Minneapolis-based Kurt Workholding today announced the DXH Hydraulic Vise lineup—now featuring 4-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch sizes—for affordable turn-key automation and consistent clamping and finished parts. Kurt DXH Hydraulic vises can be paired with a Kurt KHP air-over-oil pump in configurations ranging from single-action semi-automated setups—for operator part loading—to elaborate fully-automated setups with double action and multiple-vise capabilities controlled by a robot, MTC or PLC.
“Manufacturing is experiencing a dramatic increase in automation right now, we’ve really seen that in our custom-engineered business” said Chuck Milam, Kurt Workholding Sales Engineer. “Expanding the the DX lineup into a full range of hydraulically-actuated models helps make automation more accessible for small and large shops alike.”
Kurt DXH vises have a new, premium one-piece body design now standard on all Kurt general-purpose vises. Designed using Finite Element Analysis, the new body has 30% less horizontal (push back) deflection than previous DX models. Vises are available in three sizes: DX4H, DX6H and DX8H and reverse models. DXH Hydraulic Vises have the same bed height and keyway to the stationary jaw face as their DX-Series counterparts, along with internal improvements over older DX models including a redesigned nut, new brush seal design and a new bearing pack.
The entire DX Manual, DXA Pneumatic and DXH Hydraulic vise lineup features the proprietary Kurt AngLock® spherical segment to create all-directional alignment, reduce jaw lift and improve performance. Featuring a convenient lift grip slot machined into the back of the fixed jaw, DX-style vises are easy to move around, load and position on a CNC machine table. All DX Crossover vises use sine keys for easy, accurate mounting and feature Kurt’s Lifetime Ironclad Warranty.
Kurt offers a lineup of electric and air-over-oil pumps to actuate DXH Hydraulic vises. Pumps and vises can be configured in a semi-automated workspace where an operator controls actuation with a hand lever, foot switch or toggle. A fully automated setup can be configured for actuation using a machine tool controller, PLC or a robot with the addition of solenoids, switches and a manifold. Kurt pumps can be set up to be single acting to close with hydraulic pressure and open via spring or double acting to open and close with hydraulic pressure. Double-acting setups are recommended for fully automated work envelopes. A single Kurt pump system can work with one vise or a multi-vise configuration.
Related Glossary Terms
Workholding device that affixes to a mill, lathe or drill-press spindle. It holds a tool or workpiece by one end, allowing it to be rotated. May also be fitted to the machine table to hold a workpiece. Two or more adjustable jaws actually hold the tool or part. May be actuated manually, pneumatically, hydraulically or electrically. See collet.
- computer numerical control ( CNC)
computer numerical control ( CNC)
Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.