Manufacturer's Catalogs - Use Them!!
In my travels and experience, every Engineer, Machinist and Production manager has a plethora of books that seem to just sit there and collect dust. The information that is jammed into these books can seriously help reduce your bottom line operating costs and increase your shops capacity without buying another machine or starting a second shift.
Every tool manufacturer has the information right there at your finger tips, you just have to know where to look. A wise man once told me, " Why are you spending so much time trying to memorize what another person already has printed?"
In place of memorizing every tool in EVERY catalog, I would study each book by section and set memory check points to pull data from later on when it would add value to what I am working on at that point in time. As you peruse each catalog you will also have those 'AHA' moments when you see that perfect tool for that tough application you couldn't figure out.
Each one of those books has a Sales or Application Engineer that wears a shirt with that logo, don't be afraid to call them and have them train you on their catalog and tooling. If you make it easy for them to work with you by learning their nomenclature and catalog they can seriously help you on the spindle reduce cycle times, eliminate ops, improve surface finish to make you that much more competitive in the market place and increase your profit margins.
If you don't know who your rep is or how to get a hold of them, call the number that is on that back of each catalog and their office will point you in the right direction.
If every small business manufacturer utilized these resources you will be surprised on how it will affect your bottom line and profitability.