The Various Styles of Mechanical Indexers

Mechanical rotary indexers like these can be installed on a machine quickly and take up less table real estate of motorized indexers.

This five-axis mechanical indexer enables 3 + 2 machining.​

Mechanical rotary indexers can be installed on machine quickly and take up less table real estate compared to motorized indexers. In some cases, those lightweight indexers require just half the table area than conventional motorized indexers, which can also make it possible to install multiple indexers on one machine table.

But how do they work and what types of styles are available? Learn more in this article based on input from Japanese workholding device manufacturer Kawata, represented in the U.S. by Tecnara Tooling Systems.