Machine Tool Accessories will show its extensive range of products for raising production output and maximising return on investment from machine tools.
A theme of this year’s stand (H20-560) will be the company’s ability to provide an array of customised solutions. Such bespoke equipment can solve complex production problems or, in standard applications, substantially reduce set-up and idle times. The results are extra versatility, fewer clampings and higher levels of efficiency, accuracy and repeatability.
Specific innovations will be announced, including the availability of a new zero-point clamping system from the Czech Republic under a new agency agreement with V-Tech; and Industry 4.0 functionality for bar magazines manufactured by Iemca, Italy, which is represented in the UK and Ireland by 1st MTA.
New Zero-Point Clamping System (New)
The highly repeatable zero-point clamping system from V-Tech outstanding versatility, allowing easy integration with existing workholding equipment and enabling drastic reductions in set-up times. Intended primarily for highly accurate, safe clamping of workpieces on CNC machining centres, the pneumatic, quick-change system features powerful, 24 kN retraction of the clamping pin in each receiver and a positioning accuracy of better than 5 microns.
Advances In Bar Feeding (New)
Iemca, which manufactures short and full-length bar magazines, is known for introducing regular upgrades across its product range and for creating new technical solutions to improve functionality, reduce set-up times and shorten lathe cycles. Latest announcement is that an Industry 4.0 connection is available for any new Iemca barfeed, allowing constant remote analysis of its condition and operation. Data is continuously transmitted via an internet link to a PC, tablet or smart phone.
Other recent innovations include a 7” LCD touch screen as an alternative to the standard hand held control on most Iemca products. An Industry 4.0-compliant Boss bar magazine with bundle loader will be demonstrated on the stand at MACH.
Rotary Tables And Workholding From Kitagawa
1st MTA will promote its Kitagawa sole agency range rotary tables, which add 4th and 5th CNC axes to a 3-axis machining centre The number of separate machining operations needed are consequently reduced, improving component accuracy and increasing the complexity of parts that can be produced.
On show will be the Japanese manufacturer’s latest TT150 tilting type compound table with 150 mm faceplate. It is designed to be interfaced directly with a machining centre control or operated via a MAC mini controller.
Chick Parts Clamping Is Flexible And Fast-Acting
The US workholding specialist, Chick, represented in the UK exclusively by 1st MTA, offers a number of versatile solutions for clamping products quickly on a machining centre For example, an Indexer SubSystem (ISS) will be demonstrated to show how more components can be presented to a spindle by adding a fourth axis, a configuration that has the potential to increase a manufacturer’s profitability enormously.
The system on a vertical machining centre typically comprises four Chick Qwik-Lok twin-station workholding units mounted on the faces of a Multi-Lok square section column held horizontally between a rotary indexing table and a tailstock clamped to the machine table. On a horizontal-spindle, 4-axis centre, the Multi-Lok is clamped to the rotary table.
Another Chick product on show will be the latest lightweight versions of its One-Lok clamping system, which is a superior alternative to the conventional, wind-up vice.
To underline its pre-eminence in the workholding sector, 1st MTA will also present permanent-electromagnetic clamping systems and materials handling products from Italian company, Tecnomagnete. The electrical supply is connected for only a few seconds to activate and then deactivate clamping of the workpiece, which during machining is gripped by the power of the high-energy permanent magnets. There will be a focus on the company’s range of compact, low profile MillTEC Grip magnetic workholding systems for 5-axis and 5-sided metalcutting applications.