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Workholding System

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

Blue Photon Technology & Workholding’s system is a patented, photo-activated adhesive fixturing and workholding solution (PAAW) 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 shaped parts
  • Automation

Blue Photon’s photo-activated adhesive workholding solution 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, 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
12130Medium GripperSmall to medium size workpieces.
12131Medium GripperTo use with small to medium size workpieces where deionized water is being used.
13160Large GripperMedium to large size workpieces.
12230Medium GripperTo use with small to medium size workpieces to apply added stand-off to .55".
11130Small GripperSmall size workpieces.
Inserts
22100Gripper InsertTo use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding, use with P/N 12130.
23100Gripper InsertTo use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding, use with P/N 13160.
22200Gripper Insert AssemblyTo use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding, use with P/N 12130.
23200Gripper Insert AssemblyTo use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding, use with P/N 13160.
502003/8 Drive RatchetTo use with sockets P/N 53595 and 54595.
535953/8 Drive 9/16 Thin Wall SocketTo use with gripper inserts P/N 23100 or 23200.
545953/8 Drive 12 mm Thin Wall SocketTo use with gripper inserts P/N 22100 or 22200.
Adhesive
43200BlueGrip S2 Workholding Adhesive, 30 ccFor manual and pneumatic dispensing.
46200BlueGrip S2 Workholding Adhesive, 1LFor automated dispensing.
48200BlueGrip S2 Workholding Adhesive, 40 lb PailFor 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.
48210BlueGrip S2-F Fluorescent Workholding Adhesive, 40 lb PailFor automated dispensing. High visibility under black light.
LED UV Equipment
65530UV LED ControllerController for UV LED light heads, controls up to 2 heads.
65540UV LED ControllerController for UV LED light heads, controls up to 4 heads.
56811125 mm Length UV LED Head UV LED head to cure BlueGrip workholding adhesive.
5981155 mm Length UV LED HeadUV LED head to cure BlueGrip workholding adhesive.
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.
5090910 ft Extension CableTo provide 10 ft of extra cable length from the UV LED controller to the UV LED head.
64850Right Angle Adapter, StandardTo use when clearance issues arise, use with P/N 12130 or 12131.
64860Right Angle Adapter, ExtendedTo use when clearance issues arise, use with P/N 22200.
64950Right Angle Adapter, StandardTo use when clearance issues arise, use with P/N 13160.
64960Right Angle Adapter, ExtendedTo use when clearance issues arise, use with P/N 23200.
62020Handheld RadiometerMeasures stray ultraviolet light output.
62600UV LED light SensorMeasures UV light output from LED head.
66700Beam Positioning KitCenters the LED head over the UV sensor, use with P/N 62600.
Dispensers
74000Manual PlungerSyringe plunger fits into 30 cc adhesive tubes.
72000Digital Pneumatic DispenserFoot-operated adhesive dispenser.
73000High Precision DispenserFoot or PLC controlled adhesive dispenser, 30 cc.
46600Barrel LoaderTo fill 30 cc syringes from a 1L cartridge.
71900Pneumatic DispenserDigital time/pressure display adhesive dispenser.
75490Electric Finger SwitchHand-operated adhesive dispenser, use with P/N 71900.
Cleaning
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.
81110Soak and Spray WasherHot water pressurized spray adhesive removal.
84870Cured Adhesive Steam Cleaner - Approx. 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.
81100Hot Water Spray WasherHot water pressurized spray adhesive removal.
80030ScraperCleans part and grippers of cured adhesive after heating.
Kits
91100Universal Fixture KitMulti-piece workholding fixture with kit components, 12" x 12".
Workholding KitIncludes everything you need to start using Blue Photon's workholding system.

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