The scheduled monthly webinar is designed to provide answers to the most common workholding questions often asked of the experienced team at Leader.
“There is no doubt that there is a thirst for fixturing knowledge within the manufacturing sector,” said managing director, Mark Jones. “From simplistic vice set-ups to semi-automated jigs and fixtures, and further on to complex fully automated clamping device changeover recently demonstrated at EMO, workholding can dramatically improve productivity and efficiency.”
It is not just these workshop performance figures that can be improved with the right workholding application. The consistency of the geometric tolerances achieved, along with the ability to repeatably produce components to the specification required, goes hand-in-hand with an improved surface finish and increased tool life.
There’s often more than one way to apply workholding, and the Leader Chuck FTWs will be developed to consider the different options available, alongside the benefits and considerations for each.
Kicking-off on 7 November 2023, the initial First Tuesday Webinar will ask the question Why Workholding Matters? Concentrating on prismatic clamping, the inaugural program will provide an overview of workholding, highlighting why it matters to the overall manufacturing process. This will be followed by the key challenges faced by the workholding system with examples of how it is possible to address each of these.
The presentation will follow an outlined agenda to ensure all the relevant points are covered in a timely fashion, the final part of the webinar will be a Q&A session where attendees can ask for advice on existing specific workholding problems or seek help to tackle any challenges that they may be facing in the workshop currently or in the near future.
Jones concludes: “We appreciate that workholding is a vast subject area, and we are keen to cover all facets in due course. There is a planned schedule of related subjects going forward, but we would welcome any specific topics of interest from those facing the challenges of securely holding raw materials or components.”