Fixturing System Promotes Accuracy in Locating, Locking
IMTS 2018: 5th Axis is displaying its RL52 RockLock quick-change fixturing system with 52-mm pull stud spacing.
5th Axis is displaying its RL52 RockLock quick-change fixturing system with 52-mm pull stud spacing. The system is said to facilitate accurate locating and locking of vises and fixtures to subplates while maintaining a repeatability of less than 0.0003" (8 microns).
The four-pin pallet design features a single lead screw for actuation. The system’s corresponding locating studs can be mounted directly to existing fixtures to convert them for quick change-overs. The base plates are available in aluminum or steel construction and feature multiple configurations. The system is said to have the same quality, versatility and durability as the larger 96-mm version.
The system’s compact footprint is designed for use in direct mounting to smaller pallets and machine tables. When mounted to vertical machining centers, the design enables multiple units to be ganged together to increase throughput, the company says.
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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.
When the length and stiffness of a workpiece make it difficult to machine, many turn to the steady rest.