Fixturing Systems

Using Adaptive Grippers as Flexible Fixturing For Robotic Welding

Using a traditional jig for every type of piece and assembly is complicated and expensive when welding small volumes or high mixes of parts. Why not use a robot with an adaptive gripper to feed a welding robot? This could replace most of the templates currently used by adapting to any part size and shape and holding them firmly while welding.
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Fixturing Systems: Articles

Tombstone Fixtures Increase Cylinder Component Production Over 40 Percent

Workpieces are mounted and handled on a Fastems 10-station pallet changer. The block sizes run 56 in number in sizes from 1 in x 2 in x 2 in to 3 in x 9-1/2 in x 14 in. Weights range up to 114 lb. (first view)
TRD Manufacturing uses flexible workholding fixtures from AME that hold 56 different block sizes, offer quick changeover and can run different parts on each side or run multiple pallet loads of the same part in high production.

Small Investment in Trunnion Tables Rewards Big in Productivity

Using
trunnions
and
quick-­change
plates
with
Jergens
ball
locks
in
place
of
old
“homemade”
fixtures
helped
Indelac
reduce
cycle
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Bolt-on trunnion tables from MMS help Indelac Controls reduce setups on Haas VF4 VMCs from six to two and cut cycle time by 40 percent, while delivering a 100 percent ROI in just days.

TE-CO Workholding

An overview of TE-CO, Inc. and its organization, products, services and capabilities.

 

Fixturing Systems: Industry News

Röhm Holds Grand Opening Oktoberfest

At the ribbon cutting during the grand opening of the new North American manufacturing and headquarters facility of Röhm Products of America in Suwanee, GA. Dr. Joachim Hummler opens the ceremony with his comments. To the right of him is Matthew Mayer, the chief executive officer of Röhm Products of America.
Their new 32,000 sq ft facility in Suwanee, GA, is three times larger than their previous location in order to manufacture in the U.S. and expand service and support operations across North America. 

Kennametal and Haimer Sign Agreement to Supply KM4X Spindle Connection

Manufacturers to benefit from combination of leading toolholding and spindle connection solutions.

IMI Announces Dennis O’Leary as New President

The past president of IMI, Bud Shear, will now be taking on the role of the company's chief executive officer.

 

Fixturing Systems: Products

Innovations in Workholding

Ideal for machines with short stroke cylinders, the ROTA NCX from SCHUNK is a power lathe chuck with a quick jaw change system that can decrease set up time up to 80 percent and be changed out with a repeat accuracy of 0.02 mm. It boasts a large through-hole and easily replaces conventional lathe chucks. 
Workholding must be updated to make full use of the small lot flexibility that machine tools now offer so that the same part cost can be achieved in much shorter production runs. Here are some of the latest advances in workholding technology for shops to consider. 

Versatile Workholding Workhorses

The Stallion Hybrid from TrunnionTable.com eliminates need to remove the trunnion table, reduces setups and increases productivity by allowing three-jaw and four-jaw chucks, collet chucks and faceplates to install quickly, without removing the table, for a low-cost productivity booster on machine tools. One shop went from 11 setups on five machines down to six setups on one machine by adding the hybrid trunnion.
Versatile Stallion Hybrid trunnions from TrunnionTable.com accommodate a variety of vises, fixtures, 3-jaw and 4-jaw chucks and collet chucks for flexible job shop workholding. 

Mix and Match Modular Clamping

The SnakeClamp system can mix and match different attachments, flexible gooseneck arms, and mounting bases to create customized workholding and clamping solutions for manufacturing operations. From left to right: The 3-Finger SnakeClamp shown with 24 in flexible gooseneck arm and Multiclamp; the SpringClamp with 18 in regular flexible gooseneck arm and magnet base; and the NeedleNose SnakeClamp with 18 in heavy duty flexible gooseneck arm and Tableclamp.
SnakeClamp workholding systems are used in medical, aerospace, automotive and other applications.