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

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

Matrix Table Clamps

Booth N-24032: BESSEY displays high-quality welding table clamps for 16 mm and 28 mm matrix tables in either fixed throat versions or a variable throat depth version for maximum flexibility, with choices of a lever, cantilever, 2K handle or even the more traditional T Bar styles to choose for specific welding table set up.
BESSEY Tools extends its family of high-quality welding table clamps for 16 mm and 28 mm matrix tables. 

Heavy Duty 3-Axis Single Column

In Booth N-24049: Ideal for situations when total product access is needed, the MHL1P 3-axis, single column, 6,000 lb capacity positioner from ALM requires no special foundation and eliminates dangerous, old-fashion belts, chain transfer and screw systems while allowing the operator to raise and position his weldments or assemblies to a convenient height and working position.
ALM Positioners introduces their new MHL1P 3-axis, single column, 6,000 lb capacity positioner which requires no special foundation and is ideal for situations when total product access is needed.

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.