Schunk Opens Service, Technology Center in Houston, Texas
The center offers a range of services to local manufacturers.
Schunk recently opened a Service and Technology Center in Houston, Texas. The center offers service technicians for installing and servicing all brands of chucks; troubleshooting, repair and maintenance for workholding and toolholding systems as well as automation accessories; extensive local stock and parts inventory for same-day dispatch; technical advice and assistance; and a fully-equipped showroom with demonstration machinery.
“Whether the challenge is to decrease setup time, reduce costs or successfully machine a complicated piece, Schunk is locally available to work through solutions,” the company says.
The center has a milling machine, lathe, air chuck display and robotic machine-loading display, offering the ability to see a variety of processes using real parts and machines.
Horn USA has developed quick-change tooling systems to drastically reduce set-up and toolchange times for Swiss-type lathes, including those with through coolant.
A system to be marketed in 2015 will apply ultrasonic vibration from within the toolholder to reduce cutting force and improve the performance of the cut.
The retention knob is an unmistakably critical component of the machining process. However, the tightening of the knob itself can lead to the toolholder not seating securely in the machine. You may be losing tool life to knob tightness without even knowing it.