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Heimatec Angle Head

Wide Variety of Heimatec Machining Center Angle Heads Stocked at Platinum Tooling

Standard and custom styles offered for all common tapers, including CAT, HSK and BT

Platinum Tooling, the exclusive importer of Heimatec live tools and angle heads, is pleased to announce the expansion of their current angle head inventory with many styles available for immediate delivery from stock at their Illinois headquarters.  These newly designed standard and custom angle heads offer superior performance in comparison to other brands in the marketplace.  Heimatec angle heads are available in all popular sizes and styles suitable for today’s CNC machining centers.    

Included in Platinum Tooling’s wide offering, there are several designs under 12 pounds that can be used in all automatic tool changers.  Angle heads with compact, extended reach features, slim line for working in small places, dual output tools for added productivity and universal adjustable tools for compound angles are also available.  In addition, the Heimatec line includes tools for heavy milling, deep drilling and tapping operations.  Most of the angle heads are designed with Heimatec’s patented u-tec® changing system which allows for greater flexibility.   

Heimatec angle heads are made from high-tensile strength aluminum.  High-precision spindle bearings maintain the highest possible spindle concentricity.  All the gears on these angle heads have inclined teeth made from high-resistance gear steel and have been specially hardened, ground and lapped in sets to provide the smoothest transmission output possible. 

Full 360º body rotation with positive compression locking, 90º incremental repositioning without indicating, maximum torque to 150 Nm, gear ratio 1:1 standard with others available, spindle speeds to 24,000 rpm and interchangeable torque arms are other standard features of this line from Heimatec. 

Heimatec tools are offered in North America by exclusive importer, Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc.


For further information and literature, or to arrange a demo on this new line, please contact: 

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
Email:  phansen@platinumtooling.com

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, serves its growing North American customer base with an extensive inventory of machine tool accessories.  Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing the most innovative tooling and technology.  Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. serves the auto, aero, medical, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEMs worldwide, through its network of manufacturers’ representatives. Platinum Tooling is the importer of Heimatec, Henninger, Tecnicrafts, and AMF Tooling for North America.

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Henninger from Platinum Tooling

Henninger Speed Increasers Available Through Platinum Tooling in North America

Machining center spindle speeders including mechanical, air and electric motor driven

Henninger from Platinum Tooling

Platinum 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.  Their 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.

Henninger from Platinum Tooling

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 

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, serves its growing North American customer base with an extensive inventory of machine tool accessories. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing the most innovative tooling and technology. Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. serves the auto, aero, medical, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEMs worldwide, through its network of manufacturers’ representatives. Platinum Tooling is the importer of Heimatec, Henninger, Tecnicrafts and AMF tooling for North America.

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Heimatec Miyano Live Tool

Extensive Tool Offering for Machine Specific Turning Center Brands From Heimatec

Standard live tools in stock for immediate delivery from Platinum Tooling for DMG Mori, Doosan, Haas, Mazak, Miyano, Nakamura, and many other popular machine brands.

Platinum Tooling, the exclusive North American importer for Heimatec live tools and angle heads, today announces immediate availability of live tooling for most popular turning center models including DMG Mori, Doosan, Haas, Mazak, Miyano and Nakamura.  According to Preben Hansen, president of Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc., “We are now carrying a substantial inventory of live tools for our customers’ machines.  It represents a significant financial and warehouse space commitment that we have made to support the North American machine tool market.”  

Hansen added that the company will be announcing its in-stock arrangement for many other lines of machine tools, moving forward, including Biglia, Hwacheon, Hyundai, and SMEC.  Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. serves its North American customers with a full team of manufacturers’ reps, plus its Chicagoland facility provides sales and customer service support, application and engineering advice as well as repair services for the company’s line of live tools.     

Heimatec Miyano Live Tool

Literature detailing all the Heimatec products is offered at the company’s website, www.platinumtooling.com.   Interested parties may also contact the company directly with inquiries. 

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For further information and brand-specific literature, or to arrange a demo on any Heimatec tools, please contact: 

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
Email:  phansen@platinumtooling.com

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, serves its growing North American customer base with an extensive inventory of machine tool accessories. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing the most innovative tooling and technology. Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. serves the auto, aero, medical, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEMs worldwide, through its network of manufacturers’ representatives. Platinum Tooling is the exclusive importer for Heimatec tooling, Henninger speeders, Tecnicrafts Swiss Collets & Guide Bushings, and AMF marking & cleaning tools for North America.

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Platinum Tooling President Celebrates Four Generations and 100 Years in Metal Cutting

Preben’s grandfather, Louis Eckart Hansen

In a world where machine shops are struggling to stay open and maintain their business and in a day when “going into dad’s business” is not what it once was, Platinum Tooling is an exception to the rule. Located in Prospect Heights, Illinois, the company is set to reach an important milestone. In 2022, company President Preben Hansen and his family will celebrate 100 years working in metal cutting and four generations of Hansen men in the industry.  How cool is that?

The story began with Preben’s grandfather, Louis Eckart Hansen, who learned his trade in Copenhagen, Denmark in the early 1900s. Louis worked as a machinist in the Danish Navy’s repair facility.  Preben’s father, Svend Eckart Hansen, honed his skills under the guidance of Louis. In 1958, Svend emigrated with his family, including young Preben, to the U.S. Despite not knowing English, he found employment within days of arriving in Chicago, because of his skill as a tool maker. Svend began his career as a machinist and ended it in the 1990s as a master tool maker at Ramcel Precision Stamping and Manufacturing LLC in Northbrook, Illinois.

With manufacturing and tooling in his DNA, Preben worked in the machine shop of the former Fulton Machine Company in downtown Chicago, while attending the University of Illinois/ Chicago and pursuing a degree in engineering.  Following college, he worked in the shop at Oakley Industries building custom machinery. After several years in the shop, Preben moved to the front office and into an inside sales position. Later, at Jemco Tool & Die, he learned programming and set-up on their CNC lathes and machining centers which was his introduction to machine tools and their accessories. His next job was at HPI, now known as Pioneer Heartech Precision Inc., a distributor of tool holders and related products, in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Preben started as an Outside Sales representative of tool holders and rotary tables, then became the company’s Sales Manager. This was followed by work at Lyndex-Nikken, another machine tool accessory supplier in Mundelein, Illinois. Here, Preben was introduced to live tools and once again worked as Sales Manager. In 2010, Preben started a joint venture with heimatec GmbH, becoming the President of Heimatec, Inc., a company specializing in live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads. In 2018, Heimatec, Inc. was purchased by Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. with headquarters located in Prospect Heights, Illinois. Preben Hansen is the  COO and President at Platinum Tooling.   

Preben with his dad, Svend Eckart Hansen

In total, Preben has over 30 years of experience in the machine tool accessory market and over 40 years in the manufacturing industry. Given his credentials, it’s no surprise that Preben has established himself as a leading authority on these topics in the North American machine tool accessory market.  He often hosts knowledge bars at trade shows to SRO crowds.

In keeping with this family tradition, Preben’s son, Luke Hansen, joined his dad’s company in 2018 as a Technical Sales Specialist for several of the product lines sold by Platinum Tooling, including Tecnicrafts collets and guide bushings for Swiss machines. After graduating from high school, Luke joined the army in search of his calling and received great training there. Upon his discharge, he decided to put into practice the motivational and goal orientation skills he had learned in the military.  In his current position at Platinum Tooling, Luke continues to expand his knowledge of the machine tool accessory market as well as build valuable relationships with the North American sales and distribution network of the company. 

Preben Eckart Hansen and his son Luke James Hansen

Reflecting on 100 years as a family in the manufacturing industry, Preben Hansen says, “The machine tool industry has been and continues to be an extremely vital part of our country’s continued success. My son Luke and I are proud to be 3rd and 4th generation professionals involved in this exciting industry.”


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 

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, serves its growing North American customer base with an extensive inventory of machine tool accessories.  Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing the most innovative tooling and technology.  Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. serves the auto, aero, medical, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEMs worldwide, through its network of manufacturers’ representatives. Platinum Tooling is the importer of Heimatec, Henninger, Tecnicrafts and AMF Tooling for North America.

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Platinum Tooling Announces an Expansion to their Tool Program for Automatic Lathes

The company offers an expanded line of live and static tools for Swiss-Type CNC Automatic Lathes

Visit Us at EASTEC at Booth 5146

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc., the exclusive importer of Heimatec live tools, angle heads, and multi-spindle heads, is excited to announce their extended product offering to the current Citizen tool program.  In addition to the standard live and static tools, they will offer 1:4 speed increasers for the most current Citizen machine models.  Designed to optimize the machine’s parameters, these precision tools are efficient and cost effective. 

Citizen Tool with Platinum Tooling

Originally developed for the manufacture of precision parts in the watch industry, Swiss-type CNC Automatic Lathes are now widely used throughout the industry to produce automotive components, screws and pins for the medical industry, and precision parts for electrical engineering.

Platinum Tooling and Heimatec’s goal during the development of this line was to construct a series of tools that would offer the greatest possible processing quality and longest service life, while additionally enhancing the machine’s capabilities with the use of speed increasers.  To achieve this, Heimatec incorporates the highest quality bearings, ground gear components, spindles, and housings to produce superior tools with maximum rigidity.   

In addition to Citizen, Platinum Tooling is constantly striving to expand their tooling programs to include superior quality products to enhance machining operations, increase productivity, and create cost savings opportunities.      


For more information and literature, please contact:

Preben Hansen, President
PLATINUM TOOLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
16 E. Piper Lane
Suite 128
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone:  847-749-0633

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, serves its growing North American customer base with an extensive inventory of machine tool accessories.  Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing the most innovative tooling and technology.  Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. serves the auto, aero, medical, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEMs worldwide, through its network of manufacturers’ representatives. Platinum Tooling is the importer of Heimatec, Henninger, Tecnicrafts, and AMF Tooling for North America.

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Complete Range of Heimatec Live Tool Speed Increasers Available Through Platinum Tooling

Gear ratios of 1:2, 1:3, & 1:4 with RPM max of 48,000

1:4 Radial Live Tool Speeder from Heimatec with ER 16 output, 24,000 rpm max

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc., the exclusive importer of Heimatec live tools, angle heads, and multiple spindle heads, offers immediate delivery on a variety of speeders for all popular live tool lathes.  Platinum Tooling, headquartered in Prospect Heights, Illinois, serves the North American Market.

These speed multipliers are available for working the OD or Face of the workpiece, with either external or internal coolant design, and mounting configurations to suit virtually any machine tool set-up, including all VDI, BMT, and a variety of Swiss style machines.   

Speed multipliers for all BMT turrets including Doosan, Haas, Miyano, and Nakamura as well as many Citizen models are now in stock in Illinois with others available from factory stock for short lead times.    

According to Platinum Tooling President Preben Hansen, “As our presence in the American machine tool market continues to expand, so does our product line.  These speed multipliers offer the customer a way to enhance their machine tool capabilities and increase production.  These tools are available through Platinum Tooling’s extensive network of distributors and sales reps across North America.”     


For further information and literature, or to arrange a demo on these products, please contact: 

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
email:  phansen@platinumtooling.com

Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, serves its growing North American customer base with an extensive inventory of machine tool accessories. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing the most innovative tooling and technology. Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. serves the auto, aero, medical, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEMs worldwide, through its network of manufacturers’ representatives. Platinum Tooling is the exclusive importer of Heimatec, Henninger, Tecnicrafts, and AMF tooling for North America.

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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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