Efficient machining Eppinger presents tool change à la Industry 4.0 at EMO

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At EMO Hannover, the Eppinger Group is presenting precise solutions around machine tools. New highlights from the three production sectors tool holders, rotary tables and gearboxes will be exhibited at Booth F41 in Hall 005. The latest version of the Quick-Lock BMT tool clamping system will also be on show for the first time.

The Eppinger Group is presenting precise solutions around machine tools at this year’s EMO in Hanover (Hall 005, Booth F41).
The Eppinger Group is presenting precise solutions around machine tools at this year’s EMO in Hanover (Hall 005, Booth F41).
(Source: Eppinger)

With Quick-Lock BMT from Eppinger, tool holders (BMT) can be automatically clamped and released in less than four seconds at the push of a button, thus allowing setup times to be significantly optimised. “At the EMO the trade visitors will see for the first time the 4.0 version of our innovative clamping system. The turret is loaded fully automatically with the aid of an industrial robot”, says managing director Uwe Eppinger about the forthcoming trade fair appearance.

In addition, Eppinger will present a selection of stationary and driven tool holders, the Preci-Flex, Decoflex and Eppinger PSC tool changing systems as well as tool holders that make various special machining processes possible.

For example, the Preci-Flex tool changing system impresses with its high flexibility, in addition to which it can be used in a wide range of variants. “Our tool changing system is based on collet technology, which means that we have a basic holder into which standard collets with standard ER clamping nuts can be installed”, says Uwe Eppinger, explaining the clamping concept. “According to the taper/flat contact principle, the Preci-Flex adapters can also be used in the same interface.” The user would normally have to choose a tool system in advance. This is not necessary with the system from Eppinger, however, as flexible collets or adapters can be used. Thus, there are also no restrictions with regard to use. “Due to its optimal system rigidity, our solution minimises vibration and thus also supports high-precision machining”, Uwe Eppinger continues.

Fast changing and clamping

Fast tool changes in machining are also promised by the Decoflex tool changing and quick clamping system, which was developed above all for longitudinal lathes. On top of that, it is also suitable for use on small turning/milling centres. According to the manufacturer, the patented change system, whose interface is based on the taper/flat contact principle, sets new benchmarks in tool changing with its high concentricity and repeatability as well as its minimal dimensions. “Our developers designed Decoflex in such a way that a machine operator can change a tool very conveniently and safely with only a few manual steps. That noticeably reduces the setup times”, stresses Uwe Eppinger.

Rotary tables for vertical and horizontal machining centres

In addition, the company is exhibiting its newly developed CNC rotary tables, which can position quickly and precisely and are extremely compact. Their integrated sensor system with closed control loop and dual drive allows high-precision positioning. This enables permanently high accuracy, even in tough roughing operation. The rotary tables can be used both as original equipment and for retrofitting vertical and horizontal machine tools.

The appearance at the EMO in Hanover is always a special event for the almost 100-year-old Swabian company, as Marie Strunk-Eppinger emphasises again: “The future of the manufacturing industry comes together at the EMO and we’re looking forward to making use of this international platform once again. We like to convince trade visitors of our innovative portfolio - Made in Germany.”


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