Tag Archives: APS

  • SMW Autoblok Prepares All-Star Lineup for IMTS 2018

    IMTS2018The SMW Autoblok headquarters is buzzing with activity as we prepare for IMTS 2018. The action all happens at McCormick Place in Chicago on September 10 – 15. Plus we’re pumped about our new and more prominent location in the West Hall, Booth# 431700.

    We will be welcoming visitors and giving demonstrations in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Whatever the language, though, there will definitely be a lot to talk about. Here’s a little preview of some of the innovations that will be highlighted on our show floor this year.

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    Precision Vises

    Want to reduce the waste of raw materials and minimize deformation? Check out our GENIUS and SINTEX precision vises for 5-axis machine tools. Both feature our patented SinterGrip technology, which requires only 3.5mm of clamping surface. A series of solid carbide serrated inserts grip the workpiece securely. This allows higher cutting speed and feed rates for increased metal removal rates.

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    Zero Point Clamping
    Looking for maximum grip during heavy duty machining applications? Be sure to see the APS (Automatic Positioning System) at IMTS. The APS Zero Point Clamping System is a universal connection between the machine tool, the clamping device and/or the workpiece. It locks into position by lining up pins on the clamping device or the workpiece with holes on the chuck. When joined, the combination is automatically positioned to the zero point. The APS can be used for turning, milling, measuring or grinding.


    One-of-a-kind Chucksbp-d_bp-m

    Need a sealed chuck with a large through hole? The BP Series Chuck is the only one of its kind in the industry. BP Chucks combine the flexibility of a standard open center power chuck with the long life and precision of our Proofline® sealed chucks, making it ideal for bar and bar stock clamping as well as shaft clamping. Their constant grip force allows for excellent repeatability and consistency, whereas non-sealed chucks can lose up to 50% of the grip force if not maintained properly. Sealed chucks require minimal maintenance intervention to provide premium performance.

    These devices are only the high points. Make sure to add SMW Autoblok to your MyShow Planner and visit us at IMTS in Booth# 431700 for a complete workholding experience.

  • SMW Autoblok Launches New Stationary Workholding Line

    aps (1)Driven by the aerospace and automotive segments, the manufacturing industry is evolving in order to machine increasingly complex components. Basic vises, lathes and simple milling machines are falling behind as multi-axis machine sales are booming. Operations from global OEMs to the job shop down the street are all asking the same question, “How can I move more complex parts through my existing cells?”

    To answer that question, we have opened a Stationary Workholding Product Division in our North American headquarters in Wheeling, Illinois. Backed by our full line of static workholding manufactured in Italy for over 20 years, we are now able to introduce our superior engineered workholding solutions to the vertical and horizontal milling market here in North America.

    The Bridge to Productivity
    The flagship of our new line of stationary workholding products is the APS Clamping System. The APS (Automatic Positioning System) is a universal connection between the machine tool, the clamping device and/or the workpiece. The APS locks into the proper position by lining up a series of pins on the workpiece with holes on the chuck. When the pins and holes are locked in, the combination is automatically positioned to the zero point.

    The APS can be used in turning, milling, measuring or grinding operations. The APS reduces set-up times up to 90%, allowing users to rapidly mix parts on the same machine. This flexibility and speed multiplies the productivity of equipment and allows for quick adjustment of the production line based on the priority of incoming orders. Everything from raw materials to aerospace gantries can be worked with less effort, more accuracy and an increased level of productivity.

    Experience, Knowledge and Dedication
    Walter Claerhout, a 25-year industry veteran, has been named Product Manager of the new division. Since joining us in 2005, Walt has proven time and again his ability to provide customers with a superior level of service.

    “This additional focus on our line of stationary workholding products will allow us to help our customers get additional value from their lathes and milling machines,” he said. “We look forward to showing our customers how they can machine all the faces of complex workpieces more efficiently with their existing equipment.”

    Please contact us to learn more about our line of static workholding solutions or would like to discuss your particular needs.

  • Customized Workholding Makes Perfect Parts Possible

    DSC_3583When our customers take delivery of one of our chucks, it is already outfitted with the proper clamping devices that hold workpieces firmly in place for machining. Sometimes, our standard products are good to go right off the shelf. But, more often than not, the workholding has been custom-machined to be a perfect match with a particular part. To maintain control of this process, ensure quality and reduce delivery times, this is done in our own machine shop at our company headquarters in Wheeling, Illinois. We call it the “Prototype” shop because each piece is a “run of one.” On any given day, the shop will turn out a variety of jaws, grippers, part stops, locating and positioning components.

    Designed for a Perfect Fit
    The process begins when a customer sends their workpiece to our Engineering Department for evaluation. The engineers determine the proper chuck for the part and then design the workholding components that will actually grip the workpiece. The manufacturing team will discus the plans with the engineers, select the proper operation sequence and machine tool(s) in the Prototype Shop and start cutting. Time for the process depends on the detail, complexity, tolerances and manufacturing difficulty.

    DSC_3580 copy 2The Right Equipment for the Job
    To meet the everyday challenge of turning out intricate and detailed workholding devices, our Prototype Shop is well equipped with a variety of high precision lathes and milling centers. We have one 5-axis machine and a number of 3-axis verticals, as well as turning centers with live tools for flexibility, along with the usual band saws, grinders, etc. We can handle a wide range of workholding from 24” diameter down to components that are only 1/16” in diameter.

    Since most of the parts machined in the shop are one offs, a premium is placed on cutting down set up times. One of the best time-savers in the shop is our own APS Automatic Positioning System, which can reduce the setup process by up to 90%. We use it for turning, milling, measuring and grinding operations.

     

    Our SinterGrip inserts also shave minutes off sintergripof set ups. They can bite into a piece of stock as little as an 1/8” in and lock it solid so we can work the whole piece without the risk of mismatching caused by manual indexing. “Teaming SinterGrip inserts with our 5-axis machine saves a ton of time,” said CNC Supervisor John Jurney.

    Personalized Attention to Each Component
    “Our machine shop is run by a highly educated and motivated team who have been given top-of-the-line machine tools and software to work with,” John said. “That is why SMW Autoblok is able to provide our customers with the ultimate in workholding customization for any application.”

    If you’re not satisfied with the results from your workholding, please contact us and we’ll put our Prototype professionals to work for you.

  • Visit Us at Area Trade Shows This October

    For anyone interested in quality workholding in the Midwest and South, we’ll be visiting the top regional trade shows in your area next month. We certainly hope you’ll be able to drop by and chat with your local SMW Autoblok representatives about what’s new in our product line. Offering a wide range of innovations, the following are just a couple workholding solutions we are planning to showcase:

    Oaps (1)ur APS Zero Point Clamping System reduces set up times up to 90%. Our system utilizes lubricated/compressed air for release and springs for clamping only; no compressed air is required in locked or clamped positions, which allows for positioning and clamping in one operation with repeatable accuracy within 5 microns.

    Along with our other standard core product, the APS Zero Point Clamping System will be on display at the following shows:

     

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    Wichita Industrial Trade Show

     

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    Osjl_2_1ur whirlwind tour doesn’t stop there. At the end of October we will also be exhibiting at Gear Expo, a premier exhibition serving drive technology experts and power transmission professionals, where we will be featuring our SJL Equalizing Power Chucks. Ideal for clamping deformation sensitive components, the SJL series provides superior 6-jaw (2+2+2) clamping with high radial and axial clamping accuracy and self-centering capabilities. The system is part of our Proofline® series and is fully sealed for reduced maintenance.

    Also on display at Gear Expo will be specific products from our quality line of diaphragm chucks. With the absence of sliding parts, these chucks need no lubrication and offer a more consistent grip force, accurately repeating within 10 microns.

     

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    We welcome the opportunity to talk about any workholding challenges you may be experiencing. We’ll also be networking with local workholding professionals who might be interested in meeting new members of our growing team.

    For more information, contact us; otherwise we look forward to seeing you at any of these upcoming shows.

  • APS Zero Point Clamping System Knocks Down Set-Up Times

    APSThe most important goal of any manufacturer is to increase productivity at all levels. However, companies today still waste a lot of time with the set-up and alignment of their work pieces. The SMW Autoblok APS Zero Point Clamping System can reduce those set-up times up to 90%! This automatic positioning system provides greater flexibility in set-up and an increase in productivity, resulting in an extremely short payback time.

    The APS uses lubricated/compressed air (6 BAR-85 psi) for release and springs for clamping. No compressed air is required in the locked, or clamped position. This allows positioning and clamping in one operation with exceptional repeatability accuracy (< 0.005 mm). Pneumatic systems are easier to install, don’t require a hydraulic unit and are cleaner to operate.

    A very important feature of our system is the fact that the APS pins can be introduced into the module with an angle up to 23°, therefore they don’t need to be oriented exactly in the center of the module.

    APSTurboFunctionWith the Turbo function, the pull-down force increases enough to allow compressed air to be introduced through the Turbo connection, acting directly on the springs to increase their extension. This provides additional power to the 3 jaws, which push on the wedge even more. Once inserted, the Turbo function doesn’t need alignment and it will be discharged automatically in the opening phase.

    Other advantages of the APS include:

    - Available premium models with extended functionality

    - Modular construction kit system: existing clamping systems can be modified very easily

    - Lower fixture height due to the compact design

    - Highest rigidity by means of three clamping slides

    The APS is wear-resistant and protected against rust due to heat-treated elements and an extra hard protective coating. As part of our Proofline® series, it us fully sealed to product against dirt and swarf.

    With eight types of APS modules, you are sure to find a configuration that meets your needs, reducing set-up times anywhere from 120 minutes to 8 minutes. Whether your are running one, two or three-shift operations – the savings from our APS Zero Point System speak for themselves!

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