Inserts for Automated Toolholder Cleaning

Originally titled 'Metallform Inserts for Automated Toolholder Cleaning '

Specifically, for toolholders and tool fixtures, Metallform (distributed by Ecoclean in the U.S.) has developed inserts that can be easily placed in standard cleaning baskets. They enable the fast, automated cleaning.

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Whether it is drilling, milling or turning, residues from machining are not only left on the part surface, but also in the tools and fixtures. Cleaning of the latter is usually still done manually, even though cleaning of the manufactured parts is carried out in a cleaning machine. Specifically, for toolholders and tool fixtures, Metallform (distributed by Ecoclean in the U.S.) has developed inserts that can be easily placed in standard cleaning baskets. They enable the fast, automated cleaning.

To be able to clean the equipped toolholders in the cleaning machine, Metallform has developed specific inserts for standard cleaning baskets, such as the Mefo-Box. The inserts are available for different tool fixtures, for example, HSK, Conus, VDI and SBA, and can be adapted to the type and size of the holders. Fixation of the holder in the insert only takes place in non-critical areas.

Adapted to the size of the working chamber of the cleaning machine, the equipped tool fixtures can be placed vertically or horizontally in the insert. This also allows for placing the toolholder directly at the machine or machining center into the insert and for transporting it safely to the cleaning machine. For cleaning, various inserts can be placed in a Mefo-Box or standard cleaning basket.

On the one hand, this makes the cleaning of toolholders faster, according to the company. This is especially because of the open design of the inserts, which allows the cleaning medium and mechanics, for example, ultrasonic waves or spray jet, to reach the toolholders freely from all sides. To improve the cleaning effect, the basket can be swivelled in the machine. On the other hand, automated cleaning increases efficiency. Staff that had been cleaning the toolholders manually can now spend their time with more productive work.

After cleaning and replacing tools, the holders can be transported back to the metalcutting machine safely and without damages.

Like all cleaning baskets from Metallform, the inserts are made of stainless steel with an electrolytic polished surface. This high-quality material can be used with all cleaning media and ensures a long service life, the company says.

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