Orange Vise Company was founded in 2012 with the ethos of ‘perpetual innovation of CNC workholding’. Following this philosophy, the UK launch of its latest line, Orange Delta IV compact vices and zero-point subplates for use in multi-axis and high-density milling set ups, will be exclusively sold by Leader Chuck International.
Focused 4/5-axis vices such as the new Orange Delta IV Compact ,are useful for applications involving 3+2 and simultaneous 5-axis machining and are highly effective for working with complex free-form shapes and difficult angles. They can help increase accuracy and therefore make processes more efficient by reducing tooling costs and labour time. These vices are designed to support 5-axis machining by allowing obstruction-free cutting on five sides of the workpiece. They have the benefit of a quick, single clamp setup and allow for continuous, high-speed cutting of pockets and 3-dimensional or sculpted surfaces.
Constructed from steel at 55 HRc, the patent-pending Orange Delta IV Compact vices feature a small 150 x 100 mm footprint and an integral zero-point interface, cross compatible with the company’s proprietary locating systems, as well as 52 mm pull stud interfaces from other brands. Steel Master Jaw sets for large or small parts or machinable aluminium soft jaws can be fitted, offering up to 44.5 kN clamping force.
Unlike self-centring vices common in the industry, the Orange Delta IV uses a unique serrated design that combines the best of self-centring vices and serrated fixtures, along with industry-leading gripping performance. In addition, the anti-lift jaw design typically achieves <13 micron of vertical deflection. The combination of these features makes the vice equally well suited for both first operations in serrated jaws, and secondary applications with machinable soft jaws. The ability to accurately locate parts in soft jaws opens up the applications of the vice to include use on horizontal 4-axis milling applications.
Soft jaws can be profiled to exactly match the form of the workpiece, even if it has complex features such as overhangs or flanged faces. Being cut in situ on the machine table also reduces any accumulated positioning errors to enhance the repeatability of the machining process part-to-part.
For parts requiring second ops, a datum face can be machined during the first operation that will be located against the fixed jaw making the repositioning more accurate. Although sacrificial, once the soft jaws have been profiled, they can be held in stock ready for when the job repeats.
Produced 100 per cent in the USA, Orange Delta IV Compact vices and Zero-Point subplates are cost-effectively priced. “With the CNC machining industry currently trending towards palletised automation with large numbers of pallets, the need for reasonably-priced workholding becomes increasingly important,” states Mark Jones, Managing Director, Leader Chuck International.