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Norman G. Clark Announces: Deublin’s Bearingless Rotating Union

Norman G. Clark Announces:

Deublin’s Bearingless Rotating Union

 

Bearingless rotating unions are
one family – but each of them is completely individual

During
the machining process, modern machine tools use coolants, minimum quantity
lubrication or compressed air for blowing out the chips in case of dry
machining depending on the type of material and production task.
Contrary to the past when the work piece was simply “flooded” with coolant, the
medium is today transported through the spindle and tool to the tool tip in a
well directed way. This procedure calls for a rotating union at the end of the
spindle, the function of which is to transfer the medium from the stationary
supply lines to the fast rotating spindle.
These rotating unions are independent units.
They are then called “bearingless rotating unions” or “sealing cartridges”.

The
current development of the bearingless rotating unions shows two tendencies:

1. Miniaturisation
Constantly rising speeds initially caused to develop bearingless rotating unions
whereby masses have already been saved.
But modern machining centres must feature even shorter changing times and
movement around one or several axes with the highest precision. Accordingly,
the machine engineer has to struggle with each half a gram of weight. If mass
is saved in the area of the spindle, drives can be more compact, steady-state
effects of masses can be reduced and energy can be saved.
DEUBLIN actively supports this approach by miniaturising
the rotating unions, i.e. consistent reduction in size of the components. It
goes without saying that this does not only mean a mere reduction in size, as
the user expects the familiar precision and performance, but research regarding
the limits of feasibility (see image 1): Reduction of masses without waiving
stability, maximum service life and efficiency.
No easy task for design and materials research!

2. Individualisation
Under
the casing of a machining centre you find different geometries of drive units
which vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. In addition, you encounter
confined space or even shortness of space.

In order to allow the design of a high-performing system,
DEUBLIN constantly works on individual housings
for rotating unions (see image 2). These special designs are adjusted to the geometry
and serve the ideal installation of the component in the machine. This
harmonisation does not only entail benefits for the machine engineer but also
for the user, as it also has positive effects on the maintenance, because,
here, the time required for “disassembly – maintenance – assembly” is of great
significance. An adjusted design effectively reduces the time required for
these working steps.

Accordingly, the two aspects “miniaturisation & individualisation”
are the main reason why for DEUBLIN the “bearingless rotating
unions” are a family, but in the end each machine manufacturer obtains its
customised rotating union. A close cooperation with machine engineers, flexible
and performing design and production methods permit the common progress for the
benefit of the user.


For more information
contact Norman G. Clark on (03) 9450
8200
or visit our website at www.ngclark.com.au