Precision Workholding Systems
Lang Technovation’s Vario Tec variable support system is said to minimize setup time. According to the company, virtually all common vices can be retrofitted with this system, and workpieces can be set in different positions on pins to eliminate the need for parallels. The company also offers the Quick Point zero-point clamping system, which has a pull-down force of 13.
Many job shops start in a garage with a used mill and a manual lathe. The owners of this Utah job shop took a different tack. Along the way to a very successful business, they've debunked a bunch of myths commonly held about job shops.
A non-woven porous material with a special coating enables vacuum chucks and tables to hold sheets of metal and other materials more effectively on CNC routing machines. The material, called Vilmill, is used as a substrate between the sheet or plate material to be machined and a suitable vacuum table or vacuum chuck where it is held securely in place by the vacuum.
As demonstrated at this Cincinnati-area shop, machines that both mill and turn shine brightest when workpieces are massive.