The importance of stability across the metalworking industry cannot be overstated—it impacts everything from profitability to employee safety. BIG KAISER has developed the UNILOCK stabilizer system. This modular system provides lateral support for tall parts during machining, welding or assembly processes and allows for the transfer of loads down to the table or base.
If there’s a need to back off feeds and speeds to achieve finishes, there’s a good chance a part is not completely stable. One option to increase stability is to add an extra point of contact by using a temporary locating feature or weld tabs and brackets. However, BIG KAISER’s zero-point, UNILOCK stabilizer system can easily adjust to any new part, making machining more efficient and cost-effective.
In place of modifying parts by moving them from machine to machine—introducing the chance for error—this stabilizer system can easily adjust to each new part. The system attaches to the worktable and the side of the workpiece to provide lateral support. This is important because as the workpiece gets taller and further away from the table, there are cutting forces pushing against it and the stabilizer helps to offset them.
The UNILOK stabilizer system also makes sense for more mobile parts of odd shapes and sizes. No matter the part, they are easy to adjust within one job, or in the case that jobs are changing in and out rapidly. What’s more, integrating it into existing setups is quick. The system stacks easily and uses a wide variety of gripping forms.
Related Glossary Terms
Any manufacturing process in which metal is processed or machined such that the workpiece is given a new shape. Broadly defined, the term includes processes such as design and layout, heat-treating, material handling and inspection.