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Upgraded rotary table is stronger and more compact

The Japanese manufacturer Kitagawa, represented in Britain and Ireland by sole sales agent 1st Machine Tool Accessories, has introduced the first in a new MK-series of general purpose rotary tables. The MK200, which has a 200 mm diameter faceplate, features increased holding torque compared with the MR-series table that has been superseded. The result is […]

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Efficient workholding for 5-axis machining

Under its sole agency agreement with the Japanese manufacturer, Kitagawa, Salisbury-based 1st Machine Tool Accessories (www.1mta.com) is offering the new Swift Klamp to machinists in the UK and Ireland. The rigid workholding product uses proven HSK tool interface technology to provide a secure, low interference, quick-change clamping arrangement that resists bending forces generated during metalcutting […]

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Manual indexing head saves programming and set-up times

Ideal for production shops where manual mills may still be in operation, but equally well suited to use on a CNC vertical machining centre (VMC), a new, manually adjustable indexing head has been introduced by 1st Machine Tool Accessories, Salisbury. The RotaVice can be rapidly set to position a component at a multiplicity of rotary […]

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New bar feeder for more efficient production of larger turned parts

The world’s leading manufacturer of magazines for automatically feeding bar into CNC lathes, the Italian company Iemca, has introduced a new bar feeder designed to maximise productivity during unattended turning and mill-turning of larger diameter components in single-spindle, fixed-head lathes. Called Maestro 80, the long bar feeder is available in the UK and Ireland through […]

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Quick-change chucks save time and money

Reducing job set-up times is key to saving money when machining, particularly if the work repeats regularly. Switching from hard jaws needed for a first operation (op 1) to soft jaws for a second (op 2) requires removing them, cleaning the serrated interface, bolting on the soft jaws, inserting the boring ring and skimming the […]

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New workpiece palletising and handling systems from France

1st Machine Tool Accessories has introduced a range of workpiece handling cells that allow components to be clamped manually onto pallets, automatically loaded into store and subsequently retrieved for robotic transfer into and out of 3-, 4- and 5-axis machining centres. The equipment is ideal for long periods of unattended and lights-out running and hence […]

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Multiplicity of workpiece clamping solutions for flexible machining cell

Workholding equipment supplier, 1st Machine Tool Accessories – www.1mta.com – has provided tombstones with quick-acting, versatile clamping fixtures for six of the 10 pallets in an Okuma flexible machining cell (FMC) at control valve and marine steering system manufacturer, Hydraulic Projects (Hy-Pro). In addition, 1st MTA has equipped two original tombstones with heavy duty, rapid workpiece clamping […]

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New zero-point clamping system

A highly repeatable zero-point clamping system in various configurations has been introduced to the UK and Irish markets by Salisbury-based 1st Machine Tool Accessories under a new agency agreement with the Czech manufacturer, V-Tech (www.1mta.com/v-tech-zero-point). Intended primarily for highly accurate, safe clamping of workpieces on CNC machining centres, the pneumatic, quick-change system features powerful, 24 […]

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Improved workholding speeds prototyping and toolmaking

Plastic prototypes, electrodes and injection mould inserts machined faster using quick-acting CNC vices In the prototyping department and toolroom at BNL (UK), a leading British manufacturer of plastic bearings and gears, machining lead-times are much shorter following the purchase of a pair of Chick One-Lok CNC vices through sole UK agent, 1st Machine Tool Accessories. […]

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New workholding systems improve productivity and versatility

When Chick Workholding in the USA launched its One-Lok clamping system seven years ago as an alternative to the conventional machine vice, it introduced more precise workpiece positioning and a time-saving ratchet mechanism to adjust the position of the moveable jaw quickly. New lightweight versions have now been introduced to be marketed alongside it, offering […]

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