none
none

OLD-SCHOOL TECHNIQUE HAS A NEW-SCHOOL TWIST

08-02-2018
by 
in 

If you're still using standard lathe tooling, it’s time for a change. 

As machine tools become increasingly complex and the demand for fast turnaround only increases, CNC lathe owners and managers must take advantage of the latest technologies if they’re to keep up with quality and time demands. 

Despite this push towards new and innovative approaches, one of the best solutions for the bottom line is decades-old:  KMTM Quick Change Tooling. 

Kennametal is changing the rules of quick-change once again, bringing a fresh twist to the old. They are launching an entirely new KMTM product line: Turret Adapted Clamping Units.

What’s more, Kennametal has partnered with global lathe tool specialist, EWS Tool Technologies, to manufacture and support this series of KM adapters.

Together, the two companies plan to redefine how shops will tool up the turrets on their DMG Mori, Okuma, Mazak, Haas, Doosan, Nakamura, Hwacheon, and Hyundai lathes, with more to come.

"I spoke to a lot of customers at last IMTS and EMO show, and my best estimate is that 80-percent of them do not use a quick-change tooling system,” says Michael Schuffenhauer, Manager Tooling Systems at Kennametal.

“I was very surprised, and to me, it indicates a tremendous opportunity for these shops to become more competitive.”

Turret adapted clamping units support an increase in competetiveness by replacing the standard block-style turret tooling with quick-change capable adapters made specifically for your brand of CNC lathe.

This is true for both VDI and BMT-style turrets, whether they are rotating or static, and for toolholders with axial, radial, and even angular orientation.

Suddenly quick-change is much easier to implement. Total tooling costs are reduced. Concerns over toolholder rigidity are eliminated. And because each clamping unit model was created by EWS to be a perfect match for prescribed machine tool builders, it’s as if the machines were designed with a KM turret.

“KM uses a pair of hardened steel balls that sit within a tapered tool shank. As clamping force is applied, the tail end of the taper expands while the toolholder is pulled back against the locating face. Together with a small amount of interference at the gage line, this three-point contact provides extremely precise radial and axial positioning and repeatability, as well as high clamping forces," said Schuffenhauer.

"Simply put, it is the most rigid and accurate quick-change system available in this size range."

Kennametal
1800 666 667
www.kennametal.com

Related news & editorials

  1. 15.02.2018
    15.02.2018
    by      In
    Nuance Communications has announced that Jetstar has extended the deployment of web virtual assistant “Jess” to Facebook Messenger, in order to improve response times and engage with customers online. 
    Powered by AI-driven virtual assistant, Nuance Nina, Jess is now capable of providing real-time... Read More
  2. ix Industrial from Hirose
    14.02.2018
    14.02.2018
    by      In
    New interconnection technology developed by Hirose has led to the release of the ix Industrial range of Ethernet interfaces available from RS Components. The robust miniature interfaces offer reliability and performance advantages over traditional RJ45 connections in applications such as machinery... Read More
  3. 13.02.2018
    13.02.2018
    by      In
    Nordson EFD reckons its new RV Series 4-axis automated dispensing system provides best-in-class fluid placement accuracy and control at any angle along the 360° rotational plane.
    The vision-guided dispensing robot uses fiducial marks to automatically offset the dispense program and compensate for... Read More
  4. Etherline Access
    13.02.2018
    13.02.2018
    by      In
    The newly released Etherline Access range of Ethernet switches from Lapp Group is available now from Treotham Automation. The range comprises four models, each optimised for the demands of industrial networks, with cutting-edge diagnostic and redundancy features. This includes an ultra-fast... Read More