CHARLOTTE, NC — BENZ Inc. has announced that it will be presenting four new tooling systems during IMTS, September 8–13, 2014, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The company will be demonstrating its new LinA and LinS broaching tools, C-axis Angle Head, and Mini Flex-Angle Head in Booth #2445 during the show.
Both the BENZ LinA and LinS broaching tools perform I.D. and O.D. broaching with the one tool. I.D. and O.D. keyways, splines, torx and hex shapes can all be machined with the same tool. Use of the LinA and LinS broaching tools also reduces cycle time and increases machine life by eliminating wear on guideways and abuse on spindle bearings.
The BENZ LinA broaching system changes the rotary motion of the live tool turret into a linear motion for broach and spline machining on turning centers. With the LinA in place, the programmer can position the Z-axis to the start position and program a constant X feed until the broach depth has been achieved, at 1000 rpm/1000 strokes per minute. It utilizes an integrated feature that lifts the tool .006” off the material on the return stroke for a better surface finish and tool life. A typical 3/8” x .187” x 1.250” keyway would take almost two minutes to cut on a lathe. The LinA can machine the same feature in steel in 6 – 8 seconds. BENZ offers the LinA radial and axial models, available in both long- and short-stroke versions.
The BENZ LinS broaching tool system is a one-of-a-kind system that enables programmers to broach splines, torx, hex and keyways on their machining centers. The LinS provides broaching solutions without compromising either spindle or spindle-bearing integrity. By rotating the spindle at 50 rpm, the LinS provides spindle and bearing protection and the torque arm eliminates oscillating spindle conditions which will cause the broach insert to chip. The LinS can also be adjusted manually to provide 360-degree rotation and can be used with a fourth axis to create splines, torx and hex shapes.
The recently launched BENZ C-axis Angle Head can be rotated to predetermined positions automatically while mounted in the machine using the C-axis of the machine spindle. Its index position and accuracy are controlled by a Hirth coupling, which can be unclamped by the main spindle using coolant or air to adjust angles. Users can also position multiple angles faster and reduce the need for multiple angle heads set to specific angles. This tool is a great solution for the automotive and aerospace industry.
The new BENZ Mini Flex Angle Head is compact and available in a 90° or adjustable angle head version. It is designed for BT30 drill/tap machine tools like the Brother, Chiron and Fanuc RoboDrill and delivers 6,000 rpm with 360° angular rotation.
In addition to its four new products, BENZ will also be demonstrating its Solidfix® and the CAPTO™ quick change systems.
The BENZ Solidfix® Modular quick change system enables users to change tools quickly using adapters that hold a variety of tools instead of requiring a labor-intensive manual tool change. This proprietary, patented BENZ Solidfix® modular quick-change system lets the user preset adapters for precise, repeatable tool changes in 10 to 15 seconds. It requires no special tools, can be operated safely with one hand, incorporates both a 180-degree bayonet style lock and ejection features, and has no screws to lose. BENZ Solidfix® provides a cone locator surface and full face contact for maximum accuracy and rigidity.
Instead of time consuming tool changes and high cost of specialty tools, the Solidfix spindle can be positioned where the operator can quickly change adapters and resume machining the part. It helps reduce set-up time by 90% and enables users to produce more parts every day.
BENZ also will be exhibiting the BENZ CAPTO™ quick change system, which performs the same basic functions as the BENZ Solidfix® system. The BENZ CAPTO™ system is a little more heavy duty and offers a wider variety of 3rd party adapters. Both systems offer the same one handed 10 – 15 second adapter change. For cost conscious customers, the BENZ Solidfix is a more affordable solution to the BENZ CAPTO™ system.
BENZ Inc., a member of the Zimmer Group, is the technological leader for the production of innovative machining heads for the wood, plastics, composites and metalworking industries. The company manufactures tooling in Germany and offers sales and support for the United States and Canada through its subsidiary, BENZ Inc., from its Charlotte, NC headquarters. For more information visit www.BENZ-inc.com or call 704-529-5300704-529-5300. Visit BENZ Inc. at IMTS 2014 Booth W-2445.
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