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.
Experts
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
times
by
40
percent.
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

Bimba Acquires Vaccon

This deal increases their access to automotive, factory automation, and material handling applications.

Kitagawa-NorthTech Hires Manager of Engineering

Ed Johannesen, Kitagawa-NorthTech “The tools and skill sets that I have developed from extensive continuous improvement projects are directly transferrable to my new position. I am also very proud to join this company and to be a part of one of the most respected brands of workholding solutions in the metalworking industry.”
Ed Johannesen now leads their design engineering, quality and continuous improvement operations.

TombStoneCity Joins Partners in THINC

TombStoneCity is the largest supplier of standard and custom-made tombstones, angles plates, sub plates, and modular vise systems and 5-axis vises in North America.

 

Fixturing Systems: Products

Locate and Hold the Smallest Cylindrical Parts

The Micro V block from R & R Fixtures can be used in conjunction with another Micro V block to secure longer parts or be used by itself to allow as much viewing access to a part as possible.
The Micro V block from R&R Fixtures is ideal for holding the smallest ferrous and nonferrous parts with as much viewing access to the part as possible.

Hold, Position, Clamp and Fixture Materials Securely and Accurately

Booth W-2088: The new Pipe Alignment Clamp with Quick-Acting Jaws from Strong Hand Tools is a fast, accurate fit up clamp with a rugged frame that is ideal for insertion and extraction at any point over long pipes in the shop or the job site.
The new Pipe Alignment Clamp with Quick-Acting Jaws, the Strong Grip BIG MOUTH Pliers, the new Strong Grip Combo Tip Pliers, and the Strong Grip Economy Pipe Pliers are all-purpose clamping tools from Strong Hand Tools that are ideal for industrial and DIY fixturing applications.

Adjustable Slide 45 Mirror

The Adjustable slide 45 degree mirror is available in two different sizes of mirrors to accommodate parts of many sizes. It can be easily positioned on a plate with the use of the adjustable slide.
The Adjustable Slide 45 deg Mirror from R&R Fixtures allows inspection and viewing of the part from all sides.