Modular Clamping System Accommodates Freely Molded Parts
The Schunk Vero-S WDB modular clamping system provides the efficiency levels of the Vero-S quick-change pallet system to machine directly clamped workpieces.
The Schunk Vero-S WDB modular clamping system provides the efficiency levels of the Vero-S quick-change pallet system to machine directly clamped workpieces. By using clamping pillars with a modular structure, freely molded parts and other workpieces can be clamped directly on the machine table without the need of additional equipment.
The modular system consists of basic modules, clamping modules and stacking modules that can be freely combined. The stacking modules are 30 and 50 mm, such that the height of the clamping pillars can be varied in intervals of 10 to 80 mm without needing any special solutions. Height differences can be bridged using the stepless, adjustable, hydraulically clamped Vero-S WDA compensation element.
All interfaces have a taper-centering mechanism that is free from play and guarantees a repeat accuracy under 0.005 mm between the individual components. Integrated air feed-through can actuate clamping modules and monitor the workpiece without the need for an external supply.
The actual workpiece is clamped in a self-locking, form-fit process using spring force. The workpiece remains safely clamped, even if the air pressure suddenly drops. A 6-bar pneumatic system opens the clamping module.
Bar pullers are cost-effective alternatives to enable automated turning on CNC lathes. This article explains how they work and how shops can benefit from using them.
Modular fixturing makes sense for this manufacturer, whether it's machining one- or two-of-a-kind parts for its custom machine tools or larger quantities for its contract machining business.
Don't assume the standard chuck is the right workholding for every lathe application.