Just when you feel satisfied that you have implemented a productive Swiss-type machine in-house, you realize that it could be even better. Manufacturing developments in presetters are now available to Swiss-type machines to ultimately increase their productivity and quality control. What shop owner/manager doesn’t want that on their shop floor?
Traditional Swiss-type machines either have a unique toolholder setup or an integral tool setter. Even though the toolholders look similar, the minute differences from one to the next haven’t allowed for a separate, standalone presetter.
But presetter technology has many benefits. It enables users to accurately measure tool length and diameter, calculate nose radii and angles and detect damaged or unusable cutting edges. Presetters are designed to calculate runout very accurately.
Recently, Swiss-types are making a transition to a quick-change style tooholder that lathe and turning center manufacturers have been making. Presetter manufacturer Speroni (Big Kaiser Precision Tooling in the U.S.) have used this opportunity to help Swiss-type machine builders develop presetter technology on their machines. These Swiss-type machines will still come standard with presetting/setup within the machines, but Speroni is adding an option to take the step off line. A standalone presetter frees a machine to do what it’s designed to do: make chips.
To read the details of how the Speroni presetters are implemented in Swiss-type machines, visit “Turning Heads with Presetters.” To learn more about the benefits of presetters, visit “Presetting Pays Dividends." For an application story, read “Reducing Downtime with Tool Presetting.”