New Bit Development Process
Before any tool is
released for sale, it undergoes a rigorous three step process. This process ensures tools you buy are custom fit to your
Step 1 Needs
First, we listen to our customers.
Going to trade shows, visiting individual shops and
participating in on-line forums lets our customers drive new tool
development and the improvement of existing designs. Customer input includes application specifics, what materials
are being cut, the types of machines and bits being used, the speeds
(RPM) and feed rates needed, and the issues that are causing them to
look for new tools.
Step 2 Design and
Next, we analyze the feedback received,
then design and develop the new bit geometry.
This process often requires several iterations with each
undergoing internal testing for durability, hardness, speed, and
Step 3 Testing
Finally, new bits are sent to our
independent testers. These
are craftsmen in the field who use these tools on a daily basis.
Their job is to certify our new tools for production use and to
report any problems that they encounter
The bits are tested for their intended use with a variety of
machine and material types. For
example, many of our testers use ebony as their testing medium.
Detailed results are fed back to us (often including the used
bits and sample materials for microscopic analysis).
This feedback is then analyzed to determine a "go" or "no
go" decision. If the
results are not favorable, the bits are send back to the Design and
Development stage for further engineering.