Fairlane, a well-known manufacturer of workholding grippers, has recently released a new range of grippers called ‘TG GripSerts’ to complement their existing range.
Michigan-based Fairlane design, manufacture and stock a wide range of workholding and positioning components. Fairlane grippers grip and penetrate the work piece to provide superior holding power. Used in jigs, fixtures and chuck jaws, these grippers are versatile enough to fit any number of applications and their modular and economical replaceable wear surfaces extend the life of expensive clamping mechanisms. The replaceability of the grippers enhances a fixture system by minimising downtime during setup.
Adjustable grippers are available in high-speed tool steel – with either tool steel or carbide serrations – in a number of thread styles and lengths. The fixed, non-adjustable grippers are available in round, square and angular configurations with a host of different serrated tooth patterns. Materials include high-speed tool steel, solid carbide and carbide tipped.
The new range of ‘TG GripSerts’ grippers offer many advantages over traditional clamping systems including exceptional clamping stability and vibration dampening.
“There is no need for pre-machining or dovetailing workpieces, which allows for very secure holding at lower clamping forces to avoid deforming the workpiece. This results in both a higher cutting rate and less material waste than traditional clamping systems,” said Dimac’s Managing Director Paul Fowler.
“With only 3.5mm of clamp surface needed to securely hold the workpiece, TG GripSerts workholding grippers are ideal for 5-axis machining operations,” Mr Fowler added.
Because of the geometry of the grippers, the TG GripSerts create a pull-down effect that prevents any lifting of the workpiece while clamping. These durable inserts combine tough-coated cemented carbide with specialized teeth and triangular shapes that penetrate different types of workpiece material. A range of different GripSerts are available to grip specific material including steel, hardened steel, titanium and aluminium.
Accessories include protective covers that protect jaws from dirt and debris when the GripSerts are not installed, screws that are used to mount the grippers onto the TG GripSert jaws and a cutting tool; this milling cutting tool is used to prepare jaws to receive TG GripSerts workholding grippers. A retrofit jaw set allows operators to use TG GripSerts and snap-in parallels on 6” vises.
The Fairlane range of grippers includes serrated grippers, low-profile edge grippers, single point and straight serration grippers, as well as Swivots®-swivel-action modular component workholding system (incorporating a serrated or smooth contact area that rotates) and pivots for holding and positioning of irregular contour surfaces.
“Like all the products we sell, the Fairlane range has the full back-up and support of Dimac’s technical personnel to ensure the product is installed correctly and operates at optimum performance,” Mr Fowler concluded.
In addition to Fairlane, Dimac is also the sole distributor of other leading CNC accessory and workholding brands including Kitagawa power chucks, Lang Technik 5-axis vises, Freddy coolant recyclers, Reven air cleaners, Hydrafeed barfeeders and Royal’s Rota-Rack.
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