Flexible Fixturing System is offered for CMMs.

Press Release Summary:

Suited for staging parts on CMMs or vision inspection systems, Pinhead Flexible Fixturing eliminates need for special constructions to fix complex workpieces. Modular clamping system can be combined and expanded as necessary, and 70 pins ensure optimal fit. Pin base height for mounting workpiece is 4.75 in. to top of pins, and 0.160 in. pin dia and .800 in. stroke allow optimal shape adaptation. Allowable downward force per unit is 10 kg per Pinhead element (22 lb).

Original Press Release:

Euro-Tech Corporation Introduces Pinhead Flexible Fixturing for Coordinate Measuring Machines

Menomonee Falls, WI. . . . Euro-Tech Corporation announces the introduction of Pinhead Flexible Fixturing. Designed to quickly and precisely fix parts on coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), the system eliminates expensive special constructions to fix complex workpieces. This innovation will be showcased at the Quality Show being held at Chicago's McCormick Place September 20-22, 2011 in Booth 1030.

Pinhead Flexible Fixturing is ideal for staging parts on CMM's or vision inspection systems and will lower inspection costs and reduce inspection time. It is excellent for controlling costs because purchasing can be conducted on an as-needed basis. This modular clamping system can be combined and expanded as necessary. Standard features include:
  • Pin Base height for mounting the workpiece is 4.75" to top of pins
  • 70 pins ensure optimal fit
  • 0.160" pin diameter and .800" stroke result in optimal adaptation of shape
  • Features and quick-clamping and maintenance-free mechanism
  • Alignment interface for additional modules designed to allow fast assembly

    Options include a Pinhead kit that with four base units, four 1" risers, four 1.5" risers, four 2" risers and four swivel mounting arms with standard 10mm thread size. The cost for the kit is $3495. Other modular pieces can be purchased separately: risers ($64/ea) swivel mounting arms ($88/each), magnetic base ($158), spring-loaded swivel clamp ($116), and pinhead swivel clamps ($68 - $78).

    FAQ's about Pinhead Flexible Fixturing:
  • The allowable downward force per unit is 10 kg per Pinhead element (22 lbs). 4 elements in an array will support about 40 kg.
  • The use of Pinhead in machining applications is NOT PERMISSABLE!. Chips, oil and contaminants will completely disrupt the clamping and extension of the pins and will in fact, void the warranty.
  • Risers are sized at 1", 1.5" and 2" and may be assembled in any combination.
  • The life of the product can only be described as "long" as all moving elements are hardened and the application for inspection (CMM tables, etc) will produce nearly no wear on the system.

    Euro-Tech Corporation
    Since 1993, Euro-Tech Corporation has represented unique European-made gages, tooling products such as arbors, chucks, drills, taps, measurement systems and accessories. Euro-Tech also offers the state-of-the-art PG 1000 Cutting Tool Inspection System and the Pinhead Flexible Fixturing Systems for CMMs. Both are manufactured in the U.S.

    Euro-Tech products are used to make manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, small engine, medical and wind power industries more productive. The company is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, WI where a highly skilled team is committed to the continuous development of state-of-the-art solutions.

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