Several types of the workholding platforms for workholding operations are offered by OK-VISE directly and through its global distribution network.
OK-LOCK zero-point positioning system, RPS trunnion unit and Tooling Blocks are some of workholding platforms used in the OK-VISE projects.
Typically, workholding platforms are customized to meet the customers requirements.
These platforms are suitable for the hydraulic clamping and also can be used in the automated clamping systems, for example, in the robotic loading.
Platform interface to fixturing
Workholding fixtures are normally built on the certain standard platforms. OK-VISE fixturing components are mounted on following platform surfaces:
- Blank (the fixture is machined into solid metal)
- T-slot (typical in vertical machining centers)
- Grid system (used in the modular systems)
OK-VISE manufactured tooling blocks of different shapes and sizes are typically used in horizontal machining centers (HMC). In vertical machining centers (VMC), indexers and trunnion units like RPS are recommended.
The sub-plate concept can be used to build fixtures with all machine types and platforms. When a fixture is built on a plate as a single unit, changing the fixture is faster than in the case of installing several fixture components on a machine table or tooling block.
In most cases, clamping the workpieces to the fixture off-line and then transferring the fixture to the machine is the most rational approach that increases productivity of the production.
Sub-plates can be used to carry dedicated or general purpose fixtures.