Swift Clamp

Detailed Specification

Introducing ‘Swift Klamp’ – the latest addition to the Kitagawa Europe family. Using time-proven HSK tool interface technology, Swift Klamp provides a secure, low-interference, quick-change 5-axis workholding system.


The system consists of three parts – the clamping head, the work-holder and the work-piece.

The clamping head is supplied either as a manually or automatically actuated HSK clamp. The work-holder is made up of the HSK interface at the bottom and multiple work-piece interface options at the top, including flange clamps and side clamps. However, the most efficient clamping system is the dovetail interface due to its low clamping surface area. The final part is the work-piece, which in the case of the dovetail work-holder will require an initial dovetail slot to be machined into the raw billet to interface with the work-holder. However the Swift Klamp system can accommodate work pieces of up to 200mm square or diameter.


The majority of work-pieces being used for 5-axis machining require a preparation phase. However, the advantage of this is that the preparation phase can either be integrated into the total machining process or it can take place outside the 5-axis machine. This option enables you to keep your high-cost machine operating, ensuring the maximum return on your investment. In order to ensure that this phase is as efficient as possible, we can supply a dedicated solid carbide dovetail cutter (Micrograin Grade).


Additionally, to assist with prototyping or enable you to start testing your new Swift Klamp system straight out of the box, we can provide you with pre-machined dovetailed blanks either of EN3B Steel or He30 Aluminium. Of course, Kitagawa Europe can also supply you with the most suitable vice to grip the raw work-pieces to complete the dovetail interface.



 Swift Klamp supports various work-piece shapes


Work-holding Options

Standardised Dovetail; Flange Clamp and and Side Clamp work-holding options, providing a rigid & secure platform for your 5-axis machining processes; Dovetail systems allow superior tool access due to their small clamping surface. The time-proven HSK interface between the work-holder & the clamping head give optimal bending rigidity.  


Manual Clamping Head

Supplied with a versatile mounting flange to suit multiple mounting options for 5-axis machines and rotary tables. Available in HSK-A40, HSK-A63 and HSK-A100 sizes, with an offline set-up procedure, it is capable for the work-holder system to be exchanged within ten seconds, minimising machine downtime.


Automatic Clamping Head

To fully automate your manufacturing process, the low-pressure hydraulically operated clamping head is also available in HSK-A40, HSK-A63 and HSK-A100 sizes, with seating detection and air-blow. The work-holder profile that is used with the clamping head has a common interface to enable them to be handled by any general-purpose robot arm. 

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