Mechanical expansion chuck
Series 841 (mechanically activated) 

with individual expansion lugs

The Vorwald expansion chucks of the Series 841 are suitable for shaftless rewinding and unwinding machines operating with medium torque values. The expansion of the expansion lugs takes place centrally.

Two different types of expansion lugs are available in order to cover all requirements: Lengthwise grooved expansion lugs made of steel and expansion lugs with smooth surface made of polyurethane. The number and positioning of the expansion lugs in the so called mantle are determined by the customer specifications. Alternatively expansion leafs made of aluminium or steel with and without surface refinement are available too.

The lengthwise grooved and hardened surface of the steel expansion lugs permits the greatest possible torque transmission with cardboard cores. The smooth surface of the polyurethane expansion lugs permits this force transmission with steel, aluminium and plastic cores. All expansion lugs are equipped with a leg spring to ensure slide back into the mantle. This makes push-on and push-off of the material cores easy. Expansion chucks with expansion lugs or expansion leafs are available for cores with internal diameter in the range from 50 to 500 mm. The functional principle is based on the inclined plane. Actuation of the radial tightening screw pushes the cone like a wedge under the expansion lugs, thus pressing them outwards. The cone and the expansion lugs have the same bevel. Thus a radial movement is produced from an axial movement.

This arrangement provides the expansion chuck with a very large clamping force. A further very important advantage of this arrangement is the absolutely concentric clamping of the cores, because all expansion lugs expand uniformly to the same extent. This makes very high winding speeds achievable.

The mantles can be made of numerous different materials with numerous wall thicknesses, depending on the application envisaged by the customer. Based on the Vorwald standard, the expansion chucks are customised according to the modular design principle.


  • Various different expansion lug surfaces to match the respective core material
  • Flange or bearing shaft according to customer specification
  • Quick adaptation to various core diameters with adapters; see Section 4.3
  • Special dimensions are possible on inquiry


  • High torque transmission
  • True running tolerance +/- 0.1 mm
  • Quick clamping and unclamping
  • No additional medium such as compressed air required for expanding

    Available expansion chuck diameters ranging from 50 to 500 mm