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  • 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.

  • 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.

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