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Finishing Output Gears

Our customer works mainly in the Automotive and Manufacturing industries. We want to share with you a custom precision solution for output gears we created for them.

Custom Quick Change Jaws - Northfield Sliding Air Chuck
Northfield 650 Sliding Air Chuck – Custom Quick Change Jaws

I discussed this our senior applications engineer Mitchell to get his insights on the project. First of all Mitch please tell us about the brief from the customer?

Brief:

Our customer manufactures output gears and needs to grip the inner diameter of a family of transmission input/output gears for finish turning.

That sounds like an interesting project and not an easy one to solve. What are the main challenges with this brief?

Challenge:

The first main challenge is working with a variety of part sizes. The loading process also needs to take place quickly without swapping the complete chuck during the process. The additional challenge is including enough clearance from the chuck for cutting the parts internally to the required depth.

That’s a lot to work with, how did you solve this and what did you deliver to the customer?

Solution:

The idea behind our design is a “quick-change” style. To handle the different sized parts, subjaws are permanently mounted to the chuck’s master jaws. The Quick-Change top jaws are held in place with a single bolt. It passes through a keyhole slot in each jaw pad. Each jaw segment only has one fastening bolt, meaning no locating pins.

A 3-legged universal Axial Locator is also mounted to the face of the chuck. All parts fit to this without changeover, saving time and reducing errors when switching between parts.

Thank you for that great wrap-up Mitch. How can our readers contact you for any challenging workholding projects they may have?

Sure, You can simply head to the Contact Northfield page on our website or give us a call (516) 431-1112.

The team is always happy to help.

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No need to regrind - Long Lasting Custom Jaws

Our customer is a precision manufacturer of engine and fuel injection systems. 

The Challenge 

is to solve the problem of extreme wear on the grip area on the jaws. Northfield Chucks can be customized with a variety of top tooling options. Here is one of our standard 4” sliding-jaw chucks (Northfield Model 450). Especially modified for our customer.  

Custom Carbide Chuck Jaws
Custom Carbide Chuck Jaws

Solution

To solve this, we developed a custom set of jaws containing brazed carbide for the grip lands of the jaws. The result, the jaws last approximately 3 times as long, before requiring a regrind.  

Could this kind of modification to a standard work holding chuck help you solve a problem?  

Then get in touch with the team.  

Contact Northfield – Northfield 

Or call: (516) 431-1112 

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The Top Brass – Custom Brass Top Tooling

Brief

A CNC and process automation customer required custom work holding solution for Grinding the outer diameter of their unique sapphire rods.  

Challenge

The main challenge for the Northfield team is holding the rods well enough without damaging them or creating micro fractures in the material. Additionally, delivering the trademark repeatability and accuracy. 

Custom Workholding Total Indicator Reading
Brass Work Holding – Total Indicator Reading

Solution

The work holding solution is a Northfield model DPH-400, with custom Brass Work Holding Jaws. The top tooling consists of three parts.  

  1. Hardened and ground sub jaws  
  2. A separate center button stop 
  3. Precision ground brass inserts mounted to the sub jaws 

This setup ensures accuracy and repeatability whilst grinding the outer diameter to the required size. 

Custom Brass Jaws Chuck
Custom Brass Jaws Chuck

The use of brass answers the customers need to hold their unique sapphire rod without damaging it. Brass chuck jaws prevent sliding and are very corrosion resistance, meaning there are also tough enough to operate in a grinding environment. 

 

Do you work with delicate or uncommon material? Get in touch and see how Northfield can support you. 

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Custom Parts, Custom Colors

No, we’re not making a fashion statement for chucks here!

At Northfield, we affectionately refer to the aluminium anodized chuck as “BIG RED”. Creed Monarch use “BIG RED” to manufacture close tolerance parts for Robert Bosch Power Tools.

We designed “BIG RED” to accommodate the unusual shape of the ‘Wobble Plate’ part of the drive mechanism in a Bosch reciprocating saw. Improving accuracy and dramatically reducing change over time.

Model Big Red Custom Chuck
Northfield custom work holding, model ‘big red’

The “Wobble Plate” is made from 52100 tool steel and heat-treated to 58/63 Rockwell. Spinning at 3,500 rpm for hard turning the “Wobble Plate” internal diameter, creates the outer race of a bearing set.

“BIG RED” is a example of our custom work holding at Northfield beyond the chuck.

  • The spring-loaded plunger and locator ensure accurate locating of the “Wobble Plate” to four specific reference points.
  • When hand mounted on the face of a fixture, the unique design provide repeatability of 0.002 inches.
  • The fixture allows automatic operation after the initial loading.

“BIG RED” solved previous holding problems and saves a tremendous amount of production time.

Do you have a special work holding need that we could help with? Get in touch now.