Compactor Streamlines Aluminum Chip Handling
Shops often view metal chips left over from machining operations as no more than a housekeeping headache. However, the experience of this precision manufacturer demonstrates that with the proper recycling equipment, viewing chips as an important part of the overall manufacturing process can improve a shop’s bottom line.
Five-Axis Machining Has Special Workholding Needs
This clamping system allows a workpiece to be rigidly clamped while raised up from the surface of the worktable on a five-axis machining center. Moving the workpiece away from the table creates clearance for the spindle nose and cutting tool when the table swivels the workpiece for multi-sided machining, or when the spindle head rotates and swivels to do contouring or sculptured surfaces. Without this clearance, the user may be forced to refixture the part or to switch to a longer, less rigid tool.
Ductile-Iron Towers Provide Needed Clamping Rigidity
Holding 0.001-inch tolerances while machining and removing large amounts of material from a brass part is a challenging task when the job is run at 10,000 revolutions per minute with feed rate of 240 inches per minute.
Improving In-The-Cut Time And Part Setups With Ductile Iron Vises
Previously using double-station vises with aluminum bodies, Vincent Precision Machining's workholding upgrade to HDL vises from this manufacturer provided the workholding rigidity that assured repeatable precision part after part, while the setup eliminated expensive scrap parts.
Vises Used As An Alternative To Custom Fixturing
Impact Forge, Inc. (Columbus, Indiana) is comprised of four companies that offer a range of forging technologies, including producing hammer dies requiring large milling operations. The company reports that positioning and clamping these dies in a machining center can be challenging because of characteristics such as heaviness and bulkiness.
Combining Workholding Vises And Fixtures Maximizes Machine Output
This company is a manufacturer of automotive tools and equipment ranging from heavy-duty diesel engine service tools to wheel dollies and bearing cup removers. Many of the components for these products require milling, drilling and tapping on machining centers.
Workholding System Uses Stepped Jaws To
The Integrated Hydraulics division of Parker Hannifin Corporation is a manufacturer of hydraulic cartridge products and integrated systems used in fluid power applications.