Workholding system improves productivity

When Chick Workholding launched its One-Lok clamping system seven years ago as an alternative to the conventional machine vice, the company made available more precise workpiece positioning and a time-saving ratchet mechanism to adjust the position of the moveable jaw quickly. New lightweight versions have now been unveiled, offering users additional benefits. Availability in the UK is through sole agent 1st Machine Tool Accessories.

The latest One-Lok comes in two sizes rather than one, 400 or 500 mm long, offering maximum gripping lengths of 180 and 280 mm respectively. Further improvements include a lowering of the clamp profile from 150 to 134 mm, which allows longer spindle travel in the Z axis and halves the unit’s weight for easier handling. With this in mind, an ergonomic hand grip has also been added at either end.
Sometimes, machinists turn a vice through 90° so that it lies transversely across the machine table. This strategy can bring the part closer to the operator, but has the disadvantage that there is no clearance for the handle. With the new One-Lok, workholding in this orientation has been made easier by using a ratchet handle.
The moveable jaw on One-Lok systems can be adjusted quickly and conveniently, as it can now be slid using one hand rather than two over the QwikSlide ratchets. A few turns of the handle move the jaw in the same direction over the last few millimetres to complete the clamping action. The existing BoltFast interface for the 152mm wide, interchangeable hard and stepped steel jaws and aluminium soft jaws, has been retained. A quarter turn of the locking screw is all that is required to exchange them, promoting productivity when machining small batches of components.
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