Hey guys, Rick here from Elijah Tooling.
I wanted to introduce you to some of our products; I am going to start with the Invert-A-Bolt™ Fasteners. This is our claim to fame. This is a patented product, it is very simple and, as you can see, it is stainless steel.
Basically the way it operates is that it has an outer housing, it screws into the piece that is holding it. Normally, that is a fixture plate, but it could be anything. Then it has a little threaded portion that comes out the top and we call that the stud. So, the stud moves into the piece that is being held and it allows you to hold workholding material, whatever it may be without using clamps or bolts. So, we have got a number of these in different sizes but this is the most popular Invert-A-Bolt™ Fasteners. It is a half inch, we call it a 1/2" AA02 STYLE INVERT-A-BOLT™ FASTENERS
We have got another one just like it but it has shorter stick out, a shorter stud engagement. the stud engagement for the classic one is 0.45 inches and for this one it is 0.3 inches. And I am going to demonstrate the use of these products in just a minute but I am just explaining each one of them briefly. So, another thing that is nice about these is that we have got them in two different housing sizes. This is the AA02 type housing where it houses either a half inch stud or a three eighths stud and then we have the smallest version that houses five sixteenths.
So, if you are using these in a modular plate like this, you can swap out these Invert-A-Bolt™ Fasteners to go to a different size if you need it. And, it works the same way with this larger housing, the AA03 STYLE INVERT-A-BOLT™ FASTENER, which is another popular one and has a half inch stud as well. This is common with two different sizes, it has a half inch and then we have a five eighths housed in the AA03 type. It has a one and a quarter inch outer diameter and the AA02 have a one inch outer diameter.
And then we have some new products which are, basically, the same thing except for that they are common with our precision locators because of their height.
Thank you for your time.
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On today’s podcast, we interview Rick Miller, owner, and co-founder of Elijah Tooling, a company that sells innovative CNC work holding equipment. Rick has a knack for coming up with unique products and has several patents in the work holding sector. He says that innovative ideas are vital for success but getting customers to buy into those ideas is what makes for a successful business.
Question: What tool would you like to see invented?
So what we're going to do, is we're going to load our vices, we're going to load a part, we're going to probe it in, we're going to cut it. And then, we're going to go to the next step; which is to load our trunnion, load it, load a part and start it up. What's the point? Well, we're trying to show you how fast you can load and unload your parts of course. And then, also how fast it is to bring the trunnion in, and precisely locate it; get it into place and start machining with it.