Manufacturers rely on various forms of specialized equipment and heavy machinery to complete their daily tasks. Manufacturing technology is constantly evolving, keeping pace with increasingly stringent product specifications and requirements. Despite these modern developments, machining tools used in manufacturing have continued to rely on several critical innovations that have stood the test of time. Chief among these technologies is a machining tool known as an angle head. Angle heads offer manufacturers' machining tools advanced capabilities that can not currently be acquired by other means. These advantages are critical to the manufacturing of delicate parts that require fine precision. For that reason, angle heads are often used in industries such as aerospace, automotive, electronics, and energy. Read on below to learn more about how angle heads can enhance manufacturing capabilities.
Angle Heads Allow Machining Tools to Cut Parts From Multiple Angles With Extreme Precision
Traditional fabrication using machines only enables the machine to work on a part from one angle. The part must then be rotated to accommodate the machine's cutting angle. Understandably, the need to relocate parts reduces the precision of the fabrication process. Poor fabrication precision is unacceptable for delicate instruments such as aircraft and automobile parts. Traditionally, the only way to counter the rotation issue is to use multiple machines. Unfortunately, this still presents the opportunity for stacking errors in precision as each machine takes its turn to work on the part. Fortunately, angle heads resolve this issue by acting as an axis that allows a single machine's cutter to rotate. This feature means that a machine with an angle head can fabricate parts by cutting them from multiple directions without having to relocate the parts. An angle head setup means that both the machine and the part are in a fixed location. Working with static locations enables the machine to use precise calculations to ensure that a part is cut to maximum precision. When precise fabrication requires several angles, multi-axis setups are used. In fact, it is not uncommon for shops to use five-axis angle head setups when manufacturing complex parts.
Angle Heads Allow Machining Tools to Access Previously Inaccessible Part Features
Traditionally, machines' limited cutting angles would make it impossible for them to work on hard-to-reach areas of a part. Fortunately, another advantage that angle heads provide to manufacturers is the ability for machines to access hard-to-reach areas during the fabrication process. Modern devices and parts are increasingly curved and finely sculpted, requiring a large amount of precisely angled work to produce the optimal result. This capability opens up another opportunity for manufacturers to handle the complexities of modern part fabrication requirements.
In the rapidly changing manufacturing industry, technology can quickly become obsolete. Fortunately, angle heads have stood the test of time and proven to be an ideal tool to enhance manufacturing capability!