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SME Specific MeasuresCompetitive and Sustainable Growth

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-01094

AcronymHARDEDGE

Proposal titleHard metal machining in a jobbing shop type environment

AbstractThis research is intended to provide a solution to the problem of conventionally

machining hard steels and nickel based alloys turning, milling, drilling and tapping at rates

and costs superior to grinding. This has to be achieved in the manufacturing environment

of the jobbing shop, where batch size is small, geometric shape is variable, set-up,

turn-round time and delivery are expected to be short and flexibility at a maximum, yet

operating and capital costs need to be low. The main objective is to describe a cost

effective method based on the use of ultra hard tools. The method will extend research

already carried out by large companies by carrying out selected machining tests on surface

hardened steels and nickel alloy steels by observing wear mechanisms, chip/tool interface

metallography & temperatures and cutting forces. This will be followed by process trials,

product and cost evaluation. Successful methods will be rapidely introduced by the

participating SMEs.

Key ActionGROW-1.   Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date6/07/2000End date6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase6 months

SME CoordinatorMr Robert JOHNSONCompany sizeS4

CRAFTSMAN TOOLS LTD

Side Copse

LS21 1JE - OTLEY

United Kingdom

Phone: 441943466788

Fax: 441943850144

Email: robert@craftsmantools.com

Internet: www.craftsmantools.com

SME Proposer(s)

GORATU MÁQUINAS HERRAMIENTA, S.A.SpainS3

MANUFACTURAS ZETA, S.L.SpainS3

KENDU, S.COOP.SpainS3

ATTREZZATURE AGINT SRLItalyS2

Profile of partners for joining the project

Business areas22 - Publishing, printing and reproduction of recorded media

29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.

26 - Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products

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