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  • Workholding: We Rank the Best Chucks from 2018

    SMW chuck collageBetween IMTS and the way our business continues to grow, it seems like this past year has just flown by. Before we wrap things up for the holidays and start looking towards 2019, we thought it might be interesting to stop for a moment and reflect on the outstanding chucks of the past 12 months. So, here’s our ranking of the top 5 models of the year.

    #1: KNCS-N/ KNCS-NB/ KNCS-2G
    At the head of the list again is our best-selling chuck series. The top quick jaw change chuck on the market – with jaws that can be changed out in less than a minute. Robust, versatile and agile, it continues to sell well across all industry segments.

    #2: BB-N / BB-N-ES
    The BB-N-ES was the first chuck specifically developed for end machining of long pipe with a full spindle bore. Perfect for oil and gas applications. It was made possible by two principles invented by SMW Autoblok, air supply via distributor ring and SMW-profile seal rings.

    #3: SP
    Smaller versions of the BB-N style chucks with OCTG being the primary market, these chucks are also handy for use in static or near static applications because of their built-in air cylinder. They are ideal for rotary tables/indexers in milling applications as well.

    #4: NT Series
    The NT chuck is a completely sealed Proofline® product, making them ideal for dry machining of castings and forgings, as well as high pressure coolant applications. Very popular in the automotive industry, especially for wheel and brake component work.

    #5: TS Series
    Our premier pull down chuck, this style fits best in production environments with high parallelism and perpendicularity call outs. Their constant grip force ensures consistent quality of workpieces. Automotive and aerospace applications are common, but they are becoming a force in the medical segment as well.

    Too Good to Ignore
    Honorable mention goes to our Steady Rest products, our new APS Zero Point Clamping System and the Cylinder series. We’ve seen increased interest in each of these product lines this past year.

    Onward to 2019
    No one can tell what the future will bring, but it’s certain that our engineers and sales teams will never stop looking for ways to better meet your workholding needs. If you have a special requirement, give us a call.

  • Meet Our Top 5 Chucks for 2017

    We’re looking forward to the holidays with a great deal of satisfaction. We made a lot of customers happy over the past 12 months. But each year there are some products that stand out more than others in the line. As we head for 2018, we thought we’d take the opportunity to rank the top 5 models of the past year and provide a little information on why they made the cut. Let’s get to it.

    Always our best selling chuck series. The top quick jaw change chuck on the market. Robust, versatile, and agile, it sells well across all industries.

    #2: BH SERIES
    Simple, but effective, these chucks are the most basic open center chuck we sell, ranging from 130mm - 800mm. This style of chuck can be used across a wide range of industries.

    #3: BB-N / BB-N-ES
    Our air chucks are used almost exclusively in the oil and gas industry. They are paired with some of the largest horizontal lathes on the market to do pipe work. After being off the list for a while, the beginning of a resurgence in oil and gas drilling in the U.S. has brought this product back into the top 5 for 2017.

    #4: TS SERIES
    This is our premier pull down chuck. This style fits best in production environments with high parallelism and perpendicularity call outs. They are used most often for automotive and aerospace applications, but we have also seen a growing use in the medical market.

    ntrc_main#5: NT series
    The NT chuck is a completely sealed Proofline® product that we see used most often in automotive and other cast iron applications. This year we have seen a surge in requests for long stroke chucks, such as the NTL sub series, for cast aluminum applications. Expect a long run for this series on the top 5 lists of the future. It has become a very popular choice for wheel and brake component work over the last few years.

    What the New Year Will Bring
    It will be interesting to see which direction our customers’ needs will go in the new year. But rest assured, whatever happens, we will be standing by to provide you the best solutions and service possible. The years may come and go, but that commitment is always number one on our list.

  • Holding More with the BIG BORE®: Bauman Machine and SMW Autoblok

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith a business relationship spanning almost three decades, SMW Autoblok has gotten to know exactly what Bauman Machine needs to keep their shop running smoothly. In business since 1973, Bauman Machine specializes in the manufacture of components for the oil and gas industry. For larger diameter and extended length turning applications, they rely on SMW Autoblok to hold their products in place.

    When working on shafts, pipe threading and rethreading applications, Bauman Machine primarily uses SMW Autoblok’s air chucks and hydraulic chucks. With the ability to hold long and extended length pipes and shafts, the BIG BORE® (BB-N) and the BIG BORE® ES (BB-N ES) are their most frequently used chucks. Offering the full capacity of the spindle bore, these 3-jaw front-end pneumatic power chucks feature extra large through holes for machining large diameter parts. Built-in non-return valves maintain air pressure during machining, while a safety control system routinely monitors the clamping pressure on external clamping applications, giving these chucks excellent repeatability.

    bbes_mainBauman Machine was not as productive with chucks from other manufacturers in the past, experiencing increased down time due to frequent maintenance issues and a general lack of reliability. With SMW Autoblok’s innovative chuck design, Bauman Machine has seen a 30-40% increase in uptime and dramatically reduced maintenance problems. The reliability and repeatability offered by the BIG BORE® BB-N and BB-N ES chucks give Bauman Machine the ability to produce 20,000 pieces of pipe in a year on just two machines.

    Mark McCarty, President of Bauman Machine, has been with the company for 20 years and is very satisfied with SMW Autoblok. “They are dependable, not only in the quality and concentricity of their chucks but in their customer service as well. Anytime we need a part, they’re quick to respond and send us what we need. If we have a new application that needs workholding, they know the right chuck to get the job done efficiently.”

    SMW Autoblok’s Mid-States Regional Sales Manager Mick Lang has been involved with Bauman since 1995. “I remember the first chuck I sold to them was an air chuck. After that, our service and support sold them the rest.”

    With our BIG BORE® line, SMW Autoblok has been able to help specialized shops, like Bauman Machine, maintain repeatable and efficient part production to keep their clients coming back time and time again.

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