Rotary tables are the most commonly used type of table in shop workshops. They can be used for a variety of tasks, from working on small to large items and from heavy duty to light duty applications. They are also among the more popular types of office furniture due to their size, durability, and ease of use. Here we’ll take a look at some of the common uses for a rotary table and how they’re made.
The most well known use for a rotary table is probably its rotary function. This means the work piece can be fully machined through both of its movements, which means the end result can be extremely complex. A tilting table of any size will generally be more flexible than a non-tiltable one for a given vertical measurement.
Other uses include table saw cutting, wall drilling, table leveling, and table construction. All of these activities can be extremely complicated, so it’s important to have the right tools. Rotary tables have various mechanisms for operating these different functions. There are wedge shaped or inclined surfaces that can be moved up or down to divide large or small parts, there are fixed positions that define where the division of the surface occurs, and then there are moving parts such as sliding or counterweighted indexing plates. Indexing plates usually function with a ball bearing system, which can be mechanical, powered, or an electric motorized system.
Many products in the industrial realm require rotary tables such as table saws. One such product is the tilting rotary table, or a tilt and fold milling machine. There are two common types of tilting rotary tables: the vertical and the inclined. The vertical type can move vertically over a workpiece or can move horizontally to define a new section of a workpiece. The inclined type is similar to the vertical in that it can also move vertically or horizontally to define a new section of a workpiece.
Horizontal and vertical tilt and fold mechanism of rotary tables are similar. However, one difference between the two is that with the vertical table, there is only one control variable – the height. With the horizontal type, the height can be varied manually or by the use of an additional control. The additional control is found on the horizontal table top. With the tilting, the angle between the top and bottom of the rotating piece can be varied.
While both tilt and fold mechanisms are important to manufacturing processes, it’s important to note that a rotary table and a horizontal stand still do not belong in the same category. A horizontal stand still is not used often because the height and angle of usage are limited. For example, an acrylic contour table is designed so that it can be tilted 90 degrees. In other words, you can position your work surface to a variety of heights, but the angle and height can’t change. The same is true for a vertical stand-by.