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TECH TIPS: Why is it important to preset outside the machine tool?

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The HAIMER Microset UNO Smart presetting machine

Recently, more machinists have started talking about presetting outside of the machine tool but only 30% of shops are currently using this method. Why is there so much hesitancy with investing in a separate tool presetting machine? Many would argue that their machine tool already comes with a laser. While using the laser in the machine tool is good to double check that the tool is set up properly or to monitor wear, it was never intended to be used for the entire presetting process.

When a machinist touches off the tools manually in the machine tool or uses the machine tool laser to preset for the next job, this requires the machine tool to stop running. This is not what the machine tool was designed to do and by presetting manually by touching off or with the machine tool laser, it turns the machine tool into the world’s most expensive presetter. The more time that the machine tool is not making parts, the more money it is wasting.

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Presetting outside the machine tool allows the machine tools to be running, while the tool assemblies are being set-up as back-ups or for the next job. Presetting also allows machinists to catch errors in their setups before starting the job that could have caused the tool to break or for the work piece to be turned into scrap. Also, it is a very easy process so machinists at any skill level can use it. 

This TECH TIP is supplied by HAIMER. The company produces over 1,000 presetters per year. For more information visit www.haimer-usa.com

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