WTO’s QuickFlex quick-change system for driven toolholders is said to lower tooling costs, reduce tool-change time and increase flexibility. Comprised of an ER collet chuck and quick-change system within one toolholder, the system is designed for use with turning centers using bolt-on turrets. It is said to be well-suited for the multiple setups and frequent change-overs required for short-run manufacturing.
Available in a straight (radial) or right-angle (axial) configuration, the base unit enables tools to be clamped directly into the ER collet of the toolholder. Combined with a range of available adaptors, the system can accommodate virtually any machining process requirement, the company says. Cutting tools can be preset while the machine is operating to reduce setup time for tool changes at the machine. Changing tools is said to be quick and easy with the company’s one-hand wrench for tightening the QuickFlex spindle and adapters. According to the company, the flexible system provides improved rigidity, performance and accuracy.