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Time for a horse of a different color

Author: Wendy Calcaterra

Published: May 4, 2022

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Industry

Construction

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Challenge

Varying Part Sizes

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Challenges

What’s the best way to fixture a large variety of parts too big for any existing table in the shop, and too varied to build dedicated fixtures for each one? On top of that, the parts are all large tubes with finicky miter cuts, yet they must be kept square and dimensionally correct. The fact that there’s no way to clamp the parts in place isn’t helping. Building on saw horses isn’t solving the problem. There’s got to be a better way… 

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Solution

  • Floor mounted rail system 
  • Rolling u-forms 

The solution is a rail system with rolling bridge legs, which allow modular u-form beams to slide back and forth to accommodate any size part. Using beams instead of tables allows open areas for welders to access interior weldments, and allows them to work from the inside out using fixture locaters and clamps to load all the parts with ease. 

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Result

In a way, large rail systems function like the world’s most advanced saw horse, allowing u-forms to be rolled along the rails on a flat plane to a known dimensional spot. This allows for faster setup, less time measuring (checking dimensions, corner to corner, etc), and quicker tack times. Fixture locators can hold pieces that are hard to measure otherwise, and provide a solid point of reference. The net results are more accurate weldments, smoother assembly and a higher quality end product. 

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Getting Started with bluco

1. Share your challenge

Upload a description of your workholding application and a CAD model of your part to our secure online portal. Submitting your info doesn’t mean you’ve made up your mind, it just starts a conversation.

2. Talk With Us

Within 1-2 days, an application engineer will call to set up a design consultation. We never contract out, so you’ll deal directly with Bluco and communications will be kept strictly confidential.

3. Review Your Proposal

Once we understand your challenges and goals, we’ll develop custom modular solutions. Then, we’ll review designs as well as purchase and rental options virtually. Check out the rest of our process here.