Dillon's Fast Trac Jaw Nuts Grant Quick-Change Capability to Standard Chucks
Dillon Manufacturing’s Fast-Trac jaw nuts convert standard chucks into quick-change chucks, reducing jaw change time by 50% or more, according to the company. This system enables users to preassemble the jaws required for the next operation while the machine is running a separate job. Quick-change capability allows for more productivity per square foot of manufacturing space by productively using machining time, which is ideal for facilities operating with fewer employees due to social distancing requirements, the company says.
Dillon’s jaw nuts, T nuts and keys are available to fit all 6” to 24” diameter power chucks from Forkhardt, Gamet, Howa, Kitigawa, Matsumoto (MMK), Nikko, Pratt Burnerd, Rohm, Samchully, Schunk, SMW, SMW Autoblok and more.
These vise jaws use protruding, mechanical pins to repeatedly support workpieces either horizontally or at angles. They are said to allow quicker setups than conventional parallels.
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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.