OK-VISE is developing new concepts for workholding
OK-VISE is developing new concepts for workholding. Both with robotic loading and manual loading of workpieces automation is increasing and we are ready to meet the challenge!
In robotic loading a reliable clamping is essential, in manual loading automated clamping is used to save personnel from injuries.
When it comes to automated clamping, our focus is in components for pallet pools and FMS Systems, where power supply needs to be decoupled for pallet transfer and machining.
Additionally, we have systems for clamping force verification named DIGIFORCE.
OK-VISE Method of Automated Clamping
The original inventor of the wedge-operated low-profile clamp, OK-VISE, has introduced a new method of automated clamping. The design of the hydraulic actuators is optimized to utilize the maximum effectiveness the key property of the OK-VISE clamps - extreme clamping force in a small space combined with the accuracy of the clamping force.
In most cases, automated clamping is done by pulling the bolt down instead of rotating the bolt line in most manual cases
- As an integral part of the OK-VISE Fixturing Concept, automated actuators can be used to build genuinely modular fixtures.
- Automated clamping can be used in combination with:
- Automated or manual workpiece loading
- Vertical or horizontal machining centers and 5-axis machines
- A continuous pressure source or a hydraulic connection that is uncoupled after loading.
OK-VISE low-profile clamps are worldwide known for their quality and accuracy. D-series and B-series clamps are particularly recommended for use with the OK-VISE automated actuators.
Today, OK-VISE is offering modules for HYDRAULIC CLAMPING.
OK-VISE Hydraulic Actuators
Hydraulic pressure (p) is first converted to the downwards force and by the use of the clamping force of the wedge clamp (F) is applied in two directions. Just like in manual clamping, a stopper is needed on both sides of the clamp.
The simplest way of creating a hydraulic fixture is to use a a single acting hydraulic actuator. Please note that in the double acting hydraulic actuator, pushing force is stronger than the pulling force.
Please study the list of our hydraulic modules.
Multi-Rail RM Units + Hydraulics
Continuous hydraulic connection with horizontal machining center.
Grid System + Hydraulics
Continuous hydraulic connection with vertical machining center.
Blank System + Hydraulics
The hydraulic connection is disconnected after loading. Used in the FMS systems.
There are copule of ways for easy access to automated clamping
- Using hydraulic cylinders
- Powerplate concept
OK-VISE hydraulic modules can also be used with manually operated fixtures. This is the easiest way to enter the world of an automated clamping!
Benefits of hydraulic clamping
Compared to manual clamping, using hydraulic clamping in the system ensures a consistent clamping force on the workpiece, makes clamping process faster and enables automated or robotic loading of workpieces.
Compared to the other hydraulic systems on the market, the OK-VISE hydraulic clamping module:
- is based on the world-renowned wedge clamp
- has a wedge design that hinders compression of hydraulic oil and prevents vibration
- creates clamping force with a pull stroke
- has a return stroke performed by a spring or hydraulics
- uses a HA-Series actuator designed for 350 bar pressure, hence a compact size
Some basic components
Fixturing assembly can be supplied together with the hydraulic actuators. OK-VISE partners from the global distribution network offer assistance with the hydraulic installations. Sample connection diagrams are available from firstname.lastname@example.org.
OK-VISE low-profile clamps are worldwide known for their quality and accuracy. D-series and B-series clamps are particularly recommended for use with the OK-VISE hydraulic actuators.