Fixtureworks offers the integrated mPower workholding system from Modern Industries. Consisting of the SpeedLoc mounting system and ModLoc modular tooling columns, these innovative products deliver unparalleled workholding flexibility, permitting set-up and fixture changes to be made in seconds, optimizing throughput and reducing operating costs. Both are part of Modern Industries' integrated mPower line of products designed to create a significant competitive edge through workholding innovation.
The patent pending SpeedLoc quick change fixturing/mounting system consists of two parts, a highly precise locator and a receiver, both made of heat treated, high-strength alloy steel. When locked into place by its cap screw locking device, SpeedLoc can create a maximum hold-down force in excess of 45,000 lbs. Installation or disassembly of the locator and receiver can typically be done in a minute and half or less. It offers workholding accuracy within +/-0.0004" and a unique self-extracting mechanism that eliminates the need for prying, pounding or using jack screws to separate fixture and base plates. This also enables it to be easily removed from counterbored installations.
The quick disassembly feature eliminates binding problems, which can compromise alignment accuracy, damage fixturing and increase downtime due to lengthy change-outs. A compact, flush mount design option is available which allows the locator head to lie flush with the fixture plate surface. SpeedLoc is suitable for use with horizontal and vertical machining centers, CNC turning machines, forming and welding equipment, transfer lines, assembly equipment, plastic molding machines … in short, for nearly any application where fast and precise locating and fastening are required.
The patented ModLoc series of modular tooling columns combine advanced structural engineering with strength to produce a unique tooling column system that offers exceptional speed of assembly with strength, rigidity, precision, reduced weight, and an open architecture that easily accommodates hydraulic and electrical systems. When employed in conjunction with the SpeedLoc system, ModLoc modular tooling columns can cut fixture plate setup time to under one minute. The relatively light weight of these modular tombstones enables HMC machine tables to operate at optimum efficiency with reduced machine wear and tear. The ModLoc tooling columns are available in a wide range of configurations to permit the broadest range of machining center applications.
Related Glossary Terms
Cone-shaped pins that support a workpiece by one or two ends during machining. The centers fit into holes drilled in the workpiece ends. Centers that turn with the workpiece are called “live” centers; those that do not are called “dead” centers.
- 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.
Device, often made in-house, that holds a specific workpiece. See jig; modular fixturing.
- machining center
CNC machine tool capable of drilling, reaming, tapping, milling and boring. Normally comes with an automatic toolchanger. See automatic toolchanger.
- modular tooling
1. Tooling system comprised of standardized tools and toolholders. 2. Devices that allow rapid mounting and replacement of tools. Commonly used with carousel toolchangers and other computerized machining operations. See toolchanger; toolholder.
Workpiece is held in a chuck, mounted on a face plate or secured between centers and rotated while a cutting tool, normally a single-point tool, is fed into it along its periphery or across its end or face. Takes the form of straight turning (cutting along the periphery of the workpiece); taper turning (creating a taper); step turning (turning different-size diameters on the same work); chamfering (beveling an edge or shoulder); facing (cutting on an end); turning threads (usually external but can be internal); roughing (high-volume metal removal); and finishing (final light cuts). Performed on lathes, turning centers, chucking machines, automatic screw machines and similar machines.