Tag Archives: Zero point clamping

  • 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.

  • SMW Autoblok Prepares All-Star Lineup for IMTS 2018

    IMTS2018The SMW Autoblok headquarters is buzzing with activity as we prepare for IMTS 2018. The action all happens at McCormick Place in Chicago on September 10 – 15. Plus we’re pumped about our new and more prominent location in the West Hall, Booth# 431700.

    We will be welcoming visitors and giving demonstrations in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Whatever the language, though, there will definitely be a lot to talk about. Here’s a little preview of some of the innovations that will be highlighted on our show floor this year.

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    Precision Vises

    Want to reduce the waste of raw materials and minimize deformation? Check out our GENIUS and SINTEX precision vises for 5-axis machine tools. Both feature our patented SinterGrip technology, which requires only 3.5mm of clamping surface. A series of solid carbide serrated inserts grip the workpiece securely. This allows higher cutting speed and feed rates for increased metal removal rates.

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    Zero Point Clamping
    Looking for maximum grip during heavy duty machining applications? Be sure to see the APS (Automatic Positioning System) at IMTS. The APS Zero Point Clamping System is a universal connection between the machine tool, the clamping device and/or the workpiece. It locks into position by lining up pins on the clamping device or the workpiece with holes on the chuck. When joined, the combination is automatically positioned to the zero point. The APS can be used for turning, milling, measuring or grinding.


    One-of-a-kind Chucksbp-d_bp-m

    Need a sealed chuck with a large through hole? The BP Series Chuck is the only one of its kind in the industry. BP Chucks combine the flexibility of a standard open center power chuck with the long life and precision of our Proofline® sealed chucks, making it ideal for bar and bar stock clamping as well as shaft clamping. Their constant grip force allows for excellent repeatability and consistency, whereas non-sealed chucks can lose up to 50% of the grip force if not maintained properly. Sealed chucks require minimal maintenance intervention to provide premium performance.

    These devices are only the high points. Make sure to add SMW Autoblok to your MyShow Planner and visit us at IMTS in Booth# 431700 for a complete workholding experience.

  • SMW Autoblok Launches New Stationary Workholding Line

    aps (1)Driven by the aerospace and automotive segments, the manufacturing industry is evolving in order to machine increasingly complex components. Basic vises, lathes and simple milling machines are falling behind as multi-axis machine sales are booming. Operations from global OEMs to the job shop down the street are all asking the same question, “How can I move more complex parts through my existing cells?”

    To answer that question, we have opened a Stationary Workholding Product Division in our North American headquarters in Wheeling, Illinois. Backed by our full line of static workholding manufactured in Italy for over 20 years, we are now able to introduce our superior engineered workholding solutions to the vertical and horizontal milling market here in North America.

    The Bridge to Productivity
    The flagship of our new line of stationary workholding products is the APS Clamping System. The APS (Automatic Positioning System) is a universal connection between the machine tool, the clamping device and/or the workpiece. The APS locks into the proper position by lining up a series of pins on the workpiece with holes on the chuck. When the pins and holes are locked in, the combination is automatically positioned to the zero point.

    The APS can be used in turning, milling, measuring or grinding operations. The APS reduces set-up times up to 90%, allowing users to rapidly mix parts on the same machine. This flexibility and speed multiplies the productivity of equipment and allows for quick adjustment of the production line based on the priority of incoming orders. Everything from raw materials to aerospace gantries can be worked with less effort, more accuracy and an increased level of productivity.

    Experience, Knowledge and Dedication
    Walter Claerhout, a 25-year industry veteran, has been named Product Manager of the new division. Since joining us in 2005, Walt has proven time and again his ability to provide customers with a superior level of service.

    “This additional focus on our line of stationary workholding products will allow us to help our customers get additional value from their lathes and milling machines,” he said. “We look forward to showing our customers how they can machine all the faces of complex workpieces more efficiently with their existing equipment.”

    Please contact us to learn more about our line of static workholding solutions or would like to discuss your particular needs.

  • APS Zero Point Clamping System Knocks Down Set-Up Times

    APSThe most important goal of any manufacturer is to increase productivity at all levels. However, companies today still waste a lot of time with the set-up and alignment of their work pieces. The SMW Autoblok APS Zero Point Clamping System can reduce those set-up times up to 90%! This automatic positioning system provides greater flexibility in set-up and an increase in productivity, resulting in an extremely short payback time.

    The APS uses lubricated/compressed air (6 BAR-85 psi) for release and springs for clamping. No compressed air is required in the locked, or clamped position. This allows positioning and clamping in one operation with exceptional repeatability accuracy (< 0.005 mm). Pneumatic systems are easier to install, don’t require a hydraulic unit and are cleaner to operate.

    A very important feature of our system is the fact that the APS pins can be introduced into the module with an angle up to 23°, therefore they don’t need to be oriented exactly in the center of the module.

    APSTurboFunctionWith the Turbo function, the pull-down force increases enough to allow compressed air to be introduced through the Turbo connection, acting directly on the springs to increase their extension. This provides additional power to the 3 jaws, which push on the wedge even more. Once inserted, the Turbo function doesn’t need alignment and it will be discharged automatically in the opening phase.

    Other advantages of the APS include:

    - Available premium models with extended functionality

    - Modular construction kit system: existing clamping systems can be modified very easily

    - Lower fixture height due to the compact design

    - Highest rigidity by means of three clamping slides

    The APS is wear-resistant and protected against rust due to heat-treated elements and an extra hard protective coating. As part of our Proofline® series, it us fully sealed to product against dirt and swarf.

    With eight types of APS modules, you are sure to find a configuration that meets your needs, reducing set-up times anywhere from 120 minutes to 8 minutes. Whether your are running one, two or three-shift operations – the savings from our APS Zero Point System speak for themselves!

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