Editorial featuring Magnets and LANG Workholding at DSA Precision Inc.

 

Innovative vises, magnetic clamping, cut costs, setup times

WHEN YOU WORK in the fiercely competitive job shop market, anything you can do to improve productivity and cut machining costs will help you secure orders—and your business. That’s why Tony De Simone, founder of DSA Precision Machining Inc., Bolton, ON, and son Chris, plant manager, decided to invest in innovative workholding systems—Lang vises and jaws and SPD electro-permanent magnetic chucks—that have helped them secure new orders for business, reduce part setup times and increase machining productivity. Tony De Simone formed DSA Precision Machining in 1976. After years of working in job shops, including Massey Ferguson, York Gear (now Spar Aerospace) and Husky Injection Molding Systems, he decided to set up his own machine shop. Since then, De Simone and son Chris, who joined the company in the 1990s after graduating from mechanical engineering/CNC programming from Humber College,

THE EQUIPMENT

DSA PRECISION MACHINING’S workholding investments include the Lang Makro-Grip vises and Quick-Point zero clamping system, and SPD electro-permanent magnetic chucks. The products were all purchased from workholding product distributor, Machine Tool Solutions Ltd., Brampton, ON. The Lang Makro-Grip centre vise is well-suited to five axis movement because it holds a part securely during machining in all five axes. The secret to the vise’s effectiveness lies in the holding teeth contour of the jaw and in Lang’s Quick-Point zero point clamping system—base metal plates available in rectangular, square and round shapes—that holds the vise in place. “We can interchange difference vises on the plate because the Lang system comes with probes that are inserted onto the plate and lock the vises into the programmed position,” explains Chris De Simone. He adds that he likes the flexibility and the time-saving feature of the workholding system. In the past, DSA would use one vise

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