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Tooling & Workholding: What’s New for 2014

Here are some of the latest tooling and workholding solutions that increase flexibility, extend tool life, reduce setup times and lower operating expenses.

Advanced machine tool users are concentrating a wide range of add-on investments in accessories ranging from advanced tooling to quick change workholding to match their machine technology. These once seemingly insignificant peripherals are now becoming the important difference in shops being able to compete on a large scale.

Please examine the technical details of each system by clicking on the respective titles listed below:

Greater Flexibility With Exchangeable Head Coupling
This exchangeable head coupling from Sandvik Coromant uses a self-centering screw thread for secure mounting and maximum strength and security for long reach extensions used to mill 0.394 in to 1.26 in diameters and bore 0.394 in to 1.42 in diameters.

Flexible, Sealed Collet Heads Achieve High Accuracy and Reduce Setup
OmniGrip Collet Systems from Forkardt interchange in seconds with spindle mounts for quick changeover of most brands of CNC lathes and the same gripping capability as conventional collets while using less draw bar force.

Turning Options for Every Cast Iron Application
The AC400K Series from Sumitomo Electric utilizes an EGZ chipbreaker for general purpose grooving and a Super FF Coating and special surface treatment for 1.5 times longer tool life than conventional tools.

Easier Pallet Automation to Automate Horizontal Machining Centers
The first step into pallet automation is now shorter than ever with a compact FPC system from Fastems that handles pallet sizes from 400 mm to 1250 mm and workloads from 750 kg to 7500 kg on up to three machining centers.

Tooling Lightens the Load on Stamping Robots & Personnel to Maximize Productivity
The Accelerate Collection of lightweight tooling features end effectors from DE-STA-CO are up to 50 percent lighter than others, providing automated pressroom stamping line productivity improvements of 25 to 30 percent.

Stainless Steel Quick-Change Pallet Work Station 
The NSL VERO-S system from Schunk is designed for quick and easy implement of a quick change pallet system with a universal standard for all machines, regardless of their machine variety or table size. The NSL units can even be combined to create an even larger base plate.

Extra High Jaws Extend Life, Reduce Costs and Inventory 
The extra length of the DMI Series chuck jaws from Dillon Manufacturing provides greater work piece stability, allows multiple uses of the blank, and avoids extra time and costs associated with the welding and bracing needed to lengthen a standard height top jaw.


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