24-May 2017: Fullerton Tool partners with HAIMER USA as Safe-Lock™ Licensee
Fullerton Tool Company Inc., a U.S. cutting tool manufacturer, and Haimer USA, market leader in tool holding technology, recently signed a U.S. licensing agreement. The Fullerton Tool Company is now offering their end mills to the U.S. market with the HAIMER Safe-Lock™System.
The unique Safe-Lock™ design in cutting tools and tool holders combines high precision shrink fit clamping with a positive form locking mechanism. This prevents round cutting tools from being rotated or completely pulled out from tool holders during heavy machining. The combination of a symmetrical locking tool design with high concentricity and excellent balance of the Safe-Lock™ system, results in a vibration-free machining process. This leads to more efficient metal removal rates, superior to that of conventional Milling chucks or Weldon side-lock tool holders.
Fullerton Tool has been a frontrunner in the manufacturing of solid carbide cutting tools for 75 years, and is recognized as a leader in precision-made tooling that is used in virtually all industries including the medical, aerospace, automotive, and mold and die industries. Their innovations led them to design cutting tools that allowed increased precision while reducing vibrations for greater speeds and increased metal removal rates (MRR). However, the increased MRR can lead to a potential pull-out of the cutting tool during aggressive machining due to higher helix angles and increased cutting forces. This fact has led the team at Fullerton to look for a solution that enables full realization for their tools potential cutting speeds. Their research, along with customer feedback, led Fullerton Tool to partner with the Haimer Safe-Lock™ system technology.
Fullerton Tool is headquartered in Saginaw, MI, where it produces a variety of high-quality solid carbide cutting tools, including end mills. Family owned and operated since 1947, Fullerton Tool prides itself in being American made, and delivering the best in quality customer service. A forward thinking company, Fullerton continues to expand and develop their portfolio of solid carbide cutting tools with the future of cutting tools and manufacturing in mind.
Brendt Holden, President of Haimer USA stated, “We are very happy to have formed a partnership with Fullerton Tool, an American market leader in the cutting tool industry. Fullerton’s precision-made tooling is well suited for the HAIMER Safe-LockTM system. I fully believe Fullerton customers will welcome the added security and inherent balance and precision of the Safe-LockTM System that will allow them to increase their shop’s productivity.”
“Fullerton Tool has been developing strong alliances focused around the customers’ success for over 75 years. Our recent collaboration with Haimer is yet another example of putting the customer first. Not only are we excited to partner with Haimer, who shares a similar history of being an innovative, family-owned, customer-focused manufacturer, but as a Haimer Safe-Lock provider we will continue to improve profits at the spindle for customers,” said Patrick Curry, President of Fullerton Tool Company. “Combining Haimer’s innovative tool holding technology with Fullerton Tool’s groundbreaking advanced performance solid carbide tooling, will impact manufacturers significantly who are looking to improve their metal removal rates and quality of the parts they produce.”
Since its launch in 2007, the Safe-Lock™ System has developed very successfully and excited many international customers. Last year alone, the growth was four times higher compared to previous years. This boom can be attributed to recognizing that the productivity increases resulting from the pull out protection is not restricted to typical aerospace applications, but the cost and time savings can also be used in any typical milling application.