Although Ball-Lock® is a simple, robust, quick-change system some simple maintenance can keep is performing at its best and add life to the components.
you know regularly cleaning chips and debris from your receiver bushings is
recommended? It can significantly extent the life of your quick-change system.
How does one check for wear? That’s a great question!
recommend checking for the following signs of wear:
flat spots on the ball bearings
- Tears or
abrasions on the o-ring
- Damage to
the internal hex of the set screws
*Use repair kits to rebuild shanks when necessary
Pros to keeping your receiver bushings clean:
- Ensures the best engagement with a shank for proper locating and clamping
- To avoid containment from settling in your subplate and machine table below
To sum it up regularly cleaning chips and debris from your bushings is recommended. If you notice any signs of wear we recommend replacing the damaged parts with one of our shank repair kits. These kits include a new set of balls, o-ring and a set screw. Click here to learn more.
Machining and make chips happen!
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.
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 www.imts.com or www.jergensinc.com. Visit Jergens at IMTS booth W-2312 to learn more about quick change fixturing trends and cutting edge systems.