Vice holds cylindrical or prismatic parts

The PC80Z self-centring vice from Roemheld is available in a new, two-in-one version that accepts the manufacturer’s optional round inserts, enabling cylindrical components or billets from 44 to 95 mm in diameter to be clamped securely. There is now no need for a machinist to buy a bespoke workholding solution or machine sets of soft jaws to hold parts of different diameters.

The vice can be converted back within a couple of minutes to its conventional role of holding prismatic components; it simply requires the Allen bolts holding four round inserts to be unscrewed and the pair of straight, 80 mm wide jaws to be reinstated. Parts from 17 to 139 mm long can then be secured for metal cutting using the 62 mm clamping stroke.
Of 60 mm overall height, the low-profile unit ensures that not much Z-axis travel is lost on a vertical machining centre. Additionally, despite its all-steel construction, the light weight of only 6 kg avoids taking up undue allowance from a machine’s maximum pallet load, enabling heavier parts to be produced.
Well suited to use on five-axis machining centres and in automated production cells employing pallet magazines, the vice is fitted as standard with the Lang interface for added versatility. Clamping force is 20 kN at 60 Nm closing torque. The device is said to be easy to disassemble and clean, minimising loss of productivity during routine maintenance.
For further information www.roemheld.co.uk

New centre jaw for five-axis vice

The Hoffmann Group has introduced a new module for its Garant Xpent five-axis vice.

This centre jaw, which can be optionally fitted to the base rail, has made it possible to clamp two workpieces with just one vice, and process them in a single operation. Such a configuration means clamping strategies that are more efficient can be implemented, leading to a measurable increase in productivity, says the company.
Garant Xpent vices are based on a modular design concept. Clamping modules, base rails and spindles can be individually combined and the convex clamping modules can be turned through 180°. Hoffman’s newly developed centre jaw offers another bonus, in terms of flexibility, and is immediately available as an accessory for sizes 0 to 1S (and will soon be available in sizes 1 and 2). The existing range of attachment rails, each with two clamping stages, is fully compatible with the new centre jaw.
Each vice has a clamping force of up to 40 kN at a torque of 90 Nm, and is available in three different heights and two widths. Base rails are available in lengths of 360 to 1050 mm. The new 1S size was specially developed for three- and five-axis machines with small
spindle gearboxes.
For further information www.hoffman-group.com

Nikken and Boeing in technical partnership

At its innovation Centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sheffield, Nikken Kosakusho Europe recently hosted a visit from Boeing senior executives and engineers to sign a long-term technical partnership between the two companies.

Boeing senior executives Dave Hyem, Don Hendrickson and James Needham are pictured with Nikken Kosakusho Europe director Gary Williamson and European CEO Tony Bowkett, following the signing of an integrator agreement to provide precision tool holders, cutting tools and tool pre-setting solutions to the aerospace giant’s new Sheffield manufacturing facility, the first in Europe, based within the High-Value Manufacturing (HVM) cluster in Sheffield.
As Integrator and technical partner, Nikken will work closely with Boeing’s engineering team to help optimise manufacturing processes and achieve production goals and Industry 4.0 ambitions.
Boeing Sheffield will employ approximately 30 people, including 18 apprentices, when it opens later this year as part of Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ (BCA) fabrication operations, and will work closely with Boeing Portland, a company Centre of Excellence for complex machining, gear systems and flight controls. The manufacture of high-tech components for Boeing’s Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX and 777 aircraft is due to commence at the new facility in September 2018.
“This is a very proud moment for the Nikken European team, resident here on the AMRC park,” says Bowkett. “We have worked tirelessly to put together a total support solution that will allow the Boeing engineers to produce upwards of 10,000 parts per month, supporting its Portland facility in the USA. It’s a great opportunity for our engineering and logistics teams to integrate world-class machine tools and equipment, and to use their knowledge and experience to optimise their performance, resulting in productivity and efficiency gains.”
For further information www.nikken-world.com

Rotomors bespoke solutions now available

Leader Chuck Systems recently announced a partnership with Turin-based tailor-made workholding and component manipulation specialist, Rotomors.

The new collaboration allows Leader to exclusively offer Rotomors bespoke solutions to manufacturing and precision engineering companies in the UK and Ireland.
Rotomors was established in Turin in 1966 as a company that focused initially on the design and manufacture of special self-centring chucks for lathes used by the automotive industry. Today, the company specialises in the design and manufacture of workholding systems, the development of automatic pallet-changing systems for vertical lathes and machining centres, and die-change shuttles for presses.
“Each project is developed according to the specific requirements of the individual customer,” explains Mark Jones, managing director of Leader Chuck Systems. “As the offerings are specially designed, they extend the range offered by Leader with pneumatic and hydraulically operated systems. Chucks start at 200 mm diameter and go all the way up to 7000 mm diameter, with many different styles to clamp just about any shape with variable clamping forces for thin-walled components, as well as heavy-duty clamping when required for aggressive machining applications. For example, the six-jaw chuck we would define as two-plus-two-plus-two, where each of the three pairs of jaws work together to compensate for any out-of-roundness without distorting the workpiece.”
Turning and milling centres, both horizontal and vertical, represent the natural opportunities for Rotomors equipment to make a positive impact on productivity. Each of the workholding and manipulation systems can synchronise with the Rotomors pallet changing systems to support automation and the drive towards Industry 4.0.
For further information www.leaderchuck.com

Efficient pneumatic workpiece ejector

Clamping specialist Hainbuch is now offering users of its Mini series, or the earlier Toplus or Spanntop chucks, a device that is designed to save time and cost.

The Vario part and Vario quick end-stop systems, already in the product portfolio, are joined by a third variant: the Vario flex pneumatic workpiece ejector that ejects the component from the chuck automatically.
Hainbuch’s pneumatic workpiece ejector allows users to adjust the depth flexibly by means of a novel retaining mechanism, ensuring it can be positioned in the machine exactly as required for the workpiece. The Vario flex can also be used as a basic end stop for coolant wash or air flush. To achieve this function, the pneumatic spring is removed and a feed tube attached. The optional workpiece-specific end stop with holes for the wash and air flush can then be mounted directly to the interface.
Set-up time can be saved using the standardised end stops. Whether to use Vario quick or Vario part is just a matter of preference. For precise, rigid clamping, Hainbuch recommends using the Vario part system, which works on the same principle as a gauge block, and its height can be adjusted in 1 mm steps with gauge discs. With an axial run-out of <0.02 mm at the part of the end stop that touches the workpiece, Vario part is suitable for machining finished parts. The Vario quick variant is intended for fast, flexible clamping as it has a precise trapezoidal thread screw to allow the clamping length to be adjusted quickly. A half-turn is equivalent to an axial adjustment of 1 mm. For further information www.hainbuch.com

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