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    Workholding

    An Orange vice will always bear fruit

    • By MTDCNC
    • March 22, 2021
    • 4 minute read

    When it comes to workholding for prismatic machining there is very little to compare with the flexibility offered by the humble vice. However, if it is an Orange vice there is nothing humble about it. From the latest bench vice right through to its advanced Delta IV 4/5-axis range, these fixturing systems are built to last.  

    Workholding specialist, Leader Chuck International is the European agent for the complete range from the Orange Vises Company that are engineered to deliver maximum clamping force and repeatability. Designed and manufactured in the US, every vice is covered by a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and craftsmanship.

    For Orange, performance starts with the vice body, carrier slides and master jaws that are all machined from solid billets of Dura-Bar iron rather than cast to shape, with the vice body being hardened and subsequently precision ground on four sides. The main screw is machined from high tensile alloy steel and threads are completely sealed from contaminants. Hard jaws are machined from alloy steel and case hardened to 58-62HRc while smaller components are all machined from steel.

    Managing Director, Mark Jones, explains: “The materials used throughout the construction aids vibration damping and low thermal growth. By using high strength components, it allows the vice range to withstand increased clamping forces of up to around 45kN, and the sliding jaws feature a pull-down design to minimise part lift.” 

    The ‘Quick Change’ concept is integrated into every machining vice design offered by Orange. An integrated interface allows the vice body to be mounted to a subplate or tombstone in seconds, with +/-12 micron repeatability using the optional Orange ball couplers and receivers. 

    On the bench

    Orange’s latest bench vice is ideal for precision assembly applications, as Mark Jones states: “It should not be used as an anvil, but if your application calls for precision machined jaws formed to fit your parts with the ability to gradually apply pressure without crushing or scratching the part, the Orange Bench vice is just what you need.”

    This bench vice is designed to apply a linear clamping force based on the position of the handle after a workpiece is gripped. So, an eighth of a turn generates a holding force of 3.3kN that doubles up 6.6kN at a quarter turn and progresses to a maximum force of just over 13kN. 

    The bench vice uses the same dovetailed jaws as all Orange 3-axis CNC machining vices, making it fully compatible with the US-made CARVEsmart quick-change vice jaw system also available from Leader.

    For multi-axis machining applications, the Orange Delta IV vices can be fitted with the Talon Grip jaws to allow Mitee-Bite low profile clamps and part stops to be used. These jaws can securely hold raw material or partly finished components with as little as 1.5mm of stock clamped, even during aggressive 4 and 5-axis machining operations. 

    Improving productivity even further, Orange vices are equipped as standard with the ability to use the company’s new Delta Zero ZPS (Zero Point System) baseplates which feature a patent pending, manually actuated zero-point design for +/-5 micron repeatability. Made of hardened steel and ground on two faces, the pallets come in two standard bolt hole patterns with custom patterns available as an option.

     

    Mark Jones concludes: “Not only do Orange vices offer exceptional precision, flexibility and reliability across the whole range, they also support efficient machine shop operations. Using the Delta Zero ZPS vices can be very quickly exchanged within the working envelope, and each vice can be disassembled in just a couple of minutes for cleaning and maintenance, and quickly re-assembled for minimum downtime. Even the slide assembly can be rebuilt in under 5 minutes with off-the-shelf components and hardware.”

    https://cdn.mtdcnc.global/cnc/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/22140048/Orange-Bench-vice-640x360.jpg

    An Orange vice will always bear fruit

    When it comes to workholding for prismatic machining there is very little to compare with the flexibility offered by the humble vice. However, if it is an Orange vice there is nothing humble about it. From the latest bench vice right through to its advanced Delta IV 4/5-axis range, these fixturing systems are built to last.  

    Workholding specialist, Leader Chuck International is the European agent for the complete range from the Orange Vises Company that are engineered to deliver maximum clamping force and repeatability. Designed and manufactured in the US, every vice is covered by a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and craftsmanship.

    For Orange, performance starts with the vice body, carrier slides and master jaws that are all machined from solid billets of Dura-Bar iron rather than cast to shape, with the vice body being hardened and subsequently precision ground on four sides. The main screw is machined from high tensile alloy steel and threads are completely sealed from contaminants. Hard jaws are machined from alloy steel and case hardened to 58-62HRc while smaller components are all machined from steel.

    Managing Director, Mark Jones, explains: “The materials used throughout the construction aids vibration damping and low thermal growth. By using high strength components, it allows the vice range to withstand increased clamping forces of up to around 45kN, and the sliding jaws feature a pull-down design to minimise part lift.” 

    The ‘Quick Change’ concept is integrated into every machining vice design offered by Orange. An integrated interface allows the vice body to be mounted to a subplate or tombstone in seconds, with +/-12 micron repeatability using the optional Orange ball couplers and receivers. 

    On the bench

    Orange’s latest bench vice is ideal for precision assembly applications, as Mark Jones states: “It should not be used as an anvil, but if your application calls for precision machined jaws formed to fit your parts with the ability to gradually apply pressure without crushing or scratching the part, the Orange Bench vice is just what you need.”

    This bench vice is designed to apply a linear clamping force based on the position of the handle after a workpiece is gripped. So, an eighth of a turn generates a holding force of 3.3kN that doubles up 6.6kN at a quarter turn and progresses to a maximum force of just over 13kN. 

    The bench vice uses the same dovetailed jaws as all Orange 3-axis CNC machining vices, making it fully compatible with the US-made CARVEsmart quick-change vice jaw system also available from Leader.

    For multi-axis machining applications, the Orange Delta IV vices can be fitted with the Talon Grip jaws to allow Mitee-Bite low profile clamps and part stops to be used. These jaws can securely hold raw material or partly finished components with as little as 1.5mm of stock clamped, even during aggressive 4 and 5-axis machining operations. 

    Improving productivity even further, Orange vices are equipped as standard with the ability to use the company’s new Delta Zero ZPS (Zero Point System) baseplates which feature a patent pending, manually actuated zero-point design for +/-5 micron repeatability. Made of hardened steel and ground on two faces, the pallets come in two standard bolt hole patterns with custom patterns available as an option.

     

    Mark Jones concludes: “Not only do Orange vices offer exceptional precision, flexibility and reliability across the whole range, they also support efficient machine shop operations. Using the Delta Zero ZPS vices can be very quickly exchanged within the working envelope, and each vice can be disassembled in just a couple of minutes for cleaning and maintenance, and quickly re-assembled for minimum downtime. Even the slide assembly can be rebuilt in under 5 minutes with off-the-shelf components and hardware.”