Get a grip

Uploaded 15 Jun @ 14:13pm

Widely recognised as the ‘go-to’ company for the complete range of solutions for sliding head lathe users, Floyd Automatic is keen to highlight that its extensive product lines for advanced machining technologies are also industry leaders for high performance milling, drilling and precision workholding.

The new Masa Microconic sub-spindle collets provide the perfect example. Precise and stable clamping of small workpieces in the sub-spindles of sliding head machines has long been an issue for turned part manufacturers. Floyd has pioneered many solutions in this area, but this latest development in association with Masa tools is revolutionising precision workholding.

To truly understand the Microconic revolution, you must first consider that only three things are in physical contact with the workpiece: the cutting tool; coolant/cutting fluid and the workholding. The Microconic over-grip collet system ultimately allows manufacturers to rethink what is possible. This remarkable new workholding system consists of a cartridge and precision collet. The over-grip collet fits inside a cartridge and is accurately adjusted before it is fitted directly into the existing collet sleeve with no machine adaptations required. The patented over-grip collets can open up to 4 mm larger than the clamping diameter and also incorporate an ejection guide sleeve blank. This helps to solve the difficulty of ejecting parts from the collets after machining. Ideal for processing parts with stepped features such as connectors, screws or other common components, the over-clamp system can clamp over the protruding features and securely clamp on the main body of components.

The collets are available with clamping diameters from 0.2 to 10 mm, meaning the most fragile of parts can be clamped safely and precisely. With a concentricity level between 3 to 5 micron, the Masa Microconic System is ideal for sliding head lathes like Tornos, Citizen and Star and it is currently available for F20 and F25 style collets.

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