Achieve true 90° shoulder milling with high-performance Widia VSM11™ platform

As a job-shop owner, how would you describe an ideal, go-to tool? Certainly, it should be a high-performance tool that can cover multiple functions such as shoulder milling, slotting, pocket milling, ramping and helical interpolation. And naturally it should have the performance and working life that make it an economical win for present and future production tasks.

This ideal product is the new VSM11 platform from Widia. “VSM11’s versatility and a wide breadth of offering is specifically engineered and optimised to provide higher productivity for job shops” says Adarsh Sowcar, global product manager, indexable milling. Designed for low horsepower draw and free machining, the VSM11 delivers an effective one-two punch of reduced horsepower at the machine and higher speed and feed rates that get jobs done faster.


Avishay Zohar of Widia, Ronnie Graham of Widatech and Yossi Marelly of Widia


Louis Nel and Maritsa Petit of Petit Engineering with Willie Jordaan of Widatech


Mike Ledley and Sam Ernst, both of West Rand Engineering, with Arthur Sousa of Joy Global

VSM11 cutter bodies have an integral chip gash design for excellent chip evacuation along with hardened-steel construction and hardened pocket seats for improved resistance to deformation. They are available in shell, screw on, cylindrical shank, and Weldon shank models with internal air and coolant capability.

VSM11 11mm insert has an optimized cutting edge and positive rake face that provides a true 90-degree wall while concurrently reducing cutting forces and providing excellent, stepless surface finishes. Six Widia Victory™ grades and five geometries make up a well-rounded portfolio of first-choice recommendations covering multiple material types and machining tasks.

There are many things for job shops to like about VSM11. One offering can accomplish 90-degree shoulder milling, full slotting, 3D pocket milling, circular contour milling ID and OD, helical interpolation and ramping into full material. Add to that reduced cutting forces and improved free-cutting action and the result is phenomenal hours of improved tool life. VSM11 are high-performance tools that do more of what job shops need done.


Jan and Michelle Hugo of Hugo Precision Engineering and Piet Booysens of Walquin Precision Engineering


Jan Zuidersma of Zuidersma Engineering with Ralph Nel, Morne Ainsley and Machiel Bezuidenhout, all of Sulzer


Maurice, Ernst and Geerit van der Walt, all of Formach Engineering


A VSM11 Starter Kit of four cutter bodies and Widia Victory grade WP40PM, covering roughing to finishing, is available by contacting your Widia distributor.

All inserts are available in the latest Widia Victory™ grades for a variety of workpiece materials.

Widatech held a seminar to launch the new products of Widia. The seminar was held at Emperors Palace, Gauteng and 120 clients attended. Below is a selection of the attendees.

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