Maintaining Quality Through Tool Balancing
Vibration resulting from unbalanced tooling is an artificial speed limit to productivity—both in terms of meeting quality requirements and machining speed. This is why many of today’s top shops perform proper tool balancing to ensure maximum results from their production processes.
There are two primary forms of tool imbalance: fixed, which is independent of the tool assembly, and variable, which is dependent upon the assembly. Sources that lead to fixed unbalance of a tool include uneven mass distribution within the actual cutting tool or the tool holder, and sources of variable imbalance include uneven mass distribution within the assembly of the tool. Through proper testing and calculation, manufacturers can determine the degree of imbalance and whether the tool is within the allowable threshold for their production processes. By properly measuring and balancing tools prior to processing, companies can improve geometric accuracy, reduce premature tool wear, enhance surface finish, cut down spindle bearing wear and achieve maximum machining speed.
Discover more information on identifying tool imbalance as well as effective methods for balancing tools in the complimentary webinar below.