Hey guys it's Rick, at Elijah Tooling.
Give me at least two minutes, this is gonna take a little longer than that. I must make it worth your while. So, today I'm coming to you with one of our cool t-slot type fixtures, and we're going to be talking about the t-slot fastener, and the vise that goes into the fixture.
So, I heard a story the other day, about Zig Ziglar. If you've ever heard of him with his son. One night they visited a restaurant late in the evening, 11 o'clock or so, it was after one of their seminars. And they were waited on a woman who was in her, let's say advanced age 70's or so. And, Zig leaned over to his son and said, whispered, "A Salesman did a poor job". And, Tom looked at him and was like" What do you mean what are you talking about?". He said, "Well, if a life insurance salesman had done his job, this old lady would not be working here tonight!". And it made me realize that when we sell products, we're selling it because it benefits our customers. And, what we kind of forget to do sometimes is tell them, "What happens if you don't go this way? What happens if you don't purchase this product?". So today, I'd like to share with you some important benefits from this product. But, also want to remind you that there's another side to the selling equation and that is, you could suffer loss by not incorporating these ideas into your manufacturing process. So with that, I got my little rant out of the way. Let me just tell you about this.
So, this is a t-slot fixture, it incorporates our t-slot fasteners, they work like our other Invert-a-bolt™ fasteners. In other words, they screwed it in and out of the product. In this case, we're having them screw in and out of the modular vices. But, they could be a part, that could be a plate, it could be whatever you want to load and unload. And, the neat thing about these is that they're moving in slots. So, that you don't have to have them on a pattern, you know they can move down this slot. And so, we can put them anywhere we want, and we can put them on your machine without a really cool fixture like this one. So, the hardware expense is lower when you're using this type of product. Let me just show you.
Now, so we've got the Xzertz™ recalled this is a retractable dowel pin, it goes in and out, of our multi-purpose hole. So, that's really cool cause it can stay flush, and only be used when you want it to. In this case, I've raised them just enough so that the adjustable modular vise can slide in one direction. Now, we've made the bottom of this vise you can see these counter bores allow us to raise this up, and actually, use this as a fixed vise. Today we're just going to use it as an adjustable vise. So, we've got the adjustable on this side, we've got the fixed on this side, and in this particular scenario, since I've just got this smaller plate. We're only using one side of the gripper, but we could if we wanted to have another vise over here, and do two parts at the same time. But anyway, I wanted to show you how nice, and easy this slides into place. We're going to take our part, and we're going to load it here.
Slide that into position. And then, I'm going to rapidly pull the studs up into the special T-nuts there in the bottom of these vices. And, lock it into place. Now, if you were going to load and unload this part of course you're not going to do this but once, because we do have the adjustment of the vise right here. So, now we're going to tighten it, tighten it, boom baby, it's ready to go. Even on a plexiglass fixture, it's holding really good. You know what, I think that's it. The idea here if you standardize it, in your process will save you, hundreds, thousands, even millions of dollars depending on how large a manufacturer you are. We repeat the same thing, over, and over, and over again, in so doing, we get results.
Reliable, predictable, repeatable results. So anyway, thank you for joining me. I'm grateful for you, see you next time!
Chief Executive Officer at Elijah Tooling
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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.