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What to Know about Torque Motors

Torque motors are commonly used in indexing tables on machine tools. This succinct article helps you evaluate this and other applications in which power transmission for rotation calls for the advantages of a torque motor.


Ball-Drive System for Accurate Table Rotation

This rotary table design is said to offer zero backlash/reversal error while providing high accuracy, rigidity and torque transfer.


TMX Delivers 8,000-Pound Chuck

Custom 71-inch workholding is going to be used on a welding positioner for cladding large valves for the oil and gas industry.


Video of Interesting Turbine Blade Workholding System

This clamping system is an automated steady rest with measuring capability that stabilizes the five-axis machining process of very long turbine blades.


Got Glue (And UV Light)?

Here’s an effective albeit atypical way to fixture parts such as thin-wall castings that are prone to flexing when conventional mechanical clamps are used.


Video: Re-Use Soft Jaws with Expanding Pins

When tool-and-die and contract machine shop Baklund R&D developed a workholding device to solve a challenge with one of its own jobs, the company realized it potentially had a solution that could benefit many other shops as well.


Collet Chuck Essentials

“Understanding CNC Collet Chucks” has been one of the most read articles in our archives during the past several years and continues to get substantial traffic today.


Clamping Options for Five-Axis Machining

In five-axis machining, the workholding has to get out of the way. The wrong choice of clamping risks collision and can obscure one of the principal benefits of a five-axis machine.


A Modular Clamping System for Bulky Parts

Here’s one fixturing alternative for clamping large workpieces such as mold and fracking components.


Video: Multi-Axis Quick-Change Workholding

Whether you’re working on complex or relatively straightforward geometries, matching the workholding and tooling to the application maximizes performance.


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