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Hydraulic Clamping

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Hydraulic clamping is used in production CNC machine shops as an automated or semi-automated way to secure components to the workholding surface. Hydraulic clamping allows for substantially reduced load an unload times, which in turn allows for higher capacity utilization of machines. Hydraulic clamping also improves overall quality of the manufacturing process by providing consistent clamping force that is completely repeatable.

Hydraulic Clamp Manufacturers

  • Kurt Workholding manufactures the industry standard Kurt Vises for machining. Among the Kurt workholding solutions are hydraulic clamping systems that include a variety of swing clamps with a clamping capacity from 475 lbs to 6,000 lbs. All Kurt Workholding vises and hydraulic clamps are backed by the Kurt Ironclad Warranty.

Manual vs Hydraulic Clamping

The primary advantage of hydraulic clamping in a production environment is the increased efficiency from time savings -- which must be great enough to offset the capital cost of purchasing the hydraulic clamping system in the first place. In general the shorter the work time is on a piece, the more benefit there is from using a hydraulic clamping system. For example, consid