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Platinum Tooling President Presents Product Lines in New Video

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc., the exclusive North American importer of Heimatec Live Tools and Angle Heads, Tecnicrafts Swiss Collets and Guide Bushings, Henninger Spindle Speeders and AMF Cleaning and Marking tools, recently created a video highlighting the products they would have shown in their booth at IMTS this year.

Preben Hansen, company president, presented the various product lines Platinum Tooling offers and highlights the areas of expansion since the last IMTS show in 2018.  Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. has a wide selection of machine tool accessories for most machine brands.    

Hansen demonstrated the u-tec® flexible changing system for Live Tools offered from their flagship brand, Heimatec.  The tool featured was an ER 32 output cross-working tool for a BMT style turret.  While standard ER 32 collets can be used in this tool, Hansen explained the beauty of the built-in changing system designed to receive a variety of adapters for different applications.  With this system, the customer realizes both flexibility and cost savings.    

Due to the budgetary restraints caused by COVID-19, Hansen commented that many buyers are interested in buying tools that can help them do more with their existing machines, rather than investing in new equipment.  One example shown was a twin spindle tool which creates a second output from a single turret position.  Another tool featured was an adjustable angle tool that allows users to produce a feature on the workpiece with a compound angle without having to re-fixture the part.

In addition, Heimatec offers a wide range of Static Tools to complement their Live Tools.  This includes boring bar holders, facing holders, standard and half index turning tools as presented.  Other new developments from the company include CAPTO output tooling and Live and Static Tools for Citizen machines.  Platinum Tooling stocks many of these tools at their headquarters in Prospect Heights, Illinois.     

The last tool highlighted from the Heimatec line was a Machining Center Angle Head weighing 12 pounds with an ER 25 output that can hold a 5/8” cutter.  At this weight, the tool can be used with almost any Automatic Tool Changers on the market.  This is just one of many Angle Head styles offered by Platinum Tooling.  As with Live Tools, most Angle Heads are designed with the u-tec® flexible changing system.   

The Tecnicrafts line is another area of expansion featured by Platinum Tooling.  Collets and Guide Bushings for Swiss type CNC Lathes, specialty collets for CNC cutter grinders as well as 5C & 16C Collets are included in their selection.  These high-quality workholding tools are offered in a wide variety of styles and sizes.  Many popular items in inch and metric sizes are stocked at Platinum Tooling.    

Speed Increasers and Custom Angle Heads from Henninger are also offered through Platinum Tooling.  Speeder types include mechanical, air, and motor driven.  Mechanical driven speed increasers provide rpm up to 50,000, while air and high frequency speeders offer rpm up to 80,000.   

Lastly, Hansen introduced the Cleaning and part Marking tools supplied by AMF.  Typically used in toolholders utilizing ER Collets or Weldon clamping systems, these tools can be used independently or in conjunction with each other during the machining process.  The high-speed marking tool will permanently mark the workpiece while the cleaning tool washes away unwanted chips.  New for Platinum Tooling this year is the AMF gripper.  This product is operated pneumatically by compressed air or hydraulically with coolant via the machine spindle for repositioning the workpiece. 

Platinum Tooling prides itself on representing the highest quality machine tool accessories in the marketplace.  They offer standard and custom tools throughout their product lines to help with the most challenging applications.

A new Platinum Tooling Image Catalog is now available upon request featuring all of the products lines shown in the video.     

For more information, please contact:

Preben Hansen, President
Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc.
16 East Piper Lane, Suite 128
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
847-749-0633
www.platinumtooling.com
phansen@platinumtooling.com 

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Platinum Tooling Hires New Sales Manager

Chris Blaine Sales ManagerPlatinum Tooling Technologies, Inc., the exclusive North American importer of Heimatec Live Tools and Angle Heads, Tecnicrafts Swiss Collets and Guide Bushings, Henninger Speeders, and AMF Cleaning and Marking tools, is excited to announce that they have hired a new regional sales manager.

Effective immediately, Chris Blaine will oversee all sales activities related to four Platinum Tooling rep groups across the country.  This includes Machine Tool Accessory Sales which covers the states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.   Additionally, the territory includes Evergreen Tool Group Tool in Michigan, McGill Sales in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, and lastly, CMI covering the states of Indiana and Kentucky.

Chris has strong technical knowledge of machine tools and machine tool accessories.  Before joining Platinum Tooling, Chris worked for 3 years at Morris Group, Inc./Velocity Products headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut.  As sales manager, he was responsible for managing their Live Tool sales for many states in the Midwest.  In addition to his vast knowledge of Live Tools, Chris also held the position of project manager for machining center products including rotary tables.  He also has experience with new product development and all levels of product and sales management.

Chris has gained experience through working with complex parts used in the aerospace, medical, defense, diesel fuel systems, automotive, oil and gas, and down hole industries.  Chris has a vast understanding of metals which allows him to make recommendation for the appropriate tooling given a specific application.

Blaine studied Manufacturing Technologies at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He looks forward to his work at Platinum Tooling saying, “I am excited to apply and expand my technical expertise and sales ability as a member of Platinum Tooling.”

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc., is located in Prospect Heights, Illinois (just outside of Chicago). They recently expanded their facility to provide increased inventory to better serve the marketplace.


For more information, please contact:
Preben Hansen, President
Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc.
16 East Piper Lane, Suite 128
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
847-749-0633
www.platinumtooling.com
phansen@platinumtooling.com

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Platinum Tooling Releases New Catalog

Platinum Tooling Catalog CoverPlatinum Tooling Technologies, Inc., the exclusive North American importer of standard and custom Live Tools, Angle Heads, and Multiple Spindle Tools manufactured by heimatec GmbH, is excited to announce the release of their new catalog.

The newly released catalog offers an updated look and features their high quality machine tool accessory lines, including: heimatec GmbH – Live Tools and Machining Center Angle Heads; Tecnicrafts Industries – Collets & Guide Bushings for Swiss Type CNC Lathes; Henninger GmbH u. Co. KG – Mechanical, Air & Motor Speeders, plus Custom Machining Center Angle Heads; Andreas Maier GmbH & Co. KG (AMF) – Cleaning & Marking Tools.

Preben Hansen, President of Platinum Tooling, is known throughout the industry for his expertise and experience in the tooling industry. Hansen will continue to offer advice and welcomes the opportunity to discuss your application.

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc., is located in Prospect Heights, Illinois (just outside of Chicago). They recently expanded their facility to provide increased inventory to better serve the marketplace.


For more information, please contact:

Preben Hansen, President
Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc.
16 East Piper Lane, Suite 128
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
847-749-0633
www.platinumtooling.com
phansen@platinumtooling.com

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Kurt Machining Utilizes Live Tool Speed Increaser, Realizes 9x Tool Cost Savings in Less Than a Year

Minnesota CNC shop uses Heimatec speed increaser to up RPM and feed rate; significantly reduces cycle time on aluminum engraving application

Kurt Machining (Minneapolis, Minnesota) specializes in providing precision CNC machined parts, using state-of-the-art technologies and up to 5-axis machining.  Since 1952, this 110,000 sq. ft. shop has provided its customers in a variety of high-quality demand markets with components and welded assemblies.  These include aerospace, defense, semiconductor, energy, automotive and more.  A very flexible shop, Kurt produces parts ranging from micron-sized semiconductor components to 2000 lb. workpieces for the defense sector.

On a recent project, where 5000 pieces of 6060 aluminum were to be engraved on a Hwacheon horizontal turning center, Kurt Engineering Manager, Shawn Eisenshank, had concerns over the cycle times.  He turned to his local tooling distributor, Abrasive Specialists, Inc. (ASI) and their tooling partner, Platinum Tooling, for suggestions.  Leigh Kinnan of ASI worked with the local Platinum Tooling representative, Cody Papenfus, to test run a Heimatec speed increaser, with the goal of increasing RPM on the machine and decrease part cycle time, with a documentation of the potential savings.  After performing the calculations in consultation with Preben Hansen, president of Platinum Tooling and exclusive importer for Heimatec products in North America, it was determined a significant savings could be realized.

Detailing the application, ASI demonstrated that a 1:3 speeder, increased the spindle RPM enough that when coupled with the nearly 3X increase in the feed rate on the machine, would produce a significant improvement to the current machining cycle.  Calculating the reduction in machining cost per part and factoring the cost of the speed increaser, it was determined the use of the Heimatec product onboard the Hwacheon turning center would result in a 9X cost saving for the customer, in the first year’s production run on this engraved aluminum component.

As Shawn Eisenshank notes, “This is one of those classic scenarios, where the theoretical has proven out in practice, as we’ve seen exactly the results ASI and Platinum Tooling proposed in their test calculations.”

Cody Papenfus of Hexis in Plymouth, Minnesota, who is the area rep for Platinum Tooling adds, “We say we put our expertise to work at the spindle of the machine and, in this case, that’s exactly what happened.  The speed increaser performed as expected, the customer got the results promised and it was a win-win, for all.  We serve our customers for the long haul and successes like this one are the big reason.”

Kurt Machining performs both vertical and horizontal milling and turning, complex assemblies and weldments, delivering with rapid lead times.  CAD compatibility is offered for web-based communications and fully interactive manufacturing engagement for its customers.  The company performs contract manufacturing in high quantity as well as prototyping for new designs.  Kurt also performs impact extrusion, heat treating and cleanroom operations including ultrasonic cleaning of stainless steel and aluminum components and assemblies, with cleaning to Class 1000 with 100 protocol.  The company is ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D plus NADCAP Certified.  Kurt Machining is quality certified by the U.S. Government to MIL-Q-9858 and MIL-I-45208.


For further information on the application discussed in this story, please contact:

Shawn Eisenshank, Engineering Manager
KURT MACHINING
5280 Main Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55421
Phone:  763-572-1500
Fax:  763-572-9878
Web:  www.kurtmachining.com

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Preben Hansen, President
PLATINUM TOOLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
16 E. Piper Lane
Suite 128
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone:  847-749-0633
Fax:  847-749-2445
Web:  www.platinumtooling.com
Email:  phansen@platinumtooling.com

 

 

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. is the exclusive importer for North America of quality tooling from around the globe.  The company currently represents Heimatec live tools and angle heads, Tecnicrafts collets and guide bushings for Swiss machines, Henninger spindle speed increasers for machining centers, AMF marking and cleaning tools plus Suzuki Swiss speed increasers.   In addition, Platinum Tooling engineers application-specific specialty tools at its location in the Chicago area.  The company is led by its president, Preben Hansen, a longtime veteran of the tooling industry and an acknowledged authority on machine tooling and accessories.

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Platinum Tooling: A new beginning for Preben Hansen

The following interview was conducted with Platinum Tooling’s President, Preben Hansen, at the company’s headquarters in Prospect Heights, Illinois. Hansen discusses the beginnings of Platinum Tooling, the transition period, changes, product lines and the future.  

preben hansenWhen asked what motivated him to start the company, Hansen said that it was a natural progression and that “As we added additional machine tool accessory lines to our offering, it made sense to have a name that encompassed more than just Heimatec.”  He added “In our industry, it is common to have one importer representing multiple product lines.”  Hansen was very pleased with the transition from Heimatec Inc., to Platinum Tooling.  “As always, our main concern is the customer; their understanding of our continued presence and new image in the marketplace was essential to our success.” Furthermore, he was grateful for the acceptance of their customers during this transition period.

Regarding future changes at Platinum Tooling, Hansen isn’t going to change his main goal: making sure customer needs are met. He explained “As always, I will continue to look for new products to complement our current product offering in an effort to satisfy the growing needs of our customers.  Since the transition to Platinum Tooling, we have done our best to assure our customers that we will continue to promote and support the Heimatec tooling lines as we did in the past.”  Hansen clarified by saying “Heimatec tooling will always be our core business.  We have several other complimentary lines including Tecnicrafts collets & guide bushings for the Swiss market, Henninger spindle speed increasers for machining centers, AMF marking tools, cleaners, and radio sensors plus Suzuki IB spindle speeders for Swiss machines.”

As for custom tooling, Hansen assures customers that Platinum Tooling will continue offering this service. “Our current manufacturers are all excellent at engineering solutions for special applications.”

Lastly, Hansen expressed excitement about the future of Platinum Tooling, saying “We are eager to see how the company will grow and evolve.”


For more information, please contact:
Preben Hansen, President
Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc.
16 East Piper Lane, Suite 128
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
847-749-0633
www.platinumtooling.com
phansen@platinumtooling.com

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Henninger Tool Accessories

Platinum Tooling Now Represents Henninger

Henninger Tool AccessoriesPlatinum Tooling, the importer of live tools, angle heads, marking tools, Swiss tools and multiple spindle tools manufactured by various global suppliers, is now importing Henninger Speed Increasers for North America. The announcement was made by company president, Preben Hansen, at headquarters in Prospect Heights, Illinois, near Chicago.

Henninger is a manufacturer of specialized equipment and precision machine tool accessories. Spindle speeder types including mechanical, air and electric motor driven styles are all available.

These speed increasers help maximize productivity by achieving a higher spindle rpm that is required for certain applications in today’s marketplace.  Small diameter tools require rpms that are sometimes not possible to reach with existing machine tools.  In addition, they allow for less wear and tear on the machine’s spindle when it is not required to run at its maximum rpm.

Mechanical speeders are available with up to a 1:8 gear ratio and a maximum speed of 50,000 rpm.  Air speeders can run continuously at up to 80,000 rpm and high frequency motor spindles can maintain up to 80,000 rpm with high torque, and have variable speed options.

Many of the speeders have automatic tool change capabilities and are modular in design to offer the customer greater flexibility.

Henninger also manufactures custom angle heads, live centers, face drivers, and live chucks.  In addition, Henninger is the premier manufacturer for center grinding machines.

To learn more about these Henninger products as well as the Heimatec, Tecnicrafts, and AMF lines available through Platinum Tooling, please visit the company website.


For more information, please contact:
Preben Hansen, President
Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc.
16 East Piper Lane, Suite 128
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
847-749-0633
www.platinumtooling.com
phansen@platinumtooling.com

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