FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does the MATRIX mold clamping system work?
The basic idea of mold clamping: The component creates the support itself. Just like a pin cushion, MATRIX pin modules adapt to every shape. The mold jaw is created by the component itself in just seconds and secured in place with a single movement of a lever. This means that the user can create a part-specific support in the blink of an eye. If a new mold is needed, loosening the fixing screw returns the pins to their starting position. Simple, quick, precise – components can be fixed, held or clamped perfectly and in a form-fit manner with this solution. With the handy modular system, you can combine all of the MATRIX modules to suit your requirements. Pre-fabricated sets are available for quick deployment.
2. What advantages does the MATRIX mold clamping system offer compared to conventional fixtures?
In comparison with conventional clamping systems, MATRIX offers a wide range of advantages:
- Fixing of the component in seconds thanks to the form-fit mechanism, making individual mold jaws and specialist devices superfluous
- Minimum clamping force thanks to high form fit protects the component
- Dramatic reduction in setup time
- Improved ergonomics at the workstation
- No storage of fixture systems
- Minimization of costs in fixture construction by up to 80%
3. What level of repeat accuracy does the MATRIX mold clamping system guarantee for constant component changes (batch sizes > 100)?
The MATRIX clamping system creates a customized molding jaw directly on the component or through the component that is secured in place. If the molding jaw is left intact once created, the repeat accuracy is within the µ range – assuming that the components all have the same geometry and surface contours. If the pin modules are not readjusted to the component, the system’s repeat accuracy consequently depends on the variance in the component contours. With cast parts, there are generally significant differences between the surface contours of individual components of the same type. If the component changes (slightly), the component contours must be remolded. To do this, the pin modules are unlocked, molded to the component contours and fixed back in position. In this case, external reference points (such as end points) must be used to guarantee the consistent position of the component.
4. What holding forces can MATRIX mold clamping systems generate, and what clamping forces in comparison to conventional clamping systems?
Unlike conventional clamping systems (force locking), the MATRIX system uses the principle of form fitting. A comparison of clamping forces in the MATRIX system with the clamping forces of a conventional system is therefore unhelpful. As a result, an optimum holding result can be achieved with comparably low clamping forces. The pin packages of the systems in the X-Clamp series can support up to 10 kN, depending on their design, before the pins move – with the form-fit being maintained, of course!
5. In what sectors can the MATRIX mold clamping system be used profitably?
The MATRIX clamping system is ideal for use wherever maximum grip and adaptable mold clamping are needed – especially for components with complex geometries and free-form surfaces. Whether it be in production, laboratories or in measurement technology – MATRIX mold clamping systems with their individually mobile pins replace costly specialist fixtures and all manner of molding elements. The benefits for you: Flexible, cost-effective, universal in use, scalable.
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