Kurt's Precision Force Five-Axis Vises Feature Robot-Ready Design
IMTS Spark: Three new Precision Force five-axis vises feature robot-ready design and Kurt AngLock technology for maximum workholding strength and adaptability.
Kurt Workholding has added three new models to its Precision Force five-axis MaxLock vise lineup. The robot-ready Kurt PF-series vises are designed to offer new user-friendly features including easy-to-adjust lash and 52-mm spacing for automation-ready mounting systems to adapt to competitors’ zero-point systems.
The new Quick Centerline Adjustment is designed to make centerline adjustment fast and efficient. New spring-loaded gibs keep parts square and are designed to maximize part-positioning repeatability through multiple cycles.
Kurt’s PF 420, PF 440 and PF 460 vises come with a standard 4″ jaw width and jaw openings ranging from 2.625″ to 6.625″. PF-series vises replace the previous Kurt HP models and feature the patented AngLock design to minimize jaw lift and deflection. The AngLock design pushes the vise jaws down and forward, allowing much greater surface contact on parts — maximizing holding strength with less clamp force.
Available in three jaw configurations, with either carvable, dovetail or serrated jaws, customers can save the added expense of buying an additional jaw set. All jaw sets can be sold complete and separately.
An aerospace machine shop meets a special need by using a vacuum chuck.
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.