Platinum Tooling Technologies
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Flexible Changing System for Live Tools

Sept. 29, 2021
Patented system allows live tools to accept various adapters for different applications, so users have quick tool changeover on almost any lathe or mill using a single tool.

HEIMATEC’s u-tec® flexible changing system is available now for all live tools in the company’s product line, according to Preben Hansen, president of Platinum Tooling Technologies – the exclusive North American importer – who noted this design offers the benefits of quick change, while maintaining exceptional rigidity.

The patented u-tec® changing system allows a standard ER output live tool to accept various adapters for different applications. As a result, users have quick tool changeover on almost any lathe or mill, using a single tool, without having to commit to a quick-change system on the initial purchase. A facemill adapter, for example, can be quickly positioned into the standard holder, without the need for a new tool purchase. This significantly reduces inventory costs as well as changeover time for the busy shop.

Hansen said the u-tec® system “…represents a real improvement in lathe live tooling design. u-tec® allows great user flexibility and ensures a solid connection due to the polygon design built into both the tool and the adapter. This polygon connection helps guarantee the proper position and alignment of the adapter inside the tool. Once the insert is properly positioned and the collet nut is clamped, the cutting tool will have excellent rigidity and torque transmission.”

He explained that the unique collet nuts on the u-tec® system have internal threading for clamping stability and that this new tool adapter system enables the actual cutting tool to be brought into closer proximity to the bearing, thus further improving performance in use.

Every adapter in the u-tec® system is furnished complete with the necessary clamping nut and holding wrench. u-tec® adapters are available in various outputs, such as arbor, Weldon, ER extension, and blank styles.

The u-tec® system is available for all major turning machines on the market today, and Heimatec currently manufactures over 10,000 live tool types. Learn more at