I am looking for a unit that can be used to automate the assembly of 50 taper tooling. This is for milling chucks as well as arbor type holders. I am thinking something like a rotary indexer with a hold down for the holder. We have one guy assembling/disassembling about 50 holders a day for our robot cell. Any ideas as to where this could exist?
Thanks for the reply pdoherty,
Well, kind of. I wat to attach something like that to some type of rotary so that we can load the holder in, attach the wrench, and tighten/loosen the holder. I can't believe with all the companies using these holders, not a single off the shelf solution out there?
I am confused about what you want to do here.
The pictured holder is attached to a table and holds the tool holder in place while you attach the stud and the tooling. This is what I have seen in use in hundreds of shops.
What's not love?
Consistency is a good thing....unless you're consistently an idiot.
We have already assenbled the retention knobs, so we don't need to get at the bottom of the tool. What we do need is a faster method of changing the tools out. We are using the 50 taper holders to mount tools on, which we then load/unload into the machining center via robot. The run times on parts vary, but tha average is around 15 minutes. That means the operator working in this cell must change out many, many holders, especially for the weekend runs.
Why not simply get more tool holders?
There has to be a cost balance point somewhere between the time it takes to keep constantly changing tools in a limited number of holders and simply buying enough holders so the tool stays with the holder until it needs replacing.
If your tools need replacing at the 15 minute mark this does not work but if an individual tool goes through several runs it might. I know we found it to be the case with 40 taper holders.
An open mind is a virtue...so long as all the common sense has not leaked out.
I am going to put up some pics here to better show my situation. I am attaching them here.
Are you putting the part being machined in the #50 holders?
Looks like you are making face mills.
If so why not just give the robot an air wrench and let it change the parts.
That is correct Andre, this particular job is a face mill, though I have about 230 other products as well.
If I give the robot an air wrench, then I need new end of arm tooling, and alot more room inside the cell.
If you don't mind me asking, which company do you work for? I never would have figured a face mill was machined in that manner.
I am not sure that I can say, but it is a MAJOR tooling manufacturer.
That's good to know. I am not interested in stealing information just curious. I like knowing if the tools I buy are helping Hamas or not.