our GWS-Massachusetts facility. Since 2010, David has been working at the Springfield, MA location programming our CNC machines, troubleshooting problems and even training our operators.  From Printer To Machining Pro Although David wasn’t always a Production Engineer or working with state-of-the-art CNC grinding centers, you would […]

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Sometimes Two Isn’t Better Than One

We all know time is money, and when competing in a global manufacturing landscape, this is especially true of U.S.-based manufacturers. That is why when GWS Application Specialist Rod Landrum was contacted by a southern based thermal management manufacturer, he was not surprised to find out they were looking to cut cycle times. Despite some […]

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GWS Coatings 101 – AlTiN: For When Things Heat Up

Machining metal generates heat, and coatings are all about providing resistance to that heat while also providing some other tangible benefits as well. The make-up of the coating depends on the cutting application and the coating machine itself. Variables like work material, cutting fluid, cutting tool type and even part tolerances can all play roles […]

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CNC Grinder Operator Adam Bieber Is A Rock Star During And After Work

Meet Adam Bieber, one of our CNC Grinder Operators at our GWS-Michigan facility. Since 2018, Adam has been working at the Grand Rapids, MI location operating our many CNC grinding machines while trying to absorb everything he can learn along the way.  Finding A Passion For Machine Tools Early On Adam’s high school in Byron […]

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Autosports Accelerates with the New Alumigator™ ASR5

When Tony from Autosports Engineering (autosportsengineering.com) in Longwood Florida had some aluminum alloy he needed to work on for an automotive part, he quickly noticed the competitor’s end mill he was using was just not meeting his expectations. He was pushing the tool hard and it just couldn’t live up to the standards he required […]

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Engage Yourself With Gages & Gaging

  Now that you successfully produced a threaded part, how do you know if it’s too large, or too small? Just because the bolt screws into a threaded hole or a nut screws on to a threaded stud, doesn’t mean it’s in the specification. What confidence do you have that when your customer receives your […]

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CNC Grinder Operator Somsack Douangdet Is Following In His Father’s Footsteps

Meet Somsack Douangdet, one of our CNC Grinder Operators at our GWS-Florida facility. One could almost say that Somsack was destined to find his way to GWS Tool Group at our Tavares, FL location. Since March 2012, Somsack has been working at GWS-FL helping to operate our many CNC grinding machines. When he isn’t keeping […]

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Single Minded: The Benefits of Tools Made From Single Crystal Diamond

(As seen in Cutting Tool Engineering Magazine, by David Novak.) When it comes to the production machining of nonferrous materials such as high silicon aluminum, cutting tools made of single-crystal diamond (SCD) have traditionally taken a back seat to poly-crystalline diamond tools, which are known for their extreme durability. But in certain situations, like when […]

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Custom Tool Spotlight: Custom Form Tool

Welcome to another Custom Tool Spotlight, a series that takes GWS cutting tools and gives them mini biographies. Today, we’re talking about a custom form tool. What’s It For? This tool is specifically made for cutting titanium jet engine parts at a southern based turbine blade manufacturer. What’s Cool About It? This tool is able to achieve the […]

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GWS-IL Supervisor Wendy Myhres Has Done It All

Meet Wendy Myhres, the 1st Shift Manufacturing Supervisor at our GWS-Illinois facility, formerly known as North American Tool Corporation. In this position, Wendy’s responsibilities include supervising the workflow, quality, time and efficiency of our manufacturing team at GWS-IL. Manufacturing Experience from A to Z Wendy has been at the GWS-IL plant for over 20 years. […]

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Take The Stress Out Of Tapping – Tap Relief Explained

  Have you ever had a tapping job that was so troublesome that it caused you to stress out due to broken taps, bad finish, short tap life, over or undersized threads, etc.? One way of avoiding or alleviating such a condition is accomplished with the use of a tap feature called “relief”. The definition […]

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Product Specialist Anthony Ferraioli is a Modern Renaissance Man

Meet Anthony Ferraioli, the Product Specialist at our GWS-Arizona facility, formerly known as Intrepid Tool Industries. In this position, Anthony’s responsibilities include technical support, custom tool quotations, and general customer service in and around aircraft tooling solutions. Depth of Knowledge During his almost 10-year career, Anthony has risen through the ranks and brought his accumulated […]

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Custom Tool Spotlight – #10 (0.1935”) 8-Facet Brazed PCD Drill

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 2-flute 8-facet PCD drill for the aerospace industry. What’s It For? This tool is specifically made for drilling Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) in a multitude of configurations including unidirectional or […]

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Calculating “Before Plate” Internal Screw Thread and Tap “H” Limits

  When encountering an internal threaded hole requiring it to be plated, it normally needs to be produced oversize to accommodate the plating. There are two methods for determining the correct Tap “H” limit, the Detailed Method and the Simplified Method. The Detailed Method requires you to do more math, but it will also determine the […]

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Sometimes a Second Chance is All You Need

As we’ve mentioned before, every metalworking application presents its own set of variables that can create a BIG dilemma and even bigger roadblocks. Too often, the real solutions are just beyond the reach of today’s stock tooling. Insert GWS to the equation!  The Second Chance Often in our industry, service capability and personal touch are […]

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Tapping Tip – How H-Limits Relate to Class of Fit (Part 2)

  Welcome to another post on our Tapping Tips! This is the second part of a two-part series on the relationship of inch tap size and class of thread. In this second part, we will explain the relationship of tap sizes and class of threads. We should mention that H and L limits are also […]

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