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Clamping System Reduces Machining Time and Setup

The staff at Rodriquez GmbH in Eschweiler, Luxembourg (Germany), has been relying on a Hermle C40 milling machine equipped with the Hainbuch Quadrok Plus clamping system for the manufacturing of linear technology components.


New Workholding Method Drives Production Efficiency

By replacing a three-jaw chuck and dead-center workholding model with a flange-mounted, mechanically compensating face driver from Riten Industries, Tuthill Corp. cut machining cycle time by about 39 percent.


Flexible Fixturing Improves Cylinder Component Production

Advanced Machine and Engineering (AME) provides modular tombstone fixtures to run 56 different block sizes for Rockford, Illinois-area cylinder component manufacturer.


Trunnions Turn the Tables on Wasteful Setups

Bolt-on trunnion tables from Trunniontables.com help Indelac Controls reduce setups from six to two and cut cycle time by 40 percent.


Cramming for Competitiveness

Low-profile clamps contribute to the high-density fixturing this shop needs to make the most of an equipment configuration that is increasingly renowned for reducing setups and keeping the spindle turning.


Flexible Fixturing Furnishes Faster Setups

Replacing dedicated fixtures with a system incorporating custom jaws from Kurt Manufacturing has reduced setup time and freed capacity at this manufacturer of hydraulic snowplow equipment.


Fixtures Dovetail with Five-Axis Automation

Along with an in-house-designed line of custom dovetail fixtures, machines with the right features for automation provide benefits for both this five-axis specialist and its customers.


Quick-Change Chucks Boost Turn-Mill Benefits

At this Chicago-area manufacturer, quick-change chucks from Kitagawa added to the benefits of moving from multiple setups on multiple machines to producing parts in a single setup on Mazak turn-mills.


Vise Rigidity Boosts Robot Cell Output

To automate the fixturing of round machining center components, Haas uses a custom, robot-tended setup incorporating MoveLock vises from Kurt manufacturing. Thanks to these vises’ rigidity, the machine tool builder has doubled the output of its robo...


Quick-Change Fixturing Locks in Time, Cost Savings

When a routine process-improvement exercise revealed significant savings could be gleaned from reducing setup time and speeding change-overs, this manufacturer turned to the Ball Lock quick-change system from Jergens, Inc. As a result, the company r...


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