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We provide manufacturers the ability to save millions of dollars by creating standardized flat plate tooling solutions that incorporate our patented/patent-pending quick-change technology. Our products promote the safe operations of machines during manufacturing.
WHERE WE FIT
The leading manufacturer of flat plate workholding systems, we help the aerospace industry and others save millions of dollars by creating standardized workholding solutions. This quick-change technology improves safety and productivity in machining. Our products are routinely used to implement lean manufacturing initiatives in CNC machine shops. You will become significantly more efficient by using our products and standardizing your process, eliminating dedicated fixturing and the costs associated with it (tool design, manufacturing, maintenance, and storage).
CUSTOM WORKHOLDING FIXTURE PLATES, SUBPLATES, AND TOMBSTONES
Elijah Tooling’s Universal Common Modular Fixtures (UCMF) are subplates typically used in a lean manufacturing environment, especially high-speed machining operations. These unique fixtures form the basis of our quick-change system, where we incorporate patented Invert-A-Bolt™ (back bolt) Workholding Fasteners, ZipBushing™ multi-purpose hole hardware and XZertZ™ Retractable Dowel Pins. These components are installed into the fixture plate below the surface, always ready, with minimum setup time and maximum ease of use.
ELIJAH TOOLING WORKHOLDING SYSTEMS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
UCMF plates are ideal for machining most parts, whether they are from raw stock, castings, forgings, or other configurations. Raw stock, “picture framed”, parts can be located with ZipBushings™ and held by Invert-A-Bolt™ (back bolt) fasteners. Casting, forgings, and other configurations can be held/located using modular fixturing components at the multi-purpose hole locations.
WHY FLAT FIXTURE PLATES?
Reduced labor costs
Reduced setup time
Reduced cycle time
Rapid, repeatable setups
THREE EASY STEPS
How It Works
Our design team models your workholding solution
We create a 3D CAD model that lets you see our proposed solution. There are two easy ways to gather the information needed to create your 3D model: You can call us for a quick conversation via telephone or communicate with us via email. A workholding specialist or engineer then designs your custom workholding solution.
Our manufacturing team creates your workholding.
Once a purchase order is in place, we develop a drawing(s) that includes critical dimensions for your approval and signature. We then develop a Gantt Chart type plan that will guide our production and delivery process from beginning to end. We will order materials and any necessary tooling, schedule machines, machine plates/components, finish secondary processes, and finally; we will produce a quality assurance report. Your workholding fixture plate and components will then be assembled, boxed and shipped right to your facility.
You reduce your costs and improve your efficiency.
After installation, you will immediately see the results of standardization: lower cost through reduced setup time (no clamps), cycle time (streamlines process), and programming and tool design time (always the same). Your new "cookie-cutter" process will be rapid, repeatable, and precise. You will have peace of mind knowing that your manufacturing will produce consistently growing bottom-line results.
FLAT PLATE MODULAR QUICK-CHANGE WORKHOLDING SYSTEMS
The Elijah Tooling Modular Fixture Plate has received endorsements from top CNC programmers and CNC machinists at leading manufacturing companies. With built-in workholding components like XZertZ™ Retractable Dowel Pins, Invert-a-Bolt™ fasteners, modular vises and ZipBushings™ Precision Threaded Locator Bushings; you can access everything in one place, on one fixture plate.
ONE WORKHOLDING SYSTEM DOES IT ALL
The Elijah Tooling workholding system can be used to machine many types of parts, substantially reducing dedicated fixtures, tool design, tool build, and tool storage and maintenance. You won't need any other holding or locating components except for those already embedded in the face of the tooling plate/tooling block. The system employs Invert-A-Bolt™ fasteners, ZipBushings™(multi-purpose hole hardware), and XZertZ™ Retractable Dowel Pins to hold and locate a part throughout machining. The row/column designators help machinists know "where they are at". In addition, every system (fixture plate, sub-plate, tombstone, etc.) will repeatably hold/locate to the receiver.
No Obstructions in Machining
All workholding elements (Invert-A-Bolt™ fasteners) and precision locating elements (ZipBushings™ and XZertZ™ Retractable Dowel Pins) are embedded below the surface, minimizing or eliminating obstructions to machining.
Machine almost any size part that can physically fit on the enhanced "superhero" grid plate, and easily machine round, cast, or forged parts. Our grid plates feature 2" grids that facilitate the use of off-the-shelf components. With Invert-A-Bolt™ fasteners, you can hold hog-out parts in unique ways and snug them up close to the part or mill right over the top of them.
Only "dial-up" once. Our tooling plates feature tight tolerances ensuring highly repeatable setups and reducing or eliminating your setup times. Row and column designators make it easy to determine which locators and workholding fasteners to use. Setups are always the same: no dialing in for each new part to be machined. No more extensive setups. No more time-wasting changeovers.
INVERT-A-BOLT™ FASTENERS ARE CHANGING MANUFACTURING PROCESSES WORLDWIDE
This flush mounted “back bolt” system allows manufacturers to eliminate clamps and bolts when machining parts by securing stock and tooling from underneath. A complete “flat plate” solution contributes to maximum flexibility of the fixturing and provides improved workholding solutions, ultimately leading to greater efficiency, a safer working environment, and less waste. Back bolts eliminate the need for costly clamps and vises while drastically reducing setup times so you can machine more parts faster with less rick of damage. Our fastener-based systems can dramatically affect your pocketbook too! More parts means more efficiency, better cycle time, and the opportunity to increase sales. Invert-A-Bolt™ fasteners are currently in use in over 14 countries.
WORKHOLDING FASTENERS ARE SIMPLE TO USE AND INSTALL
Stop wasting time looking for the “right” bolt again. Stop wasting time grinding a bolt to size again. Stop interrupting the machining process to change clamps. Stop warping and stressing your parts with excessive clamping. These fasteners are always available in the fixture, with standardized stick-out. Simply screw the larger diameter (the housing) into the fixture plate and bring the inner diameter (the stud) up into your stock material for a superior workholding solution. Raise and lower in seconds with a torque-limiting pneumatic driver. Flush-mounted means that they are there when you need them and hidden when you don't. You can get them in various stud & housing sizes, depending upon your application. Our workholding fasteners are often found in high-speed horizontal manufacturing, but they fit many other applications as well:
- High-speed machining operations
- Anywhere that would benefit from quick-change capabilities
- Utilization of modular tooling systems
- Assembly jig applications
- Dedicated fixturing systems
ZIPBUSHINGS™ and XZERTZ™
Retractable Dowel Pins (XZertZ™) and ZipBushings™ are flush-mounted in the fixture plate, ready to locate your workpiece at any time.
"I couldn’t be happier with your equipment. While we haven’t put the vises to work yet, I think that’s coming up. The loading cart is working fantastically, especially with the little Teflon helper step mod we ended up doing. The quick change system is all in hoped it would be. Very fast & super accurate repeatability. The universal platter for our rotary is right on the money as well. Even changing our 5th Axis vise on & off (which we just did yesterday) quickly indexed back in to < 0.0001”. We have our TR210 making various 3+2 5 axis aircraft parts that are in tight spec & passing all NDI inspection nearly 100% of the time. I am so glad we have been able to team up with you & your staff to get us that much further to the best we can be!"
United States Air Force
"The quick change invert-a-bolt project is working like a charm. The invert-a-bolts are working as planned and the operator is really happy with the setup. We are just starting the second phase of the project, of adding the roller table function, but I don’t anticipate any issues with the invert-a-bolts based on our testing and design to date. I’ll send some pictures when we get the completed roller table in place. Your product has worked as advertized, is meeting our hold-down and change out requirements and no mechanical or maintenance issues to date (probably why you haven’t heard from us).
Thanks again for all your help to date and keep rolling out the great quick change products!"
Director of Lean
"These results are impressive, and Raytheon Aircraft quickly realized the efficiencies high-speed machining passed on to the rest of the manufacturing process...'we consolidated tooling and eliminated other operations. By using simplified, standardized tooling, maintenance decreases and impacts overall part quality and setup time.' Raytheon Aircraft's approach to workholding also impacts setup, using what it refers to as a universal vacuum fixturing...this standardized approach to vacuum fixtures allows operators to setup smaller parts in one operation. 'The fixturing uses Invert-A-Bolt™ fasteners and a large vacuum to hold the parts...A thin foil web is ultimately cut around the floor of the part -- about .0003 inch of material to keep the part attached to the universal fixture. When machining is complete, the vacuum is released and the part is snapped out of the surrounding material'....
Director Supply Chain Management
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