Production Machining

AUG 2018

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Turret Adapters Provide High Clamping Forces Edited by Bart Bishop A s machine tools become increasingly complex and the need to produce parts in less time grows, CNC lathe owners and managers must look to the latest technologies to improve shopfloor efficiency. Sometimes, however, that improvement can be done by looking to the past. Kennametal Inc. has done that with a new KM product line of turret-adapted clamping units—a spin on the almost three decades-old KM quick-change tooling system. Kennametal has partnered with 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. Embracing Change Quick-change tooling might not be an obvious choice for everyone. It might be too expensive or not worth the hassle that comes with implementing new technology. at might be why some machine shops choose to take the path of least resistance and use the standard turret tooling that came with their CNC lathes. "I spoke to a lot of customers at the last IMTS and EMO shows, 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 this opportunity by replacing the standard block-style turret tooling with quick-change capable adapters made for a shop's specific brand of CNC lathes. is applies to both Mazak VDI- and :: Turret-adapted clamping units are available for the BMT turret shown here as well as Mazak VDI turrets. TECH BRIEF 28 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: AUGUST 2018

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