25 August 2014
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Marlco Broaches, a WDS brand, is the only UK manufacturer of traditional, high quality broaches for cutting keyways and grooves for specialised precision engineering industries.

Broaching is commonly used to precision machine circular and non-circular holes, splines and keyways into work pieces that can include castings, forgings, screw machine parts and stampings. The broaching process uses a toothed tool, the broach, to remove material from the workpiece and create the desired shape. As the broach is pushed through the material each tooth, which deviates slightly in shape from the tooth before it, cuts a small amount of the shape away.

Marlco broaches are made in-house at WDS's UK based manufacturing facilities. Standard broaches are available in a range of shapes and sizes and in most cases are available for next day delivery. In the event that an irregular shape is required, WDS can design and manufacture bespoke broaches on request. In addition, to extend the working life of specialised broaches, an on-going sharpening and regrinding service is available.

The broaches are supplied into all types of industries around the world to businesses of all sizes: from small, independent engineering shops to multinational aerospace manufactures. Designed to perform efficient and precise machining of irregular shapes, such as keyways and splines, each broach contains a variety tooth designs to enable a range of cuts, from roughing to final finishing, to be completed in a single pass. Broaches are manufactured from tool steel and can be used on most production grade steel and stainless steel.

Paul Gay

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