The production of gear hobs began in 1916 by FETTE, today a major brand of LMT Tools. Hobs are tools that enable users to produce gear wheels of different sizes, and they have remained one of LMT Tools' core products until the present day. LMT Tools now supplies almost all major transmission system manufacturers worldwide, especially in the car industry. In addition to small module hobs, the company offers hobs equipped with indexable inserts. These enable users to manufacture large gear wheels, for example, for wind turbines.
For decades LMT Tools has been an expert in producing cutting tools for the production of gears, focusing on optimized productivity and increased cutting speeds in industrial manufacturing. Being technologically advanced, LMT Tools offers a wide tool range for gear cutting in the market. The product range includes small-module and large-module tools for the roughing and finishing of gears.
In 2010 the company launched Nanosphere, the world's first nanostructured multilayer coating for gear hobs. This high-tech coating protects tools against the extreme conditions of the machining process.
For hobs and involute gear cutters with indexable inserts, LMT Tools developed Nanotherm, a heat resistant coating which protects blades against the high temperatures that occur during the milling of large gears.
Working with a manufacturer of gear cutting machines, LMT Tools developed the ChamferCut tool system that enables users to carry out gear cutting and deburring in a single work process.
LMT Tools' most recent hob development bears the name Speedcore. The special feature of this tool is its intermetallic core, which facilitates significantly higher cutting speeds.
Growth opportunities for gear cutting systems are primarily emerging worldwide in the automotive industry and the wind energy sector, where increasing numbers of large gears are required. As a partner for complete gear production systems LMT Tools offers these users a comprehensive range of products and services, from initial tool procurement to tool reconditioning.