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Dorman Engineering has selected Chick One-Lok vices from 1st Machine Tool Accessories (MTA) in order to boost productivity and reduce scrap when machining a range of components, including parts for motorcycles.

The subcontractor specialises in component design, reverse engineering and producing prototypes, small batches and one-offs for the pharmaceutical and electronics industries.

Roland Dorman, owner of Dorman Engineering, required a rigid and accurate workholding product with a fast action and secure pull-down.

The Chick One-Lok vices from 1st MTA feature a fast-acting adjustment mechanism, allowing the moveable jaw to be unlocked and slid quickly into position.

They secure parts with up to 44.5kN of clamping force.

Key benefits of product application

  • The Chick One-Lok vices are resistant to vibration under machining loads, resulting in accurate components, increased output and extended tool life.
  • Dorman said the vices have also reduced scrap and rework rates.
  • Changing setups when moving to a new job of a different size is said to be faster thanks to the vice’s fast-acting adjustment mechanism.
  • Dorman said the vices also provide the reliability required for extended periods of ghost shift running.

1st Machine Tool Accessories

1st Machine Tool Accessories Ltd specialises in high quality workholding equipment and associated products from the world’s leading producers.

1st Machine Tool Accessories Ltd specialises in high quality workholding equipment and associated products from the world’s leading producers.

1st MTA:

·         provides technical assistance via trained representatives including site visits and demonstrations where possible;

·         is constantly expanding and updating the product range to give customers the best possible choice;

·         offers bespoke/customised solutions;

·         provides the easiest and most efficient way to order all your machine tools and accessories by phone, fax or on-line.

The product range includes:

·         Kitagawa:

o   Chucks: power, collet, manual, speciality and all accessories.

o   Cylinders: hydraulic and pneumatic.

o   NC Rotary Tables.

o   Vises: precision machine.

·         Fixturing and Clamping Parts.

·         Collets:

o   Varibore,

o   Spring,

o   Emergency

o   Pull back.

·         Chick Workholding: the leader in modern workholding for modern CNC machines.

·         Brighetti Reduction Bushes:

o   Slotted

o   Cylindrical

o   Conical

o   Elastic

o   Fixed by dowels.

·         OK Vise: low-profile clamping.

·         Mitee Bite: versatile, cost-effective clamping – fast and easy operation.

·         Cooljet High Pressure Coolant.

·         Magnetic Filtration

·         Bison:

o   Chucks: manual and power;

o   Hydraulic/pneumatic cylinders;

o   Precision machine and bench vises;

o   Rotary tables and indexing fixtures

·         Abbott Workholding:

o   Pie jaws;

o   Tooling columns.

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