Originally titled 'Tool Positioning System Reduces Setup Times'
The Eppinger Trifix tool positioning system, recently introduced by Exsys Tool Inc., is designed to facilitate quick and accurate exchanges of both static and driven tooling for DMG/Gildemeister multitasking machines.
Based on the VDI interface, the system is said to reduce tool setup times by as much as 80 percent compared with prior methods while delivering positioning accuracy within 10 microns between tool stations and single-position repeatability of less than 5 microns at a tool length of 3.9" (100 mm).
According to the company, when searching for ways to increase productivity, it’s important to evaluate even the smallest steps of a production process. Minor adjustments, such as the incorporation of an improved VDI interface, can reduce setup time, and the Trifix is a great example as it provides a faster, more accurate toolholder exchange.
After the user initially aligns the Trifix unit in the lathe turret, further adjustment for subsequent tool changes becomes unnecessary. As a result, manufacturers can preset their tools off the machine, further reducing their setup time.
Tooling can be mounted with four additional hold down screws to maximize rigidity in heavy-chip load operations such as milling, and employing the Trifix system does not prevent a facility from using other tooling it already has, the company says.