Buyer Beware: This system has not been standardized by any governing body. If you purchase cheap dual contact tooling after being told by a supplier that it will work just as good as the original for half the price, you risk unsatisfactory performance and/or damage to very expensive spindles. Here’s why.
This precision machine shop discovered the many ways that balancing and heat shrinking their toolholders gives them repeatable and predictive results in machining aluminum components for aircraft.
Take a look at how this job shop uses a highly versatile modular quick change collet system to perform setups and changeovers in speeds of 15 seconds or less.
S-pads from Hardinge are much faster to change than collets from job-to-job and can be shared between many brands of machines, whether the master collet is mounted directly in a machine spindle (single or multiple), in a collet adaptation chuck, or in a collet block.
SGS solid carbide end mills can now come with the Safe-Lock system from Haimer.
Steven Baier now leads their sales team.
Drew Strauchen takes over marketing and business development, and Robert Bied is now in charge of product management for North America.
Workholding must be updated to make full use of the small lot flexibility that machine tools now offer so that the same part cost can be achieved in much shorter production runs. Here are some of the latest advances in workholding technology for shops to consider.
Aluminum full grip jaws from Dillon are ideal for machining thin-walled valves, cylinders, specialty wheels and gears, housings and enclosures, adaptors and connectors, aluminum and steel shells, flanges, retainer rings, smog control air pump rotors, gas turbine parts, thin-wall tubing, cylinder liners for diesel engines and more.
The Low-Profile 65 mm Dead-Length FlexC Quick Change Collet Chuck from Hardinge can be customized to fit any spindle for better tool clearances compared to similar alternatives.