Connectivity for tool holders
- October 17, 2019
Sandvik Coromant has introduced connectivity capability to its series of Silent Tools tool holders.
The innovation is offered as part of the company’s CoroPlus suite of connected solutions for machine shops that wish to embrace the rapidly advancing trend of industry digitization.
Among the enhancements, the new Silent Tools technology for internal turning at long overhangs now features embedded connectivity within the adaptor. Named Silent ToolsPlus, this solution enables data from the machining process to be collected and sent to a dashboard, provides a source of insight into what is happening inside slender tubular components. For instance, says Sandvik, it will be possible to detect if there is too much vibration or if the surface quality is at risk of being compromised. And operators will be able to reduce the time that the machine runs without the tool in cut.
By way of example, the Silent Tools Plus vibration indicator is able to detect issues with machining at an early stage, helping to prevent vibration-associated issues such as noise, poor surface quality and accelerated tool wear. Furthermore, centre height setting functionality displays the level of the cutting edge, so that it can be quickly and easily set according to requirements. The result is better machining performance and longer tool life.
Sandvik Coromant’s Silent Tools range is designed to minimize vibration through a pre-tuned dampener inside the tool body that consists of a heavy mass supported by rubber spring elements. This design allows machine shops to increase metal removal rates, improve surface finish, secure the process or reduce production costs.
The Silent Tools Plus turning adaptor also includes a new Wedge Lock quick-change interface between the adaptor and cutting head. Sandvik says that the fast and accurate cutting head changes this facilitates will appeal to manufacturers in a variety of industries, including aerospace, for machining components such as landing gear components, and in oil and gas, where the machining of long tubular parts is commonplace.