CNC is more than feeds, speeds, and materials. Of course those are all critical but what is also critical is organizing and protecting your tools. Using a CNC tool tray is a great way to transport and store your tools and stay organized at the same time.
According to CNC Control Setup for Milling and Turning: Mastering CNC Control Systems, a tool magazine is not meant to be permanent storage of your CNC tools, but if a tool is used quite often it should stay in the magazine and use the same number in all programs. We agree that the tool should use the same number in all programs, but respectfully disagree that the tool magazine is the proper place to store your tools.
Your valuable tools should be stored where they will not be exposed to corrosive elements, dust particles, or risk of damage from other tools and materials in the shop.
Whether you use a sophisticated tool room or a simple cabinet, you should store your tools when not in use. Of course that brings about the problem of getting the tool from tool storage to the work area.
More Movement = Greater Risk
It doesn’t matter if your equipment changes tools automatically or you must do it manually. Any time you change tools, the tools need to be at hand. But, every time you move a valuable tool from the storage area you run the risk of damaging the tool. That may sound paranoid, but it is the truth. Since tools are valuable, you want to minimize the risk of damage and make transport easy at the same time. You can do this easily by using a CNC tool tray to transport your tools from the tool setting room to the machining area.
The Ideal CNC Tool Tray
The ideal CNC tool tray can be used for all sorts of pre-set tool handling. It should also be capable of providing safe and accessible storage of tools close to the machine.
The ideal CNC tool tray organizes your tools. It provides the safety, organization and efficiency vital to optimum productivity on the floor.
Sierra American CNC tool trays go from tool storage areas to work areas and can serve as a mini bench stand to increase productivity and decrease downtime due to toll changes.
Sierra American CNC 30 40 and 50 Tool Trays
Like everything made by Sierra American, the CNC tool trays are made to last. They are also made right here in the USA. They are made from high impact plastic to protect your expensive tooling equipment. Their rugged construction and durability will stand up to the most demanding manufacturing environments. Convenient handles facilitate easy transfer of tools from the tool setting area to your machining area. Each CNC tool tray is marked for easy tool sequencing procedures.
- CNC-30 and CNC-40 trays are numbered 1 through 10
- CNC-50 trays are numbered 1 through 6
No matter the tray, it is backed by Sierra American’s 5 year warranty.
Be sure to ask your tool supplier for Sierra American CNC tool trays by name. If they carry inferior products by other manufacturers, tell them you demand the best. You demand Sierra American.
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