One essential machine-tool upgrade is a ROTA NCX quick-change chuck from SCHUNK.
In manufacturing, it is always vital to keep costs down and for that reason we need to focus on the three cost drivers that can be controlled. These are lot size, setup and changeover times, as well as machine costs. It is important to look at how lot sizes affect the costs of parts. Setup changes and changeover times are also an important cost driver as these can keep machines running and avoid costly down-times. The last cost driver — machine costs — has also been in the spotlight lately as machines get upgraded and become more and more costly, not only to invest in, but also to operate.
As the machines are trending to more sophistication with combined functions and capabilities, the need to keep machines running becomes increasingly important. Lot sizes can also be a cost factor, unless combined with the right workholding to counter the costs. When upgrading to workholding with quicker set-up changes and changeover times, the same cost per part can be achieved even at much smaller lot sizes. For that reason, it is crucial to update your workholding to make full use of the flexibility that the machine has to offer.
Most machines come equipped with basic conventional lathe chucks. Consider the ROTA NCX quick-change chuck from SCHUNK. It is a power lathe chuck with quick jaw change system. It boasts a large through-hole and has been optimized with reduced-weight.
Upgrading to the ROTA NCX is more straightforward than ever as it fits perfectly on machines that are equipped with short stroke cylinders. It can replace conventional lathe chucks easily, even as easy as using the internal parts of an existing chuck such as the same draw tube adapter, adapter plate, and retaining ring. With the ROTA NCX, a jaw set can be changed out with a repeat accuracy of 0.02 mm, while decreasing set up time by up to 80%. Get the most potential out of your machine and increase machine up-time easily.