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Seco Tools has partnered with Ferris State University (FSU) in Big Rapids, Michigan, to offer local area engineering students an opportunity to participate in a multi-year internship program at Seco. The program invites the top three engineering applicants to participate for an initial first year internship. Then based on their interest and performance, the students are potentially asked back for a second year. Once a student graduates from the program, Seco often presents an offer of employment at one of the company’s several U.S. locations.

Under the guidance of seasoned mentors, Seco interns experience a combination of classroom training and real-world business experience while earning their degree at FSU. The first-year interns take part in technical training and the development of custom tooling. They will also learn to operate machines and accompany Seco applications specialists on outside customer calls. All these facets of the program ensure students receive a comprehensive overview of all their potential areas of interest.

During their second year, interns are often sent out-of-state to shadow an experienced sales rep and make professional sales calls for on-the-job experience. Students participating in the sales portion of the internship program are paid competitive wages during the internship and receive assistance with housing placement and living expenses. Seco also provides a company car to all second-year students.

“We are very proud of our values at Seco,” said Andrew Nalian, human resource generalist and head of Seco’s internship program. “One of our values is family spirit, and we want to make sure our students are taken care of and have all the tools they need to succeed. Because Seco takes care of everything, the students’ parents don’t worry about their son or daughter moving to a new city and having to locate and pay for housing. If the intern is participating in the second-year sales program, the parents don’t need to worry about a car either, as a company car is provided.”

Seco’s internship program has been in place for several years, and feedback has been extremely positive. The majority of students who complete the program end up working for Seco.

“We have placed second year students all over the country,” said Nalian. “From South Carolina, to Texas and California. Most of these students will have a job offer with us before they even graduate. In today’s marketplace, that’s a huge advantage.”

Engineering students interested in securing an internship with Seco should plan to visit the Seco booth at FSU’s Career Fair to be held this October.

Friday, 02 June 2017 14:01

Seco Launches New Global Website

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Seco Tools, a global provider of metalcutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking and toolholding, has launched its new global website. The new site will help customers boost output and navigate complex metalworking processes with access to robust product and technical information, best-in-the-industry resources and support – all in one centralized online location.

“At Seco, we understand that in today’s competitive marketplace, manufacturers need fast and reliable solutions to their complex metalworking challenges,” said Lars Bergstrom, CEO of Seco Tools. “The new secotools.com makes it easier for our customers to find the products and support they need to increase productivity.”

Flexible and adaptive, the site’s design allows for an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices, including desktop computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets. The site features an efficient search engine and navigation that allows users to quickly and easily find what they need any time day or night. The enhanced search functionality lets customers quickly obtain tools and cutting strategies tailored to meet their specific manufacturing applications and challenges.

Among the site’s many powerful new features is Suggest, an advanced online product selection tool that guides manufacturers to the right metalcutting solutions. Based on user input, Suggest quickly identifies and provides users with a complete tooling recommendation.

Users can increase productivity with quick access to real-time product and warehouse availability information. They can also use the distributor locator to find an authorized source to order Seco products.

Seco Tools, LLC, the North American subsidiary of Sweden’s Seco Tools AB, has announced organizational changes and employee promotions within its Canadian sales organization. These changes follow Rob Keenan, president of Seco Tools, LLC, vacating his position at the head of the Canadian sales organization to take on his current role at the start of 2015.

With 24 years of experience in the industry and 10 years at Seco, Branko Hohnec brings a wealth of expertise to the role of general manager for Seco in Canada. Mr. Hohnec worked as a production manager, then in distribution, before joining Seco in 2005. For the past decade, he has been the managing director for Seco in Slovenia.

Additionally, Vince Tersigni has been hired to the position of sales manager for Canada. Mr. Tersigni brings with him nine years of experience in the cutting tool industry, including sales, applications and sales management positions.

“Having served the Canadian market in my previous role at Seco, the customers there are near and dear to my heart,” says Mr. Keenan. “These changes ensure that we will continue to meet and exceed their needs. Branko has already made significant achievements in his previous role within Seco and will continue to succeed heading our Canadian organization. Additionally, Vince brings a lot of metal cutting expertise to Seco and will be a key addition to our highly dedicated team.”

Seco Tools, LLC is a provider of metal cutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking and toolholding.

For more information, visit: www.secotools.com

With great emphasis on education, training and strengthening the U.S. manufacturing workforce, Seco Tools, LLC has donated almost half a million dollars in metalworking tools to training centers, community colleges, technical programs and high schools throughout the Midwest and Pennsylvania. The selection of tools included a variety of new and unused high quality solid-carbide, high-speed steel (HSS) and cobalt end mills used for milling operations.

Seco is dedicated to closing the skills gap and ensuring the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow is well trained. Collaborating with and supporting learning institutions that specialize in hands-on shop training can aid in filling the growing number of jobs being vacated by many individuals retiring from the workforce. Plus, the training programs can retrain existing workers on technological advances that help to further overall manufacturing productivity.

“Throughout the year, we perform audits of our warehouse stock to clear out discontinued items, over-produced specials and other products that cannot or are unlikely to be sold in the future,” said Dale Higgins, technical support specialist at Seco. “In the past, we have recycled these tools to recoup a portion of our costs, but this year we decided that giving the entire $412,035 worth of tooling to schools that are training the future workforce is really more valuable to us and to our industry.”

One recipient of Seco’s donation, the Cleveland Industrial Training Center, is a CNC training facility located within an actual manufacturing facility in Cleveland with a second facility in Akron. The centers provide concentrated CNC training that prepares 180 graduates each year with the skills they need to program and run machines and produce accurate parts. The program, in its 22nd year, boasts an extremely high job placement rate.

“We often get donations, but certainly not of this quantity and quality,” explained Tim Duffy, president of Cleveland Industrial Training Center when asked about the significance of this gift. “The scope and breadth of what Seco donated will take care of us for years to come for certain categories of tools.”

In addition to the Cleveland Industrial Training Center, the following schools also received tool donations from Seco:

  • Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan
  • Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan
  • Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana
  • Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry in Hudson, Michigan
  • Capital Area Career Center in Mason, Michigan
  • Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois
  • Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, Illinois
  • Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • Warren Lincoln High School in Warren, Michigan
  • Romeo Engineering & Technology Center in Washington Township, Michigan


Scott R. Siebers, machine tool instructor at Fox Valley Technical College, and Guy Hart, instructor at Romeo Engineering and Technical Center, also pointed out how valuable the donations are to their programs. Both instructors are grateful for the high-quality cutters that would otherwise have been unobtainable due to budget constraints. They also assured that students will put the tooling to good use as they learn about modern carbide tooling and machining processes.

For more information, visit: www.secotools.com/us

Seco Tools, LLC, the North American subsidiary of Sweden’s Seco Tools AB, announced organizational changes and employee promotions within its sales and marketing departments to better capitalize on strategic growth opportunities and further sharpen its customer support initiatives.

According to Rob Keenan, President of Seco Tools, LLC, the company implemented these organizational changes as part of an open and collaborative process. “We worked as a team to share ideas and experiences that would put the best possible structure in place for continuing our aggressive market share growth plan and better serving our customers,” he said.

After 46 years of dedicated service, Lou Novacco, Director of Sales, will officially retire on July 1. Mike Parker has been named his successor and will be transitioning from his current role of Director of Engineering and Marketing. Parker moves into his new position with more than 34 years of Seco experience. His expertise spans the areas of research and development, product management, production, marketing and engineering. He also has global company experience, having worked for Seco divisions in three countries.

Larry Lefkof has been promoted to the position of Director of Marketing, while continuing to serve as the Niagara Cutter National Sales Manager until a replacement for that role is found. Lefkof, also a long-time Seco employee, has vast experience spanning multiple disciplines within the company, including product management, production, sales management and marketing.

Dan Sikora, current Director of Operations and Human Resources for North America, will now take on global responsibilities as Regional HR Business Partner for Seco Americas and South Africa. In addition, he will manage strategic initiatives for Seco North America, having a focus for 2015 on the next-generation Duratomic® Technology launch, completing the integration of the Niagara Cutter brand into the Seco product family and expanding the company's Custom Tooling operations in Troy, Michigan.

“Seco offers a culture of advancement and gives top performers the opportunity to succeed, which is why we try to fill leadership positions with internal candidates,” said Keenan. “I am confident Mike, Larry and Dan will excel in their new roles. They have a proven performance record and offer unmatched industry knowledge and experience. Their innovative mindsets will further enhance the company’s strategic direction as well as allow us to continuously provide customers with the best possible cutting tool solutions.”

Seco Tools, LLC is a provider of metalcutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking and toolholding.

For more information, visit: www.secotools.com/us

Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:05

Seco Tools’ EDGE Magazine Now Available Online

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Seco Tools’ award-winning print magazine, EDGE, has long been providing the company’s metalworking customers with new cutting tool information, technical articles and customer case studies. Today, Seco Tools is pleased to announce a new web version of the magazine for those who prefer accessing this content online.

EDGE online features the same informative, productivity-boosting content, professional photography and sharp design elements as the print version but with added bonus materials, such as videos and more product imagery.

According to Lisa Seidl, manager of marketing communications for Seco Tools, EDGE online is extremely easy to navigate, enables the company to reach a wider global audience as well as encourages the sharing of articles via social media.

“Social media has been a big push for us over the past year as we are committed to keeping our customers completely engaged and up-to-date on the latest and greatest metalcutting information, and the new EDGE online is just one piece of the puzzle,” said Seidl.

For more information, visit: www.edgeupdate.com

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:45

Seco Tools Among Best Companies to Work For

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For the fourth year in a row, Corp! Magazine has named Seco Tools one of “Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For,” an honor that comes by providing a highly motivating and rewarding work experience to employees.
 
Seco, a leading provider of metalcutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking and toolholding, makes recruiting and retaining talented employees a top priority, which is critical in a time when skilled workers within the manufacturing sector are at a premium.
 
“We are in an industry that constantly competes to obtain and retain the best talent, and we value each employee for his and her contribution to the customer experience,” said Dan Sikora, director of operations and human resources for Seco. “We have built a culture on trust and mutual respect. It’s been the foundation to our success and the cornerstone principle for how we work with our customers and our employees.”
 
Three fundamental values help shape Seco’s corporate culture: passion for its customers, family spirit and personal commitment. These ideals define Seco’s approach to business and come across in every interaction with employees, customers, suppliers and other business partners.
 
Seco offers several programs to reward employees who are dedicated, responsible and creative, as well as fosters an environment where employees are heard. Furthermore, the company provides comprehensive training to empower employees to achieve optimal performance, takes a solutions-oriented approach to product quality and innovation, and builds cross-functional teams to drive future company growth.
 
“Employee morale is extremely important to the Seco family. We do everything in our power to keep our employees energized so they can provide the very best products to our customers,” said Sikora. “Our employee-friendly company policies have made Seco one of the best of the industry.”
 
In addition to being honored at the local level for its best practices in human resources, Seco was recognized at the national level in 2011 for being one of the “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” in the country by the National Association for Business Resources.
 
Seco Tools is a leading provider of metalcutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking and toolholding. The company prides itself on building close relationships with customers to effectively understand and address their needs.

For more information, visit: www.secotools.com/us

Seco has announced that it will be holding a seminar on working with difficult-to-machine materials on Monday, August 8 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. Covering materials such as Inconels, Hastalloys, composites and compacted graphite irons, this premier technical training session will be hosted at DMG Mori Seiki’s U.S.A. Headquarters & Chicago Technical Center at 2400 Huntington Boulevard in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

“Materials technology is in a state of constant change, and manufacturers must constantly adapt to retain their competitive edge,” says Don Graham, Seco Education & Technical Services Manager. “This seminar will cover recent developments and demonstrate how tooling and machine technologies can be successfully used to tackle some of the most difficult materials in the industry.”

The day’s agenda will include four distinct sessions, including a current overview of difficult-to-machine materials, failure analysis, the latest tools and techniques and applying machine tools to advanced materials. Lunch and snacks will be provided onsite.

Manufacturers who wish to attend may register at: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e4e17aplf306a994&oseq=

Seco has released the MDT 2MM for grooving, parting and profiling of small and micro parts. An extension of the successful MDT family of tools, the MDT 2MM offers a cutting edge width of just 2 mm (0.078”).

The MDT 2MM is available in two sizes of inserts and toolholders. Designed primarily for Swiss machining applications, MDT19 inserts feature a compactsize and are shaped to provide insert indexing accessibility even when space is restricted. With a longer reach, larger toolholders and broader product range, the MDT28 size offers solutions for general machining applications. MDT28 allows parting off of bars up to 2” in diameter. Both sizes of inserts feature a much thinner width than the 3 mm and 4 mm tools in the MDT family, resulting in tremendous costs savings on materials when parting.

To maximize stability and accuracy, the MDT 2MM incorporates the unique Secoloc insert clamping system. A combination of V-top clamping and serrated contact surfaces between the insert and toolholder ensures the highest possible process security.

MDT 2MM inserts are available in multiple geometries. The FT- geometry provides strong performance for grooving and parting off. FTR6 and FTL6 geometries were designed to reduce burring and center pip when parting off in more demanding applications. For profiling, the round MP- geometry is optimal.

To maximize applicability of MDT 2MM, inserts are available in CP500 and CP600 grades. CP500 offers high-speed capability andapplies to general grades with high wear resistance, while CP600 provides additional toughness for more difficult applications, such as interrupted cuts.

For more information, visit: www.secotools.com/en-US/Global/Products/Turning/MDT/MDT-2-mm

Seco Tools has joined Mazak’s Value Inspired Partners (VIP) program. Created to promote higher levels of solutions for manufacturers, the Mazak technology partners program brings together industry-leading technology providers to collaborate on R&D, process development and educational opportunities for North American manufacturers. Seco is just the second cutting tool provider to be certified into the program.

“Today’s manufacturer is faced with a broad spectrum of technologies, all evolving at a tremendous rate,” says Mike Parker, Director of Marketing and ProductDevelopment at Seco. “On an increasing basis, it is the responsibility of technology providers to work together to ensure that new innovations work together to provide the best possible performance. Mazak’s VIP program represents a bold and aggressive commitment to this goal. Seco is honored to have been certified for participation in the program and proud to join efforts with other industry leaders.”

To attain membership in the VIP program, a company must demonstrate that its commitment to manufacturers exceeds the traditional supplier relationship. Seco’s history of working closely with manufacturers to improve their processes for maximum productivity and cost savings played an important role in the company’s certification into the Mazak program.

Seco provides innovative cuttings tools and toolholders for milling, turning and holemaking across a wide range of industries. Globally, the company’s products are applied to some of the most demanding applications in metals and composites in the aerospace, medical, automotive, oil & gas, wind and general machining industries.

About Seco Tools

Seco Tools is a leading provider of metalcutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking and toolholding. The company prides itself on building close relationships with customers to effectively understand and address their needs.

For more information, visit: www.secotools.com or www.mazakusa.com/vip

Seco Tools has announced a new line of Super Turbo chamfer mills designed to provide high metal removal rates while reducing production costs. The new cutters use the same inserts and hardware as standard Super Turbo square shoulder mills, allowing manufacturers to increase the versatility of their operations without additional spare parts.

The new Super Turbo chamfer mills feature a high positive cutting rake angle and positive helix angle to reduce power consumption, resulting in freer cutting and reduced harmonics. The design increases tool life as compared to standard APxx style cutters, helping to reduce cost per part.

The new chamfer mills use the same strong insert pocket design found in the rest of the Super Turbo family of products. The strong insert screws and thick, robust inserts offer increased reliability for fewer tooling changes.

Super Turbo chamfer mills are available in setting angles of 30°, 45°, 60° and 75°, with a depth of cut capability of 0.197” – 1.653”, for production of the most common open or close to shoulder chamfers. The new tools are available in Seco-Capto™ and Combimaster® back-end options, with standard shell mill mounting styles in either inch or metric arbor holes. All versions include internal coolant channels.

As part of the Super Turbo mill family, the chamfer mills utilize the full range of Super Turbo insert grades, including Duratomic® coatings, and geometries. This ensures that the tools apply across a wide range of materials and applications.

Seco Tools’ Turbo Mill offering is a comprehensive and versatile square shoulder milling product line that provides solutions for slotting, ramping, contouring, plunging, pocket milling and both circular and helical interpolation. The family offers a choice of 13 carbide grades, 3 PCD-tipped grades and 5 geometries suited for a variety of materials, including steel, stainless steel, cast iron, hardened materials, high-temperature alloys and non-ferrous materials. Super Turbo’s unique inserts feature an optimized edge, advanced helix angle, large wiper flat and strong, highly positive rake angle to allow high productivity.

For more information on Seco Tools’ Super Turbo chamfer mills, please visit www.secotools.com/CorpWeb/north_america/Literature_brochures/Chamfer%20Mills.pdf to download a brochure

Seco has announced that it will be participating in DMG/Mori Seiki’s Innovation Days on May 3 – 5 at the DMG/Mori Seiki’s US headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Seco will be providing tooling for a variety of innovative cutting demonstrations and demonstrating the use of a broaching operation for blisk machining. The company will also participate in a demonstration incorporating simultaneous upper and lower turret machining to produce fins for the aerospace industry.

“The market continues to grow more competitive and manufacturers need solutions designed for the unique requirements of the industries they serve,” says Mike Herman, OEM Technical Specialist at Seco. “Seco embraces working together with machine tool builders to develop industry-specific products and processes that achieve cost savings and productivity enhancements.”

Among the demonstrations at Innovations Days, Seco will be providing custom tooling for a newly developed broaching application used for blisk machining. In addition to highlighting an innovative cutting process,this application will also showcase the capabilities of the new NTX Series from DMG/Mori Seiki. Seco will also participate in a demonstration showing how opposing cutters can be used in a pinch milling application to machine a blade for the power generation industry.

Seco personnel will be available at Innovation Days, to discuss their latest product introductions and technological innovations. Manufacturers can register for DMG/Mori Seiki’s Innovation Days at http://www.cvent.com/events/innovation-days-2011/event-summary-b88e33d576fe47979c5364335eb4e887.aspx

For more information visit: www.secotools.com

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