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.
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

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

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.

EXSYS Tool Appoints New Territory Manager for California

Mike Englebrecht is hired to explore significant growth opportunities for advanced tool holders in the current surge in manufacturing on the West Coast, where shops need comprehensive metal working solutions to effectively compete in today’s challenging marketplace.


Fixturing Systems: Products

Workholding Automatically Maintains Indefinite Clamp Force

The Collet-Lok family of hydraulic workholding products includes swing clamps, work supports and push cylinders and is available in multiple sizes and mounting methods.
Collet-Lok® hydraulic workholding from Enerpac uses an internal mechanical locking system to maintain the clamping force automatically, without hydraulic pressure, indefinitely.

Revolutionary Compact Pneumatic Lever Clamp for Tight Spaces

The new 8700 series pneumatic lever clamp provides up to 25 percent more clamping force than comparably sized swing clamps, but its arm remains completely within the clamp’s footprint while in the open position. This makes it ideal for tight spaces.
With space in short supply on complex welding and assembly fixtures, the 8700 series pneumatic lever clamp from DE-STA-CO provides superior holding power for any type of tooling.

Aerospace Assembly Clamps

These aerostructure workholding clamps from DE-STA-CO are designed for fuselage, wing assembly and drilling fixtures.
DE-STA-CO introduces a new line of workholding clamps designed specifically for fuselage, wing assembly and drilling fixtures. Each of these new clamps can be modified to meet individual specs in terms of space, force and variations in material thickness.