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What is an automatic tool changer?

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    Automating CNC tasks wherever possible in the shop is one of the best ways to reduce your overall production timelines without sacrificing precision or quality.

    Manually performing multiple tool processes is one of the especially time-consuming tasks that can slow you down significantly if you have to stay nearby and babysit your CNC router. Not only does the need to be present slow production, but having to pause jobs to manually change tools also wastes time that could be better spent elsewhere.

    This is where an automatic tool changer can have a serious impact. An automatic tool changer – or ATC – is one of the most beneficial forms of automation you can implement within your CNC operation, helping you seamlessly change tools in seconds without having to pause operation.

    In the next few days, Leapion will introduce what an automatic tool changer is, how it works, and the advantages of adding it to your CNC process.


What is an automatic tool changer?

    An automatic tool changer improves the production and tool-carrying capacity of a CNC machine by changing tools very quickly without the help of a manual operator. In doing so, the ATC dramatically reduces downtime on a given project.

    ATCs are generally used to improve the capacity of a machine to work with several tools at one time, but they can also be used to change out worn or broken tools. There are generally two types of automatic tool changers – rotary-style and linear-style – which vary in the number of tools present within the changer.

An automatic tool changer typically consists of:

  • Base

  • Gripper arm

  • Tool holder

  • Support arm

  • Tool magazines (where the tools are stored)

    For more information and content of ATC CNC Router, please consult Leapion Laser.