New inserts with HU5 universal geometry from Walter maximize metal removal in tough materials

New HU5 inserts increase stability, tool life, cutting depths, feed rates, and metal removal rates while also boosting tool life.

Walter has introduced single-sided indexable inserts with new HU5 geometry. These HU5 inserts can dramatically boost productivity particularly in rough machining of stainless steels and heat-resistant super alloys and secondarily in steel. They are typically used in machining AISI 316 material, Inconel 718 and titanium materials.
The main cutting edge, which is protected by a negative chamfer, prevents insert fractures when machining hard scales and heat affected zones and thus optimizes insert performance in forged parts. Components with interrupted cuts and other demanding machining operations benefit as well.

Compared to double-sided negative inserts, HU5 has a large seating surface. This increases stability and permits greater cutting depths, feed rates, and metal removal rates. In addition to the stable seating, the key factor in this improved productivity is the combination of HU5 geometry and Walter’s Tiger·tec® Silver grades. This combination leads to increased tool life up to 75 percent.

With HU5 geometry, the curved cutting edge and deep chip groove produce low cutting forces even at high feed rates, reducing heat buildup. The variable rake angle at the corner radius allows for lower cutting forces and increases tool life. Available in grades WPP10S, WPP20S, WMP20S, WSM20S and WSM30S, the HU5 geometry rounds out the extensive Walter product range in the areas ISO S and M, leading to a total of 12 insert shapes in six grades.

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Walter, a global leader in the metalworking industry for over 100 years, offers a wide range of precision tools for milling, turning, drilling and threading applications. The company helps customers in the aviation and aerospace industries, automotive, energy, and general industry improve process reliability and increase productivity. As an innovative partner capable of creating digital process solutions for optimal efficiency, Walter is pioneering Industry 4.0 throughout the machining industry. With Regional Headquarters in Waukesha, WI, Walter markets its competence brands Walter, Walter Titex, Walter Prototyp and Walter Multiply through a network of channel partners and field engineers across the USA, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

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