Holding parts for milling Leader launches vice jaws with adaptive fingers
With the Adaptix Vice Jaws, Leader Chuck offers a new method of transforming the way any machinist holds and grips parts for milling. With sliding fingers, it can be adapted to any part geometry to provide the necessary clamping forces.
Designed to be as robust as standard vice jaws with regards to high clamping forces, repeatability and toughness, Adaptix Vice Jaws offer more flexibility. The fingers adapt to the unique part shape to provide time and money savings, simplifying the process overall.
For many users, the challenge of securely holding shaped material requires vice jaws machined to match the workpiece geometry; whether it is a cast or forged billet, a pre-machined part for second Op, or even a component being repaired or reworked. It takes time to produce a CAD file or drawing, obtain the materials for the bespoke jaws and then machine them.
With the Adaptix Vice Jaws users simply set the fingers against the workpiece and lock them in position. They can be cutting material within a few minutes compared to half a shift lost to producing machined bespoke jaws which improves productivity. And there is no waste, as the Adaptix Vice Jaws can be reset time and time again to suit any job that comes in.
The centre fingers are locked and used to datum stop against the workpiece before the remaining fingers are simply positioned forward and locked in place with a side clamp. From a one-off part to a low volume batch run the Adaptix Vice Jaws can support any milling operation, and there is no need to store boxes full of machined jaw inventory ‘just in case’ a job comes back again.
Resetting the Adaptix Vice Jaws eliminates the need to hold jaw material stocks. Plus, the design of the vice jaws allows increased cutting tool access as the fingers can be repositioned during the machining cycle (with the machine stopped) to provide clearance if it is required on certain locations.
The exchangeable tips of each finger can be replaced if they are damaged or sacrificed during the milling operation. They are available in various materials, including aluminium, steel, plastic, brass and so on to facilitate clamping different shapes, step profiles and workpieces or components where the surface finish is a key characteristic, all with pinpoint accuracy and repeatability.