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
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

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

IMTS 2017 Sneak Peek: Tooling & Workholding

Booth W-2464: Designed for turning rough forging and castings, the Pramet HR2 indexable chip breaker from Dormer Pramet features a positive, stable geometry for improved tool life and performance. The single-sided inserts are ideal for working in steels, cast irons and stainless steels. The HR2 delivers increased productivity with reliable chip formation and evacuation at high feeds.
Here is a sneak peek at some of the state-of-the-art tooling and workholding systems that will be exhibited on the show floor at McCormick Place in Chicago from September 12-17.

Stainless Steel Compact Cylinder for Harsh Wash Downs

Booth E-4821: Stainless Steel Flat-I cylinders from Bimba were designed for applications that require frequent, corrosive wash downs to prevent the propagation of bacteria. The cylinder has mounting holes only where needed, with a clean stainless steel exterior.
Flat-I cylinders from Bimba are ideal for medical, food and beverage or health and beauty applications that require frequent, corrosive wash downs to prevent the propagation of bacteria.

Angle Magnets Hold Stock Using Both Inside and Outside Edges

Booth W-2088: For optimal setup of each unique substructure, a shop can use either the inside or outside surfaces of Inside/Outside Angle Magnets from Strong Hand Tools to hold and position sheet metal, round pipes, square, angled or flat stock from the outside, leaving clearance for inside welds, or hold from the inside for outside welds.
Inside/Outside Angle Magnets from Strong Hand Tools hold and position sheet metal, round pipes, square, angled or flat stock from the outside, leaving clearance for inside welds, or hold from the inside for outside welds.