Clip-Holding, Release Device for Check Fixtures
Fractal Engineering has developed the Clip Buddy, a clip-holding and release device for check fixtures. Suitable for use with W-base plastic clips, steel H-clips, interior or exterior panels, the Clip Buddy can help to overcome the challenge of precisely holding clips in check fixtures and releasing them without damage to the clip, the company says.
The product is significantly smaller than traditional jaw blocks and requires less backside access for actuation. There are several available jaw configurations which can be machined as required for particular applications. The jaws close securely and precisely to enable insertion and holding of a clip for accurate and repeatable inspection of an assembly. To release the clip, the operator actuates the lever with a short and smooth motion to open the jaws; the lever is then actuated in reverse to close the jaws to prepare for loading another part.
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