Kurt Announces Introduction Of The VB DockLock® Zero-Point Workholding System Designed For Workholding Setup Changes In Seconds


No more time consuming vise and holding fixture alignment and bolt down tasks subject to operator error. Instead, the VB DockLock instantly positions and locks the vise or fixture in perfect alignment onto the machine worktable. It completely eliminates operator setup errors. Consisting of a patented hydraulic actuated locking cylinder, the system instantly aligns and locks the vise or fixture with a clamp down force of 2800 lbs per locking cylinder (12,500 Nm) and with a retention force of 9000 lbs per locking cylinder (40,000 Nm). Once in place, the workholding remains immobile. The uniquely designed collet connection dampens vibration tendencies in the workholding setup, an important design feature. When a change is needed, the VB DockLock disengages instantly and the workholding can be moved to another machining center or offline ready for re-introduction to a machining center.

Designed To Achieve Highest Levels Of Productivity And Accuracy

Providing repeatable positioning accuracy of ±0.0002 on typical part runs, the VB DockLock system ensures high quality part finishes, no scrap parts, and very significant setup time savings. A typical workholding setup change usually requiring 20 minutes is done in less than 2 minutes with the VB DockLock.

Machine operators like it because of its simplicity and ease of use. Top down design makes the fixture handling process effortless. With few components, the system is easy to keep free of chips and coolant. Also, the system’s rugged design requires minimal maintenance and ensures long life through repeated use.

To meet a broad range of machining center requirements, the VB DockLock system is available in three different versions: standard, automatic and heavy duty plus customs. Each system consists of locating collets, cylinders, mounting pallets and pumps allowing configuration of a system for virtually every model machining center and production requirement.

Proven throughout Europe by leading precision manufacturers, the VB DockLock system is the ideal addition to the Kurt line of vises and workholding products. According to Steve Kane, sales and marketing manager for Kurt, “The VB DockLock provides another important workholding option for improving productivity. Using Kurt vises with the VB DockLock provides an ideal solution for reducing setup time. It’s an excellent product for new machining center applications and is a great way to upgrade existing workholding."

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