SMED rapid change-out interface

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Standard SMED rapid tool change-out interface integrated in to an aircraft part machining cell. The integration of a false platform designed by Lormac creates a unique and standardised interface for all manufacturing machines, minimising machine down-time.

Requirement / Speed up manufacturing rotation.

During machining operations, manufacturing changeovers are an indirect cause of down-time. There are three advantages to using a specialised rapid SMED change-out interface for part pick-up and assembly :
  • speeding up change-outs,
  • improving repeatability when repositioning tools,
  • meeting needs in terms of multiple interface / tool “pairs”.

Solution / A single rapid change-out interface.

Development and integration of a false platform creating a standard rapid change-out interface common to all machines. The supplied tool was standardised through the use of zero point mandrels. Positive CAD locking components, these elements are released using hydraulic mechanisms. Lormac designed and installed a comprehensive rapid tool change-out solution for the customer’s application including the supply of a hydraulic release unit, positioning control and a blower.

Characteristics /

  • Ø 1600 mm capacity
  • 9 false platforms or identical interfaces,
  • 8 dedicated tools.

Further information.

The rapid tool change-out interface designed by Lormac conforms to the SMED production system (Single Minute Exchange Die), the purpose of which is to make the machine more flexible. Adaptation of the standard platform reduces the production run change-out time for all machines in the machining cell: lathe, milling machine, cleaning and finishing machine etc. Optimisation of the rotation of production runs resulting from Lormac’s expertise through the creation of assembly / part pick-up solutions is synonymous with productivity gains for the end customer.