A machine tool can be described as a tool used for shaping or machining metal or other rigid materials, usually by cutting, boring, grinding, shearing, etc. Interestingly, One of the earliest machine tool was a screw cutting lathe dating to about 1483, which utilized direct mechanical control of the cutting tool’s path and other early machining tools include the slide rest lathe, the screw cutting lathe, the turret lathe, the milling machine, and the metal planer. Other important tools include ER collets and boring heads.
For machining shops, it can be a good idea to look into tool setters and presetters, which are tool measurement devices. There are a variety of ways to record and store measurement tools: some presetters require you to manually record the information, while others computerize it. Some use barcodes, and the highest end models used RFID chips. Furthermore, medium and high end presetters have the ability to measure the shape of the tool profile. Overall, tool presetters and tool setters can help you to keep your tools organized, help a shop become more disciplined when it comes to both measuring tools, and managing them. Prior to purchasing a tool presetter you will want to do some research. Tool presetters range from simple to high end, so you will want to decide which version is best for you and which is most appropriate to your needs. And of course, no matter what kind of tool you buy, from tool presetters to ER collets, you will want to make sure you purchase high quality tools. High quality tools, such as ER collets, are essential.