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Machining Systems Laboratory

Current research work at the MSL is focused on the area of machining systems, including studies related to advanced machine tools and metal cutting. In general, all research projects are rather fundamental in nature; however they are strongly linked to industrial R&D of interest to manufacturing industries involved in machining.

Funding is provided in the form of research grants and contracts from NSERC of Canada, Centres of Excellence (Ontario) and several corporations from Canada, USA, and overseas.

Our Facilities

MSL has a variety of facilities and experimental setups.
Please view this file for detailed information on our testing equipment.

Technology Briefs

Utilize the full life of your tool and prevent early failure

Are you seeing cracking, peeling, aggressive die wear or other issues causing early failure of your cold forming tooling? The MMRI can help by diagnosing the root causes in early failure of costly cold forming tools by applying our years of materials and tooling research, combined with state-of-the-art research equipment.

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Accelerate process development by understanding machinability during planning stages

Are you developing a new process, anticipating new materials in next generation parts, or experiencing machinability issues in current production? Understanding the machinability of a material in the process planning stages can help accurately estimate process capacity requirements, eliminate unexpected bottlenecks, and prevent surprises in new processes. The MMRI can help by performing machinability studies.

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Identify issues before they show up in production

The MMRI can analyze incoming material and tooling to ensure they are meeting quality and spec. requirements. We utilize state-of-the-art equipment and apply our years of research-based knowledge and expertise to diagnose issues.

Avoid costly new machines by maximizing the capacity of your existing machines first

Looking for improved cycle times to meet capacity demands, or to reduce per-part-cost? Experiencing chip/swarf management or vibration issues in your process? The MMRI can help you meet these challenges by performing analysis and testing at the MMRI lab to recommend optimal feeds and speeds which meet your production and part specifications.

Eliminate chip management issues through a research-based approach

Are you having issues in your process with swarf management: long stringy chips which won't break, wrapping around tools and interfering with cutting? The MMRI can help by applying our detailed technical understanding of chip formation and the factors which affect length, thickness, curl and breaking of chips and swarf formed in metal cutting.

Reduce unexpected issues in production by selecting the best tool for your process

Planning tooling for a new process or trying to improve the performance of an existing one? The MMRI through advanced research in cutting tools, coatings, and processes, can help in selecting and developing tooling for your processes.

The MMRI has extensive analysis capabilities and can provide impartial 3rd party analysis of your material, parts, or tooling for internal, supplier or customer needs.

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We offer Technology Transfer Opportunities for:

  • Tooling Selection
  • Tool Path Development
  • Process Monitoring
  • Process Parameters

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