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Applications

 

The Ball Lock® Mounting System is used as a quick change solution on the following:

 

  • CNC Machines
  • Palletized Fixtures
  • Stamping
  • Fabricating
  • Injection Molding
  • Packaging Machines
  • Assembly Machines
  • EDM
  • Robotics
  • Welding Fixtures

 

Ball Lock™ is the industry’s most popular quick-change, fixturing-flexible mounting system that can be configured  to create lean-optimized solutions for your most demanding needs

Most Common Applications


VERTICAL MACHINING CENTER-VMC

These machines range in various table sizes and configurations and basically have three axes - X, Y AND Z. Many vertical machining centers are single tables which may be t-slotted or tapped. Several manufacturers offer machines with dual tables which allow operators to load and unload parts on one table while parts on the other table are being machined. Another style may have a pallet changer system with 2 or 4 separate tables.


A basic Ball Lock® Mounting System for these machines would include:


  • Standard or custom sub plate
  • Standard or custom fixture plates
  • Ball Lock® shanks
  • Ball Lock® vises
  • Sine fixture keys
  • T-slot nuts
  • Socket head cap screws

 

Ball Lock™ Mounting System: VERTICAL MACHINING CENTER-VMC

Standard or custom sub plates available.

HORIZONTAL MACHINING CENTER-HMC
These machines also range in various pallet sizes and configurations, such as slotted or tapped. The most common pallet sizes for horizontals are: 300mm, 400mm, 500mm, 630mm, 800mm and 1000mm. These machines typically have four axes – X, Y, Z and B, which is a rotational axis that allows for machining multiple surfaces on parts. Horizontal machining centers will typically have two pallets, but may have a multiple pallet shuttle system.


A basic Ball Lock® Mounting System for these machines would include:

  • Standard or custom sub plate
  • Standard or custom t-sections and columns
  • Standard or custom fixture plates
  • Ball Lock® shanks
  • Multi-station vises
  • Sine-fixture keys
  • T-slot nuts
  • Socket head cap screws

 

Ball Lock™ Mounting System: HORIZONTAL MACHINING CENTER-HMC

Various pallet sizes and configurations,
such as slotted or tapped.

ROTARY INDEXERS

Rotary indexers increase the versatility of vertical machining centers, yet they offer one major challenge: set-up is so time consuming that it may limit a machine’s flexibility. In many cases, machinists dedicate their 4th Axis tool to a single machine to avoid the hassle of an extended set-up and changeover. Ball Lock® Mounting System for Indexers provides a double solution. First, Ball Lock® mounting plates free up your machine for additional work by allowing a fast and accurate installation and removal of the complete indexer. Avoid hours of set up. The Ball Lock® System does it in minutes, with repeatability at ±.0005" (±.013mm). Low profile, positive clamping, proven in over many years of field use. Second, the Ball Lock® System provides your fixture plate changeover. By mounting the round subplate to the indexer faceplate, you’ll “plug-in” new fixtures in record time (less than 60 seconds).


A basic ball-lock mounting system
for rotary indexers would include:

  • Standard or custom sub plate for the machine table
    and faceplate of the indexer
  • Standard or custom fixture plates
  • Ball Lock® shanks
  • Sine-fixture keys
  • T-slot nuts
  • Socket head cap screws

 

Ball Lock System Rotary Indexers

Subplates and fixture plates come with bushings pre-installed.

Lean Manufacturing and Set Up Reduction Applications

Accurately locate and lock fixture plates to subplates in seconds…with no indicating required.

 

Machining Cast Part

Previous Set Up Method:
Located part with dowel pins, bolted part to tombstone fixture. Indicated part to zero datum point.
Previous Set-Up Time:
15 minutes
Set Up Using Ball Lock® System:
Mount parts to fixture plate while machining other parts. Mount fixture plate to tombstone using Ball Lock® shanks. No indicating required because system provides +0.0005 (±0.013mm) repeatability.
Set Up Time With Ball Lock® System:
60 seconds
Ball Lock System Machining Cast Part

 

CNC Machine Base

Drilling and reaming forged part. Previous Set Up Method:
Fixture plate located with dowel pins bolted to machine base. Fixture plate and parts indicated.
Previous Set-Up Time:
7 minutes
Set Up Using Ball Lock® System:
Parts are pre-mounted on fixture plate, which is then mounted to machine base using Ball Lock® shanks. No need to indicate.
Set Up Time With Ball Lock® System:
60 seconds
Ball Lock System CNC Machine Base

 

CNC Vertical Machining Center

Machining aircraft valve parts. Previous Set Up Method:
New Project. New Machine. No Prior History.
Previous Set-Up Time:
New Set Up
Set Up Using Ball Lock® System:
Using Ball Lock® Jig Saw Plate on Multi-Purpose Subplate enables operator to mount two more vises on the fixture. No indicating needed.
Set Up Time With Ball Lock® System:
80 seconds setting up six vises
Ball Lock System CNC Vertical Machining Center

 

Two-Sided Tombstone

Drilling and tapping cylindrical bodies. Previous Set Up Method:
Fixture located and bolted to tombstone. Had to be indicated.
Previous Set-Up Time:
12 minutes
Set Up Using Ball Lock® System:
Fixture plate mounted and located with Ball Lock® shanks. No need to indicate.
Set Up Time With Ball Lock® System:
45 seconds
Ball Lock System Two-Sided Tombstone