• The mechatronic tool system TOOLTRONIC as a universal drive for more production variety and flexiblity.
  • Actuating tools from MAPAL
  • Actuating tools are produced at the Eppingen site of the MAPAL Group.
  • Different types of input and output are combined depending on the requirements of the application.

Competence actuating

Actuating tools stand for maximum rationalisation and optimisation potential in machining. Whether for special machines or for complete machining on flexible machining centres – if the issue is to machine complex contours, non-cylindrical bores, face surfaces or recesses on cubic parts, MAPAL offers the optimal tool.

The product range includes 
  • mechanical actuating tools, which on the machine side are driven by drawbars/push rods or U axis systems;
  • NC-controlled tools, e.g. the particularly flexible mechatronic tool system TOOLTRONIC, for machines without an additional feed unit. 

The MAPAL engineering team prepares the optimal solution for a machining task in close collaboration with the customer. Complex, exactly calibrated mechanisms and the numerous different parts inside an actuating tool require the highest accuracy and care during every production step. Therefore actuating tools are always assembled manually at MAPAL. Complex actuating tools are next comprehensively tested under extreme loads and real application conditions. This allows the MAPAL machining specialist to commission the tools as quickly and efficiently as possible at the customer.

Applications for acutation tools

  •  A contour that is being processed with an actuating tool is marked in red.

    Complex contours

    Machining turning geometries on cubic parts

  • The picture shows a group of tools for the complete machining of a turbocharger.

    Complete machining on machining centres

    MAPAL tool solutions from the actuating range allow for the machining of complete workpieces on machining centres. A change to  lathes is not necessary.

  • Cutting edge wear compensation

    A fine adjustment for automatic wear compensation offers highest accuracies and an optimum utilization of the cutting edges.

Product overview

Types of input and output

Mechatronic tool system TOOLTRONIC

Facing heads

Line boring bars

Line boring bars from MAPAL are used especially for machining bearing bars.

Line boring bars are tools for the special machining of bearing journals in housings. During this process the tool is guided by at least one guide bearing in the fixture (workpiece clamping). 
Several inserts in the tool permit the simultaneous machining of several journals. An optional drawbar/push rod makes possible additional face machining at the related journal and/or cutting edge lifting to compensate for cutting edge wear.

Line boring bars are used for machining crankshaft and camshaft bores. They are considered the most accurate way of manufacturing these bores in the crankcase.

Special applications

  • Wobble tools from MAPAL for machining internal and external profiles.

    Wobble tools

    Machining of internal and external profiles

    MAPAL wobble tools make possible the cost-effective manufacture of internal and external profiles that is also gentle on the machine. 
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    A wobble movement is generated by the rotation of the wobble bar. Due to this wobble, only the point on these tools is used and therefore the load is also only on the point. The feed force required is significantly lower than during the conventional broaching and shaping process and therefore reduces the load on the machine tool's feed unit.

  • Interpolation tools from MAPAL are used to machine turning processes on machining centres.

    Interpolation turning

    Turning processes on machining centres

    Interpolation turning is a machining process that can be used to realise turning processes on machining centres. It is used, for example, for recesses on cubic workpieces that are otherwise produced using circular milling. However, many other geometries typical for turning, for example the taper form, can also be produced using interpolation turning on machining centres.

    An important prerequisite for the use of this process is that the machine has a main spindle that can be operated as a position-controlled axis.

Services for actuating tools

Regular maintenance by qualified MAPAL employees increases the effectiveness and longevity of the actuating tools significantly.

Engineering - Design - Commissioning - Maintenance

In the actuating tool sector, MAPAL offers comprehensive advice on the entire product portfolio. During initial conversations the requirements on the machining process are recorded by the salesperson. In order to offer a tailored product, the broad standard product range is complemented by customer-specific modifications to standardised components.

Tailored service contracts allow a reliable planning of maintenance appointments and reduce the service costs. The MAPAL service team checks the tools at a defined maintenance interval.

An independent service display extends the service life of MAPAL actuating tools.

Self-sufficient service indicator simplifies preventive maintenance

MAPAL has developed a particularly simple system that helps users with the question of the timing and frequency of service work on rotating tools.
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An integrated service chip with LED, partly also possible as an upgrade, signals an upcoming maintenance service by „blinking“. The service interval is based on the operating hours of the tool.