Spring Loaded Workholding Supports for Fixturing Versatility


Three styles of spring loaded work supports ideal for the accurate positioning and orientation of workpieces for machining, fabrication and inspection layouts, etc., are available from Fixtureworks® (Fraser, MI), North American manufacturer and supplier of workholding technologies and machine tool components. The Imao® fixturing supports are offered in four block-type sizes, five cylinder-type sizes, and three miniature versions.

The supports allow users to locate foundation pieces virtually anywhere on a fixture base where workpiece support is required-following contours, shoulders, different diameters and varying heights. They help stabilize the piece, and assure that clamping devices hold secure...preventing chatter and/or deflection of parts when under loads and machine forces. The spring loaded feature of the support plunger provides cushioning as a workpiece is loaded and simplifies release and unloading operations.

The block style supports provide from 895 to 2020 pounds of load support capacity and feature a low profile for versatile, flexible application. The support height can be raised or lowered via rotation of a socket head cap screw while the support itself has a tapped hole to accept a replaceable contact element, reducing wear and tear on the support structure and surfaces. Supports are pre-machined with hole and counterbore for mounting from top using socket head cap screws.

The versatile cylinder type work supports also offer load capacities from 895 up to 2020 pounds and include the tapped hole in the top of the plunger for use of a contact element. The cylinder series does feature a fastening stud on the bottom with tightening access of a hex wrench for easy, low profile mounting. A side screw is included that locks the height of the support plunger in place to bolster rigidity and accuracy of part location.

The compact mini work supports are ideal for limited space locations as the diameters measure approximately half that of the three smallest standard size cylinder units, and they are for light duty operations...with load capacities of 44, 67 and 89 pounds for the three sizes. A larger, knurled thumb knob is provided for locking the support plunger in place after part loading, and a bottom stud with hex shoulder allows for simple fixture-plate mounting using hex end wrench.

All three styles of spring loaded work supports are manufactured using quality alloy steel and given a black oxide finish.

In addition to Imao spring loaded work supports, Fixtureworks also offers other Imao products including new mini clamps as well as risers, T-nuts, sliding mounts, springs, grid plates and blocks. Among Fixtureworks other 20,000-plus items are Fairlane Products' grippers, rest pads, Swivots swivel/pivoting positioning components, Quick Release ball-lock pins, rollers and bumpers; Kipp spring plungers, rest and riser pads, tension levers and torque handles, ball knobs, and handwheels. OK-Vise single and double wedge clamp designs; Modern Industries mPower(TM) product line which includes quick change precision locating and mounting systems and modular tooling, plates and columns.

Fixtureworks® offers the complete lineup of spring loaded work supports from Imao® that includes four sizes of block styles, five cylinder sizes, and three mini supports, designed to create a stable, accurate locating base to help eliminate part chatter and deflection when under work loads.

Direct inquiry requests to:
Justin Gordon
Fixtureworks o 33792 Doreka o Fraser, MI 48026.
Tel: 586.294.1188 o Toll Free: 888-794-8687 o Fax: 586.294.4843
Online: www.fixtureworks.net o Email: info@fixtureworks.net

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