Suite of Automotive Industry Workholding Solutions

April 03, 2018
Suite of Automotive Industry Workholding Solutions

Kitagawa NorthTech Inc. announces its suite of automotive industry workholding solutions, which bundles together advanced and custom engineered workholding products for automotive industry machining applications. The advanced workholding series are Kitagawa NorthTech advanced chucks and custom fixtures that have been engineered, modified and/or customized to solve part specific machining for a myriad of automotive industry applications, including camshafts, valves, cylinder pumps and heads, differential cases, brackets, clutches, covers, holders, gears, hubs, pinions, pulleys, rotors, rollers, pistons, and chassis components.

The suite of automotive industry advanced and engineered chucks and workholding for automotive applications includes:

DL200 – Dual locking chuck with increased gripping options and easy jaw forming ideal for high volume automotive machining applications.

PWc and PWTc – 2 or 3 Jaw Power wing chucks with powerful gripping for irregular work pieces and tapered parts. Provides secure gripping for casting and forging applications.

PU Type Pull Lock Chucks (PU, PUB and PUE) – Draw down chucks for high precision processing available with open center types. High radial gripping forces and strong pullback action allows for stable cutting under heavy load conditions.

FG Finger Chucks – for high speed turning of 3 jaw wheel chucks for automotive and motorcycle aluminum wheels and 6 jaw chucks for OTR trucking applications.

Collet Chucks – Short series collet chucks, long series collet chucks, quick change collets chucks and pull back collet chucks.

Custom Fixtures – Weldment or casted base custom fixtures for a variety of horizontal and vertical machining applications.

In situations where a standard and advanced chuck or fixture does not meet the rigid process requirements of a unique part-specific automotive machining application, a fully customized, engineered workholding system may be required. Kitagawa NorthTech’s Productivity Team is utilized to help analyze, design, manufacture and test a fully engineered and custom workholding solution for customers. The Productivity Team has the expertise at designing, engineering and manufacturing an extensive range of workholding and tooling for automotive turning and prismatic applications. Kitagawa NorthTech also leverages its in-house manufacturing, engineering, testing and production group to provide a turnkey, integrated solution.

Related Glossary Terms

  • chuck


    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.

  • collet


    Flexible-sided device that secures a tool or workpiece. Similar in function to a chuck, but can accommodate only a narrow size range. Typically provides greater gripping force and precision than a chuck. See chuck.

  • fixture


    Device, often made in-house, that holds a specific workpiece. See jig; modular fixturing.

  • turning


    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.