Modern Machine Shop
Mitee-Bite introduces two workholding solutions for fourth- and fifth-axis machining: the Loc-Jaw System and Loc-Down.
The Loc-Jaw system design requires no material preparation. Its rails and gripper towers are serrated for a solid and easily adjustable clamping range of 0.5" to 4.0", the company says. The low-profile grippers hold on 0.100", enabling full access to virtually all work surfaces, including the bottom face. The base is designed to adapt to most machine tables with a precision bore provided for a centering disk. A single support bolt reinforces the gripper towers to increase rigidity and workholding capacity.
The Loc-Down is a headless bolt with a simple ball-lock mechanism designed to quickly locate and secure large aerospace parts for high speed machining applications. The system is also suitable as a solution for quick-changing fixtures on tombstones and pallet changers. It requires only a drilled and tapped hole (1/2-13 or M12) in the base plate and a drilled hole with an internal groove machined on the workpiece. Custom bushings are available for mounting fixture plates.