In general

When asked what we like doing the most here at Triple-T, the answer is always “Specials”. Developing, engineering, and producing tools that make our customers operations more cost efficient and higher quality is what we love to do. We have over 120 years of combined CNC grinding experience with emphasis on producing special cutting tools that are specific to a customers desires. Our equipment is the latest state of the art which include 10 (5 axis) CNC grinding machines, 1 CNC Centerless grinders, 1  Centerless grinder, 5 auto loaders, and various conventional support grinders. We also have support machining and testing machines that include a CNC Swiss screw machine, Haas CNC milling machine and a Haas CNC turning center to test tools, manufacture tool blank and manufacture special fixtures. We have a 13,000+ square foot, modern, air conditioned, facility.

Pricing

Pricing for special cutting tools are done on an individual basis. There are two methods you can use at Triple-T. 1) Use our web site quoting program at: http://tripletcuttingtools.com/build-a-tool/ . This is limited to end mills, step drills, and tapered end mills. 2) Send your description, tool print, or part print to us along with quantities desired and we will be typically back to you within the day. The pricing will include delivery times and prices per quantity.

Delivery time

Our turnaround time for special cutting tools will always depend on several things. How difficult is it to manufacture the cutter? How much engineering will be involved? What is the present work load on our production? Does the tool require outside services such as heat treat, special material, or coating? Once these questions are considered, a delivery date is established. Typical standard delivery times are from 2 weeks to 5 weeks. Expedited deliveries are usually offered for additional costs.

Engineering and development

On the engineering side of our process, Triple-T has ACAD, SolidWorks, and various simulation software specific to the grinding machines. We typically work with customers to develop a cutting tool best suited to the application. This can start with something as simple as a napkin drawing (see pic and story below) and evolves into a detailed ACAD drawing. As a final view, we are also able to produce a 3-D version of exactly what the tool will look like and can email that to the customer for a complete view of the tool (See pic below). This gives the customer a sense of the tools final look.

Continual improvement

Where the applications are ongoing, Triple-T will constantly work with the customer to continuously improve on the cutting tool to fulfill the ultimate goal of manufacturing the part to the highest quality at the least expensive cost. We have continuously worked on projects for many years where tools evolve from a simple one operation tool to a tool that performs several operations into one. Many brainstorming sessions with customers and our staff result in fantastic results.

When there is an error

Triple-T has the dream of producing tools perfect, 100% of the time. Of course we know that is not practicle so mistakes do happen. Our philosophy is that a tool that does not work for a customer is never 100% the customers fault, even where it may appear to be. It could be that we did not ask enough questions in the development aspect of the job. Every return, regardless of the error, is considered a rework. Our practicle goal is less that ½ of 1%. Where there is a rework, we typically generate a corrective action for the job that is fully recorded and is always available to the customer for their records. This is to best assure that we do not make the same mistake twice. This is a part of our ISO quality  procedure and has been very effective in producing positive results. The principles at Triple-T have always felt that a company is better defined by how it handles problems than how it handles success. Problems are sometimes the best way to make significant improvements.

Completion

Only when these challenges are met to the customers complete satisfaction, do we feel that the job has been done. It brings great pride to us to achieve that goal.

 

 

Sample Challenge

The Project: Manufacture a cutter that will cut a series of V-slots that will result in producing sharp corners at the crest and root of the V-forms. Customer was presently running a V-shaped keyseat cutter across the part for each V-form This required a very long cycle time.

The Challenge: Overcome the issue of the inherent grinding wheel radius that will be ground on root of the tool V-form that will transfer to the crest of the part V-form.

The Solution / Illustration: The picture below is the original note pad idea that we faxed to the customer as to how we would solve the problem. The response was “Wow, great idea”.

napkin sketch

Result: Official drawings were generated, tool was manufactured, customer cycle time was DRASTICALLY reduced