ETG gets a grip on clamping
Coventry based ETG Workholding has been appointed the exclusive UK supplier for the German Spreitzer range of precision tools, specialising in the development and manufacture of standard and complex solutions in the field of clamping and measuring. Established in 1983, Spreitzer’s areas of expertise range from modular clamping systems and modular construction systems for machining centres to manual quality control and bespoke equipment including mechanical clamping systems.
Spreitzer is also an innovator and a product range that ETG Workholding will be particularly promoting will be the MZR range of mechanical centre vices which uniquely, offer the ability to securely clamp raw material workpieces without the need for pre-stamping.
As ETG Workholding’s Product Manager Rob Beckett explains, “there are many options for raw material clamping but the vice is only part of the solution. Raw materials mostly need pre-stamping which adds further cost over and above the purchase cost of the vice and adds time to what is essentially a very straight forward operation.
“MZR vices are ideal for working on multi-axis machining centres,” he adds “as they are a compact design with a small trunnion footprint yet still offer maximum access and the ability to enlarge the clamping width with reversible jaws.”
Raw part machining (first set up) uses the grip jaw option with the second set up for finish machining using the smooth jaw option – all without pre-stamping.
Depending on the jaw clamping width selected (4 options between 70 and 195mm) a maximum clamping force of 40,000N is achievable. This exceptional grip contributes further to reduced cycle times enabling raw workpiece materials to be rapidly positioned, clamped and positioned ready for machining.
Concludes Rob Beckett, “our agreement with Spreitzer is exciting as it brings a whole new range of high quality German manufactured equipment to the UK at very competitive prices. It fits perfectly with ETG Workholding’s philosophy of only offering quality products and we will be adding to the Spreitzer portfolio throughout 2017 to create a highly comprehensive workholding range.”
ETG Workholding experts have first-hand experience of a wide range of clamping and fixturing techniques and can be contacted to discuss specific requirements or undertake demonstrations.