ITC introduce new hydraulic chucks for sliding heads

Renowned as a world leader in precision tooling and holemaking applications, BIG Kaiser has now announced the launch of its new Hydraulic Chuck Lathe Type B.

Available in the UK from Tamworth cutting tool manufacturer Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC), the Hydraulic Chuck Lathe Type B has been specifically designed for Swiss-type turning machines.

The new addition to the ITC armoury for sliding head machine shops is a broadening of BIG Kaiser's extensive range of hydraulic chucks. The Type B is optimised for select Star Micronics machines and has an unmatched repeatability of less than 1μm. This new addition features a rectangular design and multiple tool rows to accommodate the compact size of these machines.

The impressive design minimises interference in compact work envelopes and enhances machining capabilities in such space-constrained setups. The Hydraulic Chuck Lathe Type B expands BIG Kaiser's line-up and adds to the Standard, F, and R Types with its tailored adaptability for unique machine requirements. The Standard model offers front tool clamping, the F Type allows rear operation in tight spaces, and the R Type, with its square shape, suits setups needing multiple tool rows without interference.

Hydraulic chucks are renowned for their precision operations on turning centres, offering exceptional repeatability and damping capabilities. Compatible with leading automatic Swiss-type turning machine brands, including Citizen, Star, Tsugami and Tornos, the chucks facilitate safe and swift cutting tool changes with a simple Allen key, significantly enhancing operational efficiency and safety.

The versatility of the B Type (SL22B) and R Type (SL22R) chucks allows for application in a broad array of Star machines, providing customers with the flexibility to choose the optimal chuck for their specific applications. The B Type is particularly suited for machines with a single-level tool post, while the R Type caters to dual-level posts, offering a tailored solution for every machine configuration.

Giampaolo Roccatello, chief sales & marketing officer for BIG Kaiser Europe reflects on the company's 30-year history of hydraulic chuck production: “Since unveiling our first hydraulic chuck in 1994, we've consistently contributed to advancements in precision hydraulic chuck technology. Each chuck undergoes two thorough manual inspections before leaving our factory, ensuring it meets the highest quality standards.”

For further details on the B Type Hydraulic Chuck, the Standard, F, and R Types that are all now available, please contact ITC.