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  • 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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Exclusive 5-Sided Machining Vises with SinterGrip

    sintergripThe only thing worse than scrap is high-priced scrap. When held in traditional workholders that require large clamping surface areas, expensive materials such as aluminum and titanium get used up quickly. The gripping force required to hold the workpiece securely can deform the part as well. That’s why both of our precision vises for 5-axis machine tools (The GENIUS and The SINTEX) are equipped with SMW Autoblok’s proprietary SinterGrip technology.

    SinterGrip Technology
    Instead of clamping a large surface area of the workpiece like most systems, the patented SinterGrip technology requires only 3.5mm of clamping surface. This reduces the waste of expensive raw materials and minimizes deformation risk. A series of solid carbide serrated inserts grip the workpiece so securely that vibration is virtually non-existent. This stability allows for higher cutting speed and feed rates, which translate into more metal removed in less machining time. You can even customize the Sintergrip for the particular material you are working with.

    bild2The GENIUS
    The GENIUS precision vise features other unique technology in addition to the SinterGrip system. Unlike traditional vises, it uses traction clamping to grip the workpiece. The movement of the jaws is not on a base, but on hardened and ground shafts. These generate clamping force (up to almost 30,000 foot-pounds) right at the part, where it is needed the most. The result is so stable that the GENIUS is the first vise designed for 5-axis machine tools that can be used for high precision milling operations. Thanks to an expanding screw, GENIUS can clamp workpieces up to 200mm in just one set-up. The GENIUS can be used with both flat and round workpieces.

    The SINTEX
    The SINTEX self-centering 5-axis vise is designed for a high degree of accuracy on flat workpieces. Its compact size, large opening range (up to 150mm), repeatable accuracy (+/- 0.01) and SinterGrip technology make it extremely flexible. It comes in a variety of configurations and provides an excellent quality to price ratio.

    If you’re interested in a 5-sided machining vise that only needs 3.5mm to grip a workpiece,  please contact us. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your individual needs.

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