Typical requirements in any tool shop are a high degree of flexibility with fast response times in single part production. Aspects such as tool variety, set-up times and, of course, precision are especially important here. This is also true at LuK, a product brand of the Schaeffler Group.
LuK's production management found many reasons to use the BENZ Solidfix® quick-change system:
The company, which is globally renowned for the production of couplings and gears for the automotive industry, is headquartered in Bühl at the foot of the Black Forest. LuK operates a tool shop with a workforce of around 260 at its sites in Bühl and Kappelrodeck. Here, mainly clamping and forming tools as well as device parts, i.e. manufaturing equipment, are produced mainly in single-item production.
In order to adequately meet increasing requirements as a result of greater capacity, three new CTX beta 500 Gildemeister turning centers were purchased. Equipped with a 12-compartment servo revolver for powered tools, the machines also enable drilling and milling operations, eliminating the need to reclamp workpieces in other machines for these work processes.
In order to also save set-up times during the relatively frequent tool exchange, LuK has equipped the new machines with a tool quick-change system. Different systems on the market were analyzed at length by the technology department, with the goal of finding the best possible solution.
What was especially impressive about the new BENZ Solidfix® modular quick-change system was the extra compact design. It lends the system a high level of stability, which is ultimately also reflected in the processing accuracy. Furthermore, the small design saves space in the working area.
One special advantage of the system is the variety of tool adapters for all common tool holders. It makes it possible to use a nearly unlimited range of tools. In addition to that, LuK praised the operating comfort in particular. Tool adapters can be changed without special tools. And since this can be done within the machine in just a few seconds, set-up times are reduced considerably, which the production management in the LuK tool shop can confirm.
What's more, thanks to the use of the BENZ Solidfix® modular quick-change system, the tool exchange can be pre-set, which also reduces set-up times.
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