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Hydraulic chucks are a ‘rising star’ for sliders

Posted on 05 Apr 2024 and read 626 times
Hydraulic chucks are a ‘rising star’ for slidersA world leader in precision tooling and holemaking applications, BIG Kaiser has unveiled its new Hydraulic Chuck Lathe Type B. Available in the UK from Tamworth cutting tool manufacturer Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC), the new hydraulic chuck has been specifically designed for Swiss-type turning machines.

The new addition to the ITC portfolio for sliding head machine shops represents a broadening of BIG Kaiser’s extensive line-up of hydraulic chucks. The Type B is optimised for select Star Micronics machines and has an unmatched repeatability of less than 1μm. Furthermore, this new addition features a rectangular design and multiple tool rows to accommodate the compact size of these machines.

The impressive design minimises interference in compact work envelopes and enhances machining capabilities in such space-constrained set ups. The Hydraulic Chuck Lathe Type B expands the standard, F, and R Types with its tailored adaptability for unique machine requirements. The standard model offers front tool clamping, the F Type allows rear operation in tight spaces, and the R Type, with its square shape, suits set ups needing multiple tool rows without interference.

ChuckHydraulic chucks are renowned for their precision operations on turning centres, offering exceptional repeatability and damping capabilities. Compatible with leading automatic Swiss-type turning machine brands, including Citizen, Star, Tsugami and Tornos, the chucks facilitate safe and swift cutting tool changes with a simple Allen key, significantly enhancing operational efficiency and safety.

The versatility of the B Type (SL22B) and R Type (SL22R) chucks allows for application in a wide range of Star machines, providing customers with the flexibility to choose the optimal chuck for their specific applications. The B Type is particularly suited for machines with a single-level tool post, while the R Type caters to dual-level posts, offering a tailored solution for every machine configuration.

Giampaolo Roccatello, chief sales and marketing officer at BIG Kaiser Europe, said: “Since unveiling our first hydraulic chuck in 1994, we have consistently contributed to advancements in precision hydraulic chuck technology. Each chuck undergoes two thorough manual inspections before leaving our factory, ensuring it meets the highest quality standards.”