So many choices! One would think that having so many choices would be a benefit of living in these times, but when it comes down to making a final decision, the overabundance of options can often be a hurdle in itself. Whether it’s choosing which car to buy, or even which movie to watch, you try to weigh the pros and cons and go with the option that offers the most benefits, and more importantly the one that suits you the most.
Magnetic, hydraulic, conventional, custom fixturing… The same rings true for workholding on milling and turning machines. There are so many options, how do you know which is right for you? If you’re trying to decide if magnetic clamping is suited to your needs we’ve got you covered. Without further ado, here are the top reasons you should switch to magnetic workholding right now:
Speed: A magnet offers the quickest clamp/unclamp of any system which equates to less machine downtime between setups.
Flexibility: Any ferromagnetic work piece, regardless of shape or size, can be clamped magnetically.
Clamp Uniformity: A magnet is the only system that provides full surface clamp force, thus reducing vibration and enhancing quality.
Clamp Consistency: When used properly, magnetic chucks offer predictable and reliable clamp force at the touch of a button.
Maximum Safety: Permanent Electro Technology uses the best of both worlds: the power of an electromagnet with the reliability of a permanent magnet – this is a fail-safe system using power only to switch the unit on or off. Many magnetic systems offer an additional safety interlock through integration of a machining center PLC and the magnet controller.
Low Maintenance: No moving parts, no threads to strip, no oil to clean up; a magnet requires little to no maintenance.
Energy Efficient: Electrical consumption is only required for activation and deactivation – a matter of seconds making the magnet environmentally and ergonomically friendly.
Accessibility: No protruding clamps or bolts. Better access to the work piece for up to five sided machining.
We all want the latest smart phone or the newest tablet or laptop yet when it comes to workholding many use ancient methods. Come on, take a step into the 21st century and use a better, safer, and more reliable workholding system.