Quick Maintenance Check on Your Ball Lock Mounting System

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.

Did 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!

We recommend checking for the following signs of wear:

  1. Numerous flat spots on the ball bearings
  2. Tears or abrasions on the o-ring
  3. 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.

Happy Machining and make chips happen!

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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