GARANT Xpent: One vice, two workpieces
Knoxville, Tennessee – The Hoffmann Group has introduced a new module for its GARANT Xpent 5-axis vice. This new center jaw, which can be optionally fitted to the base rail, makes it possible to clamp two workpieces with just one vice, and to process these in a single operation. This mean clamping strategies that are more efficient can be implemented, leading to a measurable increase in productivity.
The GARANT Xpent is based on a modular design concept. Clamping modules, base rails and spindles can be individually combined, and the convex clamping modules can be turned 180°. The newly developed center jaw offers another bonus in terms of flexibility and is immediately available as an accessory for sizes 0 to 1S and will soon be available in sizes 1 and 2. The existing range of attachment rails, each with two clamping stages, is fully compatible with the new center jaw.
The GARANT Xpent has a clamping force of up to 40kN at a torque of 90Nm and is available in three different heights and two widths. Base rails are available in lengths of 360mm to 1,050mm. The new 1S size was specially developed for 3- and 5-axis machines with small spindle gear boxes.Word has spread around the market about the GARANT Xpent’s excellent flexibility and quality.
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