Drilling in tight corners, reaming deep features—it’s no longer something to avoid, thanks to Kennametal’s new hydraulic chuck extensions.
Kennametal solves the age-long problem of tool stability when drilling in deep cavities, alongside tall shoulders, and past bulky fixturesReaching deep inside a workpiece to drill holes can be a real bear. You´ve tried taper length and aircraft drills, but even those made of solid carbide are apt to wander when hanging out of the chuck unsupported. Maybe you´ve combatted the problem with special extended-reach drill holders, although these are not only expensive, but limited to specific fixed lengths. A double angle or ER-style collet extension might be worth a try, yet these aren´t exactly compact, and any runout or imbalance is exaggerated at long length to diameter ratios—if drill walk isn´t bad enough, you´re now left fighting the holder itself as it flexes and vibrates. Hole accuracy becomes questionable, tool life is poor, and productivity suffers as you reduce feed rates in an attempt to keep the drill running true. Surely there´s a better way.
Kennametal’s hydraulic chuck extensions provide integral through-the-tool coolant channels, promoting tool life and increasing penetration rates in all drilling and reaming applications.
Kennametal thinks so. The Latrobe, PA tooling manufacturer recently developed a hydraulic chuck extension that meets these challenges while also increasing flexibility and reducing costs. Michael Schuffenhauer, Senior Global Product Manager Tooling Systems at Kennametal, says the company has been producing hydraulic chucks for the past 30 years, and has become quite knowledgeable about the technology behind them as a result. This new tool leverages that extensive experience.
»We asked our customers, ´How do you drill holes in deep cavities and complex pockets? Do you have problems with reaching past clamps and fixtures?´» he says. »We wanted to know how they were dealing with these issues, and the effectiveness of their existing solution. Then we set out to develop a better one.»
Kennametal´s new line of hydraulic chuck (HC) extensions meets that goal handily. Michael Schuffenhauer lists a number of key features that make the product unlike any other currently available. These include:
When coupled with a KM quick-change adapter, Kennametal’s hydraulic chuck extension makes previously difficult setups both faster and more predictable.
“Our HC Extensions are for customers that need the flexibility of a modular system but want to avoid the expense and limitations of a custom solution, as well as the constraints that come with traditional toolholders,» Michael Schuffenhauer says. »We believe the improved performance and ease-of-use offered by this new product will soon make it the leading drill extension on the market. It´s quite simply a great design.”
“That´s an important point,” notes Michael Schuffenhauer. “With traditional collet nut systems, the amount of torque applied during tool changes can vary widely, increasing the chance of runout or tool slippage. The same can be said for competing hydraulic extension chucks. But with our solution, there´s no chance of over or under-tightening. It´s not only extremely accurate, but it´s extremely accurate every time.”
Ease of use means no need for heat shrink machines. Tool lengths are adjustable up to 10 mm (0.393 in.) axially. A specially-ground chamfer on the end of the shank eases insertion into the hydraulic chuck. Prepared wrench flats provide safe and convenient handling, without the need for a torque wrench. A one-piece design eliminates concerns over contamination and downtime due to maintenance. And most importantly, the clamping mechanism eliminates operator to operator tightening variations.
For all its performance, the design is simple—just set any h6 tool shank inside the HC Extension and turn the clamping screw on the end of the unit until seated. This causes a hydraulic piston within the unit to move forward, compressing the locating sleeve, and gripping the tool.
Again, total runout as measured 2.5 x D from the chuck face will not exceed 3 µm (0.00012 in.), and the extension´s superior balance characteristics make it an ideal choice for today´s high rpm machine tools.
At the end of the day, says Michael Schuffenhauer, customers want to achieve the safest, most economical, and predictable way to machine parts, hopefully with tooling and equipment that is easy to use. The HC Extension meets all of these criteria and more. “If you look at it from a high level, the HC Extension gives you the flexibility of a collet system with the precision of shrink fit, and easier setup than either. You get the best of all worlds. And because of the HC´s extreme accuracy and balance, you don´t have to settle for substandard tool life and performance as would with purely mechanical clamping systems. We´re very pleased to have it as part of our portfolio.”
Kennametal´s hydraulic chuck extensions provide integral through-the-tool coolant channels, promoting tool life and increasing penetration rates in all drilling and reaming applications.
When coupled with a KM quick-change adapter, Kennametal´s hydraulic chuck extension makes previously difficult setups both faster and more predictable.
Drilling in tight corners, reaming deep features—it´s no longer something to avoid, thanks to Kennametal´s new hydraulic chuck extensions.
Celebrating its 80th year as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 11,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $2.1 billion in revenues in fiscal 2017.
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