Docking system in a machine tool
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Docking system in the machine tool BlueStar®


Components in this application:

Coupling elements
(Product information)

Rotary couplings
(Product information)








Application example

Docking unit in the loading and unloading station


Coupling system with hydro-mechanical locking in the loading and unloading station. In such projects it is crucial for an innovative solution that the partner enterprises are included at an early stage in the brainstorming process relating to the design concepts. The result for the BlueStar5® is a coupling design that accommodates the fitting of two, four, six or eight media connections in the loading and unloading station. Bearing in mind the objective that the machine is to be marketed as a cost-effective option, HYDROKOMP was also obliged to take this aspect into account.

HYDROKOMP’s approach to this solution consisted of offering a docking system in which the jig pallets in the loading and unloading station are not clamped by means of the clamping cones in order to absorb the coupling forces that arise. This function is undertaken by the docking system itself. In all the designs a separable connection is achieved between the lower, stationary and the upper, mobile halves of the coupling by means of hydro-mechanical locking pins.

In the machining station this locking function is once more taken over by means of the clamping cones. Here a coupling plate is fitted with two connections, connecting the pressure lines of the hydraulic clamping jig during machining, thus enabling pressure monitoring.


Tool changer of the machine tool
Coupling plates
of the docking system


The docking unit in the loading and unloading unit is equipped with a rotary coupling, which permits rotation of the hydraulic clamping jig through 360°. The media connections within the sub-assembly are effected by means of drilled channels. Installation of the coupling sub-assemblies is always carried out directly, making them easy to install and service.

The illustrations show that the configuration principle of the the docking systems is designed to meet the particular requirements of a machine tool. In addition to their compact design, other points worth mentioning are the ease with which they can be kept clean
and maintained.

The smooth surfaces and the centre, spring-mounted air-jet help to maintain cleanliness. It can be demonstrated that the level of
contamination of the couplings has a direct effect on their service life. For that reason it is important to exploit all the design options when configuring machines and jigs, in order to reduce contamination of the docking systems.

In the area of maintenance, HYDROKOMP supplies an installation tool with which the frontal system seals can be very rapidly replaced without dismantling the coupling elements. With its unequalled expertise in this area, HYDROKOMP is setting future trends with this family of docking systems. We will be happy to demonstrate to you that our strengths include not only our engineering solutions but also quality and delivery reliability.



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HYDROKOMP Headquarters 1

Founded 1998, HYDROKOMP designs, manufactures and distributes hydraulic components, coupling systems and clamping technology for mechanical engineering, fixture construction, tooling and many other branches of industry also for different operating conditions.

HYDROKOMP Headquarters 2

HYDROKOMP is the right supplier for companies of mechanical engineering fixture construction, tooling and many other branches of industry worldwide. Constructive ideas and customer-specific designs are our particular strengths.

HYDROKOMP Production Facility 1

Each and every one of our products is developed and manufactured according to the highest quality standards. With modern CAD systems we design new solutions. After that, current procedures of precision manufacture and quality assurance are next in process.

HYDROKOMP Production Facility 2

Our qualified employees and our modern CNC machinery ensure high flexibility product variety and quality. HYDROKOMP products are designed for long-lasting application in rough industrial daily routine. Our customers can surely trust that the process will flow smoothly.

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