Tooling & Workholding

Exploring the: Workholding Zone
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Moving To Magnets Doubles Productivity

Moving from hydraulic to magnetic fixtures enabled this shop to reduce setup time, improve rigidity and eliminate manual operations. As a result, productivity doubled.


Shop Enjoys Five-Axis Benefits Without The Cost

Integrating Lyndex-Nikken rotary tables into three-axis Mori Seiki VMCs provided this shop with five-axis capability at a fraction of the cost of a new five-axis machine.


Getting Concept To Car Faster

Joe Gibbs Racing applies a number of workholding techniques to speed the production of racing components its engineering team creates every day.


Balancing Workholding Density And Flexibility

Like many contract manufacturers and job shops, this company found itself doing runs that were too short for dedicated fixtures and too long for one-vise setups.


Quick Change Workholding For Hard-To-Hold Parts

This pwer chuck features direct transmission of the piston force to the jaws in the area of the jaw guides. The axial actuating force is transmitted to the jaws without major friction loss.


Workholding Provides Maximum Setup Versatility For Unattended Machining

JEM Technical Marketing (Long Lake, Minnesota) manufactures a broad line of custom manifold assemblies used in all types of fluid power applications such as off-highway vehicles, tractors and road graders.


Flexible Workholding Maximizes Machine Output

More and more companies are finding that by juggling work scheduling on their machining centers and adding a vise tower setup on the right machine, they can increase productivity without adding operating hours.


Checking Fixtures Built With Seamless Epoxy Paste

This company has realized significant time savings by developing outer and inner checking fixtures for a truck manufacturer using a combination of fiberglass and epoxy.


Five-Axis Rotary Table Increases Productivity

Five-axis machining tends to conjure up images of pricey VMCs machining aerospace components with complex curves and undercuts. However, manufacturers and commercial job shops are finding a VMC and tilting rotary table with fourth- and fifth-axis mo...


Hydraulic Clamping Shows Its Staying Power

This company discovered first-hand the inconsistencies of manual clamping, where two sides of the fixture were clamped with wrenches, occasionally resulting in parts shifting on the fixtures and sometimes leading to scrap. Learn how they 'fixed' thi...


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