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AT4 Automatic Tool Turret

Users Manual


M028
Rev C2
September 15, 2013





2117A Barrett Park Drive Kennesaw, GA 30144
770.422.7845 770.422.7854 fax www.microkinetics.com

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I . Introduction

The AT4 tool turret is a compact electric powered device offering excellent reliability with non-
contacting signaling, pin position-locating, a worm-gear drive, and cam locking.


2. Operation

When a tool-change command is encountered (M06 Tx), the tool changers motor is driven clockwise,
and it drives the turrets worm gear and worm shaft. The clutch pin enters a slot in the clutch disk, which
in turn drives the upper body of the turret. After the upper body has slightly passed the desired locking
position, the motor is rotated counter-clockwise. The motor drives against that locked position briefly to
ensure a positive lock.


3. Turret Indexing
1) Tool-change command. 2) Motor drives clockwise. 3) Clutch pin/disc engage upper body. 4) Upper
body rotates past next position. 5) Motor drives counter-clockwise. 6) Upper body moves back and is
locked. 7) Motor secures disk in locked position and stops.


4. Technical Data

Index
Time (s)
Max Torque (Nm)
Repeatability
(mm)
Accuracy
(mm)
Weight
(kg)
Motor
Torque
(g-cm)
Motor
Speed
(rpm)
Mq Ms Mx
3.5/pos 300 700 250 <0.005 <0.03 16 54008 825


5. Dimensions
Appearance and dimension sketch Max allowable torque sketch


Dimensions in millimeters:
H h A B C C1 D E E1 L L1 L2 h1 h3 F 1 Z K
65 35 134 138 100 90 120 15 20 340 134 246 152 86 15 9 52 29

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6. Component Identification





1. cover
2. signaling
disc
3. screw
4. magnetic
base
5. nut
6. ring
7. clutch disc
8. clutch pin
9. spring
10. against pin
11. upper body
12. connection
base
13. lower body
14. center shaft
15. worm gear
16. terminal
tooth
17. against disk
18. nut
19. screw arbor
20. pin
21. magnetic
22. end cover
23. worm shaft
24. connector
25. connector
26. bearing
27. motor




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7. Disassembly and Reassembly Procedure

Disassembly:
Turn off power.
Remove the upper cover 1, signaling disc 2, and magnetic base 4.
Remove the two M4 screws from nut 5. Remove the flat bearing and clutch 7.
Remove the upper body 11. Remove the terminal tooth 16, screw arbor 19, nut 18, clutch pin
8, and against pin 10. (Note the positions of the terminal tooth 16, nut 18, and upper body 11.)
Remove the motor 27, base 12, and end cover 22.
Remove the worm shaft 23 and bearing.
Remove shaft 14. Pull out the worm gear 15. Remove the against disc 17.

Reassembly:
When the turret is installed, the assemblies must be coated with oil and the driving system must
be lubricated.
Use the reverse of the disassembly procedure to reassemble the tool turret.
During assembly, the plates of the lower and upper bodies must be parallel. The against pin 10
must be in the slot of the against disc 17, the clutch pin 8 must be on the plate of the clutch disc 7
and about 125 from the against disk 17.
Rotate the worm shaft with a wrench. Start the two screws and rotate the worm shaft before
clamping it.
Adjust the position of the magnet/Hall Effect units. Make sure that they advance correctly.


8. Software Setup

To configure TurnMaster Pro for proper operation you need to access the Machine Parameters screen.

Note: Set up the tool changer parameters after you have established the correct setup file and verified
proper motion operation of your lathe.

Select Options-Machine Parameters.

Choose the Advanced tab, and you should see the following screen:


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Confirm that you have the correct default setup file selected on the right portion of the screen. This
should say 1236 MN400.tps for the standard half-stepping model DriveRack or the 1236MS MN400.tps
for the microstepping version.

Under the Tool Changer title, choose the Axis 3 Stepper radio button.

Set the # of tools per Turret to 4.

The Steps per Tool Station setting should be 5000.

The number of Reverse Lock Steps should be 8200.

The Lock Tool Changer Output is not used with this model. :ocking is done with Reverse Lock.

With a half-stepping driver, the speeds should be 550, 5500 SPS, and 10000 steps/second^2.

If desired, an Extra Delay after In-Position, in seconds, may be entered.

Click the Save button.

Go to the Jog Tool screen. Click Tool Turret Rev Lock until the turret is firmly locked in position. This
is necessary for accurate moves to subsequent positions. It is not necessary after correct positioning has
been established.

Note that the turret is unidirectional. If the current tool is T4, when the command M06 T3 is
encountered, the turret will advance through T1 and T2 to get to T3.


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9. Installation

An upper and a lower base plate are used to mount the tool turret on the lathe. The lower plate will be
either 0.5 or 1.0 thick, depending on the lathe. M8 metric screws attach the plates to the lathes cross
slide, and attach the turret to the upper plate. The motor cable of the turret is to be connected to the M3
socket on the back of the DriveRack.

Installation on a 1236 Lathe






AT4 Upper Plate (1236)
FRONT
AT4 Lower Plate (1236)
FRONT
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If you own a MicroKinetics milling machine, a program to mill the cross slide holes is available without
charge.




Installation on a 1340 Lathe





FRONT
AT4 Upper Plate (1340)
AT4 Cross Slide
Modification (1236)
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If you own a MicroKinetics milling machine, a program to mill the cross slide holes is available without
charge.












FRONT
AT4 Lower Plate (1340)
AT4 Cross Slide
Modification (1340)
FRONT
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10. Accessories

The Tool Turret is able to use square shank tooling directly at all 4 positions. For side operations such
as drilling and boring, round tool holders are available. These have 5/8 (0.625) diameter.



Round Tool Adapter for AT4




ER16 Precision Collet Set ER16 Straight Shank Collet Chuck











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11. Troubleshooting Guide

Symptom Possible Cause(s) Remedy
Motor does not run. Tool changer not selected in
Machine Parameters,
Advanced.

Cable not connected.


Driver problem.


Tool Change Pause is
selected in Machine
Parameters, Advanced.
Select Axis 3 Stepper and
Unidirectional.


Connect cable to M3 output
on DriveRack.

Check for a fault light on the
M3 driver.

Deselect Tool Change
Pause.
Turret tries to rotate
backwards to next tool
position.
Unidirectional not selected
in Machine Parameters,
Advanced.
Select Unidirectional.
After indexing to next
position, the turret is loose.
Turrets initial position is
between stations.

Steps per Tool Station
setting is too large and/or
Reverse Lock Steps is too
small.


Use Jog Tool to initially
reverse-lock the turret.

Adjust the values in Machine
Parameters, Advanced.




When indexing to positions
that are multiple stations
away, turret is off by one
station
Steps per Tool Station
setting is too small or too
large.


Adjust the values in Machine
Parameters, Advanced.
Typical values are between
4000 and 6000 for the steps
per tool station.