7 Reasons to Add a Steady Rest System to Your Turning Machine
There are times when a simple clamping device provides all the support you need to successfully machine a workpiece. However, if you’re not getting the desired results, you may need an automatic work holding system that includes a steady rest.
These more sophisticated devices efficiently support workpieces during turning, milling and secondary operations such as ID drilling, boring and producing end face bolt-hole patterns. This is especially true when experiencing part distortion and/or deflection on long workpieces.
The 7 chief reasons to add a steady rest system are:
- Better workpiece control and stability, so you can consistently produce quality parts.
- Hold tighter tolerances to reduce scrap and rework.
- Expand your ability to take on higher-precision jobs.
- Improve part finishes to eliminate additional, costly processes.
- Boost productivity by enabling faster throughput.
- Extend tool life through more accurate and consistent cutting.
- Enhance operator safety even at higher spindle speeds.
It’s important to bear in mind that simply installing an off-the-shelf steady rest is usually not the best solution. Each application is unique and requires a complete steady rest system customized to your specific application.
This means that, in addition to selecting the right type of steady rest, you also need:
- Custom brackets
- Automatic clamp bases with integrated tubing
- Valve packages
- Hose track assemblies as needed
- Electrical way covers