The EPPINGER Trifix® tool positioning system from EXSYS Tool (San Antonio, FL) enables exchanges of both static and driven tooling for multitasking machines. Based on the VDI interface, the system provides positioning accuracy within 10 μm between tool stations, and single-position repeatability of less than 5 μm at a tool length of 3.9" (100 mm). After the user initially aligns the unit in the lathe turret, further adjustment for subsequent tool changes becomes unnecessary. As a result, manufacturers can preset tools off the machine, reducing setup time. Tooling can be mounted with four additional hold-down screws to maximize rigidity in heavy-chipload operations such as milling. Use of the Trifix system does not prevent a facility from using other tooling.

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