Workholding Supports & Stops Build Custom Fixture Economies

Press Release:
  Mar 18, 2010 — Developing workholding fixtures for machining, fabricating, and assembly operations can become expensive, particularly when a wide range of part sizes, shapes and process stages are needed. Fixtureworks® helps to alleviate these issues when using the economies of Imao® standardized support components and positioning stop modules, which are available in a wide array of options.

The supports allow users to establish a foundational base virtually anywhere on a fixture platform regardless of varying heights, contours, shoulders or different diameters. Supports help stabilize the workpiece and assure that clamping devices hold securely, preventing deflection and chatter.

Among the support product options are:
* basic support cylinders
* extendable work supports
* rectangular spring loaded supports
* cylindrical spring loaded work supports
* compact, miniature spring loaded work supports

The basic support cylinders are offered in 29 sizes ranging from 16 to 125mm long and from 25 to 50mm in diameter, with a counterbored thru-hole for mounting with a socket head cap screw.

Three extendable supports, featuring a hand knob-actuated adjustable support cylinder, provide 4 to 6mm of travel to accommodate workpiece variations or to add flexibility to fixture setups. Support load capacities for these three units range from 150 to 200 pounds.

The spring loaded supports are offered in four sizes within the rectangular-type range, five units from the cylindrical series, and three sizes from the miniature versions.

The rectangular style supports and the cylindrical supports provide 895 to 2020 pounds of load support capacity. The support plunger’s height can be raised or lowered for simple adjustment, and the support plunger itself has a tapped hole to permit use of a contact bolt, reducing wear and tear on the support structure and surfaces.

The compact mini work supports are ideal for locations where space is limited. Diameters measure approximately half that of the three smallest standard size cylinder units and have load capacities of 44, 67, and 89 pounds for the three sizes.

All styles of work supports are manufactured using quality alloy steel and given a black oxide finish.

The series of workholding stops help to provide:
* flexibility in setups for accurate positioning of workpieces
* versatile adjustability for varying applications
* help to insure error-proof part loading and locating within the fixturing system

The three styles of stops include standard and miniature adjustable stops, and low profile button stops. The standard size units offer a choice of three threaded holes for varying the stop screw’s height according to application needs—the stop screw provides the horizontal adjustment. The mini stops are designed for quick and easy vertical and horizontal adjustment in tight locations while the stop buttons, with heights rising to just 13 to 23mm from fixture plates, provide unobstructed access to work yet secure support.
Tags: workholding fixtures, supports, stops, imao
Categorized Under: Workholding
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 Contact:Anthony Judson 
 E-mail:ajudson -at- fixtureworks -dot- net 
 Company:Fixtureworks View Company Profile 
 Address:work33792 Doreka 
 Location:workFraser, MI 48026  United States 
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