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Case Study: Toronto Mold & Die Shop Cuts Set-up Time by 90%

With forty years under their belt, 120 employees, multiple customers with different machining and material demands, and a successful business, the shop turned to Jergens in 2015 to explore options for a better way. A better way to hold the large variety of components that the shop had grown to manufacture for its customers in the mold and die industry. They did, and they did it so well it earned them a reputation in the industry as ‘the aluminum experts’.

The Workholding Challenge

The shop had to build and maintain over 150 different custom fixtures of widely varying configurations. Furthermore, products produced spanned eight different categories, required expertise in CAD, engineering, prototype parts, machining operations including five axis, tooling and the list goes on.

In addition to ordering a range of steel sub plates, fixture plates and numerous clamping components to make the fixtures, the shop also had to machine and assemble them. So, before a single chip hit the floor from a customer part, they had to make their own set ups. They did well, obviously they are a skilled shop, but realized that a better solution had to exist.

Jergens Workholding Solution

By choosing Jergens, and their Zero Point System (ZPS), the shop was able to accomplish three things immediately: refocus on their core business as an expert manufacturer of components within the mold and die industry, secondly, implement a far superior system and lastly, achieve tremendous cost savings.

The ZPS mounting system is a real game-changer for the industry and provides two key advantages – speed and repeatability, less than 0.005mm (0.0002”). The speed part of that equation is that, with ZPS, users can fix, position and clamp all in one step, saving set up time in many cases by as much as 90%. There are many options within the ZPS including units that feature either pneumatic, hydraulic and manual actuation. A newer style even features a clamping module with sensors to provide clamping force feedback. A range of clamping plates, pull studs and mounting styles are also all part of this robust workholding solution.

The Results

For the shop, the biggest realization (economic impact) came from the analysis of the true cost to manufacture and assemble the fixtures, and the incredible reigning-in of set up time – 90% reduction. Prior to the Jergens ZPS solution, the time it took for each set up was ten minutes, and there was an average of thirty setups – that’s five hours per day spent just in setup time. That average time with the change to ZPS went to just one minute, or one-half hour total per day. At a rate of $100 per hour, that’s $450 per day in savings, or $112,500 annually

Tom Reid, Canadian Sales manager for Jergens, who works very closely with the shop, reported, “I’ve seen a lot of positive results, particularly with Drop and Lock (another popular quick-change pallet option) and ZPS, but don’t recall one as dramatic as this in recent years”. Tom continued, “We work closely with the customer to engineer and provide these solutions, and also measure important calculations such as ROI, which in this case was about five weeks”.

The end result for part production was significant and predictable - error reduction, reduced scrap, easy part orientation, and better / more consistent output from the manufacturing floor.



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Jergens Honored as CSU Fenn Co-Op Industry Partner

Nov. 17, 2017 – Jergens Inc. was honored by Cleveland State University’s (CSU) Waskewicz College of Engineering Fenn Co-Op Program as an industry partner during the college’s Employer and Student Appreciation Night earlier this month. Cleveland State University’s Fenn Co-Op program or Center for Engineering Experiential Learning Office (CEEL) encompasses cooperative education, internships, senior design/capstone as well as many industry collaborative initiatives. CEEL provides a link between the classroom and the workplace for students to learn about her/his area of academic interest through practical experience. Jergens actively participates in recruiting its co-op students through this program and other local colleges and institutions.

Manufacturing education plays a major role at Jergens – not only through its co-op program, but also through a company-financed continued education program offered to its employees and Fast Forward Technology Center for STEM education. Jergens’ Fast Forward Technology Center offers a project-based, hands-on learning alternative to classroom education and was developed in an effort to close the sweeping skills gap in manufacturing and engineering careers today. Fast Forward’s project-based learning can be tailored from middle school learning levels all the way through post secondary curriculums. Accepting the honor from Cleveland State, Jergens Project Manager Jason Bateman believes efforts to propel manufacturing education are critical to growing the industry.

“Currently, the knowledge, skills and abilities gap is widening rapidly. As employers and stewards of our industry, it is in our best interest to support any educational endeavor that is based in practical 'hands-on' experiential learning practices,” Bateman says.

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Primary Considerations for 5 Axis Workholding

Lean your Machine - Multi Axis Top Tooling

Clearance and rigidity are the primary considerations when choosing the best vises and fixtures for 5-axis machining.  There must be adequate clearance for the cutting tool and part in their position to the table, providing sufficient space for the Y-axis, the fixture height and size of the part.
The goal when switching from a 3-axis machine to 5-axis is to reduce handling, tooling changes and cycle time.  It is all about a single set-up, or Done-in-One.  Because there is less handling in 5-axis machining the chance of error is minimized, providing more consistent quality parts.

Five-axis is often thought to be overkill for many shops that depend on 3-axis machines.  Yet, there are many operations where 5-axis is found to be more efficient for jobs where 3-axis is the norm.  The increase of accuracy and labor savings from reduced handling can outweigh the cost differential and provide a significant ROI.  As long as all components; fixture, vise, part and cutting tool are firmly set in place with enough clearance, 5-axis machining is by far the most accurate and efficient.
With the right multi-axis quick change system up to 90% of set up time can be saved by implementing a quick change fixturing system for a fraction of the cost of the cutting tool investment.  The Jergens Fixture-Pro® Multi-Axis Quick Change Fixturing workholding system gets the spindle and cutting tool close to the work piece in the optimal machining position.  This can be achieved regardless of the machine or workpiece.  Fixture-Pro’s modular approach provides a combination of subplates, risers and top tooling that is right for any set up.
One manufacturer virtually eliminated set-up time, from three hours to just minutes.  The operation realized a cost savings of tens of thousands of dollars and additional machine capacity of 750 hours annually.
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Jergens workholding solves 5-axis machining vibration issues

B.C. Instruments, headquartered north of Toronto in Schomberg, Ontario has been serving customers in the aerospace, plastic injection molding, medical, nuclear, defense and electronic industries since 1971. The company has grown organically, adding locations and expanding its workforce, now boasting a current size of 57,000 square feet with 145 employees. Five years ago, its Orillia, Ontario division was located half-an-hour southwest on Highway 11 in a tiny leased space in Barrie. After realizing a market need, B.C. Instruments decided to move to the Orillia facility. This 10,000 square foot shop provides precision machining capabilities to a variety of industries.

Rob Prentice, the team leader of the engineered materials machining section, has been at the Orillia facility since it opened in July 2011. He came to B.C. Instruments when they were still located in Barrie. Today, the Orillia location operates with around 12 to 15 employees, with two people working on a night shift.

“We are still hiring though,” says Prentice, who notes that they are feeling the challenge of finding skilled workers that seems to be resonating across the province.

The Orillia shop does approximately 80 per cent of its work in the medical industry with 10 per cent in aerospace and another 10 per cent for other work. However, Prentice notes that some of their most complex work is in aerospace.

Based on the type of jobs, there was a need to explore workholding solutions that were designed for five-axis machining and decreasing time for changeovers. For the past three years, B.C. Instruments has realized great improvements using Jergens quick change workholding devices.

Primarily working with stainless steel 303 and 304, and Aluminum 6061 and 7075, initially, Prentice was concerned with the strength of the workholding system, seeing as they are machining blocks that can reach up to 180lbs. He looked into the Jergens 5-Axis Drop&Lock Pallet Changer & Pull Studs. He was able to basically put the studs in a block and affixed it on its side.

“It was my main concern that the studs might snap. But, I’ve never had any issues,” he explains. Prentice puts the Jergens pattern on the bottom and begins machining without any vibration issues.

“We were really put to a non-typical test when we first came in here,” says Tom Reid, the Canadian sales manager for Jergens Workholding.

Now, B.C. Instruments uses a variety of quick change workholding solutions on the array of machines in their shop. At the moment, the facility includes two 5-axis mills (one that’s a mill/turn), three 3-axis mills, two standard CNC lathes, one CNC lathe with live tooling, one twin turret multi-axis lathe, one ultrasonic machine, one 3D printer, and a manual mill and lathe. On the milling side of the shop, Jergens workholding can be seen on almost every machine.

“One of the big advantages of this system is that I can remove our fixture block, and it repeats when I drop it back on,” says Prentice of the Jergens 5-Axis Fixture Pro Quick Change System on a Deckel Maho DMU 50 milling machine. “I can remove and back screw the part so there is no clamping to get in our way while we are trying to cut.”

The advantages are in repeatability and decreased set up times. For Prentice, it’s all about being able to easily take workpieces on and off. At the shop, they have all their fixturing, vises and chucks set up just to slide right on the machines.

“You just clamp it down with four screws. It’s easy on and off, taking about five minutes instead of spending half an hour trying to figure out how to clamp it and make it all straight,” Prentice explains, adding that offsets always come right off the center of the table, so Prentice doesn’t have to pick anything up for the x- and y-axis, which can save around 20 minutes of time.

If an operator makes even one or two changeovers in a day, by the end of the week you are adding about four or five hours of time saved and machine uptime. If you are running more than one shift, this can spell even greater savings.

For Prentice, this averages to about a cost savings of $500-1,000 per week for a workholding investment of around $1,800. This basically calculates an average return on investment (ROI) of one to two weeks.

“It pays back really fast. It does depend on your changeovers and jobs, but over here we are doing lots of prototyping, so it is on and off. One day it’s on the vise, the other it’s on something else,” explains Prentice.  “We can just drop it and go.”

Another major advantage of the system is that it is designed for five-axis machining. Prentice points out that a lot of times when you are machining, the clamp is on and it can hinder your reach. This Jergens system leaves way less in the way and it is able to tilt up and machine without challenges.

When it comes to repeat jobs, the system also makes it very easy to keep up with production.

“I don’t pick up any origins, I just call up the program/origins I’ve set right into the program the first time, and it repeats,” says Prentice. “I basically press go and it goes. I have no worries with that.”

What is more, using this system has allowed B.C. Instruments to implement lights out manufacturing. Prentice explains that he is able to load three blocks onto the Mori Seiki NMV5000 DCG, which has five pallets, three of which have the Jergens system.

“I just load three of these and go home,” he adds. “The machine runs for about three hours a part. That’s nine hours, so when I come back in, they are all done.”

B.C. Instruments currently has two employees working on an evening shift. Prentice explains that one advantage he’s noticed with the systems is that the day shift is able to do set-ups for the night shift. So when they come in for work, they can just hit go and monitor all the machines, without worrying about anything.

Although there are great advantages, it’s also worth noting that each workholding system has its own cost associated with it.

Eugene Kokbas, the section manager for the engineered materials machining section at the Orillia location explains, “with some parts, you are requiring a lot of extra material to screw in the screws. Sometimes we end up adding over an inch of material. So there is a cost in material. When you are working with parts like [we work with], adding another inch really doesn’t make much of a difference—you have to hold the part, right.”

The shop has found great success with the Jergens 5-Axis Drop&Lock Pallet Changers & Pull Studs, and it can be seen on their two 5-axis machines. The design of the system has allowed them to manufacture both aerospace and medical parts that require tight tolerance and precision machining. With four pins affixed underneath the block, the shop is able to machine all sides without putting stress on the block and possibly distorting the material.

“We typically see customers going for those options when it is an awkward size, like 777 landing gears,” says Reid. “They want better repeatability.”

The strength of the system, the repeatability and time savings has allowed for B.C. Instruments to see great process improvements and make jobs seamless for operators. This is why the Jergens 5-Axis Quick Change System is the right fit for B.C. Instruments.


By: Lindsay Luminoso


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Jergens FastForward™ Machining Center Opens

FastForward™ Concept Takes Shape As A New Machining Center At Jergens Inc.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 – Jergens Inc. of Cleveland, OH opens the doors to their new machining efficiency technology center called FastForward™ to describe their objective, vision and pace for industry. The regional center will focus on the Maker/Manufacturing movement and its significance to the nation’s economy.

“With this dedicated space, we are further stepping up our efforts to promote training and education across the board including customers, suppliers, partners, students and the community that serves Manufacturing”, says Jack Schron, president of Jergens. “We are looking to expand the knowledge base for the vocational workforce and those pursuing a career in manufacturing, and to encourage creativity to Think, Make and Grow”, Schron continues.

HAAS Automation, the largest machine tool company in the United States, is partnering with Jergens by providing their newest VF4 SS Vertical Machining Center and the process technology that goes with it. In addition, Parlec, an industry-leader in toolholding and measuring equipment is providing their solutions. Add to that Jergens Quick-Change Fixturing and Clamping solutions, and FastForward boasts some of the most sophisticated manufacturing technology available today for demonstration and education. The center will regularly host events such as seminars, classes, think tanks and more.

For more information on FastForward, contact Jergens at 15700 S. Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110-3898. Phone: 877-486-1454; Fax: 216-481-6193; e-mail:; or visit on the web at Founded in 1942, Jergens, Inc. is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company committed to helping its customers achieve leaner, more profitable manufacturing, and continues to add products and engineered solutions for an integrated approach to "Manufacturing Efficiency".

Jack Schron Jr introduces the new tech space
Jack Schron Jr introduces the new tech space

Caption: Jergens new FastForward™ Machining Efficiency Center uses the latest machining and quick-change workholding technology to focus on process improvement and workforce development



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Cleveland, OH – January 9, 2013 – Jergens, Inc. is proud to announce that the company has passed its Quality Suppliers List for Manufacturers (QSLM) audit which was conducted on January 9, 2013. The purpose of the audit was to maintain the company’s approval as a supplier of Quick-Release Pins to the US Department of Defense. The criteria for passing the audit is similar to ISO9001:2008 standards, with more emphasis on certification and traceability to raw material physical and chemical properties..

By passing this important and comprehensive audit, Jergens, Inc., continues to operate as an approved supplier of Quick-Release Pins for use by the United States Dept. of Defense and all other federal entities which utilize these unique locking pins.

Jergens Kwik-Lok®, Quick-Release Pins were designed provide fast, easy, positive engagement and high holding strength for applications requiring frequent, repetitive use. Simple, smooth operation makes Jergens Kwik-Lok® Pins an ideal replacement for detent, clevis and cotter pins. Beyond military uses, other Kwik-Lok® applications include general industrial/manufacturing, aviation and medical, recreational and marine equipment.

The 17-4 PH-grade stainless steel construction of Jergens Kwik-Lok®, Quick-Release Pins permit installation in corrosive, wet and other harsh or caustic operating environments. Other available materials and finishes include heat-treated alloy steel and cadmium-plating.

Jergens Kwik-Lok®, Quick-Release Pin features & benefits include among others…

  • Rugged, durable construction ideal for extreme environments
  • Firm, even grip for smooth operation
  • Includes hole and ring for easy attachment of optional lanyard
  • Vibration-resistant
  • High impact resistance
  • Quick insertion and removal
  • Double-acting pins activated by push or pull motion
  • Multiple handle styles for a wide range of applications

Jergens Kwik-Lok®, Quick-Release Pins are produced under the following manufacturing standards:

  • NAS Number NASM 1334 – NASM 1348 is also available.
  • MS / NASM Numbers 17984-90
  • Special Military and Aerospace size and configurations are available.

For more Jergens Kwik-Lok®, Quick-Release Pins information visit or contact the company at Jergens, Inc. at 15700 S. Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110-3898. Phone: 877-486-1454; Fax: 216-481-6193.


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Ball Lock® Quick-Change System Now Available in Stainless Steel

Now available in high grade 17-4 stainless steel, Jergens popular Ball Lock® Quick-Change Mounting & Fixturing System can now be expected to provide a long service life when installed in the most extreme operating environments.

Jergens Ball Lock® Quick-Change Mounting and Fixturing System is the first of any fixturing system to be produced in high grade stainless steel. This move was driven by customers wanting to extend the benefits of Ball Lock® quick change and precision locking technology within corrosive, wet, caustic and similarly harsh manufacturing environments.

This development also enables the Ball Lock® Quick-Change Mounting & Fixturing System of stainless steel shanks, face or back-mount receiver bushings and liners, to also be used in NSF-regulated, medical-grade, and other purity-stringent manufacturing environments.

Ball Lock's popularity among both fixture builders and machine tool operators, stems from its ability to quickly and accurately locate fixtures onto machine tables. The ability to lock and unlock Ball Lock's shanks in seconds, permits the exchange of fixtures in less than a minute, with a position repeatability and accuracy of +/-0.0005" (+/-0.013mm) or better.

The Ball Lock® System utilizes a patented locking technology to securely hold fixture plates to subplates with up to 20,000 lbs. (9000 kg.) of hold-down force per shank. Fixtures can also be quickly exchanged between different machines when both are using the Jergens Ball Lock® Mounting System.

The Ball Lock® system can be configured to create lean-optimized solutions for the most demanding appliciation needs. The benefits of using the Ball Lock® system include:

  • Incredibly FAST setups and changeover
  • Powerfully strong holding forces
  • Combines locking and locating in the same motion
  • Eliminates the need for indicating on CNC machines

A complete range of stainless steel Ball Lock® accessories are also available including T-Slot nuts, tapered caps & nuts, lifting handles, Sine fixture keys, fast-acting Ball Lock® keys, pre-machined T-columns and 4-sided tooling columns, and Ball Lock® vises.

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Cleveland, OH – August 23, 2012 – Jergens, Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of lifting, workholding, and fastening solutions, will conduct a session entitled “Set Up Time vs. Cycle Time: The Profitable Benefits of Implementing Quick Change Fixturing” at the IMTS 2012 Conference in Chicago. The session (IMTS06) will be held on Monday, September 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:55 pm in room W195.

In the never-ending quest to increase margins and profitability, cost-saving measures traditionally focus on reducing cycle times, often without taking into account the considerable cost-saving benefits of reducing set up times. Jergens’ interactive presentation at the IMTS 2012 Conference will demonstrate the benefits of implementing a quick change fixturing system in 5-axis, horizontal and vertical machining centers, and 4th axis indexers and rotary tables.

The presentation will use a variety of field application examples, videos and comparative analyses to educate attendees on how reducing set up time can have a significant impact on profitability as compared to reducing cycle time. The presentation will also highlight how advances in quick change fixturing options and methodologies can help attendees:

  • Limit the number of set-ups required
  • Reduce tool change time
  • Minimize spindle down time
  • Free up additional capacity
  • Implement lean cells
  • Profitably take on smaller runs

To document the cost-saving benefits of quick change fixturing in real terms, attendees will be presented with methods for calculating direct savings from set up time reduction, savings achieved from reduced tool change time and calculation of recovered machine hours, as well as ROI for a typical installation.

To register for the session, visit or Visit Jergens at IMTS booth W-2312 to learn more about quick change fixturing trends and cutting edge systems.

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Cleveland, OH – June 21, 2010 –Jergens, Inc. will showcase its line of quick change fixturing solutions in booth W-2312 at the 2010 IMTS show being held at Chicago’s McCormick Place September 13 – 18.

Jergens will hold demonstrations of its three premier quick change fixturing solutions, including the Bock Brand Quick Change System, the Ball Lock™ Mounting System, and the Zero Point System (ZPS). Each system is designed to dramatically increase productivity and throughput by speeding up set ups and changeovers, resulting in more machine uptime.

The Bock Brand Quick Change System is an ideal solution for establishing flexible and productive machining cells with accurate repeatability to within +/- .001” (0.0254mm). The foundation of the Bock system is the alpha-numeric locator plate, upon which Twin Vises and Mono Quads can be mounted with patented Dexloc™ Double Expanding Locator Pins.

The Ball Lock™ Mounting System is the most widely used quick change fixturing system on the market. Designed to speed the accurate locating and locking of vises and fixtures to subplates, Ball Lock™ accurately positions your fixtures with a repeatability of +/- 0.0005” (+0.013mm), minimizing the need to indicate your fixture. Fixtures can often be changed in less than a minute, and can be exchanged between different machines when both are using the Jergens Ball Lock™ Mounting System.

For applications where quick changeover and precision locating are critical, Jergens’ Zero Point System (ZPS) can cut set up times by up to 90% with repeatability within +/- 0.0002” (0.005mm). This revolutionary technology allows you to fix, position and clamp in a single step and is an ideal solution for a wide range of applications, including those where corrosion-resistance is needed. Available with either pneumatic or hydraulic release, these positive locking locating modules allow operators to quickly change out large and small fixtures with extreme accuracy and minimal effort.

In addition to hands-on demonstrations of all three quick change fixturing systems, Jergens Workholding Solutions Group will also debut its new Ball Lock™ Wizard. This unique web-enabled program empowers Jergens customers to configure and price a Ball Lock™ System to meet their specific application requirements. Intuitive and feature-rich, the Ball Lock™ Wizard guides users every step of the way, providing real-time product visualization, CAD drawings and cost estimates. The Ball Lock™ Wizard will be available for demonstration at IMTS 2010 in Jergens’ Interactive Café, booth W-2312.