| is it a a kind of block stop optional thing, where say on a TS-type
| you can get the fence to roll into position and hold there until,
| either the sheets are pushed through by hand? or mechanically, and
| then you run a
| little bit (more) of the program at the next position, repeat,
| through "blocks" of the program?
The whole setup is whatever seems appropriate for the job. Generally,
I fixture as much as I can on the table (manually) and then turn the
machine loose. Fixturing is wildly variable depending on the workpiece
size and material - and might be vacuum or mechanical (anything from
drill press vise to cam clamps to shop-made screw clamps to
double-sided carpet tape or even bolting workpieces down).
Automatic tool changers and loading devices are more expensive than
I've been able to spend for.
| In metal, everything is done: lights, secutity system, shipping,
| receiving, transport, speed, coolant, tool change, tool wear
| checks, SPC quality
| control (intermittent check of parts), rough & finish, auto clamping
| fixturing and part loading, pallette change and rotate, you know.
Yuppers - I'm aware of (if not expert with) a lot of this; but most of
it requires way more resources than I can bring to bear. It'll have to
wait until I have a dollar to spend on the winning lottery ticket.
Meanwhile I just clunk along with my Armstrong loader/unloader/tool
DeSoto, Iowa USA