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Production Services

 

High Volume to Short Runs 

Multiple Spindle Specialists

 

Full-Service Vendor for any Acme Gridley Product

Direct Drive Conversions

 


Maintenance problems virtually eliminated due to unique process.

Carrier Services

 


Skilled technicians specifically trained in processing carriers and headstocks.

Automatic Screw Machine Parts

 

130,000 square feet of new and used parts, attachments, tooling and accessories.
 

On-Site Service

 

All elements of Acme Gridley trouble shooting, from process improvements to complete rebuilds, done on your own floor. 
 

Engineering Services 

 

Competent and complete engineering staff.
 

E2000� and E3000� Tooling

Exceptionally strong and rigid, the E2000 has a premium TiN coating over a tough micro-grain substrate. It provides outstanding performance on automatic screw machines, as well as the higher speeds and feeds found on CNC bar-fed machines. Also available in E2025 (Tin honed), E2050 (TiAln honed) and E2075 (TiCN honed).

E3000� is a parallel geometry designed for screw machine applications. It produces superior flatness and finishes on most materials. It can be supplied in Tin, TiCN, TiAIn, and AITin Coatings
 

Empire Original Cut-off Tooling

 

Empire manufactures a complete line of cut-off systems, including our original hollow ground high-speed and carbide tipped cut-off blades.

 

When used properly, they are still the most cost-effective cut-off tools available. Blades are available from stock in a wide range of sizes in both high-speed steel and carbide tipped versions

 

Twin Tip Tooling

 

It's a new concept in "throw away" cut-off tooling - the strong, rigid, multipurpose, high-performance Twin-Tip� cutting tool - exclusively from Empire Tool.


Designed specifically for the higher speeds and feeds achieved with CNC turning centers, Twin-Tip� tools can also be used on automatic screw machines. Either way, they're stronger and more productive than any other system, and they are more versatile.


Twin-Tip� tools excel at cut-off and grooving, and will face, turn, profile and chamfer. That's Six Tools-in-One!
Twin-Tip� tools and holders are available for all screw machines and CNC turning centers including Swiss-type machines. It's the dawn of a new age in cut-off tooling.

 

Empire Original Cut-off Tooling

Empire manufactures a complete line of cut-off systems, including our original hollow ground high-speed and carbide tipped cut-off blades.

When used properly, they are still the most cost-effective cut-off tools available. Blades are available from stock in a wide range of sizes in both high-speed steel and carbide tipped versions
 

Twin Tip Tooling

It's a new concept in "throw away" cut-off tooling - the strong, rigid, multipurpose, high-performance Twin-Tip� cutting tool - exclusively from Empire Tool.

Designed specifically for the higher speeds and feeds achieved with CNC turning centers, Twin-Tip� tools can also be used on automatic screw machines. Either way, they're stronger and more productive than any other system, and they are more versatile.

Twin-Tip� tools excel at cut-off and grooving, and will face, turn, profile and chamfer. That's Six Tools-in-One!
Twin-Tip� tools and holders are available for all screw machines and CNC turning centers including Swiss-type machines. It's the dawn of a new age in cut-off tooling.
 

Boring Bars

Empire's boring bars are designed for high precision applications where hole uniformity is absolutely essential. Empire boring bars have the tightest pocket tolerance in the industry, and have a minimum bore diameter of .172.

Threading bars have a .310 minimum thread diameter, and our profiling bars have a .625 minimum bore diameter.
Carbide inserts are available with .140 to .375 I.C. in a wide range of grades, and with tolerances that are unexcelled. All at competitive prices!

Twin-Bit� Cutting Tool System

Empire's new Twin-Bit� System has been designed to produce narrow grooves, thread, and cut-off. It provides two cutting edges on one insert in narrow widths. Grooving inserts are available in widths of .019 to .125. Cut-off inserts have 7 degree lead angles and threading inserts are available in 60 and 55 degree pitch .

Square shank holders are available in sizes from 8mm to 16mm.

Recess and Custom Attachments

Empire's heavy-duty recessing attachments are available in stationary, adjustable type, and milling type to fit most multi-spindle automatics. The flat ways are hardened and precision ground to provide smooth slide action.

Positive chatter control with a hardened gib and external springs eliminates binding and chip clogging. Empire's custom attachments eliminate secondary operations without a spindle stopper.

The synchronous milling attachment produces one slot or two flats while the part is rotating and the synchronous drilling attachment (not pictured) produces one hole or multiple holes offset to center while the part is turning. Both attachments mount on the end tool slide.
 

Shave Tool Holders

Empire's shave tool holders are available in both standard type (universal base) and shank type. Both types are available with conventional roll rest or dovetail adjustable roll rest assembly.

All shave tool holders feature faster set-up, quick elimination of taper, positive chatter control, and simple in-house reconditioning.
 

Form Tool Holders

Empire's form tool holders and bridges are top-of-the-line in the industry. They are precise and durable, yet simple to use.

The dovetail design provides reduced set-up time and minimizes scrap. Available in all dovetail sizes for all automatic screw machines.
 

Indexable Center Cutting Tools

Empire's ATV200O� tools are the All-Terrain-Vehicles in tooling. They are indexable center cutting tools, and are excellent at rough and finish milling for slots, ends and pockets. They are particularly adept in plunge cutting, slot facing and counter boring applications.

ATV200O� tools are N/C qualified in all index positions, and do not require pre-setting. High precision, indexable carbide inserts are available for both roughing and finishing.

Insert Style Form & Shave Tool Systems

Empire is proud to introduce a new line of throwaway insert tooling. Our experienced tool designers can help set-up your automatic screw machine or CNC lathe jobs or we will build the tools to your blueprints.

We offer a range of options for insert-style tooling, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Carbide or high-speed steel materials
  • EDM, surface ground, or lapped finishes
  • Back taper, side clearance, or chip breakers for better tool life
  • Variety of coatings and treatments

Our holders are designed to be efficient and user friendly. It consists of a body, anvil, and clamp. Holders can be manufactured in standard or special dovetail and shank sizes. We have 5/8" and 1" dovetail form and 1" dovetail shave holder bodies in stock for quick turnaround time on your orders.

Utilizing the replaceable anvil, a datum point system can be implemented for a family of similar parts. A machine can be changed over to a different part by simply replacing the anvil and insert. Only minor adjustments, if any, are needed since the holder body and clamp remain constant for the entire family of parts.

  • The benefits of Empire�s new throwaway insert system include:
  • Reduced down time from elimination of re-sharpening
  • Faster tool change
  • Reduced set-up time
  • Easier to use and more cost-effective
Dovetail, Circular & Flat Form Tools

Empire's dovetail, circular and flat form tools are available as blanks and as finished tools built to customer print specifications. Forms are laid out using CAD/CAM systems, and can be manufactured using wire EDM and/or precision grinding equipment. Tolerances are held to within .0002.





 

Milling Cutters

Empire milling cutters are manufactured to suit
a multitude of uses, and are in use today in many industries including aircraft and aerospace, automotive, off-highway and agriculture.

All milling cutters can be made from high speed steel and tungsten carbide-tipped material.

Drills, Reamers & Form Relief Tooling

Empire manufactures a variety of special drills, reamers, recess tools, counterbores, spot-facing tools, trepan tools and hollow mills. Tools can be made from high speed steel or solid carbide, or they can be carbide tipped. Our state-of-the-art CNC grinding equipment can meet tolerances of less than .0001 to insure consistent performance. Retipping and re-sharpening services are also available. Tools can be made to your prints, or we can design tools specifically for your application. Empire's form relief tooling is available in high speed steel, and tungsten carbide-tipped construction. Special coatings can also be applied if desired. Manufacturing capabilities include:

  • Shank-type end mills
  • Form cutters
  • Recess mills
  • Arbor-mounted form cutters

Tools made from high speed steel can be ground or unground form relieved. Solid carbide and carbide-tipped tools can be ground with radial relief by our highly skilled machinists or on our high precession CNC grinding equipment
 

Milling and Turning Inserts

Empire offers a broad line of insert tooling for lathes and CNC turning centers in a variety of geometries and coatings for almost any application.

Empire also offers milling inserts for steel, stainless, cast iron, light alloys and exotics that will improve your productivity

Empire Tool Company
4261 13th Street � Wyandotte, MI � 48192
Tel (810) 392-2101 � Fax (810) 392-3342
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