Spindle Technology: Tool Change Capability
First-time CNC buyers are often tempted to “over-engineer” their spec and become enamored with the perceived versatility of an automatic tool changer.
In the right applications, tool change capability can indeed be powerful. Accu-Routers can be so equipped in many custom configurations. Just remember there are always trade-offs, which is yet another benefit of Accu-Router’s indepth review of your requirements before quoting your machine.
Some questions to consider and popular solutions: STD = standard, OPT = optional
|Machining Requirement (One or More Routing Heads)||Wrench-type Collet Spindle||Programmable 5 Drill Bank||Push-Button Quick Change Drawbar||Drawbar with Auto Rack or Carousel|
|Do you have limited drilling, and will you only change bits when they become dull?||STD||OPT|
|Do you have multiple hole sizes but intend to route with single diameter bits?||STD||STD|
|Will you have occasional tool change needs between programs? How about swapping an unlimited # of pre-chucked tools indexed in host control at push of a button?||OPT||STD|
|Is automation critical to you? Will you often need multiple router bits within a single program? (different diameters, bevel, roundover, etc)||OPT||STD|
|Are most of your tool change requirements for drilling, and (5) hole sizes or less?||STD||STD|
|Do you have moderate tool change needs, and don’t want to risk the cost or down time of your operators crashing an elaborate automatic tool rack or carousel?||OPT||STD|
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