Vices have always been used to clamp “rectangular” components such as cuboids, strips and rails. Pendulum jaws can also be used to clamp “angled” components such as imprecise saw cuts. With the pocket technique, the negative shape of the component is milled into the usually soft jaws. Thus, it is possible to clamp almost any contours. However, a corresponding set of jaws is usually required for each component.
For more than 10 years, the field of application of machine vices has expanded significantly, in which the components are no longer clamped between the jaws, but “on” the jaws. The vice is equipped with special carrier jaws. One of them can oscillate, adapting to the contour of the workpiece. Both the adapter and the pendulum jaw are equipped similar to a breadboard with several mounting holes for the GRESSEL 6-fold reversible jaws and alternatively for the 6-fold reversible carbide-grip jaws. These in turn are rotatably mounted on the adapter and pendulum jaws.
The combination of pendulum jaws and the variable position of the rotating reversible jaws (which in turn offer 6 different clamping options) allows a very wide range of geometries to be clamped, for which fixtures otherwise tied to the workpiece would be necessary.
Do you have components that are not possible with “ordinary” clamping with the vice?