Plant Services, Inc

Plant Services, Inc


Cutting Tool Technologies

Cutting Tool Technologies

Understanding cutting tool technologies can be daunting for newcomers and established machinists alike. Knowing your options helps increase efficiency, reduce lead times, and improve customer satisfaction. PDQ can help you find the right solution for your jobs.

What type of cutting tools do I need?

Metalworking came a long way in the last century. From steam engines to computer aided design and computer-numerical cuttin, advances were plentiful. Current manufacturers tend to fall somewhere between the use of solid tools and custom indexable tools.

Despite the advances, the types of tools you need are still highly task specific. The durability of metal and other materials, heat of cutting and grinding, and the need to keep your assembly lines running make specific tools necessary.

Types of Cutting Tools

There are two types of cutting tools, solid and indexable. Solid tools are rigid and single body without custom, rotating cutting edges. For small tasks and inconsistent work, they may be a better choice.

Indexable cutting machines help high production manufacturers save money over the long run by allowing you to rotate out cutting inserts. Saving 50 to 70 percent over the cost of replacing or sharpening a solid tool often outweighs the higher initial costs.

Workholding Equipment

Workholding advanced far beyond vices and clamps as well. Today’s workholding machines exert thousands of pounds of pressure on thousands of pounds of materials. They hold almost any material in place as you cut.

Custom workholding devices help you make the perfect cut on oddly shaped and unique components. Workholding is one of the most important tools in your arsenal for reducing error and increasing accuracy and precision.

Hydraulic components are one advance that helps hold heavy duty components in place. They offer flexibility and immense amounts of pressure.


Nothing in workholding works without the right pallets. Designs create space for many different types of tools.

Modern materials ensure a solid base. Advances in materials science continue to allow for customization.

Help Finding the Perfect Solution

As the number of available options continues to grow, understanding how to build your machine shops can create a significant competitive edge. This requires talent, skills, and engineering.

PDQ consultants help clients design tools, pick the right equipment, and install products on the floor. We want our customers to succeed from day one.

Custom Designs

If nothing fits your needs we can build it for you. Our engineering staff turns requirements into advanced cutting tools built to last.

We build our carbide composite edges for inserts and solid tools using the latest technologies.Our shop continues to offer increasing levels of detail with the help of the latest computer numerical cutting machines.

Using the Right Cutting Tool Technologies

Using the best cutting tool technologies for your task is important. The right designs increase accuracy and precision while cutting down on the number of rejected parts and products.

PDQ consultants are ready to help you build out your machine shop. We offer a full range of services to get you running on day one. Get in touch with our team for a free quote today.

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Tom Thayer


Thank you for coming to our website. It is my hope that when you put your mouse down and decide to take action for your facility needs, that we’ve given you enough information for you to make PSI your first call for your specialty contracting needs.

I formed PSI to provide a better, more polished product for our customers in the power and petrochemical industries. To provide “old school” service that was based upon a handshake, and where a service company does just that, provide service. Not only provide service, but provide only the best service, with spot-on pricing, punctuality, professionalism and utilizes a “service with a smile” approach. The company, much like myself has modest roots, remains humble in its demeanor and yet is very driven to succeed and be the very best at what we do.

Mike Bosse

Mike Bosse

Lead Technician

Mike has been with PSI since Late 2014, when he moved over to Billings, MT from Chicago to join our work family.

Mike has been working in the petrochemical industry since he was 19 and has developed quite a few specialty skills over the years. Mike’s certified in multiple PSI service lines such as Isolation/Hydros and torqueing and on-stream leak sealing.

“Bosse” as we refer to him, is another part of our very talented and exciting MT crews. Committed, caring and very personable, Mike is a favorite of our customers and is usually asked for by name when they call in for service work. We enjoy seeing Mike’s bright, smiling face every day around here. He just brings joy to everything he does and is a superb member of our Plant Services, Inc. family.

Sean Carney

Sean Carney

National Technical Operations Manager

Sean has over 13 years of specialty contracting experience and has been with PSI for over 10+ years. Sean started in this industry at a very young age, so despite barely being in his 30’s, Sean has collected decades of experience and has earned his right to manage all of PSI’s territory offices. Sean is a life-long Montana native and grew up in the farm fields just outside of Billings right near the PSI corporate office.

Sean has obtained training and certification in just about every service line PSI has to offer. From Leak Sealing to Hot Taps and Line Stops, Sean’s mastery of these services lines is the baseline that provides him the knowledge to lead our offices to provide only the pinnacle of services to our valued customers.

Sean has the unique background in that he apprenticed at PSI while he was in high school. Seeing things literally from the ground up, as well as working his way up with hard work, dedication and a zest for specialty contracting, Sean’s vision for the future of PSI sets us all up for success. Customer service is core to Sean’s beliefs, and he is our cheerleader to our troops that quality customer service is not easy but is worth it every time and is the only service acceptable here at PSI. Give Sean a call and see what he can do for your specialty needs.