The Tandem KSP Plus clamping force block from Schunk is designed to provide for flexible monitoring along the whole jaw stroke.

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The Tandem KSP Plus clamping force block from Schunk is designed to provide for flexible monitoring along the whole jaw stroke. Whether using ID or OD clamping, the “opened” or “clamped” positions for virtually any base jaw can be adjusted. Monitoring is done via two inductive proximity switches that are integrated in two special recesses in the base jaws. Since the signal can be directly processed in the machine control unit, the flexible queried block can be quickly and easily integrated into existing machines, the company says.

Offering a high clamping force and exact precision, the Tandem KSP Plus’ one-piece, rigid base body, wedge hook kinematics and long ground jaw guidances provide for concentrated clamping forces of as much as 55 kN. Repeat accuracy of as much as 0.01 mm also ensures exact results, Schunk says, making the block suitable for demanding milling operations at high metal-removal rates, high cycle times and minimum tolerances.

Two integrated jaw interfaces enable top jaws with tongue and groove, as well as jaws with a fine serration to be used. The clamping force block also is available with an optional jaw quick-change system. A special fitting screw ensures that the block can be exchanged at a high repeat accuracy.

The compact Tandem KSP Plus system is sealed and therefore resistant to dirt. The outside contour and minimum gaps are designed to prevent the buildup of dust pockets and chips, or dust penetrating the clamping block.