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  • 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:


    Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology


    Wichita Industrial Trade Show




    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.


    Gear Expo


    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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