Kurt Manufacturing’s patented DockLock workholding system is a fast, accurate, and repeatable method for making set-up changes on all types of horizontal and vertical machining centers. It is available in pneumatic and hydraulic models, and it can be sized to work with light to heavy-duty applications.
With repeatable mounting accuracy to ± 0.0002 inch on a typical part set-up, the DockLock system ensures high-quality finishes, no scrap parts, and substantial set-up time reduction. A typical workholding set-up change requiring 20 minutes using standard methods is done in less than two minutes, according to the developer, and complicated machine set-ups are made simpler too. Vises and fixtures mount quickly and easily, and the DockLock allows users to locate or remove the workholding from a machine instantly, or to move it offline or to another machine and/or back again in just seconds with zero-point accuracy every time.
With solid holding force, the workholding locks into position and remains immobile. Heavy fixtures self-align with minimal operator effort, and once positioned, a patented collet retention systemdampens vibration tendencies in the workholding set-up, ensuring workholding rigidity during the machining process.
The standard, automatic and heavy-duty hydraulic models have a retention force of 9,000 lbs. (40,000 Newtons) per locking cylinder. The heaviest-duty models have a retention force of 20,000 lbs. (90,000 Newtons.)
Other DockLock features include top-down design making the fixture handling process fast and easy. With the optional air-blast system, the system is easy to keep free of chips and coolant. Also, the system’s sturdy design requires minimal maintenance, promoting long service life even with repeated use.