The best from two worlds!
Insufficient stability – this was a fact increasingly associated with the VDI system in recent years. As a result, block tools were preferred every more frequently, although the VDI tools still offer a greater diversity and flexibility.
That's how the next step appeared to be obvious: combining the best of both systems. In cooperation with DMG, we developed the EWS ProLine system in order to fully utilize the potential of new lathes. While EWS ProLine features a conventional VDI shank, it can be optionally mounted to the turret using four screws.
For instance, the flexibility of the VDI system can be utilized for lighter machining, and the stability properties of block tools can be utilized for heavy cutting. The angular position of the radial tools is ensured through Trifix®, the alignment system from EWS.
Cutting data similar to HSK63 Machining Centres?
The professional audience at the EMO 2011 saw an impressive live demonstration:
On a Gildemeister CTX Beta 1250 4A, two areas were milled parallel using two cutter heads Ø 80 in 16MnCr5 steel, with 3 mm feeding per head at a cutting speed of 180. There was no whistling and no clattering while a surface was produced that was previously achieved only by HSK63 Machining Centres.
The two axial tools from the EWS ProLine were equipped with 4:1 planetary gear set and featured the VDI40 shank holder.