Vises and Vise Jaws

Reinventing the Unbreakable Grip

Examine the design of these machine tool vise jaws to understand how they enable aggressive 5-axis machining of high-value medical and aerospace parts in a single setup by clamping on as little as 2 mm of surface.
Vises and Vise Jaws: Articles

Stacked Hydraulic Workholding Beams Up New Business

ProHold hydraulic vises such as this can clamp a wide range of parts with same tooling and have a longer hydraulic stroke that allows several different sized parts to be processed with the same top jaws. This significantly reduces set up time and effort for quicker loading.
Special Machined Components took beam machining business away from a competitor by using a ProHold six-vise stacked hydraulic workholding system from Planet Products.

TE-CO Workholding

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

Hilma Magnetic Quick Die Change Systems

An overview of Hilma Division of Carr Lane Roemheld Mfg. Co. and its organization, products, services and capabilities.


Vises and Vise Jaws: Industry News

Röhm Expands Regional Sales Team

Al Dopf, Edward Borsos, Jennifer Allison, Jimmy Clark and Rodney Payton now handle sales and service in various regions across North America.

CARVEsmart Enters Agreement with Orange Vise

CARVEsmart dovetail and clamp features are machined directly into the Orange IJS vise, eliminating the need for master jaws. 

Bellatex Joins AMT

The quick change vise jaw system manufacturer is the newest member of the manufacturing technology association.


Vises and Vise Jaws: Products

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.

Clamping for Difficult Machining Applications

The non-rotating air manifold in the Systec chuck uses Teflon seals that are virtually maintenance free and help increase the grip force. The chuck operates with just 90 psi air pressure. Internal safety valves prevent loss of air pressure and gripping force.
These clamping systems from Lexair are ideal upgrades for manual lathes, rotary tables and indexers that require higher grip force for difficult applications.

Smart Workholding for Precision 5-Axis Milling

The vise maximizes clamp force at the top of the jaws by pulling them closed at the top with a collapsing lead screw while holding the bottom of the jaws in place with an opposing force screw. This eliminates the tendency of traditional vise jaws to splay apart at the top and require machine operators to hammer the workpiece down against the stops as the jaws close and clamp force increases.
Ideal for production machining, the OML Genius 5-axis vise from Lexair pulls jaws together at the top to clamp down the workpiece with a 9,000 lb force that eliminates issues faced with traditional vise jaws.