Pallet Changer For Short And Long Runs

The company has introduced a new automatic pallet changer called the Auto-Switcher. The unit is designed for easy retrofitting to vertical machining centers. The Auto-Switcher can provide long periods of unattended machining.

The company has introduced a new automatic pallet changer called the Auto-Switcher. The unit is designed for easy retrofitting to vertical machining centers. The Auto-Switcher can provide long periods of unattended machining. When a large number of parts are loaded on both pallets, unattended machining can continue through breaks, lunch and into the evening or weekend. Also the typical downtime associated with loading parts and cleaning chips is eliminated. Many shops find that they can double the productivity of their operators and machines. Unlike systems that utilize aluminum pallets, the Auto-Switcher employs precision cast iron T-slotted pallets. It also has a locating and clamping fixture that has a clamping and lifting capacity of 11,800 lbs--compared to the 2,000 lb limitation of other systems on the market. The Auto-Switcher's design allows an operator to easily add and remove fixtured pallets in about 2 minutes. This greatly reduces the cost of changeover time. Extra pallets can be stored--ready for repeat jobs and emergency break-ins. The special design also takes up to 30 percent less Z-height in the vertical machining center.