From practice for practice – according to this motto, SCHUNK, a competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology, developed a compact tool cart for up to 156 tool mountings that provides the best protection against cuts in everyday operation as additional storage for the machine due to its trademarked push-fit system.
“The tool cart is the result of an internal continual improvement process at the SCHUNK competence center for lathe chucks and stationary workholding in Mengen,” explains Markus Michelberger, Head of Sales Workholding Systems at Heinz-Dieter SCHUNK GmbH & Co. Spanntechnik KG. The catalyst for this development was a typical occupational accident in the metal cutting – when removing a tool from the customary shelving system, a machine operator cut their forearm on the edge of a neighbouring tool. As part of the process of continuous improvement, a research project was started with the aim of minimizing the risk of injury when handling and storing tools outside of the machine.
Free access to tools
The carts made such an impression when put into practice that SCHUNK has now equipped every machine at the Mengen plant with an efficient, mobile storage rack. “Since customers always ask us about the tool carts during plant visits, we have decided to add these to our standard program,” reports Markus Michelberger. The stainless steel push-fit system of the SCHUNK tool cart is designed in a way that the sharp cutting edges are always angled away from the machine operator while it is still possible to get safe access to the tool taper. Because there are gaps for the slots on the opposite side, the toolholder mountings with long tools can also be stored and accessed. The cart is delivered completely pre-assembled and is fitted with industrial rollers and handles for moving safely between tool presetting and the machine. It is available in two sizes and can be custom fitted with slots for interfaces BT 30, 40 and 50, SK/CAT 40, 50, CAPTO C6, HSK-A 40. 63 and 100. A drain pan for coolant is available as an option.