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PMC-Colinet Streamlines Huge Pipe Keyway Machining With Unique Angle Head From Heimatec

Ohio manufacturer of oil field equipment saves 184 hours on one high-precision cutting tool head made of Nitralloy®

PMC-Colinet has a long history in the pipe and tube market, having started in 1912 and introduced the world’s first carbide-tooled pipe threading machine in 1958. Today, the company is established as a primary supplier of machines to the OCTG sector. Its customers include integrated steel mills that sell finished pipe and couplings to the oil and gas industries, specifically using the company’s machines for threading products for downhole drilling applications. PMC-Colinet also supplies cutting tools, consumable tooling, aftermarket parts and field service to the industry.

Recently, PMC-Colinet did an assessment on one very challenging job, namely, cutting keyways into large sections on a high-precision cutting tool head made of Nitralloy. For many years, the production had involved the use of a shaper to produce the keyway in the bore of the die head. Typically, the bore ranged from 6” to 13” in diameter and more than 12’ in length. These keyways have extremely tight tolerances, with location at +/- 0.0005”, width at +/- 0.001” and depth to +/- 0.0025”.

90 Degree Head Heimatec PMCrt

One style of cut is a 3-step keyway that does not run all the way through the bore, stopping at a window that is milled from the outside diameter. This situation prevented the PMC machining department from using a ram EDM to produce the keyway. The only options previously used were to rough the keyway on an old shaping machine, then send it out for ram EDM. This process required 50 hours on the shaper, plus approximately a week for the ram EDM. Another option was to do the job entirely on the shaping machine. Roughing the keyway had to be much more precise and usually required about 61 hours. Plus, an additional 145 hours were required to finish the part, normally. These times included 10-12 hours for set-up.

The team at PMC, led by Milling Foreman Rick Kokish, decided to explore other methods to produce this part on its Monarch 175B VMC. They conducted an exhaustive search on the Internet, turning up over 133,000 hits for 90º angle heads. After more than 30 hours of gleaning out the unsuitable products, they narrowed the search to just two vendors. Both manufacturers visited the facility and brought out their standard angle head designs. One of the companies, Heimatec, quickly realized this job would require a custom 90º head design to satisfy all the requirements.

One competitor brought a standard 40 taper tool, while Heimatec presented a larger, heavier 50 taper unit.

A week later, Preben Hansen, Heimatec’s president, supplied a drawing for the proposed custom product. PMC engineering reviewed both the standard and custom designs and awarded the project to Heimatec.

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The angle head supplied was designed to perform a wide variety of cutting tasks on the various end products produced by PMC. On the keyway in a bore 6” in diameter and 12” in length, using the Heimatec 90º head, PMC spent 6 hours in setup, 3 for roughing and 3 for finishing, plus 12 to 16 hours of actual cutting time. This represented a total savings of 184 hours on a single part. Though the head appeared too slender to remain rigid during the entire cutting cycle, according to PMC sources, the performance was deemed very successful.

Heimatec’s head design for this custom radial drilling and milling head features an adjustable tool stop, 3 support pins for stabilizing the tool, CAT 50 taper style, 360º indexable pivot on the angle head and inclined tooth gear design for maximum rigidity.

During the project, Preben Hansen from Heimatec supervised the installation. After the stop block attachment and grinding of the supports pins for the head were accomplished in just one day, the head was mounted and several experimental cuts were performed. Hansen spent time with Rick Kokish as well as CNC programmer Barry Spence at PMC, discussing various options for programming the head on the Monarch VMC. The very next morning, the setup was performed and an actual keyway was roughed.

Results ongoing have continued to satisfy all requirements, according to PMC sources.

For further information on the application discussed in this story, please contact:

PMC INDUSTRIES
29100 Lakeland Boulevard
Wickliffe, OH 44092
Phone: 440-943-3300
Fax: 440-944-1974
Web: www.pmc-colinet.com
Email: sales@pmc-colinet.com
Attention: Rick Kokish, Milling Foreman

or

Preben Hansen, President
HEIMATEC INC.
16 E. Piper Lane Suite 129
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone:  847-749-0633
Fax:  847-749-2445
Email: info@heimatecinc.com
Website: www.heimatecinc.com

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Heimatec is an international tooling manufacturer, based in Renchen, Germany. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing customers the most innovative tooling technology possible. In 2010, the company opened Heimatec Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, to serve its growing North American customer base with sales and service, plus an extensive inventory of products. Heimatec serves the auto, aero, medical, off-highway, rail, energy, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEM’s worldwide.

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New Angle Head Line from Heimatec

Standard and custom styles available for all popular machine tools; offered for all tapers, including HSK and BT30; fixed and adjustable models

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Adjustable Angle Heads

Heimatec, a world leader in live tools and multi-spindle drill heads, today announces immediate availability of its newest development, a line of standard and custom angle heads, available in all popular sizes and styles to accommodate today’s machine tools and CNC machining center builders.

Designed for heavy milling, deep drilling and tapping operations often found in the off-highway, energy, rail and other heavy-duty industries, this new Heimatec line of angle heads features twin or double twin sets of matched angular contact bearings plus a rear radial support bearing, ensuring maximum stability in use.

All the gears on these angle heads have inclined teeth made from high-resistance gear steel and have been specially hardened, ground and lapped in sets to provide the smoothest transmission output possible.

Heimatec angle heads are made from high-tensile strength aluminum. High-precision spindle bearings maintain the highest possible spindle concentricity.

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Heimatec Angle Heads offered in various sizes and styles for all popular machining centers

Full 360º body rotation with positive compression locking, 90º incremental repositioning without indicating, maximum torque to 150 Nm, gear ratio 1:1 standard with others available, spindle speeds to 18,000 rpm and interchangeable torque arms are other standard features of this line from Heimatec.

CAT 40, BT 40, BT 30, HSK 63A, CAT 50, BT 50 and HSK 100A taper styles are available, as well as custom modifications such at 18” extension shafts. Heimatec offers a full one-year warranty on all parts and labor.

Click HERE to view a short video on the product.

For further information and literature, or to arrange a demo on this new line, please contact:

Preben Hansen, President
HEIMATEC INC.
16 E. Piper Lane Suite 129
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone:  847-749-0633
Fax:  847-749-2445
Email: info@heimatecinc.com
Website: www.heimatecinc.com

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Heimatec is an international tooling manufacturer, based in Renchen, Germany. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing customers the most innovative tooling technology possible. In 2010, the company opened Heimatec Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, to serve its growing North American customer base with sales and service, plus an extensive inventory of products. Heimatec serves the auto, aero, medical, off-highway, rail, energy, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEM’s worldwide.

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New Look for Heimatec Website

Heimatec is a world leader in the development and manufacturing of live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads. With U.S. head quarters located in the Chicagoland area and company head quarters and manufacturing in Renchen Germany, we are dedicated to supplying our customers the most innovative tooling technology possible.

Check out the new look at www.heimatecinc.com!

New Website

For more info on Heimatec:

Preben Hansen, President
HEIMATEC INC.
16 E. Piper Lane Suite 129
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone:  847-749-0633
Fax:  847-749-2445
Email: info@heimatecinc.com
Website: www.heimatecinc.com

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Heimatec is an international tooling manufacturer, based in Renchen, Germany. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing customers the most innovative tooling technology possible. In 2010, the company opened Heimatec Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, to serve its growing North American customer base with sales and service, plus an extensive inventory of products. Heimatec serves the auto, aero, medical, off-highway, rail, energy, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEM’s worldwide.

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New 1:4 Speed Multipliers from Heimatec

24,000 RPM max. styles available for all popular machine tools

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Axial milling and drilling head style speed multiplier from Heimatec, ER 16 variation

Heimatec, a world leader in live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads, announces immediate availability of its newest development, a line of 1:4 live tool speed multipliers in 24,000 RPM max. styles, available for all popular live tool lathes currently on the market.

These speed multipliers are provided as axial or radial drilling and milling heads, with either external or internal coolant design, and mounting configurations to suit virtually any machine tool turret set-up, including all VDI and BMT sizes.

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Radial milling and drilling head style speed multiplier from Heimatec, ER 16 variation

Speed multipliers for Haas and Nakamura machines are now in stock with others in production for short lead time deliveries.

According to Heimatec President Preben Hansen, “As our presence in the American machine tool market continues to expand, so does our product line.  These speed multipliers are a great addition to our line.  They give us more to offer the job shop and large production departments, through our growing network of reps and distributors, serving the market here.”

For further information and literature, or to arrange a demo on this new line, please contact:

Preben Hansen, President
HEIMATEC INC.
16 E. Piper Lane Suite 129
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone:  847-749-0633
Fax:  847-749-2445
Email: info@heimatecinc.com
Website: www.heimatecinc.com

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Heimatec is an international tooling manufacturer, based in Renchen, Germany. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing customers the most innovative tooling technology possible. In 2010, the company opened Heimatec Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, to serve its growing North American customer base with sales and service, plus an extensive inventory of products. Heimatec serves the auto, aero, medical, off-highway, rail, energy, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEM’s worldwide.

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You’re Buying That New Lathe… Some Tooling Tips from Heimatec

Getting started with live tools…

A flexible tool adapter system can be a big time and money saver, if properly utilized and properly designed for maximum power transmission and accuracy in alignment.

When any metalworking manufacturing facility, whether captive or job shop, makes the substantial investment in a new lathe, they are often looking for ways to streamline the manufacturing process. The smarter you are when choosing the live tools for your job, the more efficient the machine becomes. Finding a supplier of live tools who offers high-quality, high-performance products that will allow you more flexibility on the first big job and into the future in your operation is the key.

The first tool feature to consider is the output needed. Standard ER output or quick-change? Do you need coolant through the tool capabilities? Does the tool meet your requirements for precision and performance, including the necessary torque output to complement the machine? Are the tools designed according to the specifications of the lathe manufacturer?

When you look at an ER output, does it give you enough flexibility or do you need a more flexible machining system that will allow you to use the same tool for different applications. If more flexibility is required, then you may want to consider tooling with a system that features adapters for a variety of tools without the cost of new complete toolholder assemblies for each tool needed. However, when you look at such systems, be sure they feature a rigid polygon drive system design to prevent power transmission and alignment issues. Such systems seem appealing, because the live tool stays in place and only the adapter and collet get changed out with each new tool. However, less sophisticated though inexpensive systems will compromise the accuracy of your work. At that point, the few dollars saved will mean very little, compared to the scrap and downtime resulting.

If changeover time is critical, such as when working on a “family of parts,” the option of a true “quick- change system” might be more

A true quick-change system can be set offline and quickly installed, but it must be considered in light of today’s AND tomorrow’s workload.

beneficial. Adapters can be set offline and ready to go for minimal changeover time.

When coolant-thru tools are selected, it is imperative you first check the machine specifications to be sure your tool is capable of handling the coolant pressure of the machine. In general, your internal coolant live tools should be able to handle 1000 psi or more.

If your live tool is constructed with large, high accuracy bearings, the tool will have excellent rigidity and premium cutting performance, with minimal runout. (0.0002” or 0.006mm is a desirable goal.) The bearings, combined with ground, paired and high accuracy gears, make for tools that are consistent and long lasting. Bore tolerance is absolutely key in maintaining proper bearing load and this factor should never be compromised.

In addition, you should consider the many applications that can be accomplished with the proper live tool. You can purchase speed increasers for higher rpm, gear reducers for added torque, adjustable angle tools for compound angles, multiple-spindle tools for additional capacity, or gear hobbing tools for spline or gear cutting. Most of those items are standard catalog devices, but one more piece of advice: never shy away from the custom tool, when appropriate and justified by the job you have in-shop today, as well as the ones you might have tomorrow. A good tooling supplier will work with you to produce custom tools at reasonable prices, but the supplier must be very reliable, so look for one with grinding, finishing and perhaps even heat treating in-house or very closely monitored, to do such work. Additionally, be certain the supplier has local support and tools can be repaired or reworked quickly and correctly.

The workpiece materials are always a driver. Those of you doing medical machining know this well. Buying a less expensive or lower featured tool to work cobalt chromium and titanium is a really bad idea, to be blunt.

Custom tools, though usually dedicated to a particular application, can be the best solution, IF the design and construction of the tool is solid and the application engineering and after-sale support is available locally to service it.

On a practical level, always check the supplier for inventory and source of supply. Today, when your customers are demanding faster response times and more cost off-loading, you can expect the same from your tooling supplier. Likewise, application and engineering assistance should be available from local sources to support your tool choices.

The bottom line is the bottom line for most of us today. However, always consider the future jobs when purchasing tooling systems for your new and existing lathes. What might seem a bargain might not be, after the first big job is completed.

DIN and ABEC standards are the norm in industry and your supplier should be willing to supply all necessary documentation on request. Shortcuts on quality are never, repeat never, worth the short-term savings.

I hope this short primer on tooling will assist you in equipping your next machines.

For addition information or inquiries, please contact:

Preben Hansen, President
HEIMATEC INC.
16 E. Piper Lane Suite 129
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone:  847-749-0633
Fax:  847-749-2445
Email: info@heimatecinc.com
Website: www.heimatecinc.com

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Heimatec is an international tooling manufacturer, based in Renchen, Germany. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing customers the most innovative tooling technology possible. In 2010, the company opened Heimatec Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, to serve its growing North American customer base with sales and service, plus an extensive inventory of products. Heimatec serves the auto, aero, medical, off-highway, rail, energy, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEM’s worldwide.

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HT Series… Fastest Quick-Change Tool Adapter System On The Market!

New Heimatec system reduces downtime, eliminates costly changeover; ideal for the busy job shop or production department

HT Series quick-change tool adapter system from Heimatec requires only a single clamping bolt turn for changeover. Click the image to view the animation.

Heimatec, a world leader in live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads, announces immediate availability of its newest development, the HT Series quick-change tool adapter system.  With the HT Series onboard, users do not need to change tooling, only the adapter and that action is accomplished with a single clamping bolt.  In this way, collet assemblies can be preset outside the machine tool, then simply swapped out as needed.

Whether a one-off job shop or long run production department, downtime on any machine tool is costly and the HT Series reduces changeover from an average of 15-20 minutes down to about that many seconds.  The tool head stays in the machine, so less probing is needed after the changeover, as well.

HT Series offers users a lower initial investment, minimized tooling time, reductions of tooling quantities and related costs, plus considerably lower inventories.  Further savings are realized by the high degree of flexibility in the system, the shortest gauge line of any system on the market, meaning no additional tool length consumed, standard coolant-through design, exceptional repeatability to 0.0002” and easier handling of the components, resulting in lower setup costs.

This new quick-change system is available from Heimatec with all common outputs, including collet, extended collet, collet with tension and expansion for tapping, weld-on, weld-on extended, arbor, hydro-chuck, indexable insert holder, shrink fit and blank/plug design.

Interested parties can see the HT Series in action on youtube at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl7_978FQ94&NR=1

For further information and literature on this new product, please contact:

Preben Hansen, President
HEIMATEC INC.
16 E. Piper Lane Suite 129
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone:  847-749-0633
Fax:  847-749-2445
Email: info@heimatecinc.com
Website: www.heimatecinc.com

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Heimatec is an international tooling manufacturer, based in Renchen, Germany. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing customers the most innovative tooling technology possible. In 2010, the company opened Heimatec Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, to serve its growing North American customer base with sales and service, plus an extensive inventory of products. Heimatec serves the auto, aero, medical, off-highway, rail, energy, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEM’s worldwide.

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U-tec Flexible Tool Adapter System from Heimatec: IMTS Booth W-1986

Heimatec axial tool with built-in U-tec system

To everything, there is a REASON…turn, turn, turn…

Here’s your best reason to stop by our booth:

At this year’s IMTS, Heimatec will display its live tooling in a unique way…a live demo on a rotating machine tool turret.   Come and see the show!

Heimatec, a world leader in live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads, today announced immediate availability of its newest development, recently unveiled for IMTS.
U-tec is the company’s patented flexible tool adapter system that allows a standard ER output live tool to accept various adapters for different applications. This allows users the ability to have  quick changeover of tools on almost any lathe, using a single live tool, without having to commit to a quick-change system on the initial purchase.  A facemill adapter, for example, can be quickly positioned into the standard holder, without the need for a completely new base being installed.  This significantly reduces inventory costs as well as changeover time, for the busy shop.

Heimatec radial tool with built-in U-tec system

The U-tec system, according to Heimatec Inc. President Preben Hansen, “…represents a real improvement in lathe and mill/turn tooling design.  U-tec allows great user flexibility, while a polygonal drive system ensures extremely high power transmission stability and faster set-up with absolutely no loss in performance or accuracy, because the live tool base remains in position and only the adapter and collet get swapped.”

He went on to explain the unique collet nuts on the U-tec system have internal  threading for rigid mounting and that this new tool adapter system enables the actual cutting tool to be brought into closer proximity to the bearing, thus further improving performance in use.  This benefit results from the short and compact tool length design.  Internal coolant up to 2000 psi(140 bar) is provided standard.

Side lock adapter

Every adapter in the U-tec system comes complete with any necessary clamping nuts and adapters are immediately available in face mill style, ER extensions, side lock, shrink fit, hydraulic and blank.

The U-tec system is available for all major turning machines on the market today.  Heimatec currently manufactures over 10,000 live tool types.

Extended ER collet chuck adapter

For further information and literature on this new product, please contact:

Preben Hansen, President
HEIMATEC INC.
16 E. Piper Lane Suite 129
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone:  847-749-0633
Fax:  847-749-2445
Email: info@heimatecinc.com
Website: www.heimatecinc.com

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Heimatec is an international tooling manufacturer, based in Renchen, Germany. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing customers the most innovative tooling technology possible. In 2010, the company opened Heimatec Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, to serve its growing North American customer base with sales and service, plus an extensive inventory of products. Heimatec serves the auto, aero, medical, off-highway, rail, energy, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEM’s worldwide.

Face mill adapter

ER collet

ER collet chuck adapter

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Heimatec Relocates, Offers New Literature

Tooling supplier expands headquarters, offers specific machine tool brand product lines, detailed in new full-specification catalogs

Heimatec, Inc., the North American operation for a world leader in live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads, today announces it has relocated to substantially larger headquarters near Chicago.

Heimatec will display a complete line of high-quality live tools for all major turning machine brands, as well as angle heads for milling applications, during the upcoming IMTS 2012 in Chicago. The company will feature its unique HT quick-change system and patented u-tec flexible machining system.

According to company president Preben Hansen, “We made this move to increase our inventory and our staff to better serve the growing ranks of our customers, both end users and distributors alike.”  The new location is in Prospect Heights, Illinois, previously home to Heimatec.

It represents a 50% increase in the office and warehouse capacity for this growing supplier to the North American machine tool market.  Hansen anticipates hiring new staff for the facility soon.

In related news, Heimatec has introduced complete lines of tooling, each designed for specific brands of machine tools, including the major builders of turning machines used in the North American market, such as Haas, Okuma, Mazak, Spinner, Miyano, Nakamura and others. This full-specification literature by machine brand is immediately available from the company in print and online pdf versions. Interested parties should contact the company.  Heimatec also offers its new corporate capability brochure, in which all lines are presented.


For further information on this news release, please contact:

Preben Hansen, President
HEIMATEC INC.
16 E. Piper Lane Suite 129
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone:  847-749-0633
Fax:  847-749-2445
Email: info@heimatecinc.com
Website: www.heimatecinc.com

Connect with Heimatec Inc:  twitfbliytgplus

Heimatec is an international tooling manufacturer, based in Renchen, Germany. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing customers the most innovative tooling technology possible. In 2010, the company opened Heimatec Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, to serve its growing North American customer base with sales and service, plus an extensive inventory of products. Heimatec serves the auto, aero, medical, off-highway, rail, energy, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEM’s worldwide.

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U-Tec® Flexible Tool Adapter System From Heimatec

Heimatec axial tool with built-in U-Tec® system

Significantly reduces inventory, changeover time for lathe and mill/turn users

See the U-Tec video HERE.

Heimatec, a world leader in live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads, today announced immediate availability of its newest development, recently unveiled at IMTS.

U-Tec® is the company’s patented flexible tool adapter system that allows a standard ER output live tool to accept various adapters for different applications. This allows users the ability to have  quick changeover of tools on almost any lathe, using a single live tool, without having to commit to a quick-change system on the initial purchase.  A facemill adapter, for example, can be quickly positioned into the standard holder, without the need for a completely new base being installed.  This significantly reduces inventory costs as well as changeover time, for the busy shop.

Heimatec radial tool with built-in U-Tec® system

The U-Tec® system, according to Heimatec Inc. President Preben Hansen, “…represents a real improvement in lathe and mill/turn tooling design. U-Tec® allows great user flexibility, while a polygonal drive system ensures extremely high power transmission stability and faster set-up with absolutely no loss in performance or accuracy, because the live tool base remains in position and only the adapter and collet get swapped.”

He went on to explain the unique collet nuts on the U-Tec® system have internal  threading for rigid mounting and that this new tool adapter system enables the actual cutting tool to be brought into closer proximity to the bearing, thus further improving performance in use.  This benefit results from the short and compact tool length design.  Internal coolant up to 2000 psi(140 bar) is provided standard.

Side lock adapter

Every adapter in the U-Tec® system comes complete with any necessary clamping nuts and adapters are immediately available in face mill style, ER extensions, side lock, shrink fit, hydraulic and blank.

The U-Tec® system is available for all major turning machines on the market today.  Heimatec currently manufactures over 10,000 live tool types.

Extended ER collet chuck adapter

For further information and literature on this new product, please contact:

Preben Hansen, President
HEIMATEC INC.
16 E. Piper Lane Suite 129
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone:  847-749-0633
Fax:  847-749-2445
Email: info@heimatecinc.com
Website: www.heimatecinc.com

Connect with Heimatec Inc:  twitfbliytgplus

Heimatec is an international tooling manufacturer, based in Renchen, Germany. Its experienced staff is dedicated to providing customers the most innovative tooling technology possible. In 2010, the company opened Heimatec Inc. in Prospect Heights, IL, near Chicago, to serve its growing North American customer base with sales and service, plus an extensive inventory of products. Heimatec serves the auto, aero, medical, off-highway, rail, energy, woodworking, composites and other industries, as well as an ever-increasing number of machine tool OEM’s worldwide.

Face mill adapter

ER collet

ER collet chuck adapter

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