High-tech workholding adding value

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Norgrem's Adaptix Soft Jaw made its UK debut at MACH 2022 and the universal soft jaw solution received a strong response. The company now has further development plans in the pipeline.

Offering the same robustness as a traditional aluminium soft jaw, Adaptix Soft Jaw adapts to flat and unique part geometries to provide the necessary forces to hold the workpiece securely. Its ease of configuration and interchangeable pin tips mean machine operators can radically reduce set-up and changeover times and their associated labour costs.

Norgren is part of the IMI Precision Engineering Group and Laurent Gibb, Adaptix commercial lead for the EMEA region, says the product had a strong launch in the US at the end of 2021 and manufacturing of the technology is now done at four US sites to meet demand.

In Europe, Adaptix was launched in early Q1 this year, and MACH 2022 was the first opportunity to showcase the new technology in the UK. Gibb explains to Machinery there has also been good demand in Germany.

He explains: “To be closer to our customers, we are looking at setting up a manufacturing site in Europe by the end of the year. We are also currently establishing a team in the Asia Pacific countries and recently made our first hires in the region, so our aim to be truly global by the end of the year which is very exciting.”

The Adaptix product has received strong market feedback according to Gibb, who says they have commented how simple it looks yet how much complexity is hidden away.

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