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Changing Up

A Michigan manufacturer describes its progress with pallet-changing systems, advancing from manual to automatic pallet-switching on its VMCs.


Adaptable Automation

A system for automatically swapping both workpieces and workholding enables a robot-loaded VMC to be quickly reconfigured for a new or modified job. The same system lets the robot change jobs in the midst of an unattended run. Thanks to the extra ca...


Desktop 3D Printer as Job Shop Resource

The low-cost 3D printer in this shop supports machining by simplifying prototyping and producing usable hardware—including vise jaws.


Multi-Axis Workholding System Uses Three-Side Dovetail

The Get-A-Grip pedestal fixture for five-axis workholding uses a triangular clamping geometry for the matching workpiece and clamping dovetails.


A Hollow-Access Unit for Wire EDM

By simultaneously rotating and tilting the workpiece, this rotary tilt/turn hollow-access device from Hirschmann enables the EDM wire to cut complex openings that may have different paths at the top and bottom of the opening.


Shop Finds Fixturing Solution for Flexing Parts

Precision Grinding and Manufacturing uses an atypical means to fixture thin parts that are prone to flexing when conventional workholding clamps are used: adhesive cured by UV light.


Quick-Change Vise Jaws System

Quick-change workholding systems can provide a great opportunity to increase production while allowing relatively quick recovery of the cost.


Peak Performance in the Machining Lab

Matching the right equipment for the job and having quality employees to handle the work is paying big dividends for this precision shop.


Precision Workholding Offers Multiple Advantages

As American manufacturing continues to transition from the mass production of conventional parts to the manufacture of complex, high-value components in relatively small lot sizes, precision workholding has assumed increased importance


Hitting the Target with Creative Workholding

While growth has been steady in its Swiss operations, this archery equipment supplier’s most drastic improvements have come at the hands of the workholding systems on its VMCs.


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