EXSYS to Show Innovative Toolholding, Workholding Technology at IMTS 2014

SAN ANTONIO, Fla. — In booth W-1671 at IMTS 2014, high-precision toolholding and workholding provider EXSYS Tool, Inc. will exhibit a wide range of innovative manufacturing technology. Among the products on display will be the PRECI-FLEX®modular quick-change tooling system, the compact EPPINGER C3, C4 and C5 Connection Base Holder, DECO-FLEX® modular adapters for Swiss automatic machine tools, and modular GRESSEL vises. The company will also highlight its comprehensive EXSYS Tool Repair LLC. service that specializes in repairing and rebuilding driven tooling for CNC turning centers.

The PRECI-FLEX modular quick-change tooling system features a selection of adapters engineered to hold different cutting tool and shank designs. The adapters' common connecting feature locks into a standard base unit on the machine turret, enabling tool/adapter assemblies to be preset offline then quickly switch in and out of the base unit. Tool positions repeat within +/- 3 µm, eliminating the need to re-center, touch off, or make test cuts.

The PRECI-FLEX conical and flat-face planar interface duplicates the taper of the standard ER collet, enabling ER collets, albeit at lesser repeatability, to be used along with PRECI-FLEX adapters to mount collets, endmill holders, expanding collet chucks and shrink fit tooling on a single base holder. Operated at the front face of the turret, the connector provides two tons of clamping force, and its compact design maximizes torque transmission and rigidity, increasing accuracy and productivity.

Representing another example of advanced modular quick-change tooling technology, the compact EPPINGER C3, C4 and C5 Connection Base Holder makes fast and simple tool changes possible as well as requires minimal space within a machine tool so it can easily handle larger workpieces.

For Swiss automatic machine tools, EXSYS Tool will exhibit DECO-FLEX adapters that have minimal envelope dimensions so they can increase manufacturing flexibility in a Swiss machine environment. The compact design also enhances rigidity, boosting machining efficiency.

The DECO-FLEX connection features a conical and flat-face planar interface that ensures concentricity and repeatability. The system also offers specific adapters that combine with fixed and/or rotary tool holders to optimize tool performance and flexibility. Tools can be preset off the machine, allowing adapter/tool changes to be completed in seconds and thereby reducing setup times while increasing machine uptime.

On the workholding side, at IMTS, EXSYS will present three innovative workpiece clamping systems from GRESSEL:

• GRIPOS modular machine vises clamp by tension rather than compression, producing no deflection of the vise baseplate, and are gradually and precisely adjustable from 10 to 100 percent gripping force. Turning a lever 160 degrees provides mechanical amplification with complete clamping in less than a second, minimizing set-up times.

• GREPOS 5-axis power vises feature the same actuation technology as GRIPOS vises and provide force amplification from 0-40 kN direct on the workpiece. The design of the vise permits access to the both sides as well as the underside of a part, facilitating true 5-axis complete/simultaneous machining.

• SOLINOS modular single-clamping vises for small workpieces feature interchangeable jaws and are offered in mechanical or hydraulic versions, providing clamping force up to 20 kN. Clamping range is adjustable without jaw removal, enabling quick changeovers between different parts. The vises can be directly integrated into pallets.

Leveraging its experience and expertise in tooling systems at IMTS, EXSYS will also highlight its EXSYS Tool Repair LLC. service that specializes in rebuilding driven tooling for CNC turning centers. EXSYS is factory authorized to service EPPINGER tooling and also is fully capable of repairing or rebuilding virtually every make and model of driven tools to OEM specifications.

For more information on these and other productivity-boosting products available from EXSYS, visit booth W-1671 at IMTS or www.exsys-tool.com.

About EXSYS Tool, Inc.

Founded in 1987, EXSYS Tool, Inc. provides high-precision rotary and static-fixed tool holder solutions for CNC turning centers. The company is the exclusive importer of German-made EPPINGER tooling, including the revolutionary PRECI-FLEX® adapter system for lathe tooling changeovers. With headquarters near Tampa, Fla., and support offices in California, Canada and Mexico, EXSYS is able to effectively offer more than 22,000 different types of tool holders, gold standard tooling repair and applications expertise to manufacturers throughout North America. For more information on EXSYS Tool, Inc.'s products and services, please contact EXSYS Tool, Inc. at info@exsys-tool.com or visit www.exsys-tool.com.

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