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Gerardi Zero Point Clamping System

Pneumatic Clamping With 0.005mm Repositioning Accuracy

Gerardi Zero Point for Immediate Clamping & Positioning of Vices, Tombstones, Sub-Plates or the Workpiece Directly

 

Zero Point can increase machining capacity by slashing set-up times and changeover times. With simple pneumatic pressure, the clamping fixture or workpiece can be positioned on the machine in seconds.

For a fraction of the cost of a new machine, kitting out two machining centres with Zero Point can create more time capacity than buying a new machine tool.

ZERO POINT TYPES

BUILT IN MOUNTING

 

Ideal when used with fixture such as interface plates, tombstone or riser blocks. Zero Point sits almost flush with the fixture.

WHAT IS ZERO POINT?

 

Zero Point is the most cost effective solution to reduce machine downtime and increase capacity with relatively small investment. The pneumatic clamping system positions vices, fixtures or even workpieces immediately on the machine with 0.005mm accuracy.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

 
• Pneumatic clamping - no hydraulics required
 • Job, vice or fixture uses a pull stud which is clamped by the Zero Point pot
• Zero Point cannot let go of pull stud even in air or power failures
•  Possible to clamp small workpieces (with 1 pull stud and Zero Point) or large workpiece (with multiple pots)

WHAT MACHINES CAN USE IT?


• Vertical machining centres
• 5 Axis machining centres
• Horizontal machining centres
• CMM’s
• Rotary tables

PNEUMATIC CLAMPING WITH 0.005mm POSITIONING ACCURACY

Almost ANYTHING can be clamped with Zero Point. Common applications include pump housings, engine blocks, wing ribs, aero frame structures, valves, vices and sub plates. They can be installed on almost any milling machine, rotary table, tombstone, pallet or sub-table.

 

Cutwel’s technical team can help you from concept, to design, through to installation on your machine. Our team has handed projects ranging from 1 Zero Point to 120 Zero Points. Contact us today on 01924 869 615 to discuss your requirements.

 

RETURN ON INVESTMENT?

 
Zero Point can pay for itself in as quick as a few months by decreasing machine downtime by as much as 95%. Customers often roll out Zero Point across the shop floor once they experience the benefits of their first system.

WHAT CAN IT CLAMP?


• Regular Machine Vices
• 5 Axis Machine Vices (with or without raiser blocks)
• Vices on sub plates
• Workpieces directly to the Zero Point pots
• Interface plates
• Tombstones/cubes

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?


• Reduce machine downtime by as much as 95%
• Rework jobs without the need to set-up again due to immediate repositioning at almost ZERO microns.
• Possible to use existing vices/fixtures through use of sub-plates.
• Clamp the most irregular shaped workpieces with ease and power

Gerardi Zero Point Operation & Benefits

Workpiece Clamped Directly to Zero Point on 5 Axis Machine

Gerardi Zero Point Repeatability

Gerardi Zero Point Strength Test

ZERO POINT EXAMPLES

GRID CUBE WITH ZERO POINT & BOLT HOLES

GRID CUBE WITH ZERO POINT PLATE

TOMBSTONE WITH ZERO POINT

ZERO POINT WITH STAINLESS STEEL COVER PLATE

ZERO POINT WITH VICE ADAPTOR PLATE

ROTARY TABLE SUB-PLATE

5 AXIS VICE WITH ZERO POINT

5 AXIS ZERO POINT RISER

ROUND PLATE PYRAMID SUPPORT

ZERO POINT PLATE CLAMPING SINGLE VICE

ZERO POINT PLATE CLAMPING MULTIFLEX VICE

ZERO POINT TOMBSTONE WITH FMS SELF CENTERING VICES

ZERO POINT TOMBSTONE DIRECTLY CLAMPING WORKPIECE

ALUMINIUM FIXTURE WITH HAAS ROTARY TABLE & ZERO POINT

ZERO POINT ON MACHINE PALLET WITH FMS VICES

ROUND PLATE PYRAMID SUPPORT WITH 5 AXIS COMPACT GRIP

WORKPIECE CLAMPED DIRECTLY ONTO ZERO POINT

FLANGE MOUNTING

 

Ideally used for placing the pot straight onto a machine or rotary table. Can be easily moved or arranged for different workpieces. Also ideal for increasing workpiece height.