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MMS AUGUST 2018 240 IMTS 2018 Workholding and Handling Pallet Changers Accommodate High Volumes, Tight Tolerances Midaco has expanded its line of pallet changers to accommodate high-volume, large, precision parts machined to tight tolerances for the aerospace, energy, automotive, medical, military, power generation, and oil and gas industries. The pallet changers are designed to minimize unnec- essary spindle downtime. They adapt to most machining center brands and models, even accommodating large bridge mills, offering travels up to 190" × 88" (4,826 × 2,235 mm) and a weight capacity of up to 32,000 lbs (14,528 kg). Once a pallet or load of parts is complete, the next pallet or job is transferred into the machine automat- ically from a side-mounted shuttle onto the receiver mounted to the vertical machining center (VMC) table. All part loading and job setup tasks are performed offline, eliminating the need for an operator to lean into or climb into the machine. The company's automatic pallet systems are easily installed on the right side or the left side of a VMC, or on both sides for machines that do not move in a Y axis. All automatic models offer CE guarding with either a three-sided door option or a light curtain option with light emitters, mirrors and sensors. The automatic pallet changers are servo-driven and are designed to offer a fast pallet change time, decreas- ing load time by switching parts outside of the machine tool. No overhead obstructions enable crane access. There are multiple dedicated pallets, providing addi- tional setups if needed. Large-capacity machines are available, including single-shuttle systems, dual-shuttle systems and single/dual-shuttle systems. | Midaco Corp. | South, Level 3, Booth 339347 Dead Centers Feature Interchangeable Points for Fast Setup Riten Industries' Quick Point dead centers complement the company's Quick Point live centers. Interchangeable points install quickly and reduce the need for several centers. The components can be purchased separately or come as a complete set, which includes a dead center, tracer point, bull-nose point, carbide-tip point, male point, half point and a point extractor. The com- pany says that accuracy is guaranteed to ±0.0002. The company will also display a line of dead cen- ters for Mazak CNC lathes manufactured with Mazak's taper. Selections include steel or carbide-tipped points, and the company says that accuracy is guaranteed to ±0.00005. | Riten Industries, Inc. | West, Level 3 & Annex, Booth 431336

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