Tooling & Workholding

Exploring the: Workholding Zone

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The Various Styles of Mechanical Indexers

Mechanical rotary indexers like these can be installed on a machine quickly and take up less table real estate of motorized indexers.

Video: Cap Screws Not Required

An article with video highlights the quick-change advantages of a dovetail vise jaw interface.

Hydraulic or Pneumatic Actuation for Collet Blocks?

Collet-style workholding devices like collet blocks offer a number of benefits, but which actuating method is most appropriate for you?

Shop Solution for Faster Jaw Change-Overs

This shop turned a problem into a product line.

Know About the “Headless Bolt” Fixturing Alternative?

This fastener enables fast workpiece change-overs compared to conventional bolts. Its compact design means there’s less cutter interference, too.

Celebrating 40 Years by Giving Back

To honor the 40th anniversary of LNS Group (based in Orvin, Switzerland), the company’s more than 800 employees have committed to give back to their communities through public service.

Video: How to Machine Soft Jaws

Haas Automation produced this excellent video on how to cut soft jaws for turning operations. These fundamentals aren’t just for first-timers: Even those who are so experienced that they practice 80 percent of fundamentals can still benefit from a r...

Ever Considered a “Nested-Plate” Approach?

This past story explains why a shop stopped sawing blanks and starting machining components straight out of from large plate. Vacuum workholding was key to this new strategy.

The Evolution of the Retention Pin

A new retention pin design enables the spring-loaded workholding devices to do more than simply ease part loading. They can clamp parts, too.

The Value of a Quick-Change Trunnion Table

Trunnion tables offer an effective way to get the most out of a rotary indexer especially when used in conjunction with quick-change subplates.

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