Kurt plans to unveil an array of new workholding and high-productivity products at WESTEC 2010 to meet the needs of rapidly changing manufacturing industries. These include automated workholding systems, multichuck clamping systems, cast caged tombstones, and custom-engineered workholding.
WESTEC is slated for March 23-25 in Los Angeles.
The company says increased production levels with consistent quality and without added labor are the benefits of Kurt’s new automated workholding fixtures. The custom fixtures load/unload parts with a robot arm and have preload features that center and clamp parts securely. Pressure and proximity sensors communicate wirelessly with the robot and machining center. Workholding setups can be designed for 24/7 operation to avoid the need for operator interaction with the system. Kurt has capabilities for designing and building automated cells that include assembly and gaging functions to form a complete system.
Another new Kurt workholding option for improving productivity and precision is the Leader MultiChuck MMY product line. It consists of two- and three-jaw manual self-centering static workholding modules in 4 sizes from 80 to 150 mm. They are suitable for use on machining centers, milling machines, and grinders. The chucks integrate quickly and easily with Kurt’s high-density workholding towers and other devices to provide high productivity and precision.
The MMY MultiChuck provides a simple top-face operation that enables more chucks and, therefore, workpieces to be grouped closely together—something not possible with traditional side-face lock/unlock systems. They have the ability to clamp on both the outside and inside diameters.
Kurt’s new lighter weight building block modules add high density and versatility to most horizontal machining centers. The cast-caged-design Modular ToolBlox is more than 30% lighter than comparable-size tombstones with aluminum subplates and features bolt holes and dowel pattern on each face for fast installation and removal of subplates and other workholding components with repeatability of 0.0002 in. They are manufactured of 80,000-psi ductile iron and provide a lower cost alternative to dedicated fixtures.
WESTEC visitors will have access to Kurt’s Custom Engineered Workholding experts to discuss new and existing projects that require improved throughput and reduced costs. The company's product portfolio includes multiple-station CNC vises, five-axis vises, rotary table workholding for vertical machining centers, a line of tombstones for achieving maximum high-density workholding, and accessories to complement every workholding setup.