Flexible - “All in one” fixture accommodates different part configurations and sizes.
Flexible enough for castings and forgings: Castings, forgings, etc. are handled by utilizing the additional flexibility built into the fixture
High-mix, low-volume: Optimum operation is achieved in a high mix, low volume environment, primarily for hog-out machined parts using a picture frame concept
Any size part can be machined on the same fixture as long as it can physically fit on the fixture.
Obstructions to the machining have been minimized/eliminated since the Invert-A-Bolt™ fasteners are below the surface of the fixture plate.
Setups are always the same: no dialing in for each new part to be machined.SEE A PICTURE FRAME AND TABBING EXAMPLE
- Invert-A-Bolt™ Fasteners: Clamps the part Down -
- Multi-Purpose Hole: Multi-Purpose Holes – with or without hardware incorporates a locating shoulder and threaded portion, used with shoulder screws, bolts, and dowel pins.
Several hardware options exist:
Bushing + Threaded Inserts
- Locators: Hold down/locate to the baseplate
Shoulder Screws with bushings,
Bushings with dowel pins etc.
- Identification: Row/column designators
Sometimes the goal is to minimize material usage, other times it is to make the fixture more flexible.
In the 1st example, a 1.5” x 1.5” staggered pattern is the densest pattern that can be used.
The benefit of that type of pattern is that the material usage is minimized.
The drawback is that it cannot be used with other off-the-shelf modular components since it does not employ a 2” standard pattern.
In the 2nd example, a 2” in-line pattern is used (In-line referring to the fasteners and the multi-purpose holes) but this pattern is also very dense since it has fasteners and multi-purpose holes at every 1” one way or the other.
This particular pattern would be the most efficient but also the most expensive, since it uses 2 different fasteners in an extremely dense pattern, hence the designation as a hybrid.
In the 3rd example, the fasteners and bushings are in-line on 2” centers. In this instance, the customer wanted to use the 5/8” fastener, so smaller bushings had to be used and would not accommodate off-the-shelf modular components.
Bombardier saved millions by standardizing every aspect of the cell.
Replaced over 5000 dedicated fixtures with vises and the UCMF.
Replaced 17 machines with 3 Makino High Speed Horizontal machines.
Reduced set up time by 90 percent.
Re-assigned at least 15 employees, leaving only 4 to run the cell.
Used a “foil” tabbing system for picture framed hogouts.
Testimonial: ".... we cut setup times from hours to minutes...." Drew H., Bombardier Aerospace
GKN cut out setup time and related “lost” hours by:
Reducing the number of dial-ins
Eliminating clamp changes
Eliminating grinding bolts
Eliminating dedicated fixturing
Machined 346 parts on one fixture.
AMAZING RETURN ON INVESTMENT
3 month return on investment partially due to material savings in cutting titanium.
NEW BUSINESS DUE TO LOWER QUOTES
Garnered $100M in new business
Testimonial: “I have used your fasteners in many different situations. The thing I love about these fasteners is that they make for simple, repeatable setups. I am a big advocate for standardization in machining. If I can reduce the number of options and choices available, I can make money! Every variable I introduce into the process, increases the likelihood of increased cost. Not only that, we can reduce the stock size of our parts, which really comes in handy when we're cutting titanium and other expensive materials. ” Jerry Halley, Tech Mfg., Recognized Expert in High Speed Machining
Invert-a-Bolt Fasteners are changing manufacturing processes worldwide.
Flush mounted back bolt system that secures stock and work-holding materials from underneath.
Machining flexibility: Can be used to quick-change parts, vises, tools, tooling, or hold any two objects together.
No obstructions to machining: Eliminate clamps and bolts.
Ideal for 5-axis machining: Precise & stable setup eliminates vibrations.Select Invert-a-bolt Fastener size
Super stable setup specialized for high speed machining
Tiny footprint reduces the chance of a spindle crash
Modular design + high quality stainless steel make the fastener robust and flexible
Designed for use with pneumatic tools which speed up changeovers
Hold flatness & parallelism with ease
The Invert-A-Bolt™ modular fixture allowed Spirit to nest and machine ship sets of titanium parts in one operation
Machined 11 different parts out of one 2600kg plate
Spirit significantly benefitted from standardization and low material costs
Designed to locate quickly and precisely. Elijah Tooling workholding components make your job easy.
All the functionality of bushings, threaded inserts, and dowel pins - while being much simpler, and faster, to install and use.
EZE-Drive™ ZipBushing™ Precision Threaded Locator Bushing (Combination Bushing and Threaded Insert)
XZertZ™ Retractable Locating Dowel Pin (Next-Generation Dowel Pins)
Invert-A-Bolt™ (IVB) Precision Locator
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