Workholding stabiliser system to be launched by Blue Photon at EMO 2023


US firm Blue Photon has designed a new, photo-activated adhesive workholding system, comprising patented grippers and inserts, intended for use with stabiliser systems marketed by Big Daishowa and others that add extra rigidity to tall components while they are being machined.

The Workholding Stabilizer System will be launched in Europe at the EMO 2023, on the Blue Photon stand, B84 in hall 5. Representatives from European sales agent NCMT will be on the stand throughout the exhibition to help with live demonstrations and answer questions.

The workholding system comprises a Blue Photon stabiliser puck, an adjustable stabiliser arm and a base mount, for which there are multiple options including T-slot, threaded hole and magnetic. The puck is positioned in an optimal location on the workpiece to provide maximum extra support during machining by transferring some of the cutting force to the machine table and structure.

The extra stability raises production throughput by allowing faster feeds and speeds to be programmed without affecting the surface integrity of the part, and also increases yield by avoiding scrap and rework that could result from unstable clamping.

The puck attaches to the workpiece using grippers placed into fixed inserts. It is simply necessary to position the puck and turn on ultraviolet light from a Blue Photon controller to cure BlueGrip adhesive previously applied to the grippers. The process is completed in 60 seconds, minimising idle time and maximising throughput.


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