Heimatec, a world leader in live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads, today announces immediate availability of its popular U-tec® flexible adapter system on all right-angle heads in the company’s line. Models are now available for most popular lines of machine tools in the North American market, according to company President Preben Hansen. The company plans to include its U-tec® adapter system on all angle heads, going forward, according to Hansen. He notes this development will especially provide the system’s rigidity and quick-change capabilities to users doing deep hole drilling with extended tools.
U-tec® is the company’s patented flexible tool adapter system that allows a standard ER output live tool to accept various adapters for different applications. This allows users the ability to have quick changeover of tools on almost any lathe or mill, using a single live tool, without having to commit to a quick-change system on the initial purchase. A facemill adapter, for example, can be quickly positioned into the standard holder, without the need for a completely new base being installed. This significantly reduces inventory costs as well as changeover time, for the busy shop.
The U-tec® system, according to Preben Hansen, “…represents a real improvement in lathe and mill/turn tooling design. U-tec® allows great user flexibility, while a polygonal drive system ensures extremely high power transmission stability and faster set-up with absolutely no loss in performance or accuracy, because the live tool base remains in position and only the adapter and collet get swapped out.”
He went on to explain the unique collet nuts on the U-tec® system have internal threading for rigid mounting and that this new tool adapter system enables the actual cutting tool to be brought into closer proximity to the bearing, thus further improving performance in use. This benefit results from the short and compact tool length design. Internal coolant up to 2000 psi (140 bar) is provided as standard.
Every adapter in the U-tec® system, complete with any necessary clamping nuts and adapters for arbor, Weldon, CAT 40 and CAT 50, is now available in shell mill, face mill, ER extension, side lock, shrink fit, hydraulic and blank styles. U-tec® angle heads are compatible with most automatic tool changers, feature 360º manual positioning and include torque arms and a stop block. Torque rated up to 150 Nm (110 ft-lb).
The U-tec® system is available for all major turning machines on the market today. Heimatec currently manufactures over 10,000 live tool types and has a full inventory at its Chicago-area headquarters for North American operations.
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Heimatec is an international tooling manufacturer, based in Renchen, Germany. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing customers the most innovative tooling technology possible. In 2010, the company opened Heimatec Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, to serve its growing North American customer base with sales and service, plus an extensive inventory of products. Heimatec serves the auto, aero, medical, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEM’s worldwide.