Two Additional Types of Table Lubrication Systems
Tilting rotary tables aren’t uncommon. They’re used to create wide, circular shaped sections of uneven terrain by tilting the table in a pattern that resembles the shape of a circle. In most cases a tilting rotary table is tiltable from being flat all the way to being tilted all the way to the horizontal. You can find them made from metal, plastic or wood and in many different sizes and shapes.
To make a tilting rotary table, you must first have a large piece of straight board that can support the weight of the workpiece while the table is tilted. Then the piece of straight board needs to be broken down into multiple pieces with an open top and bottom so that the pieces can then be attached together with dowels, pegs and the like. Next you’ll need to mount the individual pieces of straightboard onto their individual base platforms with the help of dowels and other connections. The thickness of your platform will vary depending on the size and shape of the tilting mechanism that you use.
There are two types of tilting rotary table mechanisms: self-leveling and level tracking. Self-leveling mechanisms use a pinion that uses a hydraulic system to keep the piece level as it tilts. The level tracking mechanism uses a roller that features a number of gears and rollers set around an axis. These gears and rollers allow for a consistent level as the tilt moves along its vertical axis. Self-leveling mechanisms require the use of special lathes, grinders and in some cases, even handheld electric power tools.
Worm gear tilting rotary tables (WLP) are used in factory production settings where accuracy is paramount. The worm gear table is designed so that its worm gear sets spin at the same speed as the moving material that it is tracking. Each worm gear has an anti-rotation shaft that prevents the gear from becoming misaligned when it is in motion. This feature is especially useful when materials such as fiberboard are being moved.
Another style of tilting rotary table mechanism is the tilting or dividing milling table. This table is designed with a trowel in hand that can be pushed into a slit in the table’s base and a cutting tool is inserted into the slit. The top of the trowel is then lifted up and the cutting tool is inserted into the lower notch of the table. This is done to cut out a circle in the middle of the material that is being processed. Some manufacturers have provided tools for other functions such as threading, but most trowel machines only offer the basic functions of threading and cutting.
The above are examples of two additional types of tilting rotary tables that are available. The decision as to which type is preferred will depend on the requirements of the individual operations that require such a machine. The ability to add features such as both milling and threading to one machine can be a worthwhile investment, especially for small machining operations.