Refer to the appendix for an explanation on how to mount your tools into the
tool holders. Once you have mounted your tools, you are ready to load them into the tool carousel.
Press the MDI button on the Mode Keypad to enter the MDI mode.
Enter code to load the tool under the tool number you have chosen or push
ATC/FWD or ATC/REV until the carousel has rotated to the tool number you want
to load. (At this point, if there were any tools in the carousel at the location
you chose, you'll need to remove them using the tool release button while grasping
the tool by its holder) Read the next portion to understand how to remove a
Command for retrieving Tool #2
the MDI scratch pad view)
WARNING (You need to make sure that all other NC code
is deleted from the scratch pad so that the only code that will be executed
is for loading a tool!)
You'll notice that there are two metal tabs on the spindle and there are
two slots on the tool holder at the bottom of the taper that must be aligned.
Note that the tool holder has one unique orientation. You will notice a small tapered hole or indentation. This
slot must be facing the tool carousel when you load the tool.
You need to make sure that the spindle is in the right orientation
before you insert the tool. Enter the MDI mode and push the ORIENT SPINDLE
button. This will cause the spindle to move to the correct orientation and apply
the brakes to hold the spindle steady.
Orient Spindle Button
The tool holder needs to be aligned as shown. This is the side facing AWAY
from the tool carousel, so you'll notice that there is no indentation inside
the slot on this side.
Alignment of the tool holder
With your left hand, grasp the tool you want to load (BELOW
THE TWO RINGS ON THE TOOL HOLDER OR YOUR FINGERS/HAND COULD GET PINCHED) and guide it
into the spindle, aligning the tabs with the slots.
Left hand holding the tool holder
With your right hand, press
the TOOL RELEASE button. You will hear a rush of air against the top of the
tool holder. Once you have the tabs and slots aligned, release the TOOL RELEASE
button and your tool will be "sucked" up into place.
Right hand on the tool release
If you have more tools to load, enter the code to load the next tool, or press
ATC/FWD or REV to the next location.