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IBAG Spindle Tooling Systems

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High speed spindles are used to mill, drill, and grind. To do this, they must have a means of accurately holding the cutting tool. There are various tool holding systems used, depending upon the application and accuracy requirements. IBAG high speed spindles utilize a variety of tool clamping methods, including precision collets and tool holder systems.
 
Precision collet systems, like ER8 and ER11, are used on smaller spindles and provide a means to clamp small diameter tool shanks manually. The Mega 3S and Mega 4S are also manual collet systems, but feature a super high accuracy. These systems require the operator to change cutters with a set of wrenches.
 
The P9 and P10 collets are used for automatic tool shank unclamping on medium sized spindles. The P type collet is opened by a pneumatic cylinder located on the IBAG spindle, and does not require any operator intervention.
 
Fully automatic tooling systems, utilizing removable tool holders, are available on all IBAG tool changing (A-Type) spindles with diameters of 60 mm and larger. These systems include the IBAG SKI, patented system, and a full range of HSKE/A tool holder sizes. For some spindles, a modified BT30 type tool holder, without drive key slots, is used. On large spindles, CAT50, BT50 and ISO50 tooling options are offered.
 
All tool holders, used on IBAG high speed spindles, should be dynamically balanced to a level of G2.5, or better, rated at the maximum operating speed of the spindle. Operating unbalanced tooling, on a high speed spindle, can cause dangerous levels of vibration, and can easily cause spindle damage and bodily injury.