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11 Ideas for Clamping Product Parts in Weld Fixtures

The Queen of Lean Machine Design, Susan Straley, discusses several different clamps and clamp modifications for holding parts in fixtures and jigs. Swing clamps, manual clamps, pneumatic clamps are touched on in this quick overview.

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The Diamond Pin, The Shoulder Screw, and The Bushing-Weld Fixture Design Lesson

Now that we have a Diamond Pin that is only touching the part on the top and the bottom of the pin, we need to make the contact points of the pin remain in the same up and down orientation. To say it differently, we have to make sure the diamond pin doesn’t rotate.¬† We can do this with a flat cut on the pin and a shoulder screw mounted next to the cut.¬† Let’s take a look at the video…   Thanks for joining me as we...

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Using a Pin for Orienting vs Locating

We are continuing our discussion of the use of a Straight Line Action Clamp in a weld fixture. The purpose of the clamp in our sample fixture is to move a locating pin into a hole in the product part to locate.  Then, after the product is welded, the Straight Line Action Clamp can retract the pin, so that the product can be removed from the weld fixture. In this weeks blog video, a round locating pin is replaced by a diamond pin in our...

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Straight Action Clamps

Five items to consider when choosing a straight line action clamp. Straight Line Action Clamp 1)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Brand Preference of the Customer De-sta-co Te-Co Brauer Carr Lane All American Reid Bessey Some of our customers have settled on the types of clamps they like to work with and have stocked a few for ready use.   2)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Manual or Pneumatic? 3)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Stroke length 4)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Pressure If you are pushing on...

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Machine Design — Cost Saving Clamp Risers – Spacers for Clamps

Lean Manufacturers Are Now Saving Time and Money By Purchasing Their Clamp Risers Through Rentapen Inc. Rentapen‚Äôs design team has been designing machines for 35 years. They realized they were designing the same clamp risers over and over again. So Rentapen developed what is now called Rentapen‚Äôs RAPid Tooling Components‚ĄĘ, a line of tooling components. These standardized yet versatile components save manufacturers time and money. The...

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