Speed, accuracy, precision, and faster tool changes are the benchmark and differentiating factor in the manufacturing world. Modern manufacturers are always looking for ways of improving their products in the shortest possible time.
In order to outperform your competitor, you’ve got to have the right set of tools. Tools that provide the fastest removal rates, rigidity, and accuracy. Tools designed with high precision and rigidity… The hsk tooling technology.
HSK is an acronym for “hollow taper shank.” This is from the German origin translated as “hollow-shank taper.”
The revolutionary hsk tooling system is designed with the purpose of bringing high rigidity, accuracy, and greater stability in high-speed machining.
In the quest to fill in the gap for top-notch tooling system, a non-proprietary model was introduced in Germany. These hsk tooling technology has spread significantly across the US in the last few years.
With its increasing popularity across the US market coupled with its outstanding tooling system, productions were reversed and manufacturers found a higher tool holder standards for their next projects.
One of the key differentiating factors in the hsk tools is in the degree of tolerance. The tolerance between the taper and the spindle receiver is below two microns (.002 mm). And the tools supports Automated Tool Change (ATC).
The hsk tools are produced by different manufacturers and every type serves a specific need.
Types of HSK Shanks and Receivers
There are six types of hsk shanks and they’re available in 35 sizes. Spindle receivers are also designed for each shank type. Your choice of shanks is dependent on the spindle speed and torque. The various functions of these hsk tool types are
• Type A is for automatic tool changing designed for applications operating with moderate to high revolution and also for applications operating on a high torque. Normally, these applications should have revolution speed above 12 rpm and below 25,000 rpm.
• Type B is for automatic tool changing designed for applications operating with high torque and also on a moderate to high spindle speed.
• Type C is for manual tool changing designed for applications operating with moderate torque and on a moderate to high revolution speed.
• Type D is for manual tool changing designed for applications operating on high torque with moderate to high revolution speed.
• Type E and F support the Automated Tool Change (ATC) technology and it’s designed for applications operating with low torque and extremely high revolution speed.
Why Should You Use HSK Shanks and Receivers?
Over the years, there has been a dramatic change in the use of tools in the manufacturing world. End users, on the other hand, are searching for a reliable, easy, and fast tools to help them get their projects done with the highest level of precision and accuracy.
Hsk tools not only make your work quick, they help you get the job done easily without wasting time during coupling of the basic component parts of the system.
Unlike other conventional tool holders like BT, NMTB, and CAT V-flange that are largely limited to high-speed machining, hsk tool holders increase it’s grip and rigidity as the revolution speed increases. The shorter taper acts as a safety measure to stop the pulling out of the holder from the spindle at high revolution speed.
HSK tools reduce the cycle time to facilitate faster Operations while other conventional tools are relatively slower.
Its lightweight structure coupled with the stiffer and precise operation styles makes hsk tools the best tools for the future.
Generally, hsk tool holders are becoming increasingly important for any high-speed machining operations. They’re predominantly used in the aerospace and automotive industries.
Manufacturers and End users looking for accurate, lightweight, and easy-to-use tool holders can utilize the amazing value obtained in hsk tools.