Consistent tool-change procedures and presetting accuracy
A second generation of automated presetting systems for shrink fit tooling-this one a portable unit-was introduced by Briney Tooling Systems at Westec in March.
As a freestanding mobile tool changing station with presetting and verification capability for conventional or shrink-fit tooling, the Tm-Axis II offers the tool presetting power, convenience, and reliability that lean manufacturing floors require," Briney says.
In addition to the various levels and stages of tool management that require some form of operator involvement, it is also possible to achieve a completely untended presetting station.
A tool presetting system can improve efficiency of a wide variety of standalone machine tools and NC machining centers.
With emerging trends toward computer-aided manufacturing and flexible manufacturing systems, the role of the presetting machine takes on more importance.