Machine tools such as CNC mills, lathes, bar feeders, and honing machines are used by most manufacturing companies to improve production processes and performance. Although there are many types, machine tools use a variety of machine components to function smoothly and safely.
Machine tools are capable of fast, accurate, and repeatable operations due to their high level of programmability and automation. Machine tool designers must balance these performance characteristics with the diversity of applications that a machine can encounter. For example, the same machine may be used by one company to make small medical devices that weigh a few grams while another company makes industrial fixtures that weigh a hundred pounds. The design of the standard machine needs to be able to accommodate both applications without any customization. Ruland shaft collars, couplings, and other machine components are designed for high performance and convenient machine tool operation