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Workholding System

A Revolutionary Workholding Solution for Machining Delicate or Hard-to-Hold Parts

Blue Photon technology and workholding system is a patented, photo-activated adhesive fixturing and workholding solution that improves quality, reduces waste and saves on labor in workholding applications that have traditionally challenged precision part manufacturers. The system is ideal for:

  • High tolerance machining.
  • Delicate parts or composite materials.
  • Difficult-to-hold parts.
  • Near-net shape products.
  • Automation.

Blue Photon’s ultraviolet workholding technology frees the workpiece from clamps and eliminates the need for designing additional workholding features into the workpiece (such as lugs or dovetails). Our patented grippers along with our proprietary BlueGrip™ workholding adhesive fills a gap between the gripper head and the surface of the workpiece which can accommodate for irregular shapes and textured surfaces.

System Overview

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Blue Photon technology simplifies workholding:

  • Eliminates distortion problems common with clamping.
  • Improves cutting tool access.
  • Works with metal, ceramic, glass, composite and most plastic parts.
  • Stands up to heavy milling.
Click to View Blue Photon's Complete Workholding System Product List
Part # Description Application
Grippers
14130Standard Small Head-In GripperTo use with small size workpieces.
14131Small Corrosion Resistant Head-In GripperTo use with small size workpieces where deionized water is being used.
14230Standard Small Head-Out GripperTo use with small size workpieces.
14231Small Corrosion Resistant Head-Out GripperTo use with small size workpieces where deionized water is being used.
15130Standard Medium Head-In GripperTo use with small to medium size workpieces.
15131Medium Corrosion Resistant Head-In GripperTo use with small to medium size workpieces where deionized water is being used.
15230Standard Medium Head-Out GripperTo use with small to medium size workpieces.
15231Medium Corrosion Resistant Head-Out GripperTo use with small to medium size workpieces where deionized water is being used.
16160Standard Large Head-In GripperTo use with medium to large size workpieces.
16161Large Corrosion Resistant Head-In GripperTo use with medium to large size workpieces where deionized water is being used.
16260Standard Large Head-Out GripperTo use with medium to large size workpieces.
16261Large Corrosion Resistant Head-Out GripperTo use with medium to large size workpieces where deionized water is being used.
Inserts
24100Small Internal InsertTo use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding, use with P/N 14130.
25100Medium Internal InsertTo use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding, use with P/N 15130.
26100Large Internal InsertTo use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding, use with P/N 16160.
24200Small External Insert AssemblyTo use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding and to allow for adjustability, use with P/N 14130.
25200Medium External Insert AssemblyTo use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding and to allow for adjustability, use with P/N 15130.
26200Large External Insert AssemblyTo use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding and to allow for adjustability, use with P/N 16160.
24211External Fixed InsertSmall head-in gripper.
25211External Fixed InsertMedium head-in gripper.
26211External Fixed InsertLarge head-in gripper.
24219Head-In Gripper & External Fixed Insert AssemblySmall head-in gripper.
25219Head-In Gripper & External Fixed Insert AssemblyMedium head-in gripper.
26219Head-In Gripper & External Fixed Insert AssemblyLarge head-in gripper.
Workholding Adhesives
43200BlueGrip S2 Workholding Adhesive, 30 ccFor manual and pneumatic dispensing.
46200BlueGrip S2 Workholding Adhesive, 1LFor automated dispensing.
43210BlueGrip S2-F Fluorescent Workholding Adhesive, 30 ccFor manual and pneumatic dispensing. High visibility under black light.
46210BlueGrip S2-F Fluorescent Workholding Adhesive, 1LFor automated dispensing. High visibility under black light.
48300BlueGrip S3 Workholding Adhesive, 40 lb pailFor automated dispensing systems.
Kits
333232Workholding KitIncludes everything you need to start using Blue Photon's workholding system: (3) Kit, (3) Metric, (3) Medium Head-In Gripper, (2) 4 Channel UV LED Controller, (3) Medium Adapter & 56 mm Head Length and (2) 2-UV LED Head Assemblies.
91200Universal Fixture KitA collection of gripper arms and locator assemblies for prototyping, one-offs and low volume parts.
UV LED Equipment
65440BlueCure Mini UV LED ControllerController for UV LED light heads, controls up to 4 heads.
52802Small Adapter, 56 mm UV LED Head AssemblyUV LED head for use with small grippers to cure BlueGrip workholding adhesive.
52803Medium Adapter, 56 mm UV LED Head AssemblyUV LED head for use with medium grippers to cure BlueGrip workholding adhesive.
52804Large Adapter, 56 mm UV LED Head AssemblyUV LED head for use with large grippers to cure BlueGrip workholding adhesive.
53802Small Adapter, 85 mm UV LED Head AssemblyUV LED head for use with small grippers to cure BlueGrip workholding adhesive.
53803Medium Adapter, 85 mm UV LED Head AssemblyUV LED head for use with medium grippers to cure BlueGrip workholding adhesive.
53804 Large Adapter, 85 mm UV LED Head AssemblyUV LED head for use with large grippers to cure BlueGrip workholding adhesive.
50010UV Safety GlassesGlasses offer eye protection while operating the UV LED controller.
509073 ft Extension CableTo provide 3 ft of extra cable length from the UV LED controller to the UV LED head.
509086 ft Extension CableTo provide 6 ft of extra cable length from the UV LED controller to the UV LED head.
509048 ft Extension CableTo provide 8 ft of extra cable length from the UV LED controller to the UV LED head.
5090910 ft Extension CableTo provide 10 ft of extra cable length from the UV LED controller to the UV LED head.
5090315 ft Extension CableTo provide 15 ft of extra cable length from the UV LED controller to the UV LED head.
51705Small AdapterTo use with UV LED head P/N 52812 or 53812.
52705Medium AdapterTo use with UV LED head P/N 52812 or 53812.
57705Large AdapterTo use with UV LED head P/N 52812 or 53812.
64850Right Angle Adapter, Standard MediumTo use when clearance issues arise in tight places, use with medium grippers.
64860Right Angle Adapter, Extended MediumTo use when clearance issues arise in tight places, use with medium grippers.
64950Right Angle Adapter, Standard LargeTo use when clearance issues arise in tight places, use with large grippers.
64960Right Angle Adapter, Extended LargeTo use when clearance issues arise in tight places, use with large grippers.
62020Handheld RadiometerMeasures stray UV light output.
5281256 mm UV LED HeadUV LED head to cure BlueGrip workholding adhesive.
5381285 mm UV LED HeadUV LED head to cure BlueGrip workholding adhesive.
Dispensers
71906Pneumatic DispenserDigital time/pressure display adhesive dispenser.
75490Electric Finger SwitchHand-operated adhesive dispenser, use with P/N 71906.
73006High Precision Dispenser with OptimeterFoot or PLC controlled adhesive dispenser, 30 cc.
74000Manual PlungerSyringe plunger fits into 30 cc adhesive tubes.
75500OptimeterAdapter fits onto 30 cc adhesive tubes for dispensing with high precision dispensers.
75880Dispenser Adapter AssemblyAdapter required to operate all automated dispensers using 30 cc adhesive tubes.
777075 Gallon Pail DispenserDispenser to fill and load cartridges and barrels with BlueGrip workholding adhesive.
4340230 cc Syringe BarrelAmber syringe barrel with piston and label, 20 per box.
464021L Cartridge BarrelAmber cartridge barrel with piston and label, 10 per box.
4370030 cc Tip CapBlue tip cap, 20 per box.
467001L Tip CapBlue tip cap, 10 per box.
4380030 cc End CapBlue end cap, 20 per box.
468021L End CapBlue end cap, 10 per box.
46600Barrel LoaderTo fill 30 cc syringes from a 1L cartridge.
480065 Gallon Pail ProtectorOptional pail protectors to extend seal life and reduce clean-up of BlueGrip workholding adhesive, 10 per box.
71100Adhesive DispenserSemi-automatic adhesive dispenser machine.
Cleaning Equipment
81300Soak Debond TankStainless steel hot water soak tank for debonding, cleaning parts and grippers of cured adhesive.
82400Gripper Cleaning Tool AssemblyLoads in CNC machine spindle to remove cured adhesive from grippers.
82500Replacement HeadReplacement head for P/N 82400.
84750Handheld Pressurized SteamerFor removal of cured adhesive from workpiece and/or grippers.
84870Cured Adhesive Steam Cleaner - Approximately 6 hours of continuous steamHot water pressurized spray adhesive removal, stainless steel.
84880Cured Adhesive Steam Cleaner - Minimum 8 hours of continuous steamHot water pressurized spray adhesive removal, stainless steel.
84890Cured Adhesive Steam Cleaner - Full-time steamAutomatic hot water pressurized spray adhesive removal, stainless steel.
80030ScraperCleans part and grippers of cured adhesive after heating.

Blue Photon offers fixture design and engineering! Contact our engineers for assistance in designing application solutions.