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Crabb Engineering has employed Chick workholding equipment from 1st Machine Tool Accessories (1st MTA) for its manufacturing operations.

The company placed an order for three Chick Qwik-Lok vice units, complete with extra-wide dual station jaw sets.

The jaws can be easily changed to suit new jobs, ensuring rapid set-up times.

Crabb has invested in four Haas vertical machining centres, which are supported by the company’s SolidWorks CAD installation and an EdgeCAM offline programming system.

The benefits of faster change-overs and enhanced machining accuracy provided by the Chick equipment also prompted Crabb to utilise the workholding system for other new and existing jobs – resulting in the purchase of a further 47 sets of interchangeable jaw sets, as well as three extra Qwik-Lok units within a year of their original specification, the company said.

The Qwik-Lok system is incorporated within dedicated kits that also include tooling, inspection equipment, setup instructions and CNC programmes for every job.

1st MTA supplies workholding equipment to Crabb

Crabb Engineering has employed Chick workholding equipment from 1st Machine Tool Accessories (1st MTA) for its manufacturing operations.

The company placed an order for three Chick Qwik-Lok vice units, complete with extra-wide dual station jaw sets.

The jaws can be easily changed to suit new jobs, ensuring rapid set-up times.

Crabb has invested in four Haas vertical machining centres, which are supported by the company’s SolidWorks CAD installation and an EdgeCAM offline programming system.

The benefits of faster change-overs and enhanced machining accuracy provided by the Chick equipment also prompted Crabb to utilise the workholding system for other new and existing jobs – resulting in the purchase of a further 47 sets of interchangeable jaw sets, as well as three extra Qwik-Lok units within a year of their original specification, the company said.

The Qwik-Lok system is incorporated within dedicated kits that also include tooling, inspection equipment, setup instructions and CNC programmes for every job.

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