Complex solutions for a complex world | Kitagawa

Complex solutions for a complex world

Kitagawa Europe has recently supplied the automotive industry with a unique work holding solution to grip a component securely within a Vertical Machining Center.

The irregular cast component needed to be loaded manually on to a foolproof backstop register to provide the assurance that the component was loaded in exactly the same orientation and position each time.

The PLS08 Static chuck was selected because of its accurate pull back action and this combined with some specifically designed top jaws with carbide gripper inserts enabled the component gripped securely. In addition the backstop featured built in air sensing for feedback to the machine to ensure correct loading.

The PLS Static chuck operates in the same manner as the PUB Series Lathe Power Chuck to watch how this works please click here.

Due the components oversize flange the design of the static chuck also had to incorporate two pneumatic work support plungers to reduce any possible vibration during heavy machining. The additional orientation blocks and guide pins were added as a final safety feature so that the operator could not load the component incorrectly.

To see the complete PLS Series click here.