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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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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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GWS Silences the Competition

As we know, every metalworking application presents its own set of variables that can create big challenges and potentially even bigger headaches. All too often, the true solutions are just beyond the reach of today’s stocked tooling. Insert GWS to the equation! The Headache A tier-2 supplier for the “Big Three” had a rather chattering […]

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Tapping Tip- How H-Limits Relate to Class of Fit (Part 1)

Welcome to another post on our Tapping Tips! This is the first part of a two-part series on the relationship of inch tap size and class of thread. Before we explain the relationship of tap sizes and class of threads, we should start the discussion on class of threads first. Not in all instances, but […]

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GWS Makes the Dream Work

Every metalworking application presents its own set of variables that can create big challenges and potentially even bigger headaches. All too often, the true solutions lay just beyond the reach of today’s stocked tooling. Insert GWS! The Challenge A manufacturer of small commercial private aircraft had been having extreme concentricity issues when drilling and reaming […]

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Tapping Tip – Finding the Perfect Tap

Warning, the blog your about to read has more information than many of you may want and can be confusing, but it’s what we do in designing a tap. The actual pitch diameter of a ground thread tap is designated in many ways. It’s dependent on, if it is inch or metric, the amount that […]

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Are You Using the Right Thread Mill Design for Exotic Materials?

If you deal with exotic alloys like Inconel, titanium, Hastelloy, etc., this blog post is written especially for you. Wise operators always select the correct tool for the job, avoiding the problems others face when they try to apply a general-purpose tool to a unique situation. In this article, we give you the information you […]

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GWS Value – A Review of Our Latest Capability & Upgrades

  GWS Tool Group is constantly in motion. In fact, we are such a dynamic company that you might not be aware of all the products and services we offer. This article is designed to provide a complete and updated overview of our capabilities. We think you will come away with a better understanding of […]

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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 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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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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South-Tec 2017

It’s almost here! Join us tomorrow at South-Tec 2017 We’ll be at booth 2837. We’re ready to give you an inside look on our high-performance cutting tools. This year we’re also partnering up with Carbide Grinding. Check them out here! GW Schultz and Carbide Grinding will be showcasing tools and inserts and engineers will be standing by […]

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