Touchdex Place and Play Index Tables Especially Useful for NC Lathe Sub-Turret Applications

Originally titled 'Index Tables Especially Useful for NC Lathe Sub-Turret Applications'

The Kawata Touchdex Place and Play index tables boast quick setup, flexibility and low cost, the company says.

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The Kawata Touchdex Place and Play index tables boast quick setup, flexibility and low cost, the company says. It is a fully mechanical unit; it indexes automatically and is synchronized with an NC program. It needs no power cables or digital interface. The index table is not motorized, so it requires only minimum space and can be quickly installed at almost any location.

The Kawata Touchdex uses a locking pin that automatically fixes the workpiece with a clamping force two to three times greater than an ordinary friction brake. The Kawata Touchdex can tackle heavy milling, end milling, drilling and tapping jobs with precision and consistency, the company says.

Indexing accuracy is less than 30 seconds (cumulative). Repeat accuracy is ±3 seconds. The unique clamping system ensures zero backlash for the life of the unit, the company says.

Because it has no motorized parts, the Touchdex can be installed in tight locations. The required area is approximately half that of regular indexers. It is also exceptionally lightweight and easy to handle. By aligning two or more units, multiple workpieces can be machined simultaneously. For applications that require ultra-compact mechanical index tables, Kawata has recently introduced the palm-sized FD-107 indexer with a 4.2” (107-mm) index table.

The TD-104 and TD-170-8 sub-turret index tables are designed to be mounted on NC lathe turrets. The system is designed to offer extra cutting tools and enable the operator to quickly index them.