20 April 2017
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norelem clamps down on machining precision

​As engineers face growing pressure to meet shorter lead times and ensure greater quality, one manufacturer of systems and components is helping the industry machine workpieces in a single set up with its new 5-axis clamping fixture.

The latest addition to norelem’s range of more than 33,000 individual standard parts, the company’s new 5-axis clamping fixture makes it possible for engineers to quickly and easily machine an entire workpiece in one set up. This enables engineers to reduce set-up times for each individual job, whilst achieving greater component precision at a time when workpieces are becoming more and more complex.

The product facilitates vibration-free machining with the highest cutting and feed forces, and minimal interfering edges. As a result, engineers can achieve more accurate tolerances and surfaces using shorter tools. When used in conjunction with modern 5-axis milling centres, norelem’s clamping fixture can help deliver a particularly impressive surface finish.

The 5-axis clamping fixture has been carefully designed to provide easy operability and rapid adjustment via the means of a scale, enabling it to be adapted to new workpieces. The workpiece is always centred with the drawing spindle located directly under the component support. This results in a very short distribution of forces during clamping, preventing the jaws from expanding under heavy loads.

Marcus Schneck, CEO of norelem, said the introduction of the 5-axis clamping fixture adds to the company’s range of clamping technology, of which it can provide more than 300 parts. All of these components can be sourced through THE BIG GREEN BOOK, norelem’s complete reference guide for engineers. He commented: “Our 5-axis clamping fixture has been carefully designed to offer very high traction and rigidity for greater accuracy, whilst facilitating quick and easy assembly and set-up. By delivering the optimal adjustment of the clamping jaws to a workpiece, the fixture provides reliability and secure fixing, enabling engineers to completely machine workpieces in a single set up. At a time when industry is facing time and cost pressures, small marginal gains such as this will help operatives meet more challenging lead times, and engineer higher quality components.”

norelem's 5-axis clamping fixture is available with a jaw width of 90mm to 125mm, with clamping widths possible from 20mm to 320mm. To see norelem’s full range of clamps and fixtures, you can download THE BIG GREEN BOOK at: https://www.norelem.co.uk/gb/en/Service/Order-cata...

Brian Wall

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