Hoffmann Group ToolScout
Intelligent tool selection and determination of technological data
Selection of the suitable tool and determination of the precise application data play a key role in achieving the desired shape of your workpiece. Be it drills, milling cutters, turning tools or gauges – you will find in ToolScout the right tool for every application, and the individual application data for its use.
ToolScout offers reliable tool selection – in four simple steps:
- Selection of the process
- Determination of the material to be machined
- Specification of the machining task
- Display of the results list
Comprehensive filtering and sorting facilities in the results list – for instance by cooling/lubrication or by shank – then lead you quickly to the desired tool. Did you find what you were looking for? Then benefit from our seamless process chain and order directly from the Hoffmann eShop. Alternatively you can download the list of hits as a PDF or save it in MyToolScout.
In the application data area, after you have input an article number and a simple selection of material you receive reliable cutting data for operations planning, together with comprehensive tool information and CAD data. In this way you receive all the data necessary for optimum planning of the manufacturing process – including speeds and feeds, together with the necessary power and appropriate torque for setting up your machine tool correctly. For torque wrenches, the appropriate effective length of the plug-in head is calculated on the basis of a comprehensive library.
Would you like to make your next tool selection process as easy as possible? Registration on the digital service platform of the Hoffmann Group allows you to configure and save your personal working environment: From individual machine tool data through machining tasks to favourite tools.
• Machine tools
In this area you can manage the parameters of your machine tools. These are used by ToolScout to limit the tool selection, calculate the cost-effectiveness data and display the machine tool diagrams.
• Machining tasks
Here you can view and manage your saved machining tasks (tool selection and application data).
The Favourites function allows you to manage a list of your favourite tools. For example this can be a list of the tools you hold in stock. Your favourites are identified in the results list and can be used as a filter during tool selection.
The world of machining is diverse: From drilling through tapping, milling, turning to slotting and tumbling, ToolScout supports you in tool selection and cutting data calculations. At present we carry the details of more than 20,000 cutting tools across all manufacturers. For the tool selection and cutting data calculation we also refer to a comprehensive materials database - with information on many parameters including hardness and specific cutting force.
You specify the machining task in conjunction with the machining process and the material. The resulting hit list then offers you the facility of objective comparisons between tools. You can for instance select several tools from this list and view a cutting data comparison. This compares various parameters, including cutting speed, feed rates and cycle time amongst others. You can also view a cost-effectiveness analysis for the selected hit list items. This provides a diagrammatic comparison of the tool costs and machine tool costs, together with the metal removal rate. As in many other areas of ToolScout, you can also download a PDF for the cutting data comparison and also for the cost-effectiveness analysis.
In the drilling area you have the choice of the following types of application:
- Standard drilling
- Core drilling
- Stepped drilling
- NC spot drilling
The following processes are available as sub-processes for tapping:
- Thread tapping
- Thread forming
- Internal thread milling
- External thread milling
The following processes are available as sub-processes for turning:
- External longitudinal turning
- Internal longitudinal turning
- Grooving / parting off
The following processes are available as sub-processes for milling:
- Face milling
- Corner milling
- TPC dynamic
- Full-slot milling
- Milling cutter with radii
- Torus milling
- Side and parting-off milling
- Chamfer milling
- Profile milling (Woodruff cutters, T-slot milling cutters, corner rounding cutters, dovetail milling cutters)
The new slotting/tumbling process includes the following types of application:
- Hexagon 60°
- Square 90°
- Slot grooving (with and without chamfer)
Here you can find suitable tools for checking the maximum and minimum sizes of holes, slots, shafts and threads. The following types of application are available:
- Plug gauges
- Setting rings
- Gap gauges
- Groove width gauges
- Thread plug gauges
- Thread ring gauges
You can also use a form to make an enquiry for special versions – such as special calibrations or special sizes – and you can upload your individual workpiece drawings in support of that enquiry.
In this area you can find appropriate torque wrenches for your special requirements. If you perform a tool selection for “Screw”, first specify the screw to be tightened, by inputting the type of thread and size, together with the strength class. ToolScout calculates the recommended torque and suggests the appropriate torque wrench for it.