Workholding

Industry News for Workholding

While the latest data on cutting tool orders shows a decline, orders appear to have “found a bottom” and tool suppliers look to the future with the release of a multitude of new tooling, workholding, machine tools and accessories into the marketplace.
A Russian battery maker was looking to automate its manufacturing process and turned to Wenaroll in Solingen, Germany, experts in burnishing technology, to develop a turnkey production system.
Finally, a unique take on the traditional V-Block which allows you to complete a wider range of projects than ever before. Introducing the Uni-Vee, a useful solution to some common and tedious workpiece fixturing difficulties.
Metal working facilities constantly strive to reduce machining times, and saving a  minute or two here or there can really add up. According to John Zaya, workholding product manager for Big Kaiser, time savings can be achieved using flexible workholding systems. This is especially true for companies that have a high part mix, low volume, and when parts might be tall, large, or oddly shaped.
BIG KAISER Precision Tooling Inc. held its Breakfast & Learn 2018 open house May 8-10 at its headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Each day include a technical presentation. On the third day, John Zaya, workholding product manager for BIG KAISER, covered multiple-axis, quick-change workholding systems.
Top jaws should be designed to hold the workpiece as close to the chuck face as possible. Excessive jaw height reduces the effective gripping force available and is detrimental to accuracy.
Premier Industries’ pressure regulators are subjected to tough duty in the oil & gas, aerospace and welding industries, but their precision performance is also critical, as regulator outlet pressure determines downstream pressure. A HORN modular toolholding system allow the company to reduce cycle times by 65 percent and cost per part by 79 percent—with better finish, flatness and tool life.
Time-tested workholding allows a parts manufacturer to target other areas for improvement, if needed. Husky Corp., for example, needed space-saving hydraulic components when refixturing a dial machine with limited space for fixtures and conducted an extensive search 30 years ago for a solution, said Darrell Vilmer, senior manufacturing engineer – machine/fixture designer for Husky.
Riten Industries offers a free 30-day, risk-free trial program to metal workers who are undecided about committing to this different type of workholding tool. Face driving can completely turn or grind a workpiece in a single cycle, without stopping to flip and rechuck the part, reducing cycle time and increasing productivity.
LMC Workholding, which opened for business as the Logansport Machine Company, Logansport, Ind., in 1916, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year by highlighting the company's continuing expansion. "We’ve been the name to know in workholding since 1916, and we’re expanding and growing to continue to meet the demand of our customers and the industry," said LMC Workholding President and CEO Jay Duerr in a recent company news release. "We’re proud to have made it to 100 years in business and we’re looking forward to serving our customers for many more years."       

CARVEsmart, a division of Bellatex Industries and maker of the original quick-change vise jaw system featuring dovetailed jaw technology, announced a deal giving the Orange Vise Co. an exclusive opportunity to offer CARVEsmart patented features in the Orange Vise Integrated Jaw System (IJS). With CARVEsmart dovetail and clamp features machined directly into the Orange IJS vise, there is no need for master jaws, which is said to save 1.5" of opening, according to a CARVEsmart news release issued Feb. 2.
Speedgrip Chuck Inc., an Elkhart, Ind.-based designer and manufacturer of highly engineered workholding mechanisms, has been sold to an affiliate of Stratford-Cambridge Group, a private investment firm headquartered in Plymouth, Mich. Speedgrip announced the transaction in a news release issued Dec. 16.
The Eriez 5-Star Service Center, located at the separation technologies provider's plant in Erie, Pa., offers equipment service and repair, inspection/preventive maintenance and rebuilds as well as a certification and exchange program for lift magnets.  
Machine vises from San Diego manufacturer 5th Axis Workholding will be featured on the popular Science Channel USA show, "How It's Made," on Nov. 21, 2014 at 9 p.m. (Eastern time). The program explores how many of the everyday objects or products we seldom stop to think about are made. 
Mitee-Bite Products LLC., Center Ossipee, N.H., has expanded its customer service program. The company continues to assist customers with no-cost clamping recommendations and on-site visits through its national sales team, and now also offers workholding design services, from simple conceptual CAD drawings at no cost to top-level CAD designs ready to import into CAM software, which are part of the company's fee-based services. Mitee-Bite engineers work with customers to develop and build turnkey workholding designs at the company's Center Ossipee location.
U.S. Shop Tools, Anaheim, Calif., has released its 2014/15 Express catalog. The 178-page catalog contains information and pricing on the company's most popular offerings, including chuck jaws, lathe chucks, lathe toolholder bushings, collet pads, live centers, internal lathe workholding, ER, TG, DA & AF collets, retention knobs, vise jaws, milling toolholders and indexable drills.
Komet of America, a Schaumburg, Ill.-based manufacturer of bore machining, reaming and threading tools, and Schunk Inc., a Morrisville, N.C., provider of clamping technology and gripping systems, held a joint distributor event on April 9, 2014, at Komet of America's Schaumburg facility. The 5-hour event consisted of morning product presentations and three afternoon demos in the machining center on the production floor featuring Schunk workholding and toolholding with Komet cutting tools.
German clamping and gripping specialist SCHUNK has partnered with goalkeeper Jens Lehmann as the company's new brand ambassador. Managing Partner Henrik A. Schunk, an enthusiastic soccer fan, personally picked the athlete, citing "dynamics, precision, reliability and continuous top performance in the team." As a brand ambassador, Lehmann is able to communicate SCHUNK's credibly due to his proven competence in both soccer and society.
Jergens Inc., Cleveland, has been named the preferred Workholding solutions supplier for Penske Racing. Working with Penske Racing personnel, Jergens Workholding Solutions brings quick-change fixturing to the racing team's machine shop operations.

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Videos on Workholding

This Vektek Inc. video shows how manufacturing is a relay race like no other during the tool loading and unloading.
Mate Precision Technologies Region Sales Manager Dean Everson covers the company's new workholding line of products during Cutting Tool Engineering's EASTEC 2021 booth visit.
Mitee-Bite Products introduces the Pitbull® Wear Plate. This shim provides a hard barrier between Pitbull® Clamp and fixture, preventing distortion of back wall when using aluminum or mild steel fixtures.
Confirming that your parts are properly supported and ready for clamping has never been easier and more reliable. Be confident your part is safe and secure every time with Vektek’s latest Part Present Sensing Work Support. To learn more, please enjoy this short instructional video.
Every minute that a CNC machine sits idle while being tooled up for the next job costs money. Bluco Corp.’s modular fixturing solutions get machines back up and running in less than half the time it takes to manually set up a job.
ARCH Cutting Tools continues to focus on their commitment to deliver an exceptional customer experience. Backed by a talented line up of experienced engineers to assist you in creating personalized custom tool solutions and fueled with an ever increasing standard, stocked high performance offering of cutting tools and holders.
Bob Warfield of The CNCCookbook addresses an old saying in the machine shop world that suggests real money is made from having great fixturing. Is that really true? Does every job benefit from fancy fixturing? As good as it often is, great fixturing may not always be the right answer.
Alpha Workholding Solutions LLC provides a brief demonstration of its electro-permanent magnetic workholders.
In the 18th episode of Cutting Tool Engineering's CNC Chef video series, Bob Warfield of the CNCCookbook delves into setup time savings and other benefits of using fixture plates.
Ray Tejeda, who owns Dream Tools Inc., talks about the motivation behind his patent-pending Dream Chuck Stop in the third episode of Cutting Tool Engineering's Shop Ingenuity video series. Tejeda demonstrates how his chuck stop provides clearance for cutting tools to machine through a part.
ATS Systems features its Accu-Rock AR 250 model rotary table in this 2-minute video report produced by the Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., company. The video includes an overview of the rotary table and a testimonial from TMX Engineering in Santa Ana, Calif.
Modern Industries demonstrates mPower SpeedLoc workholding system at IMTS 2014.
Zoller unveils 3D Check, Titan and cost per click calculator at IMTS 2014.
Get faster, more accurate set ups with Carr Lane's CL5 Quick-Change 5-Axis Workholding solution, which consists of three components: a subplate, a riser and top tooling made up of a vise or a fixture plate. The combination allows flexible and easy clamping, and 5-side part access.
OML's SinterGrip vise jaws demonstration.
Mike Ramsey, vice president of Global MTI Sales at Kennametal Inc., provides an overview of the company's new KM4X spindle connection system, which is said to triple the bending resistance compared to other systems.
Even with a rigid setup, the high cutting forces from driving chips into the T-land face generate small vibrations, which can be seen with Federal-Mogul Corp.'s high-speed video system.
Dr. Joseph A. Profeta III of Aerotech Inc. presents a Fast Track Seminar at the Cutting Tool Engineering booth during IMTS 2010. The video covers "Advanced Control Techniques for Minimizing Motion Errors and Nanomotion Technology." For more from Cutting Tool Engineering, visit http://www.ctemag.com.
Gerard Vacio and Hilary Schnirring, both of BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc., discuss possible strategies for reducing setup time in this Fast Track Seminar, which was presented and filmed at the Cutting Tool Engineering and MICROmanufacturing booth during IMTS 2010.

Products for Workholding

The actuator heads can be easily fastened, replaced or turned in 90o steps with four captive screws. The switching inserts can be removed after opening the screw-free cover – simplifying installation. With these features, steute aims to make its ES/EM 97 series universally applicable throughout the automation industry. Accordingly, it has a wide range of actuators (various fulcrum levers, roller levers, spring rods...) and dimensions to EN 50047, the prevalent standard for automation technology.
The compact Kurt RV24 Gripper comes standard with integrated electronics featuring sensors that ensure fingers and parts are in place and ready for production. High-strength aluminum alloy keeps gripper weight to a minimum while a hard-coat finish reduces wear and increases life in the field. New gripper size allows for smaller part handling, lighter minimum clamping force and easier storage where space is a premium. The RV24 is designed to work with a range of robotic applications and can perform well on cobots or smaller robots.
The design makes them the ideal solution for machining simple to complicated jobs.  In addition, their unique round design allows for five-sided access to workpieces. The vises occupy less space and reduce the amount of vise interference.
The online store is divided into three categories, helping quickly guide visitors to their area of interest.  The store features Tooling Tech’s full catalog of Segen quick-change cylinder locks, knobs and fasteners suited for clamping and work holding in a variety of industries and applications as well as the full thermoforming and blow molding catalogs. 
The SPN zero-point clamping system features a repeatability of 0.005 mm due to its sophisticated design. Thanks to its very high clamping forces and consistent use of tempered stainless steel, the system provides a high-precision, torsion-resistant base that also stabilises parts that have a tendency to vibrate. Zimmer’s zero-point clamping system is able to absorb maximum forces with maximum repeatability.
When it comes to flawlessly clamping and positioning workpieces, the flexible, adjustable and enclosed 82L-3E Series Power Clamps are the perfect choice for users. Specifically, the 82L-3E’s opening angle can be quickly adjusted with just one tool, which helps guarantee maximum flexibility of use.
The pneumatic clamps of the GN 860 series now have hardened, ground bearing bushings and tempered bearing pins for significantly reduced wear. No meaningful alterations were observed in testing for over 250,000 cycles. Structural reinforcement of the sheet steel housing reduces wear-inducing vibrations during operation, which makes a difference even under lower loads. And, finally, the new one-way restrictor in the cylinder enables smoother travel to extend the lifespan of the piston.
The user-friendly new models allow for fast handling and enable their users to build up applications more efficiently with little interference contour. The 503-MLBR and 533-LBR clamps are fully interchangeable with models having the same specifications, other models are available upon request.
The front-mount option is available for inclusion on a total of four manual clamps that can be used with both vertical and horizontal handle action. The two vertical operating models – 2002-UF and 2007-UF – provide enlarged space for manual operations and increased safety. The horizontal versions – models 225-UF and 235-UF – have a flat design that creates space for larger hand clearance, which improves operational safety.
Receiving the most extensive quality enhancements is the Model 802-U Manual Clamp. The updates include an upgraded air cylinder that ensures the clamp’s exerting force is less than the maximum holding capacity when operated at normal pressure, which extends service life; new composite bearings on the trunnion mount and cylinder pivot point that eliminate metal-to-metal contact while requiring no lubrication; and a redesigned clevis bolt, along with increased rivet and pre-stop diameters that increase longevity.
The economical, easy to use WPS Mini features manual Zero Point clamping that attaches directly to the workpiece, provides maximum holding force of 25 kN and highest repeatability of <0.005 mm. Single quick actuation provides rapid open and closing of the module with only a 270° rotation.
Pin Vises have a small footprint, allowing room for more parts on a table resulting in increased throughput.  Pin Vises are also lightweight making them ideal for automated applications where weight is a consideration. 
The pneumatically operated clamping force block SCHUNK TANDEM PGS3-LH 100 can be directly mounted on machine tables, dividing heads or VERO-S NSL 150 clamping stations of machining centers via an integrated flange. Its extremely compact design and square shape ensures optimum accessibility and enables a considerable stroke of 6 mm per jaw. With a clamping force of 4,500 N and a repeat accuracy of 0.02 mm, the low-maintenance SCHUNK TANDEM PGS3 is particularly suitable for basic applications in aluminum and plastics machining.
The SCHUNK ROTA-M flex 2+2 clamping is done in a self-locking manner, and the clamping condition is signaled via indicating pins. The standard chuck sizes 260 to 1200 achieve jaw strokes from 9.5 mm to 17.8 mm and high clamping forces from 100 kN to 180 kN. As of size 800, users benefit from the weight-reduced design. The chuck face is equipped with grooves, and fixed stops allow the chuck to also be used as a vise. Moreover, the large sizes are designed for use on vertical lathes.
The quarter-turn knobs allow for quick locking and unlocking without the use of tools. The ON/OFF markings and perceptible "click" indicate the locked and unlocked states. Red indicator band is visible when fastener is in the OFF (unclamped) position.
Compact in size and completely modular, this versatile and simple clamping system allows easy height adjustment by stacking the modules. The pins or screws can be easily attached to the underside of a plate or a workpiece for a standardized locating.
DX8, DX6 and DX4 vises were designed using Finite Element Analysis—providing 30% less horizontal push-back deflection than previous DX models. Less vise-body deflection translates to more stability and a lifetime of dimensional precision—setting a new standard in precision flatness, parallelism and repeatability. The DX8 CrossOver® vise features the same bed height and keyway to the stationary jaw face as the D810. The DX8 also features a redesigned nut with less weight, a new brush seal design, and a larger stronger bearing pack for more durability.
The system was imagined for customers in industries such as agriculture, mining, locomotive, oil & gas or defense who routinely deal with large parts. Before today, the only way to take advantage of modular fixturing’s versatility, accuracy and productivitywas to use a larger number of smaller components.
Two of the three new vises are engineered to use with Jergens Quick-Loc™ pallet system and include industry standard patterns 52mm and 96mm. With a single drive screw, Quick-Loc™ provides fast and repeatable fixture changes for small tooling platforms. A square aluminum adapter base provides the connection to either of the two patterns. The third vise features a Quick Locating System (QLS) mount, for column-mounting possibilities, and a corresponding round adapter base for this type of workholding.
The Adaptix Soft Jaw uses adjustable fingers and interchangeable tips to grip a wide variety of parts or workpieces during the computer numerical control (CNC) machining process. It was specially engineered to be a one-size-fits-all alternative to standard, single-application aluminum soft jaws.
The Mate 52/96 workholding system includes QuickSpecs, Mate’s unique product identification system, allowing real-time access to critical user data, CAD models, and potential integration into business systems. Additionally, the product supports common robotic interfaces and palletizing systems to support factory automation. 
Four types of clamps are available with the locking mechanism including Vertical Handle, Horizontal Handle, Pull (Latch) Style and Push (Straight Line) Style toggle clamps. The added feature ensures that the toggle clamp will remain in the closed / hold down position for maximum security in workholding applications. Additionally, it also ensures that the clamps remain in the unclamped / open position to facilitate part change and operator convenience.
GN 415 is available in three sizes between 0.87 and 1.54 inches (22 and 39 millimeters) wide, each with two spring strengths. The two available slide types and the wedge-shaped or cylindrical, rounded thrust pad not only hold parts with side pressure but also exert an additional downward force. All thrust pads can be rotated around their long axis in 90-degree steps to optimally adjust to the part geometry – this is as simple as loosening the central slide screw. The thrust pads are also available in a POM plastic version as well as in stainless steel with smooth or textured pressure pad for better grip. The latter type is produced by injection molding of metal and is therefore subject to only minimal measurement tolerances.
The KONTEC KSC mini is the vise of choice for flexible use in efficient blank and finish part machining. Conversion on a larger clamping range is even possible without requiring additional accessories. Different jaw widths of 45 and 70 mm can be used on the same basic vise, allowing optimal adjustment to different clamping tasks.
The KONTEC KSC mini is the vise of choice for flexible use in efficient blank and finish part machining. Conversion on a larger clamping range is even possible without requiring additional accessories. Different jaw widths of 45 and 70 mm can be used on the same basic vise, allowing optimal adjustment to different clamping tasks.
The ZeroClamp Zerolox  Zero Point Automation console is the only Zero Point product like it on the market today. It is superior both in repeatability and clamping force to single Zero Point workholding units having only 1 clamping stud with an orientation pin or slot. In addition to manual mechanical plate Zero Point clamping systems using 4 V-notched studs on a 52/96 mm spacing which requires clearance in multiple geometric planes.
Glass fibers as light as feathers; the smallest SMD components or micro-mechanical parts; sensitive battery components; plastic films; paper and glass - all can be handled by the ADHESO gripper. Gripping of automotive or mechanical engineering components of a weight of 33 pounds and more is also possible. Automated separation of breathable components is also feasible. With the ADHESO gripper, solutions can be tailored to each customer’s individual needs, creating opportunities that are as diverse as the applications themselves.
Jergens’ 130mm hydraulic vise offers users the ability to position the jaws just outside of the dimension of the workpiece to minimize travel when clamping. This, in combination with the speed of hydraulic workholding, reduces clamping and unclamping operations to about one second. The ease of use of these double-acting vises allows users to repeat these time-saving operations, adding up to measurable machine uptime and productivity increases, especially for high mix, low volume manufacturers.
T Slot, magnetic (including a tall version) and Snap-in Parallels assist in the positioning of a workpiece on the RM rail, avoiding contact with the serrations through a raised datum surface. Choose from T-nut, magnetic mount or snap-in for even faster installation. Mechanical and magnetic Side Guides also assist in positioning the workpiece on the Multi-Rail. They are mounted either to the tapped holes in the side of the rail or via the strong magnet for a wide range adjustment and the ability to move rapidly from one location to another. Users can adjust each side guide for a specific product while keeping the guide ready for the next production batch.
The first set of additions includes a choice of six different pneumatic subplates, each featuring pre-installed low pressure pneumatic clamping modules. The second set of additions is comprised of aluminum or steel fixture plates with pre-installed pull-studs.
The family of vises is ideal for applications requiring multiple vises to be mounted parallel to each other. Versatile, the vises can be mounted on their base or bottom or vertically positioned on their end. The vises are equipped with Palmgren’s Dual Force so as to deliver workholding efficiencies by providing the strength and rigidity to hold parts securely and accurately.
Round smooth, round serrated, hex smooth, and square smooth sizes are available for W&S (all sizes), S-style (all sizes), Gisholt, Jones & Lamson, and Martin collet pad types, allowing more varied geometries can be securely gripped.  The ability to quickly change between sizes allows shops to expand their machining capabilities, increase their machine cycles by up to 30%, and maximize production.  Emergency collet pads that machine like top jaws are stocked for custom workpiece applications. 
The mini version has all the proven centroteX technology, however with an additional advantage: Actuation takes place with just one screw; thus, you save even more set-up time, and this system was designed to enable a robot to quickly change the clamping device. With lesser tightening torque than is required with the large variant, the centroteX M, the centroteX S can be assembled more quickly and this is executed with the highest repeatability and at the same time it also offers more ergonomic operation.
Available in 1018 steel, stainless, 6061 aluminum, or specified alloy materials, in standard or custom blanks.  Soft jaws or hardened (heat treated) jaws in HD or HDL vises.  Made in the USA in ISO 9001:2015 facilities, with industry leading lead-times.  Dillon Vise Jaws are available with industry standard hole patterns that fit most manufactured vises including Chick, Kurt, TE-Co, Toolex, and Palmgren. 
The coupling bolts shared a lot of engineering characteristics of their High Torque retention knobs for V-Flange tooling. Given that JMPP currently manufactures and stocks over 400 different styles of retention knobs, the ‘coupling bolt challenge’ was a good fit and melded with their production processes nicely.
A key benefit of this vise is the simple solution it provides for integrating automated machine tending into your machine shop. Air Vise offers an electric kit that allows a cobot/robot the ability to open and close the vise by controlling the air flow. By controlling the vise the robot can place intricate and uniquely shaped parts at ease. The table vise is equipped with quick change jaws that allow jobs to be switched in a breeze. A job can be switched over in a matter of minutes by simply selecting the new jaws and mill program.
The Mate 52/96 workholding system includes QuickSpecs™, Mate’s unique product identification system. QuickSpecs allows real-time access to critical user data, CAD models and potential integration into business systems. Additionally, the product supports common robotic interfaces and palletizing systems to support factory automation.
Loaded with features, the compact Kurt RV36 Gripper comes standard with integrated electronics featuring sensors that ensure fingers and parts are in place and ready for production. High-strength aluminum alloy keeps gripper weight to a minimum while a hard-coat finish reduces wear and increases life in the field. Smaller gripper size allows easier storage where space is a premium.
Robots insert workpieces into a milling machine, dispense chocolate bars from vending machines and place crates on pallets, which are then stacked. But how can they move vertically, horizontally or overhead in a flexible manner? The answer is a 7th axis. Specifically, for linear adjustment, igus has developed a lubrication-free, lightweight flat axis with a stroke of up to 6m and a positioning accuracy of 0.5mm with the help of its drylin linear construction kit. 
Kurt’s PF 420, PF 440 and PF 460 vises come with standard 4-inch jaw width and jaw openings ranging from 2.625” to 6.625” making them the perfect vise for any customer’s workholding applications. PF-series vises replace the previous Kurt HP models and feature the patented AngLock® design to minimize jaw lift and deflection. The proven AngLock® design naturally pushes the vise jaws down and forward allowing much greater surface contact on parts—maximizing holding strength with less clamp force.
The 2-jaw module can handle turning applications up to 1,500 RPM. Due to its compact profile, it is the perfect alternative to large and heavy centric vises. The 2-jaw and 3-jaw module use the HAINBUCH collet chuck as their base. Change-over is possible without removing the collet chuck and realignment thanks to HAINBUCH’s Centrex quick-change interface.
The austenitic AISI 316L (A4) stainless steel receives its high resistance to chlorides and acids primarily from the chromium, nickel, and molybdenum constituents. This predestines the AISI 316L (A4) standard parts from Winco for use on ships and other offshore sites, in swimming pools with chlorinated or mineral-rich waters and, anywhere else that requires such thorough cleaning.
The Kurt pyramid workholding bundles facilitate clamping of three individual components in one fixture and completed in a single setup. The Kurt 45-degree design mounting surface is positioned so each vise provides maximum access to all machined surfaces and allows for enhanced spindle and cutting tool clearance.
The Kurt pyramid workholding bundles facilitate clamping of three individual components in one fixture and completed in a single setup. The Kurt 45-degree design mounting surface is positioned so each vise provides maximum access to all machined surfaces and allows for enhanced spindle and cutting tool clearance.
Last year the Hoffmann Group presented the Garant Xtric centering vice with clamping jaw quick-change system in line with the “Click&Clamp” principle. From April 2020, the small powerhouse, which acts directly on the component with up to 25 kN clamping force and hardly creates any jaw and component lift-off, will also be available with a center jaw.
SCHUNK has developed a completely sealed miniature clamping module specifically for compact applications in the metalcutting industry, assembly and handling, as well as for measurement technology. It combines compact dimensions, high pull-down and holding forces, a high dimensional stability and a high repeat accuracy of < 0.005 mm.
Mitee-Bite Products completed the design and development of a new style concentric outside diameter (OD) clamping tool. Repeats within tenths, compact for high-density application and tough enough to limit yourself to tooling capabilities.
Mitee-Bite Products completed the design and development of a new style concentric outside diameter (OD) clamping tool. Repeats within tenths, compact for high-density application and tough enough to limit yourself to tooling capabilities.
Designed differently than conventional-style vises, Palmgren’s combination anvil and bench vise features a horn, step, a hardened face and hardy hole. It comes with replaceable serrated jaws, pipe jaws and a precision machined slide bar.
SCHUNK Electronic Solutions has developed Magnoplate – a universal workpiece holder for depaneling machines that places magnetic carrier pins with a milling head on a support plate. This results in lightning fast brackets for new assembly groups.
SMW Autoblok introduces the WPS/APS workpiece positioning system featuring manual zero point clamping system used in a variety of machining applications, including turning, milling, inspection and finishing.
Machine shops looking to utilize tombstone workholding fixtures on their horizontal machining centers should know about the economical and convenient way of setting-up their machine using Kurt VersatileLock vises mounted back-to-back. The VersatileLock tombstone setup can be used on a wide range of existing HMCs, particularly smaller ones with work envelope size and weight limitations. The VersatileLock back-to-back tombstone can be 200 to 300 lbs. lighter (depending on model size) than a tombstone with clamps or vises.
Carmex Precision Tools’ CIM system provides high precision, accuracy and repeatability through an internal tool indexing mechanism that locates the tool in the correct orientation. The collet holds the tool securely for high stability, and tool change does not require removal of the holder.
Mitee-Bite Products introduces the TalonGrip long-length serrated grip. The new grips were produced as a “drop fit” into the original 6" TalonGrip jaw set and provide line contact the full length of a workpiece. The standard TalonGrip grips are popular due to being compact (0.750” or 19 mm) long and designed to be placed anywhere in jaw whenever specific tooling clearance is required.
Carr Lane Manufacturing Co.'s pivoting edge clamp is well suited for holding large castings and other tall workpieces, and converts easily from manual to hydraulic operation, making it versatile and flexible. The pivoting jaw exerts clamping force forward and downward at the same time.
Blue Photon Technology & Workholding Systems LLC’s workholding products are a manufacturer’s solution to hold parts for tight-tolerance machining and inspection. Complex-shaped, hard-to-hold parts and delicate materials like ceramic and laminated composites are well suited to the technology, which supplies up to 605 lbs. of tensile holding power per patented gripper.
In response to high demand, Schunk has increased its product line of power-amplified 5-axis vises, which are now equipped with an adjustable center. The maintenance-free Schunk Kontec KSX-C is now available in four base body lengths (330 mm, 430 mm, 500 mm and 630 mm) and two heights (174 mm and 125 mm).
JW Winco is expanding its mounting clamps selection with new elements that will ensure simpler, more optimal and more flexible clamping of system-specific components.
The Schunk EGB with IO-link is a compact mechatronic 24 V gripper for small components that allows flexible processes during fast-paced pick & place. It is based on the tried-and-tested Schunk EGP, and scores with a high speed and high gripping force.
Jergens Inc. announces fixture plate machining kits and new receiver bushing plugs for its popular line of Ball Lock quick-change mounting systems. The machining kits consist of one fixture plate, four extra-long Ball Lock shanks and four spacers that provide clearance between the fixture plate and subplate below. This open space allows cutting tools to "break through" the fixture plate without damaging the subplate, making it possible to machine fixture plates while mounted to the same subplates they will be used with during production.
Hoffmann Group USA announces the new centering vise called the GARANT Xtric. The vice is equipped with a new chuck jaw quick-change system, which enables easy, tool-free changeover. A click mechanism gives the vise an interchange accuracy in the micrometer range. Top jaws, which can be rotated by 180 degrees, allow for a large clamping range and high variability when fixing components. And clamping using multiple GARANT Xtrics is not a problem, the center can be adjusted precisely to achieve top precision.
The new Kurt Pyramid workholding platform is designed to attach three Kurt vises for 5-axis machining multiple parts in one load. The 45-degree vise mounting surface is positioned so each vise provides maximum access to all machined surfaces and allows for enhanced spindle and cutting tool clearance.
JW Winco Inc. announced it has expanded its line of GN 113.10 heavy-duty ball lock pins stainless steel, with stainless steel shank AISI 630. The GN 113.10 stainless steel rapid release pins have an extreme load capacity and are used for quick fixing, connecting and locking of various parts and workpieces.
The uniquely shaped combination bench and pipe vises from Palmgren feature a straight line pull design and super strong power tunnel to assure that the spindle and nut never wear out. As a result, this design delivers increased clamping power and reduced drag enabling the vise to easily open and close.
Dillon full grip jaws, machined from 6061 extruded aluminum for increased strength, are now available up to 28-inches in diameter. Machining from bar stock eliminates the porosity inherent with large-diameter aluminum castings, providing a stronger and more reliable workholding product.
The Heavy Duty T-Slot Clamps are capable of generating over 20,000 pounds of pressure. This design utilizes some of the strongest, lowest-profile clamps in the industry, including the Pitbull and OK-Vise Clamps.
The Power Bar from Mitee-Bite Products LLC is a modular platform designed to elevate your capabilities with some of the strongest clamps on the market. Utilizing any of the DK model OK-Vise wedge clamps or the largest Mitee-Bite Pitbull clamps, you have the options to elevate your workpiece for mill- and drill-through operations or forcing your parts onto the machine table.
The X-Plate system from Mitee-Bite Products LLC is an extremely versatile modular fixturing platform for 3-, 4- and 5-axis applications, providing many mounting options including a precision quick-change system when clamped in a vise or T-slot table.
When an equipment manufacturer wanted to automate part clamping for a high-volume casting to be machined in a robot attended machining cell they turned to Kurt Workholding custom engineers for support. After reviewing the initial machining cell and part requirements, Kurt engineers drew upon past workholding experience and designs along with some new developing ideas in air powering workholding systems.
WDS Component Parts Ltd. has expanded its offering of toggle clamps, adding new sizes at both the small and large end of the range, plus filling in some intermediate gaps and introducing new design variants.
WDS Component Parts Ltd. has expanded its offering of toggle clamps, adding new sizes at both the small and large end of the range, plus filling in some intermediate gaps and introducing new design variants.
The Kurt newly designed rotary table workholding system is designed using the Kurt DX6 CrossOver hydraulic vise with a trunnion mounted onto a 4-axis rotary table. The system uses double-acting hydraulics, which is desirable for automated part loading and unloading via a robotic system. Additionally, the system can be used for manual part loading and unloading.
JW Winco Inc. offers WN 100.1 T-handle inch size rapid release pins with stainless steel Sshank.
WDS Component Parts Ltd. has expanded its range of detent pins by developing a range of knobs that aid handling, particularly in adverse conditions. Detent pins are one of the quickest and easiest ways to position and secure parts and basically consist of a shaft with a spring-loaded ball bearing at the leading end, which acts to hold the pin in position once it is in use. A sharp tug on the pin will release it when required.
Jergens Inc. announces three key additions to the company’s range of OK Vise compact, low-profile edge clamps. Among them are Multi-Rail (MR), Knife Grip and hydraulic kits.
Wilton has introduced a new version of its iconic Tradesman bench vise, which features a fully sealed, one-piece spindle nut assembly; redesigned spindle assembly with replaceable Tommy bar; precision machined slide; and machined steel serrated jaw inserts with black phosphate, anticorrosion coating.
The new Wilton Mechanics Pro Vise features an exclusive needle roller thrust bearing design. What sets the design apart is its ability to deliver maximum clamping force with less operator effort. Operator’s engagement is minimized when the clamping force is released.
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.
Renishaw is introducing a ¼ 20 imperial thread size to its existing metrology fixtures product range. Fixturing components are currently available in M4, M6 and M8 thread sizes.
Jergens Inc. announces its Quick Loc (QL) pallet system for fixturing solutions on horizontal, vertical and rotary operations. These low-profile adapters and pallets ensure repeatability of 0.0003″ and provide clamping forces of nearly 14,000 lbs. A single drive screw is used for fast operation.
Jergens Inc. introduces a new range of vises for multiple-axis machining productivity. Available in 75mm and 130mm with a number of mounting options, the self-centering vises feature a low-profile design to allow for a greater part (machining) access.
Collet pad top jaw systems from Dillon Manufacturing allow more aggressive machining to shorten cycle times while providing more consistent repeatability. Full contact of gripping surfaces provides a more stable grip and allows heavier cuts, while metal-to-metal fits ensure accuracy.
Hardinge announces the expansion of its Swiss-style collets and bushings production cell. Over the past several years, CNC Swiss-type lathes, predominant in medical and electronics applications, have become increasingly popular across a variety of other applications.
Phillips Precision’s Products Division announces its newly modified Riser-Grip clamp as part of the Inspection Arsenal LEAN, Quick-Swap inspection fixture system. Not only does Phillips Precision offer the only quick-swap standard fixture systems, but they provide quick, creative fixture design and quick shipping of your orders.
Phillips Precision’s Products Divi. announces its new Sturdy Lever clamp as part of the Inspection Arsenal LEAN, Quick-Swap inspection fixture system. Not only does Phillips Precision offer the only quick-swap standard fixture systems, but the company's provides quick, creative fixture design and quick shipping of orders. Inspection Arsenal tooling will help optimize an inspection process and uncover hidden profits.
New Carr Lane Roemheld DropZero Modular Zero-Point Clamping System enables an end user to completely machine a workpiece in one setup, significantly reducing setup time and fixturing costs. With a few turns of a wrench, DropZero locates, supports and securely clamps the workpiece from underneath, providing full machining access to five sides.
Secure clamping of the workpiece is vital for almost any job, from jewellery making to car engine rebuilding. WDS Component Parts Ltd. offers the full and expanding range of Spencer Franklin Hydraclamps. Hydraclamps are a workbench clamp from WDS.
Destaco is launching its TCC-2E Series Tolerance Compensation Clamps (TCC), which provide greater flexibility in welding and assembly applications that require the clamping of components of differing thicknesses or tighter tolerances.
A new tube clamp that lets users change the length of their nested tubing and provides full linear adjustment and locking without marring has been introduced by Stafford Manufacturing Corp.
Phillips Precision’s Products Division announces its new 3-Legged Spider-Clamp as part of the Inspection Arsenal LEAN, Quick-Swap inspection fixture system. Not only does Phillips Precision offer the only quick-swap standard fixture systems, but they provide quick, creative fixture design and quick shipping of your orders. Inspection Arsenal tooling will help optimize your inspection process and uncover hidden profits.
Phillips Precision’s Products Division announces its new Vision Corner Block as part of the Inspection Arsenal LEAN, Quick-Swap inspection fixture system. Not only does Phillips Precision offer the only quick-swap standard fixture systems, but they provide quick, creative fixture design and quick shipping of orders. Inspection Arsenal tooling will help optimize an inspection process and uncover hidden profits.
Phillips Precision’s Products Division announces its new Spanner-Vise as part of the Inspection Arsenal LEAN, Quick-Swap inspection fixture system. Not only does Phillips Precision offer the only quick-swap standard fixture systems, but they provide quick, creative fixture design and quick shipping of orders. Inspection Arsenal tooling will help optimize an inspection process and uncover hidden profits.
Air Rest Buttons allow using pneumatic position control to detect proper workpiece loading in a machining fixture. Made in USA, these modular units consist of a threaded body installed in a fixture, which holds a precision floating plunger.
JW Winco Inc. announced the introduction of steel and stainless steel locking toggle clamps. The RoHS-compliant GN 820.3 horizontal acting toggle clamps, with a horizontal mounting base and safety hook latch, have a safety function whereby, during closing, a spring-loaded safety hook latch ensures a secure locking connection. This prevents the inadvertent unlocking of the clamp due to vibrations or an accidental attempt of loosening/opening the clamp.
Dillon Fast-Trac Jaw Nuts convert standard chucks into quick-change chucks, reducing jaw change time by 50 percent or more. This proven system allows users to preassemble the next operation jaws while the machine is running a separate job, thus minimizing jaw change time and maximizing productivity and profitability.
The Hoffmann Group has introduced a new module for its GARANT Xpent 5-axis vice to the market. This new center jaw, which can be optionally fitted to the base rail, has now made it possible to clamp two workpieces with just one vice, and to process these in a single operation.
Fixtureworks introduces Vise Force wedge clamps from Paws Workholding to its extensive lineup of manual clamps and workholding solutions. Vise Force wedge clamps provide a fast and flexible workholding solution and are ideal for clamping multiple workpieces.
Fixtureworks introduces Vise Force wedge clamps from Paws Workholding to its extensive lineup of manual clamps and workholding solutions. Vise Force wedge clamps provide a fast and flexible workholding solution and are ideal for clamping multiple workpieces.
WDS Component Parts Ltd. has extended its range of detent pins, including new type of grips so that customers can choose a style on aesthetic or ergonomic grounds. Detent pins are a quick and easy way to locate and secure parts in place. In use they are manually pushed into place to hold the parts and lock themselves into position by way of a pair of spring loaded ball bearings at the leading end. However, the pin can be removed with a sharp tug.
SCHUNK has introduced several improvements on the original PGN-Plus and has announced the newest generation gripper, PGN-Plus-P. Enlarged supporting dimensions between the six load-bearing shoulders of the multiple-tooth guidance allow higher moment capacity, which can accommodated longer fingers and greater loads.

Buyers Guide Companies for Workholding

SCHUNK 919-572-2705 https://www.schunk.com
Crowley Tool Co. 615-824-5594 https://crowleytool.com
Mitee-Bite Products LLC 603-539-4538 http://www.miteebite.com
Mate Precision Technologies 763-421-0230 http://www.mate.com
Wheeler-Rex 440-998-2788 http://www.wheelerrex.com
Gerardi USA 847-515-3234 http://www.gerardiusa.com
Dunham Tool Co. 712-542-1908 http://www.dunhamtool.com
Microtap USA Inc. 248-852-8277 http://www.threadtapping.com
A.G. Davis/AA Gage 586-977-9000 http://www.agdavis-aagage.com
George H. Seltzer & Co. 610-532-2322 http://www.zipbolts.com
Sotech Corp. 262-392-8003 http://sotechcorp.com
Northwestern Tools Inc. 937-298-9994 http://www.northwesterntools.com
Saturn Industries 518-828-9956 http://www.saturnedm.com
Gleason Corp. 585-473-1000 http://www.gleason.com
Blue Photon Technology & Workholding Systems LLC 231-981-8302 http://www.bluephotongrip.com
EROWA Technology Inc. 847-290-0295 http://www.erowa.com
Enerpac 262-293-1600 http://www.enerpac.com
Northfield Precision Instrument Corp. 516-431-1112 http://www.northfield.com
Snap Jaws Mfg. 248-588-1099 http://www.snapjaws.com
Dunham Tool Co. 712-542-1908 http://www.dunhamtool.com
Dapra Corp. 860-242-8539 http://www.dapra.com
Republic Drill/APT Corp. 708-865-7666 http://www.republicdrill.com
Precision Tool Technologies Inc. 218-454-0434 http://www.precisiontooltech.com
Kurt Mfg. Co., Industrial Products Div. 763-574-8309 http://www.kurtworkholding.com
Tru Tech Systems Inc. 586-469-2700 http://www.trutechsystems.com
Masa Tool Inc. 760-732-1422 http://www.masatool.com/
Carr Lane Mfg. Co. 314-647-6200 http://www.carrlane.com
Dillon Chuck Jaws 937-325-8482 http://www.dillonmfg.com
Stace-Allen Chucks Inc. 317-632-2401 http://www.stace-allen.com
Hainbuch America Corp. 414-358-9550 http://www.hainbuchamerica.com
Emuge-Franken NA 508-595-3600 http://www.emuge.com
Arobotech Systems 248-588-9080 http://www.arobotech.com
Jergens Inc. 216-486-5540 http://www.jergensinc.com
Advanced Machine & Engineering 815-979-3380 http://www.ame.com
Jergens Inc. 216-486-5540 http://www.jergensinc.com
Fixtureworks 586-294-1188 http://www.fixtureworks.net
Seneca Falls Machines 315-568-5804 http://www.senecafallsmachines.com
Lenzkes Clamping Tools Inc. 540-381-1533 http://www.lenzkesusa.com
J.F. Berns Co. 513-851-4600 http://www.jfberns.com
Seneca Falls Machines 315-568-5804 http://www.senecafallsmachines.com
SMW-Autoblok Corp. 847-215-0591 http://www.smwautoblok.com
MachiningCloud 805-437-4171, x149 https://www.machiningcloud.com/
Rohm Products of America 770-963-8440 http://www.rohm-products.com
Rohm Products of America 770-963-8440 http://www.rohm-products.com
Stafford Manufacturing Corp. 800-695-5551 http://www.staffordmfg.com
Stace-Allen Chucks Inc. 317-632-2401 http://www.stace-allen.com
Hydra-Lock Corp. 586-783-5007 http://www.hydralock.com
Air Vise & Workholding Inc. 208-918-8473 http://www.airvise.com
Lang Technovation Co. 262-446-9850 http://www.lang-technovation.com
Century Machine Inc. 641-866-6748 http://www.centurymachine.com
TE-CO Mfg. LLC 937-836-0961 http://www.te-co.com
Hydra-Lock Corp. 586-783-5007 http://www.hydralock.com
American Broach & Machine Co. 734-961-0300 http://www.americanbroach.com
Wilton Tools North America 800-274-6848 http://www.wiltontools.com
American Shop Tools LLC 936-828-3933 http://www.americanshoptools.com
Dillon Chuck Jaws 937-325-8482 http://www.dillonmfg.com
Industrial Magnetics Inc. 231-582-3100 http://www.magnetics.com
KoolBlast by Advanced Industries 734-433-1800 http://www.koolblast.com
Positrol Workholding 513-272-0500 http://www.positrol.com/
Master Magnetics Inc. 800-525-3536 http://www.magnetsource.com
TE-CO Mfg. LLC 937-836-0961 http://www.te-co.com
Precision Brand Products Inc. 630-969-7200 http://www.precisionbrand.com
Air Vise & Workholding Inc. 208-918-8473 http://www.airvise.com
Advanced Machine & Engineering 815-979-3380 http://www.ame.com
Hogue Precision Machinery 209-892-5649 http://www.hogueprecision.com
Strong Hand Tools 800-989-5244 http://www.stronghandtools.com
Advanced Machine & Engineering 815-979-3380 http://www.ame.com
Kurt Mfg. Co., Industrial Products Div. 763-574-8309 http://www.kurtworkholding.com
Carr Lane Mfg. Co. 314-647-6200 http://www.carrlane.com
PTS Group 800-236-6020 https://www.pts-tools.com
Pierson Workholding 800-352-2894 http://www.piersonworkholding.com
MB Metal Technologies https://www.mbmetaltech.com
Somma Tool Co. 203-753-2114 http://www.sommatool.com
Fairlane Products 586-294-6100 http://www.fairlaneproducts.com
New England Die Co. Inc. 203-574-5140 http://www.newenglanddie.com
Kurt Mfg. Co., Industrial Products Div. 763-574-8309 http://www.kurtworkholding.com
Kwik Mark Inc. 815-363-8268 http://www.kwikmark.com
Vektek Inc. 800-992-0236 https://www.vektek.com
Speedgrip Chuck Co. 574-294-1506 http://www.speedgrip.com
Carr Lane Roemheld Mfg. Co. 636-386-8022 http://roemheld-usa.com/
Dillon Chuck Jaws 937-325-8482 http://www.dillonmfg.com
Royal Oak Grinders 315-568-5804 http://www.royaloakgrinders.com
Carr Lane Mfg. Co. 314-647-6200 http://www.carrlane.com
BIG DAISHOWA Inc. 224-770-2999 http://bigkaiser.com
QCS Workholding 281-664-1020 http://www.workholding.com
Mitee-Bite Products LLC 603-539-4538 http://www.miteebite.com
Carr Lane Roemheld Mfg. Co. 636-386-8022 http://roemheld-usa.com/
Industrial Magnetics Inc. 231-582-3100 http://www.magnetics.com
Positrol Workholding 513-272-0500 http://www.positrol.com/
Carl Hirschmann Inc. 847-468-9700 http://www.carlhirschmann.us
Palmgren/CH Hanson 630-848-2000 http://www.palmgren.com
Mitee-Bite Products LLC 603-539-4538 http://www.miteebite.com
LMC Workholding 574-735-0225 http://www.lmcworkholding.com
Grizzly Industrial Inc. 570-546-9663 http://www.grizzly.com
Kurt Mfg. Co., Industrial Products Div. 763-574-8309 http://www.kurtworkholding.com
Kennametal Inc. 724-539-5000 http://www.kennametal.com
Lenzkes Clamping Tools Inc. 540-381-1533 http://www.lenzkesusa.com
Carr Lane Mfg. Co. 314-647-6200 http://www.carrlane.com
Fixtureworks 586-294-1188 http://www.fixtureworks.net
Polygon Solutions Inc. 239-628-4800 http://www.polygonsolutions.com