Modular clamping system grips odd-shaped parts
The OML VariClamp modular clamping system, available from Lexair Inc., uses a floating mechanism of fixed and movable jaws and a variety of gripper forms to provide custom clamping of irregular-shaped workpieces, including round, curved, elliptical, rectangular, stepped, and slanted parts.
The vises can be configured with any combination of fixed or swiveling jaws and various styles and heights of grippers, including smooth, serrated, soft, high, and with or without stops. Grippers are added via holes placed throughout the vise to conform to the part shape, and holes are capped and covered when not in use.
A swivel mechanism incorporated into the moveable jaw allows for clamping of slanted and rough-surfaced parts. The superlow profiles of the fixed and movable jaws also allow clamping of thin workpieces for heavy-duty cutting and precision processing.