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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.

  • Seven Years and Still Turning: AllPoints Pipe Service and SMW Autoblok

    AllPoints_logoIn 2008, AllPoints Pipe Service came to SMW Autoblok looking for workholding solutions for their new CNC machines. Based in El Reno, OK, AllPoints provides oilfield pipe users with a variety of cleaning, straightening, threading, testing and inspecting services.

    At the time, AllPoints was looking to expand their business. The old machines they were using were not very efficient, making the company less profitable overall. They began looking for ways to increase productivity, and incorporated a new CNC machine for better speed and accuracy. The machine tool builder strongly recommended SMW Autoblok’s chucks to complement their new machine and keep up with the increased pace of production.

    Because AllPoints is not in a sealed building, they needed a chuck that was durable enough to withstand the harsh environment and be protected from dirt, water and other debris. They were also looking for a chuck that could be run two shifts a day with minimal downtime.

    BigBorecroppedTo meet these demands, they chose SMW Autoblok’s BIG BORE® Air Chucks, more specifically, the BBN-ES. This front-end pneumatic power chuck is built with a robust design for long lasting durability in any environment. Ideal for the external clamping of long tubes and pipes, this BIG BORE® has an extended jaw stroke and offers the full use of the spindle bore. The built-in pneumatic cylinder and non-return valves maintain air pressure during machining for enhanced accuracy, while the rapid clamping stroke allows for shorter clamping cycles.

    By adding the BBN-ES to their new CNC machine, AllPoints was able to increase productivity, generating three times more parts per hour than before and allowing them to expand their business to keep up with their competitors.

    Seven years later, AllPoints continues to partner with SMW Autoblok for all of their workholding needs. Today, they own four CNC machines that run 16 hours per day, and all utilize BIG BORE® Air Chucks. Although their work is rigorous, these chucks have continued to perform shift after shift.

    Mike Sleeper, CEO & Partner of AllPoints Pipe, is pleased with the partnership they’ve developed with SMW Autoblok over the years. “No matter what, they stand behind their product. If there’s ever any issues, we can always come to them to resolve the problem. SMW Autoblok is easy to work with and has been a good relationship for both parties. I would absolutely recommend them to others.”




  • 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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