What is Modular?
Modular fixturing consists of a reusable set of tooling components and tables. These components, when assembled into a fixture, can then be taken apart, re-assembled and re-purposed for another part or weldment. Modular fixturing also standardizes work between shifts and employees. Companies quickly reap the benefits of time savings, cost reductions, and injury reductions by switching to modular.
See the Difference
Modular fixtures are designed to be reused time and time again. Many of our older customers still use their systems that were initially purchased in the 1990’s.
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Additional Benefits for Welding
Fixture Design Optimizes Tooling – When a fixture design accompanies a welding job, the result is optimized tooling. Modular fixtures can be fully documented in the computer using 3-D CAD models, unlike a conventional dedicated fixture. Which means that you can quickly access set-up drawings, procedures, distinctive design details, and fixture revisions when needed.
Highly Accurate Welding Fixture Table – Though there’s a built-in scale and scribed lines in every welding fixture table, the real accuracy comes from the precision bores held to +/-0.001″ tolerance. Fixtures that are built today can be rebuilt a month later with the same results achieved. With the precision tables, angles, and blocks machined flat and square 0.0018/12”, it would be a challenge to get a weldment out of square.
Increase in Flexibility – A single welding table kit can be assembled into hundreds of fixtures. Modular fixtures can be built in a matter of minutes by recycling the tooling components from one fixture to another. Fixtures can then be quickly adjusted to handle last minute changes to the part design. When documentation from our CAD library is used, fixtures can be rebuilt to exact dimensions.
Additional Benefits for Machining
Modular fixtures are ideal for short runs and prototypes where volumes are low, and part variety is high.
Fast Changeover with Modular Baseplates – The changeover from one job to the next is fast and simple using a pair of modular baseplates. A subplate with precision receiver bushings is permanently attached to the bed of the mill. Modular plates can then be quickly attached with four ball lock bolts. While the mill is running one job, the operator can be setting up another job on a workbench. When the cycle is complete, grid plates are switched by removing the four-ball lock bolts and switching fixtures. Idle spindle time is minimized with this simple changeover procedure.
Increased Organization – A few simple drawers are all that is needed to organize a complete Bluco modular jig system. Racks and racks of old dedicated fixtures are replaced with a single fixturing system, which is neatly stored in drawers and ready to be assembled. When the job is complete, fixtures are disassembled, and the components are put away back in the drawers for future use.
Reduced Fixture Setup Times – Bluco’s modular fixturing will significantly reduce fixture setup times compared to that of building dedicated fixtures or open setups with 1-2-3 blocks and toe clamps on a t-slotted bed. The dowel pin system allows for quick connection of stops, risers, v-blocks, and other qualified locators onto the grid plate. Fixtures can be designed and ready to use in just a few hours. If a job repeats, the fixture can be reassembled in under 30 minutes.