Regardless of operation, PCBN-grade, workpiece material or stability of the setup, the most important thing to start with before developing an operation is to make sure that the conditions are the best possible. Conditions of tool holders are one of the things that are too often ignored at customers when there are tool life issues.
The tool holder below is one example what was found at a customer where they had problems with breakage of solid triangular inserts when clamping them. Just a quick look into the machine showed this holder which has severe damages probably due to a collision of some kind. The tool life problem was solved just by changing the tool holder to a new one. The whole matter was finished with an education of the machine operators regarding hard turning, PCBN inserts, how to use them and so on.
For more information, please contact your local Seco representative, or our Advanced material (PCBN/PCD/CERAMIC) team.