SMW Autoblok's CCS Speeds Switching One Chuck for Another
Providing repeatability to within 10 microns, SMW Autoblok’s CCS chuck switching system can be installed on new or existing lathes for increased productivity.
Providing repeatability to within 10 microns when quickly switching one chuck for another, SMW Autoblok’s CCS chuck system can be installed on new or existing lathes. A standard adapter system provides automatic push-off and easy mounting to all types of traditional or custom workholding, including two- and three-jaw chucks, collet chucks, mandrels and manual fixtures, among others, the company says. With the turn of a key, the user can quickly connect workholding devices to the machine spindle and draw tube of the actuating cylinder. This is said to guarantee operator safety in addition to minimizing machine downtime. A large through hole and visual safety control of the locking status are also said to add to the system’s versatility.
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