Indexable Inserts target holemaking applications.

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Available in KCPK10, KCU25, and KCU40 grades, Beyond(TM) Series includes SPPX/SPGX Drill Fix Square outboard inserts, available in HP, FP, and MD geometries. Together with drill bodies, diameters range from 1.00-2.125 in. KCPK10 grade offers abrasion and crater-wear resistance for high-speed machining of steels and cast irons, while KCU25 suits machining of steel, stainless steel, and cast iron. With multi-layered PVD TiN-TiAlN coating, KCU40 withstands interruptions and provides wear resistance.

Original Press Release:

New Beyond(TM) Inserts for Kennametal DFS(TM) System Boost Drilling Productivity

(LATROBE, PA) - The innovative Beyond(TM) platform of high-performance tool grades from Kennametal has garnered exceptional reviews from customers worldwide. Now the company is introducing the first Beyond inserts for holemaking applications. Three new grades are available: KCPK10, KCU25, and KCU40. The product portfolio covers SPPX/SPGX Drill Fix Square (DFS(TM)) outboard inserts, available in HP, FP, and MD geometries. Together with the DFS drill bodies, diameters range from 24.0 to 55.0 mm (1.00 - 2.125 inch).

Kennametal's DFS indexable drill platform offers the economy of a square insert having 4 edges in the outside pocket combined with the outstanding centering and high feed ability of a DFT trigon insert. The DFS indexable drill can be used in virtually any short-hole applications and materials performed on CNC lathes or machining centers.

Achieving up to 20% or higher material removal rate (MRR) at the same tool life as standard inserts, the KCPK10 grade offers outstanding abrasion and crater-wear resistance for high-speed machining of steels and cast irons.

With up to 20% or higher MMR and a 30% extended tool life, KCU25 is the first choice for processes at high speeds and feeds, delivering very good reliability in steels, stainless steels, and cast irons.

With a multi-layered PVD TiN-TiAlN coating and a tough substrate, the KCU40 grade delivers double the tool life at equivalent material removal rates for standard inserts. This grade withstands interruptions and provides high wear resistance for long tool life.

"Three new Beyond grades cover holemaking in steel, stainless steel, and cast iron, and provide outstanding results both in highly stable, high-speed conditions and difficult, unstable jobs," says Thilo Mueller, Senior Product Manager. "With four high-productivity cutting edges where they are needed, the DFS drills with new Beyond inserts enable higher speeds and, as there is simply more tool body material between these two inboard and outboard inserts, higher feed rates than competitive tooling based on squared inserts only."

"It would have been very easy simply taking a squared insert outboard and inboard," Mueller continues. "By using a trigon-shaped insert inside, we simply have more material in between, and the tool does not get fragile like tooling with squared inserts only. This feed advantage plus chip flutes that enable much better chip evacuation gives users better hole quality at higher MRR - a real competitive advantage."

Kennametal Inc.

Kennametal Inc. (NYSE: KMT) delivers productivity to customers seeking peak performance in demanding environments by providing innovative custom and standard wear-resistant solutions. This proven productivity is enabled through our advanced materials sciences and application knowledge. Our commitment to a sustainable environment provides additional value to our customers. Companies operating in everything from airframes to coal mining, from engines to oil wells and from turbochargers to construction recognize Kennametal for extraordinary contributions to their value chains. In fiscal year 2009, customers bought approximately $2.0 billion of Kennametal products and services - delivered by our nearly 12,000 talented employees doing business in more than 60 countries - with more than 50 percent of these revenues coming from outside North America. Visit us at

Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, PA; 800.446.7738.

Beyond(TM) inserts for Kennametal's DFS(TM) indexable drill platform.

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