RUD's innovative Tool Separator
The Tool Separator separates tools quickly and accurately
The Tool Separator can be operated safely and conveniently using its radio-controlled operator devices
The Tool Separator is driven electrically by RUD's innovative TECDOS Pi-Gamma 2-in-1 chain drive system, which was specially developed for horizontal and vertical applications. This system is based on a high performance round steel chain, also developed by RUD. The drive system is especially robust, low-maintenance and with a long service life. "The Tool Separator's electrical drive is its distinctive feature, because it operates entirely without hydraulics. A hydraulic drive not only needs more maintenance, but also takes up more space because of the additional hydraulic unit. In contrast, the Tool Separator is a compact all-in-one system," explained Walter Lais, Designer at RUD Ketten Rieger & Dietz GmbH u. Co. KG.
RUD's bespoke Tool Separator machines are proudly "made in Germany", at the company's headquarters in Aalen. The prototype is sized for tools weighing up to 10 tonnes, but can also handle lighter or heavier tools with ease. The Tool Separator has a 1300 mm x 1300 mm clamping plate and a sliding and contact surface at a height of 380 mm. "Theoretically, anything is possible here: we can adjust the machine to handle lighter or heavier tools, greater or lesser forces and smaller or greater distances between the clamping plates. We can also modify the plates themselves, depending on what is required," stated Lais. The Tool Separator can also be moved by crane, so it can be used just where it's needed.
To ensure the greatest possible safety in the workplace, optional add-on parts, such as a guard bracket, can be installed to complement the automatic stop function which triggers as soon as anyone is detected on the Tool Separator. A light curtain or protective fence can also be supplied to optimise safety in the working environment. Thanks to its radio-controlled operator devices, the Tool Separator can also be operated safely and conveniently outside the danger zone.
RUD's latest generation of tool separators, the Tool Mover Pro, has already revolutionised the way in which tools are serviced and maintained. The Tool Separator is the logical addition to the range.
Author: Sabrina Deininger