Sandvik and Pathtrace Extend Working Collaboration to Improve Mold and Die Productivity

AB Sandvik Comorant and Pathtrace PLC have signed a worldwide agreement to co-operate on joint future developments for new machining techniques for both Production Machining and Mold and Die applications, including High Speed Machining. As a result of the agreement, Pathtrace and Sandvik will carry out joint R & D efforts to ensure new development that matches the future demand across the broad spectrum of the manufacturing industry.

As part of the agreement, Pathtrace will also supply its EdgeCAM software, training and technical support to Sandvik's worldwide network of produtivity and training centeres, enabling customers to experience the benefits of Sandvik tooling combine with EdgeCAM machining expertise. Future releases of EdgeCAM will benefit from a comprehensive database of Sandvik tooling, complete with appropriate material feed and speed cutting data, ensuring customers have access to the complete range of Sandvik tools.

The deal extends long standing collaboration agreements between the two companies which has included projects to directly utilize data from the Sandvik tool management product, AutoTAS, within EdgeCAM.

According to Waino Kaarto, Manager of Business Development for Die and Mold, Sandvik Coromant, "Productivity improvement is critical to reduce manufacturing costs and by integrating the latest advances in tooling and cutting data into EdgeCAM, users are able to immediately benefit from the latest developments in tooling and machining technology, thereby maintaining the highest level of return on investment."

David Boucher, R & D Director of Pathtrace commented, "Experience has shown that tooling manufacturers and CAM software developers need to work closely together to ensure customers are able to get the major benefits from deploying new tooling technologies with optimized machining strategies. Our collaboration agreement with Sandvik allows us to get advance access to the very latest developments in tooling technology, allowing us to bring forward new development to compliment these advances."

Editors Note:

AB Sandvik Coromant is the international leader in cemented carbide cutting tools and tooling systems. Invoiced sales 2000 were 9.6 billion SEK, 97% outside Sweden. 7800 employees, 2400 in Sweden. Headquarters are in Sandviken, Sweden. Main production plant is in Gimo, Sweden with 1600 employees, and additional local production in 30 countries througout the world.

Pathtrace Engineering Systems, and are divisions of Pathtace PLC. Pathtrace Systems, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary. Offices are also established in Scandanavia and Japan, complementing a worldwide network of resellers.

Pathtrace Engineering Systems is the developer of EdgeCAM, an extremely powerful, but easy to use software solution devoted to automating the process of NC programming for metal cutting machine tools. For information about EdgeCAM and Pathtrace, please visit our website at

EdgeCAM is Windows 2000 Professional and NT4 compliant and has over 20,000 users worldwide.

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