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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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