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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.

    KNCS-2G#1: KNCS-N/ KNCS-NB/ KNCS-2G
    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.

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