SCHUNK is the global competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology and No. 1 supplier for technology equipment of robots and production. The company will once again be showing why its product range is the industry benchmark at Southern Manufacturing 2017. At the FIVE venue in Farnborough from the 21st to 23rd March, on Stand S110, the family owned company will be showing a variety of new and established product lines.
As a firm favourite among the industry, SCHUNK will once again be demonstrating the capabilities of its ROTA-S Plus chuck. With an optimised wedge bar drive system, a jaw change time of less than 60 seconds and an improved lubricant system, the ROTA-S Plus ensures a consistently high clamping force that exceeds the performance from alternate lathe chucks. Making higher rotational speeds and cutting speeds are possible, users can apply more efficient cutting strategies that shorten the manufacturing time.
The quick-change jaw system has an enhanced drive that allows fast, comfortable and repeat accurate jaw changes. SCHUNK offers the lathe chuck with a manually actuated expansion arbor that can be quickly retro-fitted. The innovative manual chuck is available in sizes 165, 200, 250 and 315mm. As part of a workholding range that has been proven more than 50,000 times worldwide, the ROTA-S Plus will be among a vast array of products that the SCHUNK experts will be delighted to demonstrate at the show.
From the toolholding stable, SCHUNK will be emphasising the benefits of its TENDO E compact hydraulic expansion toolholder. Capable of reducing set-up times by up to 80% whilst generating 2000Nm of torque, the TENDO E compact delivers micron precision for a host of machining applications. With this precision toolholder, even demanding applications with tight tolerances on the form, position and surface finish can be rapidly and reliably machined. The TENDO E compact demonstrates a tool life extension of 300% and tool changeovers in seconds.
SCHUNK has taken the industry by storm recently with its Industry 4.0 developments and the automation products will also be in abundance at Southern Manufacturing 2017. One product that has proven extremely popular since its launch, is the new BSWS-MPG-plus standardised finger blanks that feature an integrated quick-change jaw system that shortens the time for a jaw change in small parts grippers. The impressive BSWS-MPG-Plus reduces jaw changes in grippers to less than 30 seconds.
Compared with a conventional jaw change, the MPG-plus system reduces the set-up times by up to 90%. An easily accessible form-fit locking mechanism ensures finger change with a repeat accuracy that can be achieved within seconds by a 90° turn of an Allen key. The entire length of the fingers can be adapted to the individual workpiece without having to take into account the jaw change and the required screw connections.
The finger blanks with the integrated quick-change system are available in aluminium or steel. Both the standard and precision version of the small parts gripper are available in sizes 16 to 64 with finger strokes from 1.5 to 10mm and gripping forces from 25N to 350N. The maximum part weight is between 0.13kg and 1.25kg, depending on the size. For anybody that wants to investigate the Industry 4.0 solutions, automation products or to take advantage of the extensive workholding and toolholding portfolio, please visit Stand S110 at Southern Manufacturing 2017.