In this article I want to explain how properly check and make sure your ATS (Automatic Tooling System) measuring stand is calibrated and working correctly.
The ATS radial measuring stand is a vital part of your moulder machine setup operation. A lot of folks out there have these and don’t use them. They simply return to the old, slow, inaccurate, ways of setting up the moulder machine instead of doing a mathematical set up which is so much faster.
You must be able to tell if the reading you’re taking from your radial measuring stand is correct. You can simply do this by calibrating the measuring stand against itself. The measuring stand consist of the same size diameter spindle shaft as you have on your moulder machinery, a digital measuring caliper, an eccentric washer, and a bolt which holds the eccentric washer in place. There is also a spindle spacer at the very bottom of the shaft to allow you to get your fingers under the cutter head for installation and removal of the cutter head.
Ok, since a lot of you have 1-1/2” spindles, let’s use this size shaft as the example on how to calibrate the measuring stand.
If you need a measuring stand look under “Tooling & Supplies” tab either catalog has them.
PS. Always have a spare battery on hand, just in case. ☺