6/13/2019 | 1 MINUTE READ

High Precision, Automated Clamping in Robotic Machining Cell

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The motorized air vises provide consistent preset clamping force and programmability of the vise opening, if desired. 

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Prior to designing a robot attended machining cell, Kurt Workholding drew upon past workholding experience and designs along with some new developing ideas in air powering workholding systems.

With shop air readily available in most manufacturing plants, Kurt engineers selected to work with the available air supply versus deploying an additional, costly hydraulic pump system. Drawing upon the Kurt 3600V vise design with clamping repeatability, company engineers integrated an air motor configuration along the outside of the vise base to actuate the moveable jaws. The system included all air motor components, sensors for predetermined jaw stop, push-to-connect air fittings and sine keys for table mounting.

The motorized air vises provide consistent preset clamping force and programmability of the vise opening, if desired. These air vises integrate with automation, robotized cells and applications requiring consistent clamping not easily attained by manual operation.

This air motor option is available on most Kurt vises, including the DX6 vise, plus most Kurt single station and double station vises ranging in sizes of 4", 6" and 8" models and is also available on smaller vise models. Additional options are available for adding encoder for programmability or an optional screw with double start threads to increase stroke speed.

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