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Dokumentenidentifikation EP0504165 18.09.1997
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0504165
Titel RADIALER POSITIONSMECHANISMUS FÜR EINE WERKZEUGHALTERANORDNUNG
Anmelder Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, Pa., US
Erfinder OSHNOCK, Robert, E., Apex, NC 27502, US
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
DE-Aktenzeichen 69031278
Vertragsstaaten DE, FR, GB, IT
Sprache des Dokument En
EP-Anmeldetag 18.10.1990
EP-Aktenzeichen 909170649
WO-Anmeldetag 18.10.1990
PCT-Aktenzeichen US9005977
WO-Veröffentlichungsnummer 9108075
WO-Veröffentlichungsdatum 13.06.1991
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 23.09.1992
EP date of grant 13.08.1997
Veröffentlichungstag der Übersetzung europäischer Ansprüche 25.02.1993
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 18.09.1997
IPC-Hauptklasse B23C 7/00
IPC-Nebenklasse B23B 29/04   

Beschreibung[en]

The present invention relates generally to a tool holder assembly as defined in the preamble of claim 1 and 5 and more particularly to a means for radially locating and axially locking the position of the tool holder with respect to a tool support member.

Tool holders are known which include long cylindrical or tapered shanks which insert into an axial bore of a tool support member. The tool holder is typically secured by means of a set screw which screws into engagement with the tool shank. The set screw sometimes includes a bevelled or faceted end which engages with an inclined surface on the shank of the tool holder so that when the screw is tightened, the tool holder is pulled rearwardly against the support member.

One problem associated with these types of tool holders is that they do not give repetitive and accurate radial location between the support member and tool holder. In the past, tool holders have been located by providing a keyway in either the tool shank or the tool shank bore which cooperates with key element in the other member. Another method which has been tried is to provide one or more flat surfaces on the tool shank which are engaged by the ends of the set screw. In each of the above cases, the accuracy and repeatability of the radial location between the two parts is not as desired.

GB-A 924 885 representing the closest prior art discloses a tool support member having a cylindrical bore formed for receiving a shank of a tool holder. A conical recess is formed in the shank of a tool holder and is adapted to be engaged by a conical nose of a locator screw. The conical recess formed is set off-center from the axis of a locator screw hole. Thus, a line contact between the conical end of the locator screw and the conical recess is achieved. By threading the locator screw into a locator screw hole to generate the line contact between the conical recess and the conical end, an axial force which tends to seat the tool holder in a tool support member is produced. Therefore, the support member and the tool holder are substantially fixed to each other by a produced frictional force.

US-A-4,575,292 discloses a device incorporating an automatically centered drive pin for the transmission of torque. The device is provided for connecting two tool parts of a tool system. One tool part includes a boring head which has a cylindrical spigot with a cylindrical transverse bore and, at an approximate right angle, a conical transverse bore. The drive pin, which is supported within the cylindrical transverse bore, has ends that extend beyond the diameter of the cylindrical spigot. The second tool part includes a connecting shaft with a bore, horizontally opposed recesses extending along the bore, and a threaded bore for receiving a retaining screw. The horizontally opposed recesses which become narrow in the radially outward direction receive the ends of the drive pin. When a conical turned end of a retaining screw engages the conical transverse bore, a shoulder of the cylindrical fastening spigot tightens against a corresponding face of the connecting shaft. In a loaded condition, the drive pin automatically centers to evenly distribute the developed forces from the ends of the drive pin to the horizontally opposed recess.

The present invention as defined in claims 1 and 5 provides a mechanism that will provide accurate and repeatable radial location between a tool holder or internal mechanism and tool support member. In addition, the present invention will produce an axial force to lock the tool holder or other tool part against the tool support member.

In one embodiment, the present invention includes a tool support member which terminates in an end face. An axial bore extends rearwardly from the end face of the support member. The wall of the support member surrounding the axial bore is formed with a locator screw hole that extends normal to the axis of the tool holder. A locator screw is threaded into the locator screw hole and includes a conical nose.

The tool holder includes a forward portion formed with a tool receiving pocket, and a shank extending rearwardly from the forward portion. The shank is formed with a forwardly facing conical abutment surface which forms of a cone segment of not more than 180 degrees. The axis of the conical abutment surface is perpendicular to the axis of the tool holder and aligns with the axis of the locator screw hole in the support member. The conical abutment surface cooperates with the conical nose section of the locator screw to firmly lock the tool holder against the support member when the locator screw is tightened. Additionally, because the size and angle of the conical nose section corresponds to the conical abutment surface in the shank, these elements also cooperate to radially locate the tool holder with respect to the support member.

In the preferred embodiment of the invention, the locator screw hole includes a non-threaded portion. The locator screw includes a guide member which fits snugly in the non-threaded portion of the locator screw hole. The hole and the guide member cooperate to remove slop caused by thread pitch misalignment assuring repetitive and accurate radial location between the tool holder and support member.

A second embodiment of the invention employs the radial locator in connection with an internal clamping mechanism. The internal mechanism includes a generally cylindrical stub member. The stub member is also formed with a forwardly facing, conical abutment surface. The conical abutment surface of the stub member is engaged by a locator screw as in the first embodiment, to radially locate the stub member with respect to the support member.

Additional embodiments of the invention will become readily apparent. For instance, the invention may be used to secure an end mill in an end mill holder. These additional embodiments are also embraced within the claims.

Accordingly, it is a primary object of the present invention to provide a mechanism for securing a tool holder or other tool part to a support member which gives repetitive and accurate radial location between the two parts.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a mechanism for securing a tool holder or other tool part to a support member which provides positive axial locking between the two parts.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a tool holder assembly which allows rapid interchange of one tool holder for another.

Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent and obvious from a study of the following description and the accompanying drawings which are merely illustrative of such invention.

  • Figure 1 is a perspective view of the tool holder assembly of the present invention with a fragment removed to illustrate the locator screw.
  • Figure 2 is a perspective view of the tool holder used in connection with the first embodiment.
  • Figure 3 is an elevation of the rear end of the tool holder of the first embodiment;
  • Figure 4 is a section view of the first embodiment;
  • Figure 5 is a perspective view of a second embodiment of the invention with a fragment of the support member removed to illustrate the invention;
  • Figure 6 is a perspective view of the tool holder and stub member used in connection with the second embodiment.
  • Figure 7 is a partial section view of the tool holder assembly of the second embodiment.

Referring now to the drawings, the tool holder assembly 10 of the present invention is shown. In its simplest form, the tool holder assembly 10 includes a tool holder 12 and a support member 14. In the illustrated embodiment, the tool holder 12 comprises a boring bar, although the present invention is not limited thereto. For instance, the present invention may be utilized to secure a part of an internal clamping mechanism as shown in Figures 5-7, or to secure an end mill in its holder.

Referring back to the embodiment shown in Figures 1 through 4, the tool holder 12 includes a forward portion 16 and a rearwardly extending shank 18. The forward portion 16 is formed with a pocket 20 adapted to receive a cutting tool. The pocket 20 is conventional in design and is adapted to receive an indexable cutting insert 22, shim 24, and locking pin 26.

The shank 18 extends rearwardly from the forward portion 16. A rearwardly facing shoulder 28 is formed at the juncture of the forward portion 16 and shank 18. Preferably, the rearwardly facing shoulder is planar and is oriented at 90 degrees to the longitudinal centerline of the shank 18.

An annular recess 30 is formed in the shank 18 adjacent a rear end portion 32. The annular recess 30 extends circumferentially around the shank 18. It is appreciated that the annular recess 30 can be substituted by a recessed pocket without departing from the spirit and essential characteristics of the invention.

A hole 36 is drilled in the shank 18 which lies partly within the annular recess 30 and partly on the rear end portion 32 as best seen in Figure 3. The axis of the hole 36 is normal to the longitudinal centerline of the tool holder 12. It is preferred that slightly more than one-half of the hole 36 lies in the annular recess 30 as best shown in Figure 4. In other words, the centerline of the hole 36 lies within the annular recess 30 closely adjacent the rear wall thereof.

The portion of the hole 36 lying on the rear end portion of the shank 18 is countersunk so as to form a forwardly-facing, conical abutment surface 38. The conical abutment surface 38 forms an angle of approximately 60 degrees with respect to the centerline of the hole 36. Also, since the centerline of the hole 36 lies within the annular recess 30, the abutment surface 38 forms a cone segment of slightly less than 180 degrees. The centerline of the hole 36 and conical abutment surface 38 are on the same centers.

The support member 14 includes a forward portion 50 and a tapered rear portion 52. The rear portion 52 is adapted to insert into a conical pocket of a machine spindle (not shown). The forward portion 50 includes an end face 54. A tool shank bore 56 extends axially from the end face 54 towards the rear portion 52. The tool shank bore 56 is of the same dimension as the tool shank 18 of the tool holder 12 to provide a close fit between the two parts.

Within the wall structure 58 surrounding the bore 56 is formed a locator screw hole 60. As shown in Figure 4, the locator screw hole 60 includes a nonthreaded portion 66 and a threaded portion 68. See Figure 4. The threaded portion 68 is larger in diameter than the non-threaded portion 66 so as to define a shoulder 70 between the larger and smaller diameters.

Means are provided for axially locating the tool holder 12 with respect to the support member 14. The axial locating means in this embodiment comprises the rearwardly facing shoulder 28 of the tool holder which butts against the end face 54 of the support member 14. When the tool holder 12 is located axially, the centerlines of the conical abutment surface 38 and locator screw hole 60 should preferably lie in the same axial plane.

A locator screw 72 is threaded into the locator screw hole 60 for securing the tool holder 12 within the support member 14. The locator screw 72 includes a threaded portion 74 adapted to engage with the threaded portion 68 of the locator screw hole 60 and a nonthreaded guide portion 76. The guide portion 76 is so sized as to fit snugly within the non-threaded portion 66 of the locator screw hole 60. Thus, guide portion 76 of the locator screw 72 acts as a pilot during assembly and removes slop between the locator screw hole 60 and locator screw 72 caused by thread pitch misalignment.

The guide portion 76 of the locator screw 72 terminates in a conical nose 78. The angle of the conical nose 78 corresponds to the angle of the conical abutment surface 38 of the tool holder 12. Further, the radius of the conical nose 78 at its widest and smallest points is the same as the radius of the conical abutment surface 38. Because the conical nose piece 78 is so sized and dimensioned, it will engage fully with the abutment surface 38 in the tool holder 12. Thus, when the screw 72 is tightened against the tool holder 12, the tool holder 12 will rotate until the centerline of the conical abutment surface 38 aligns with the centerline of the locator screw 72. Thus, the cooperation of the adjusting screw 72 with the conical abutment surface 38 in the tool holder 12 makes the tool holder 12 selfcentering and assures repetitive and accurate radial location between the tool holder 12 and support member 14. In addition the locator screw 72 cooperates with the abutment surface 38 to lock rearwardly facing shoulder 28 of the tool holder against the end face 54 of the support member 14.

The single locator screw 72 provides accurate radial location . However, one or more conventional set screws 64 may be provided which extend through set screw holes 62 in the support member 14. The set screws 64 do not provide radial location, but rather, provide more positive axial location.

Referring now to Figures 5 through 7, a second embodiment of the present invention is shown and indicated generally by the numeral 100. The second embodiment of the invention employs the radial locator to secure a part of an internal clamping mechanism 106 within the axial bore of a support member 104. The radial locator assures accurate radial location between the clamping mechanism 106 and the support member 104.

The second embodiment includes a tool holder 102, support member 104 and internal clamping mechanism 106. The tool holder 102 includes a forward portion 108 and a tapered shank portion 110. As in the first embodiment, the forward portion 108 is formed with a pocket 112 adapted to receive a cutting tool.

The tapered shank 110 extends rearwardly from the forward portion 108. A rearwardly facing shoulder 114 is formed at the juncture of the shank with the forward portion 108. The shoulder 114 is adapted to engage the end face 120 of the support member 104. Preferably, the shoulder 114 is planar and is oriented 90. to the longitudinal centerline of the shank 110.

The tubular shank 110 has a frusto-conical shape. A pair diametrically opposed apertures 116 are formed in the wall of the tubular shank 110 which extend from the inner surface thereof to the outer surface. Two diametrically opposed slots 118 extend from the rear end of the tubular shank and serve as keyways. The slots 118 accept keys 127 formed on a stub member 124 to hold the tool holder non-rotatable with respect to the stub member 124. This type of tool holder is disclosed more fully in US-A 4,723,877.

The support member 104 includes an end face 120. Tapered bore 122, which is adapted to receive the tapered shank 110 of the tool holder 102, extends axially from the end face 120. The clamping mechanism 106 is contained within the bore 122 and butts against the bottom thereof.

The clamping mechanism 106 includes a hollow stub member 124 having diametrically opposed apertures 126. Between the apertures 126 are raised portions 127 which serve as keys. The raised portions 127 insert into the slots 118 of the tubular shank to prevent relative rotation between the stub member 124 and the tool holder 102.

Two spherical balls 128 are contained within the stub member 124. (See Figure 7) The balls 128 are urged outwardly through the apertures 126 by a locking rod 130. The locking rod 130 is formed with ball driving ramps 132 which drive the balls 128 outwardly when the locking rod 130 is pulled rearwardly. As the locking balls 128 are driven outwardly by ramps 132, they are driven into abutment with the walls of the apertures 116 in the tool holder shank 110 as best seen in Figure 7. In this manner, a rearward force is directed against the tool holder 10 such that the rearwardly facing shoulder 114 is pulled against the end face 120 of the support member 104.

The radial location of the tool holder 102 in the second embodiment is dependant upon the radial location between the stub member 124 and support member 104. Thus, the second embodiment incorporates the radial locator into the stub member 124.

An annular recess 140 extends circumferentially around the rear end 142 of the stub member 124. As in the first embodiment, a hole 144 having a centerline perpendicular to the longitudinal centerline of the stub member 124 is formed in the stub member 124. The hole 144 lies partly within the annular recess 140 and partly on the rear end portion 142. The portion lying on the rear end is countersunk to form a conical abutment surface 146.

As in the first embodiment, the support member 104 includes a locator screw hole 150 extending through the wall surrounding the bore 122. In this embodiment, accurate axial location is provided by butting the rear end portion 142 of the stub member against the bottom of the axial bore 122. Thus, the centerline of both the locator screw hole 150 and conical abutment surface 146 lie in the same axial plane.

The locator screw hole 150, as in the first embodiment, includes threaded and non-threaded portions 152 and 154. Similarly, the locator screw 160 includes a non-threaded portion 164 and a threaded portion 162. The non-threaded portion 164 terminates in a conical nose 166. The angle of the conical nose corresponds to the angle of the conical abutment face 146. Further, the radius of the conical nose 166 at its widest point and smallest point is the same of the radius of the conical abutment surface 146 at its widest point and smallest point. Thus, full circular face-to-face contact between the conical nose 166 and the conical abutment surface 146 is assured for less than 180 degrees.

The locator screw 160 is threaded into the locator screw hole 150 within the support member 104. When the locator screw 160 is turned in a first direction, the conical nose 166 moves into engagement with the conical face 146 on the stub member 124. Because the angle and radius of the conical face 146 is the same as the angle of the radius of the conical nose 166, full circular face-to-face contact between those parts for less than 180 degrees is obtained. As a result, the tightening of the locator screw 160 against the conical face 146 of the tool holder 102 will cause the stub member 124 to automatically rotate to a predetermined radial position. At the same time, the conical nose 166 cooperates with the conical face 146 to seat the stub member 124 against the bottom of the bore 122. Once the stub member 124 is secured within the bore 122, the tool holder 102 can be inserted into the bore 122 and secured by pulling the locking rod 130 rearwardly.

From the foregoing, it is apparent that the present invention provides a mechanism for securing a tool holder or other tool part to a support member which gives accurate and repetitive radial location between the two parts. Further, the present invention provides positive axial locking.

The present invention may, of course, be carried out in other specific ways than those herein set forth without parting from the spirit and essential characteristics of the invention as claimed. The present embodiments are, therefore, to be considered in all respects as illustrative and not restrictive, and all changes coming within the meaning of the appended Claims are intended to be embraced therein.


Anspruch[de]
  1. Werkzeughalter-Anordnung (10; 100), enthaltend:
    • a) ein Halteglied (14; 104), welches eine Stirnfläche (54; 120), eine zur Aufnahme eines Werkzeughalters (12; 102) ausgelegte, sich ausgehend von der Stirnfläche (54; 120) erstreckende Bohrung (56; 122) und eine die Bohrung (56; 122) umgebende Wandstruktur (58) enthält;
    • b) einen Werkzeughalter (12; 102), der einen vorderen Teil (16; 108), der sich von dem Halteglied (14; 104) nach außen erstreckt, und einen in die Bohrung (56; 122) des Halteglieds (14; 104) einschiebbaren, allgemein zylindrischen Schaftteil (18; 110, 124) enthält;
    • c) Einrichtungen, um den Werkzeughalter (12; 102) winkelmäßig bezüglich des Halteglieds (14; 104) zu positionieren, wobei der Winkel-Positioniermechanismus beinhaltet:
      • 1) ein Positionierschraubenloch (60; 150), welches sich senkrecht zur Mittellinie der Bohrung (56; 122) durch die die Bohrung (56; 122) umgebende Wandstruktur (58) erstreckt;
      • 2) eine in dem allgemein zylindrischen Schaftteil (18; 110, 124) des Werkzeughalters (12; 102) gebildete konische Widerlagerfläche (38; 146); und
      • 3) eine Positionierschraube (72; 160), die in das Positionierschraubenloch (60; 150) in dem Halteglied (14; 104) eingeschraubt ist, wobei die Positionierschraube (72; 160) eine konische Nase (78; 166) enthält;
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, daß die Mittellinie der konischen Widerlagerfläche (38; 146) koaxial mit der Mittellinie des Positionierschraubenlochs (60; 150) ist, wobei die konische Widerlagerfläche (38; 146) ein Konussegment von nicht mehr als 180 Grad bildet, daß die konische Nase (78, 166) der Positionierschraube (72; 160) bezüglich der konischen Widerlagerfläche (38; 146) koaxial angeordnet ist und eine der konischen Widerlagerfläche (38; 146) entsprechende Gestaltung aufweist, so daß, wenn die Positionierschraube (72; 160) in einer ersten Richtung gedreht wird, ein Flächenkontakt mit der konischen Widerlagerfläche (38; 146) entsteht, wobei die konische Nase (78; 166) und die konische Widerlagerfläche (38; 146) miteinander zusammenwirken, um den Werkzeughalter (12; 102) bezüglich des Halteglieds (14; 104) winkelmäßig zu positionieren.
  2. Werkzeughalter-Anordnung (10; 100) nach Anspruch 1, bei der das Positionierschraubenloch (60; 150) einen gewindelosen Bereich (66; 154) enthält und die Positionierschraube (72; 160) ein in den gewindelosen Bereich (66; 154) des Positionierschraubenlochs (60; 150) einführbares Führungsteil (76; 164) enthält, wobei der gewindelose Bereich (66; 154) des Positionierschraubenlochs (60; 150) und das Führungsteil (76; 154) eng ineinanderpassen, um das Spiel zwischen dem Positionierschraubenloch (60; 150) und der Positionierschraube (72; 160) zu reduzieren.
  3. Werkzeughalter-Anordnung (10; 100) nach Anspruch 1, bei der der Werkzeughalter (12; 102) eine in ihm gebildete Vertiefung (30; 140) aufweist und die konische Widerlagerfläche (38; 146) angrenzend an die Vertiefung (140) ausgebildet ist.
  4. Werkzeughalter-Anordnung (10; 100) nach Anspruch 3, bei der sich die Vertiefung (30; 140) um den Umfang des Werkzeughalters (12; 102) herum erstreckt.
  5. Werkzeughalter-Anordnung (10; 100) mit:
    • einem Werkzeug-Halteglied (14; 104) mit einer darin ausgebildeten zylindrischen Bohrung (56; 122);
    • einem Werkzeughalter (12; 102) mit einem zylindrischen Schaftteil (18; 110, 124), der in die zylindrische Bohrung (56; 122) des Werkzeug-Halteglieds (14; 104) einsetzbar und bezüglich des Werkzeug-Halteglieds (14; 104) durch einen axialen Positioniermechanismus axial positionierbar ist, wobei der axiale Positioniermechanismus eine Positionierschraube (72; 160) enthält, die in ein Positionierschraubenloch (60; 150) des Werkzeug-Halteglieds (14; 104) eingeschraubt ist und eine konische Nase (78; 166) zum Angreifen an einer konischen Widerlagerfläche (38; 146) auf dem zylindrischen Schaftteil (18; 110, 124) enthält;

         wobei die Werkzeughalter-Anordnung (10; 100) zusätzlich Mittel zum winkelmäßigen Positionieren des Werkzeughalters (12; 102) bezüglich des Halteglieds (14; 104) enthält;

         wobei der axiale Positioniermechanismus und der Winkel-Positioniermechanismus das in dem Werkzeug-Halteglied (14; 104) gebildete Positionierschraubenloch (60; 150) sowie die Postionierschraube (72; 160) enthalten, die in das Positionierschraubenloch (60; 150) des Werkzeug-Halteglieds (14; 104) eingeschraubt ist;
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, daß der axiale Positioniermechanismus und der Winkel-Positioniermechanismus zusätzlich enthalten:
    • eine Vertiefung (30; 104), die in dem zylindrischen Schaftteil (18; 110, 124) des Werkzeughalters (12; 102) gebildet ist, wobei die Vertiefung (30; 140) die konische Widerlagerfläche (38; 146) enthält, welche ein Konussegment von nicht mehr als 180 Grad bildet;

      wobei das Positionierschraubenloch (60; 150) koaxial mit der konischen Widerlagerfläche (38; 146) auf dem allgemein zylindrischen Schaftteil (18; 110, 124) des Werkzeughalters (12; 102) ist;

      wobei die konische Nase (78; 166) der Positionierschraube (72; 160) koaxial bezüglich der konischen Widerlagerfläche (38; 146) angeordnet ist und eine der konischen Widerlagerfläche (38; 146) entsprechende Gestaltung hat, so daß eine Flächenberührung mit der konischen Widerlagerfläche (38; 146) des Werkzeughalters (12; 102) entsteht, wobei dann, wenn die Positionierschraube (72; 160) gegen den allgemein zylindrischen Schaftteil (18; 110, 124) des Werkzeughalters (12; 102) angezogen wird, der Werkzeughalter (12; 102) radial bezüglich des Werkzeug-Halteglieds (14; 104) positioniert wird und auf den Werkzeughalter (12; 102) eine axiale Kraft aufgebracht wird, um den Werkzeughalter (12; 102) am Werkzeug-Halteglied (14; 104) festzulegen.
  6. Werkzeughalter-Anordnung (10; 100) nach Anspruch 5, bei der das Positionierschraubenloch (60; 150) einen gewindelosen Bereich (66; 154) enthält und die Positionierschraube (72; 160) einen in den gewindelosen Bereich (66; 154) des Positionierschraubenlochs (60; 150) einsetzbaren gewindelosen Führungsabschnitt (76; 164) enthält, wobei der gewindelose Bereich (66; 154) des Positionierschraubenlochs (60; 150) und der Führungsabschnitt (76; 154) eng ineinanderpassen, um das Spiel zwischen dem Positionierschraubenloch (60; 150) und der Positionierschraube (72; 160) zu reduzieren.
  7. Werkzeughalter-Anordnung (10; 100) nach Anspruch 5, bei der der Werkzeughalter (12; 102) einen an seinen allgemein zylindrischen Schaftteil (18; 100, 124) angrenzenden Flansch aufweist und dieser Flansch einen Absatz (28; 114) enthält, der sich senkrecht zur Achse des allgemein zylindrischen Schaftteils (18; 110, 124) erstreckt, und bei der das Werkzeug-Halteglied (14; 104) eine die zylindrische Bohrung (56; 122) umschließende, zum Eingriff mit dem Absatz (28; 114) des Werkzeughalters (12; 102) vorgesehene Widerlagerfläche enthält.
  8. Werkzeughalter-Anordnung (10; 100) nach Anspruch 5, bei der die Bohrung (56; 122) einen Boden enthält und der axiale Positioniermechanismus einen an dem Werkzeugelement gebildeten hinteren Endabschnitt aufweist, der zum Eingriff mit dem Boden der Bohrung (56; 122) ausgelegt ist.
  9. Werkzeughalter-Anordnung (10; 100) nach Anspruch 5, bei der sich die Vertiefung (30; 140) um den Umfang des Werkzeugelements herum erstreckt.
Anspruch[en]
  1. A tool holder assembly (10; 100) comprising:
    • (a) a support member (14; 104) including an end face (54; 120), a bore (56; 122) extending from the end face (54; 120) and adapted to receive a tool holder (12; 102), and a wall structure (58) surrounding the bore (56; 122);
    • (b) a tool holder (12; 102) including a forward portion (16; 108) extending outwardly from the support member (14; 104) and a generally cylindrical shank portion (18; 110, 124) insertable into the bore (56; 122) of the support member (14; 104);
    • (c) means for angularly locating the tool holder (12; 102) with respect to the support member (14; 104), the angular locating means including:
      • (1) a locator screw hole (60; 150) extending through the wall structure (58) surrounding the bore (56; 122) perpendicular to the centerline of the bore (56; 122);
      • (2) a conical abutment surface (38; 146) formed in the generally cylindrical shank portion (18; 110, 124) of the tool holder (12; 102); and
      • (3) a locator screw (72; 160) threaded into the locator screw hole (60; 150) in the support member (14; 104), the locator screw (72; 160) including a conical nose (78; 166);
    characterized in that the centerline of the conical abutment surface (38; 146) is coaxial with the centerline of the locator screw hole (60; 150), the conical abutment surface (38; 146) forming a cone segment of not more than 180 degrees, the conical nose (78, 166) of the locator screw (72; 160) is disposed coaxially with respect to the conical abutment surface (38; 146) and having a like configuration to such conical abutment surface (38; 146) so as to make surface contact with the conical abutment surface (38; 146) of the tool holder (12; 102) when the locator screw (72; 160) is turned in a first direction, wherein the conical nose (78; 166) and conical abutment surface (38; 146) cooperate to angularly locate the tool holder (12; 102) with respect to the support member (14; 104).
  2. The tool holder assembly (10; 100) according to claim 1 wherein the locator screw hole (60; 150) includes a nonthreaded section (66; 154) and wherein the locator screw (72; 160) includes a guide member (76; 164) insertable into the nonthreaded section (66; 154) of the locator screw hole (60; 150), the nonthreaded section (66; 154) of the locator screw hole (60; 150) and guide member (76; 154) being closely fitted to one another to reduce slop between the locator screw hole (60; 150) and locator screw (72; 160).
  3. The tool holder assembly (10; 100) according to claim 1 wherein the tool holder (12; 102) includes a recess (30; 140) formed therein and wherein the conical abutment surface (38; 146) is formed adjacent to the recess (30; 140).
  4. The tool holder assembly (10; 100) according to claim 3 wherein the recess (30; 140) extends circumferentially around the tool holder (12; 102).
  5. A tool holder assembly (10; 100) comprising:
    • a tool support member (14; 104) having a cylindrical bore (56; 122) formed therein;
    • a tool holder (12; 102) having a cylindrical shank portion (18; 110, 124) which is insertable into the cylindrical bore (56; 122) of the tool support member (14; 104) and axially locatable with respect to the tool support member (14; 104) by axial locating means, said axial locating means comprising a locator screw (72; 160) threaded into a locator screw hole (60; 150) of the tool support member (14; 104) and including a conical nose (78; 166) for engagement with a conical abutment surface (38; 146) on the cylindrical shank portion (18; 110, 124);

      wherein the tool holder assembly (10; 100) further comprises means for angularly locating the tool holder (12; 102) with respect to the support member (14; 104);

      said axial locating means and said angular locating means comprising the locator screw hole (60; 150) formed in the tool support member (14; 104), the locator screw (72; 160) threaded into the locator screw hole (60; 150) of the tool support member (14; 104);
    characterized in that said axial locating means and said angular locating means further comprise:
    • a recess (30; 104) formed in the cylindrical shank portion (18; 110, 124) of the tool holder (12; 102), said recess (30; 140) including the conical abutment surface (38; 146) that forms a cone segment of not more than 180°;

      said locator screw hole (60; 150) being coaxial with the conical abutment surface (38; 146) on the generally cylindrical shank portion (18; 110, 124) of the tool holder (12; 102);

      said conical nose (78; 166) of the locator screw (72, 160) disposed coaxially with respect to the conical abutment surface (38; 146) and having a like configuration to such conical abutment surface (38; 146) so as to make surface contact with the conical abutment surface (38; 146) of the tool holder (12; 102) wherein when the locator screw (72; 160) is tightened against the generally cylindrical shank portion (18; 110, 124) of the tool holder (12; 102), the tool holder (12; 102) is radially located with respect to the tool support member (14; 104) and an axial force is applied to the tool holder (12; 102) for seating the tool holder (12; 102) against the tool support member (14; 104).
  6. The tool holder assembly (10; 100) according to claim 5 wherein the locator screw hole (60; 150) includes a nonthreaded portion (66; 154), and wherein the locator screw (72; 160) includes a nonthreaded guide portion (76; 164) insertable into the nonthreaded portion (66; 154) of the locator screw hole (60; 150), the nonthreaded portion (66; 154) of the locator screw hole (60; 150) and the guide portion (76; 164) being closely fitted to one another so as to reduce slop between the locator screw hole (60; 150) and locator screw (72; 160).
  7. The tool holder assembly (10; 100) according to claim 5 wherein the tool holder (12; 102) has a flange adjacent its generally cylindrical shank portion (18; 110, 124), which flange includes a shoulder (28; 114) extending perpendicularly to the axis of the generally cylindrical shank portion (18; 110, 124), and wherein the tool support member (14; 104) includes an abutment surface surrounding the cylindrical bore (56; 122) for engagement with the shoulder (28; 114) of the tool holder (12; 102).
  8. The tool holder assembly (10; 100) according to claim 5 wherein the bore (56; 122) includes a bottom and wherein the axial locating means comprises a rear end portion formed on the tool component adapted to engage with the bottom of the bore (56; 122).
  9. The tool holder assembly (10; 100) according to claim 5 wherein the recess (30; 140) extends circumferentially around the tool component.
Anspruch[fr]
  1. Ensemble porte-outil (10; 100) comprenant:
    • (a) un élément de support (14; 104) comprenant une surface extrémale (54; 120), un alésage (56; 122) qui s'étend à partir de la surface extrémale (54; 120) et agencé pour recevoir un porte-outil (12; 102), et une structure de paroi (58) entourant l'alésage (56; 122);
    • (b) un porte-outil (12; 102) comprenant une partie avant (16; 108) qui s'étend hors de l'élément de support (14; 104) et une partie de tige globalement cylindrique (18; 110, 124) insérable dans l'alésage (56; 122) de l'élément de support (14; 104);
    • (c) un moyen pour positionner angulairement le porte-outil (12; 102) par rapport à l'élément de support (14; 104), le moyen de positionnement angulaire comprenant:
      • (1) un trou de vis de positionnement (60; 150) qui s'étend à travers la structure de paroi (58) entourant l'alésage (56; 122) perpendiculairement à l'axe de l'alésage (56; 122);
      • (2) une surface d'appui conique (38; 146) formée dans la partie de tige globalement cylindrique (18; 110, 124) du porte-outil (12; 102); et
      • (3) une vis de positionnement (72; 160) vissée dans le trou de vis de positionnement (60; 150) de l'élément de support (14; 104), la vis de positionnement (72; 160) comprenant un nez conique (78; 166);
       caractérisé par le fait que l'axe de la surface d'appui conique (38; 146) est confondu avec l'axe du trou de vis de positionnement (60; 150), la surface d'appui conique (38; 146) formant un segment de cône de moins de 180°, le nez conique (78, 166) de la vis de positionnement (72; 160) est placé coaxialement par rapport à la surface d'appui conique (38; 146) et présente la même configuration que cette surface d'appui conique (38; 146) de manière à former un contact surfacique avec la surface d'appui conique (38; 146) du porte-outil (12; 102) lorsqu'on fait tourner la vis de positionnement (72; 160) dans un premier sens, dans lequel le nez conique (78; 166) et la surface d'appui conique (38; 146) coopérent pour positionner angulairement le porte-outil (12; 102) par rapport à l'élément de support (14; 104).
  2. Ensemble porte-outil (10; 100) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le trou de vis de positionnement (60; 150) comprend une section non taraudée (66; 154) et dans lequel la vis de positionnement (72; 160) comprend un élément de guidage (76; 164) insérable dans la section non taraudée (66; 154) du trou de vis de positionnement (60; 150), la section non taraudée (66; 154) du trou de vis de positionnement (60; 150) et l'élément de guidage (76; 154) étant bien ajustés l'un à l'autre pour réduire le jeu entre le trou de vis de positionnement (60; 150) et la vis de positionnement (72; 160).
  3. Ensemble porte-outil (10; 100) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le porte-outil (12; 102) comprend une cavité (30; 140) formée en son sein et dans lequel la surface d'appui conique (38; 146) est formée adjacente à la cavité (30; 140).
  4. Ensemble porte-outil (10; 100) selon la revendication 3, dans lequel la cavité (30; 140) s'étend circonférenciellement autour du porte-outil (12; 102).
  5. Ensemble porte-outil (10; 100) comprenant:
    • un élément de support d'outil (14; 104) présentant un alésage cylindrique (56; 122) formé en son sein;
    • un porte-outil (12; 102) présentant une partie de tige cylindrique (18; 110, 124) susceptible d'être insérée dans l'alésage cylindrique (56; 122) de l'élément de support d'outil (14; 104) et positionnée axialement par rapport à l'élément de support d'outil (14; 104) par un moyen de positionnement axial, ledit moyen de positionnement axial comprenant une vis de positionnement (72; 160) vissée dans un trou de vis de positionnement (60; 150) de l'élément de support d'outil (14; 104) et comprenant un nez conique (78; 166) destiné à venir au contact d'une surface d'appui conique (38; 146) sur la partie de tige cylindrique (18; 110, 124);

      dans lequel l'ensemble de porte-outil (10; 100) comprend en outre un moyen pour positionner angulairement le porte-outil (12; 102) par rapport à l'élément de support (14; 104);

      ledit moyen de positionnement axial et ledit moyen de positionnement angulaire comprenant le trou de vis de positionnement (60; 150) formé dans l'élément de support d'outil (14; 104), la vis de positionnement (72; 160) vissée dans le trou de vis de positionnement (60; 150) de l'élément de support d'outil (14; 104);
    caractérisé par le fait que ledit moyen de positionnement axial et ledit moyen de positionnement angulaire comprennent en outre:
    • une cavité (30; 140) formée dans la partie de tige cylindrique (18; 110, 124) du porte-outil (12; 102), ladite cavité (30; 140) comprenant la surface d'appui conique (38; 146) qui forme un segment de cône n'excédant pas 180°; ledit trou de vis de positionnement (60; 150) étant coaxial avec la surface d'appui conique (38; 146) de la partie de tige globalement cylindrique (18; 110, 124) du porte-outil (12; 102);

      ledit nez conique (78; 166) de la vis de positionnement (72; 160) étant placé coaxialement par rapport à la surface d'appui conique (38; 146) et présentant la même configuration que cette surface d'appui conique (38; 146) de manière à former un contact surfacique avec la surface d'appui conique (38; 146) du porte-outil (12; 102), dans lequel lorsqu'on serre la vis de positionnement (72; 160) contre la partie de tige globalement cylindrique (18; 110, 124) du porte-outil (12; 102), le porte-outil (12; 102) est positionné radialement par rapport à l'élément de support d'outil (14; 104) et une force axiale est exercée sur le porte-outil (12; 102) pour asseoir le porte-outil (12; 102) contre l'élément de support d'outil (14; 104).
  6. Ensemble porte-outil (10; 100) selon la revendication 5, dans lequel le trou de vis de positionnement (60; 150) comprend une partie non taraudée (66; 154), et dans lequel la vis de positionnement (72; 160) comprend une partie de guidage non filetée (76; 164) insérable dans la partie non taraudée (66; 154) du trou de vis de positionnement (60; 150), la partie non taraudée (66; 154) du trou de vis de positionnement (60; 150) et la partie de guidage (76; 164) étant bien ajustées l'une à l'autre afin de réduire le jeu entre le trou de vis de positionnement (60; 150) et la vis de positionnement (72; 160).
  7. Ensemble porte-outil (10; 100) selon la revendication 5, dans lequel le porte-outil (12; 102) présente un rebord adjacent à sa partie de tige globalement cylindrique (18; 110, 124), lequel rebord comprend un épaulement (28; 114) qui s'étend perpendiculairement à l'axe de la partie de tige globalement cylindrique (18; 110, 124), et dans lequel l'élément de support d'outil (14; 104) comprend une surface d'appui entourant l'alésage cylindrique (56; 122), destinée au contact avec l'épaulement (28; 114) du porte-outil (12; 102).
  8. Ensemble porte-outil (10; 100) selon la revendication 5, dans lequel l'alésage (56; 122) comprend un fond et dans lequel le moyen de positionnement axial comprend une partie d'extrémité arrière, formée sur le composant d'outil, agencée pour venir au contact du fond de l'alésage (56; 122).
  9. Ensemble porte-outil (10; 100) selon la revendication 5, dans lequel la cavité (30; 140) s'étend circonférenciellement autour du composant d'outil.






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