Even though it has been around forever, does the vise have limitations for shops in a competitive marketplace? Do you need to reinvent the wheel to reduce some of its limitations? To evaluate the vise’s viability in today’s manufacturing operations, we need to uncover the most efficient way to apply it.
Workholding plays a critical role in the metalworking equipment equation. Chuck condition is becoming even more important in multi-axis machining where additional angles and motion can amplify problems.
Charlie Mitchell, machinist for Andretti Autosport, spent up to eight hours setting up his five-axis machine with 10 tools to run 30 to 40 different processes on a part. Using UNILOCK pallets, set-ups times are 70 to 80 percent shorter.
The flexible, modular Unilock Zero-Point Clamping System, offered by BIG KAISER Precision Tooling Inc., is now available in a kit specifically designed for all Haas 160mm platter rotary indexing tables.