To assist with verifying the holding force of a component during machining operations OK-VISE says it has integrated two clamping force measurement systems directly into its modular Multi-Rail RM fixturing system.
The Digiforce device provide the operator with an on-screen readout of the clamping pressure. In addition the company says that an optional SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system can collect information from several device displays over a standard Modbus connection so that historical data can be viewed and adjustments made as necessary.
A second device, Dotforce, utilises a visual red dot in a clamp module. The company explains that this dot gradually fades to grey as a spanner is turned, showing when the holding force is correct.