Jergens' Custom Workholding Products Improve Productivity
Westec 2019: Jergens’ Custom Design and Build group augments Fixture-Pro, Multi Axis, and other standard products that serve as the basis for the many application-specific workholding solutions.
Jergens’ Custom Design and Build group augments Fixture-Pro, Multi Axis, and other standard products that serve as the basis for application-specific workholding solutions. The continued evolution of custom design and build workholding enhances Jergens’ time to market and allows customers to improve their manufacturing productivity with efficient quick-change products, the company says.
Specially developed workholding is said to deliver a variety of potential benefits such as increased part access, increased part density, greater machining tolerance, faster cycle times, shorter changeover time, increased machine utilization and greater overall productivity.
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.
Modular fixturing makes sense for this manufacturer, whether it's machining one- or two-of-a-kind parts for its custom machine tools or larger quantities for its contract machining business.
Holding metal parts with magnets is migrating from surface grinding to broader application in general metalworking processes, especially milling. Advances in magnetic technology are causing many shops to re-evaluate how they hang on to workpieces. Here’s a look at how magnets may be a viable workholding solution for your shop.