Fixtureworks® (Fraser, MI), a leading North American manufacturer and supplier of clamps, fixturing accessories, machine tool components and rollers & bumpers, now offers quick change flex clamping “locators.” Designed for quick change applications, these flex clamping locators locate and fasten in a single operation—without the use of tools. They provide fast and accurate fixture changes, mounting the same fixture on different machines, machining from five sides on one fixture and quick fixture setup. The Fixtureworks Flex Locator System also consists of tapered pins and receiving bushings. In combination, these parts are designed to be mounted on fixture bases and plates to allow for highly accurate locating and positioning with repeatability to .01 mm.
The locators are available in quarter-turn on/off knobs, adjustable handle, cam handle and hex head styles, and are supported with receivers, covers and adjustable torque wrench.
The quarter turn knob style is used with flex receivers for highly accurate locating, these parts are designed to be mounted on fixture bases and plates for highly accurate locating and positioning and allow for precise repeatability when moving to a new machine or different operation. Precise +/- 0.01 mm repeatability when plates are mounted horizontally, or +/- 0.02 mm repeatability when plates are mounted vertically. The body and shank are made from steel with a black oxide finish. The tapered pin is also made from steel with a nitrocarburized finish. The knob is made from stainless steel with a natural finish.
The adjustable handle style is designed to be mounted on fixture bases and plates for highly accurate locating and positioning and allow for precise repeatability when moving to a new machine or different operation. The handle is made from die cast zinc with a silver-gray painted finish.
The cam handle version is precise +/- 0.008 mm repeatability when plates are mounted horizontally or +/- 0.01 mm repeatability when plates are mounted vertically. The body is made from alloy steel, nitrocarburized treated. The cam handle is made from heat-treated alloy steel with a black oxide finish. Balls are made from steel.
The hex head style…in either tapered or straight versions…can be used on a wide variety of fixturing and allow for precise repeatability when mounting. This allows a fixture plate to be mounted on different bases very accurately when moving to a new machine or different operation. The clamping screw is made from heat-treated steel with a black oxide finish. Balls are made from steel.
The series from Fixtureworks also includes complimentary receivers. The locator receivers are used with flex locator knob and handle fasteners. In combination, these parts are designed to be mounted on fixture bases and plates for highly accurate locating and positioning .
The protective covers are mounted in hex-head or cam handle receivers to keep out dirt and contaminants while the bushings are not in use. They mount flush so there is no interference. Covers are made from aluminum and supplied with mounting screw. The O-ring is made from nitrile rubber and locator torque wrenches with or without socket.
In addition to quick change flex clamping locators, Fixtureworks offers quick release fasteners, quick action sliding locks spring plunger clamps, handle and levers, knobs and grips, equipment handles, hand wheels and cranks, hinges and latches, leveling supports, industrial rubber bumpers, stops and wheels, fixture clamps, clamping locating systems, work positioning elements, vises, grippers and mechanical linear actuators.
Related Glossary Terms
- black oxide
Black finish on a metal produced by immersing it in hot oxidizing salts or salt solutions.
- computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)
computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)
Use of computers to control machining and manufacturing processes.
Device, often made in-house, that holds a specific workpiece. See jig; modular fixturing.
Main body of a tool; the portion of a drill or similar end-held tool that fits into a collet, chuck or similar mounting device.