Swiss-Type Tool System Requires 30 Seconds for Changeover
Arno Werkzeuge USA’s Auto Fast Change (AFC) tool system is designed to provide faster setups and to reduce the downtime with in-process tool changes in Swiss-type machining operations.
Arno Werkzeuge USA’s Auto Fast Change (AFC) tool system is designed to provide faster setups and to reduce the downtime with in-process tool changes in Swiss-type machining operations. The AFC system is a two-piece, universal toolholder mounted inside the machine. A separate quick-change toolholder slides into the end of the stationary block and is locked into place by two screws. The AFC is said to take 30 sec. to change.
The tool system also eliminates the need for external plumbing to facilitate cooling. The issues created by excess chips and debris mixed in with coolant inside the machine are minimized as well, according to the company. The AFC is designed with built-in through-coolant capabilities. In total, there are five inlets for porting the coolant on the AFC toolholder block that operators can use to direct coolant flow.
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