Tooling & Workholding

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Technology Advances Automation Trends

Shops of all sizes looking for better efficiency are realizing the benefits of a deeper investment into automation.


CNC Collet Chucks Especially Beneficial for Small Parts

Using a collet chuck is so beneficial for parts of this size range that many lathe manufacturers and machine tool distributors now allow customers to purchase their machines with a collet chuck already installed as the standard workholding device.


e-Technology Energizes the Future of Gripping and Clamping

This clamping and gripping system incorporates electrically powered steady rests, clamping heads, grippers, cylinder systems, clamp release units and tool locking systems.


A Solution for Faster Vise Jaw Change-Overs

This an angle lock vise design is said to enable users to change jaws in 30 seconds.


New Okuma Plant Relies on Automation, Production Control

The company says the DS1 facility in Japan is capable of 2 times the production capacity and 1/2 the lead time of the previous site.


Strengthening Grip

Workholding for milling operations commonly involves vises that clamp with movable jaws. This technology has continued to progress to match the requirements of five-axis workholding.


Harnessing the Holding Force

Inserts engineered to augment the vise’s effectiveness allow work to be held rigidly on a tiny clamping area.


The “Headless Bolt” Fixturing Alternative

This fastener enables fast workpiece change-overs compared to conventional bolts and less cutter interference thanks to its compact design.


From Aggravation to Lights-Out Production

Automated machining has transformed this South Carolina shop. However, achieving unattended production involved far more than just shutting off the lights.


Bolt-On Trunnion Tables

Trunnion tables can be a low-cost way to reduce part handling, speed throughput and improve accuracy at a fraction of the cost of new machines.


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Self centering vise is a cost effective and universal workholding method for five sided machining.