Big Kaiser UniLock System Stabilizes Tall Parts
Big Kaiser’s UniLock Stabilizer 50 system can easily adjust to new parts – making machining more efficient and cost-effective.
Big Kaiser’s UniLock Stabilizer 50 System for the UniFlex Ball System is a modular workholding system that provides lateral support for tall parts during machining, welding or assembly processes and also allows for the transfer of loads to the table or base.
According to the company, if there’s a need to back-off feeds and speeds to achieve finishes, there’s a chance that a part is not completely stable. Big Kaiser’s zero-point, UniLock stabilizer system can easily adjust to any new part, which can make machining more efficient and cost-effective.
The system is an alternative to modifying parts by moving them from machine to machine (and introducing the chance for error). It attaches to the worktable and the side of the workpiece to provide lateral support. As the workpiece gets taller and further away from the table, there are cutting forces pushing against it and the stabilizer helps to offset those forces.
The system can also be used for mobile parts that are odd shapes and sizes. The company says that the system easily adjusts for parts within one job or when jobs are rapidly changing in and out. It is said that the system can be quickly integrated into existing setups, stack easily and uses a wide variety of gripping forms.
Producing a keyway, spline or similar longitudinal feature on a turned part usually necessitates an additional, time-consuming, secondary operation on a broaching or slotting machine. That means moving the part to and from a secondary operation, an extra setup, additional labor and hourly machine costs and all of the other headaches that go with secondary operations.
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