Kurt To Unveil Workholding Systems At Westec 2010

Kurt will unveil a range of workholding and high-productivity products at Westec 2010, to meet the needs of the manufacturing industry. Applications include automated workholding systems, multi-chuck clamping systems, cast caged tombstones and custom-engineered workholding. Kurt's automated workholding fixtures load and unload parts with a robot arm, and have pre-load features that centre and clamp parts securely. Pressure and proximity sensors communicate wirelessly with the robot and machining centre.

Workholding setups can be designed for 24/7 operation, eliminating the need for operator interaction. Kurt has capabilities for designing and building automated cells that include assembly and gauging functions to form a complete system. Another Kurt workholding option for improving productivity and precision is the Leader Multichuck MMY product line. This system consists of two- and three-jaw manual self-centering static workholding modules, in four sizes from 80 to 150mm.

They are suitable for use on machining centres, milling machines and grinders. The chucks integrate quickly and easily with Kurt's high-density workholding towers and other devices to provide high productivity and precision workholding. Kurt's MMY Multichuck provides a simple top face operation that enables more chucks, and therefore workpieces, to be grouped closely together. They have the ability to clamp on both the OD and the ID. Kurt's lighter weight building block modules add high density and versatility to most horizontal machining centres, and are said to be 30 per cent lighter than comparable-size tombstones with aluminum sub-plates.

Bolt holes and dowel patterns on each face enable fast installation and removal of sub-plates and other workholding components with repeatability of 0.0002in. The modules are manufactured from 80,000lb/in2 ductile iron. Drawing from a full 360deg range of standard workholding products, Kurt can custom engineer a setup for virtually any need. Its product portfolio includes multiple station CNC vises, five-axis vises, rotary-table workholding for VMCs, plus a full line of tombstones for achieving maximum high-density workholding and accessories to complement every workholding setup.

Kurt is the exclusive, worldwide distributor of NEMI vacuum workholding. NEMI vacuum products are available for many existing OEM products, or can be designed to fit individual vacuum workholding needs. Kurt also provides a full line of automated and manual gauging systems, and is a Fanuc integrator for automation.


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