One machining centre does the work of two

KURT’S VB 5X100 Schenke 5.1 clamping system allows one machining centre to perform five-axis roughing, face-milling and tapping operations to create the intricate three dimensional features of a custom mould cavity.

KURT’S new VB 5X100 Schenke 5.1 clamping system allows one machining centre to perform five-axis roughing, face-milling and tapping operations to create the intricate three dimensional features of a custom mould cavity.

Omnitool, a US manufacturer who specialises in designing and building large thermoform moulds and match metal trim dies, is one of the early users of the system.

“For our five-axis machining operations, the clamping system is ideal,” Dave Korton, Omnitool foreman said.

“It frees up a horizontal machining centre for other jobs. And it allows us to really run the job fast on the vertical machining centre at 270”/min. Conventional workholding devices are restricted to three axes. The new system allows us to fully utilise the five-axis capabilities of our machines non-stop.”

A key factor in Omnitool’s precision machine work is part runs, which vary from one to 200 parts. These relatively short runs mean setups are frequent and time consuming, with machining centres idling between jobs. These areas were the company’s target for improvement.

Initially used on an Okuma MU 400AV, the clamping system matches up well with its simultaneous five-axis capabilities. The Okuma features a fixed spindle and trunnion table for optimum versatility and performance. The five-axis vice is adjustable to handle any desired clamping width, so it is limited only by the size of the Okuma’s machine table. With two clamping jaws, one stationary and one movable, the jaws can be positioned at any desired distance from each other.

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