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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...

Vise Automates Milling, Eliminates Fixture Setup

A machine tool builder phased in a three-machine robotic cell to improve productivity and automate machining of spindle shafts. A new vise model that provided repeatable clamping and eliminated fixture setups was key to the success of the new projec...

Refining the Process Saves Time and Money

Sometimes it isn’t just the part, but the process that makes all the difference, especially when it comes to meeting deadlines and customer demands.For any manufacturer, customer satisfaction is the number one concern.

Rotary Tables Save Time, Expand Capabilities

This shop refused to accept the notion that large, complex parts necessarily require multiple, time-consuming setups. Rotary tables from Lyndex-Nikken have saved time and expanded capabilities to the point where the shop can take on new work and bri...

The Right Clamp Makes a Difference

Clamping has often proven to be the Achilles heel of hard machining.

Fixtures Facilitate Transfer Line Automation

Replacing fixtures in an automated transfer line with robot-integrated models from Kurt Manufacturing helped this tier one automotive manufacturer eliminate issues with part distortion and expand production.

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