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Grippers

Blue Photon Gripper Fixture emblazoned with the Blue Photon logoUnique workholding grippers that allow for complete BlueGrip™ workholding adhesive curing.

Blue Photon’s workholding grippers are a patented, load bearing and light transmitting fixture component. Grippers are the foundation of the Blue Photon grip technology.


Illustration of Blue Photon's head-in gripper, a part of their UV-activated adhesive workholding system

Head-In Gripper

  • Insert into fixture from the backside.
  • Can be retracted during workplace loading.
  • Debonds with 1/4 turn twist or hot water soak.
  • Available in imperial and metric sizes.

Illustration of Blue Photon's head-out gripper, a part of their UV-activated adhesive workholding system

Head-Out Gripper

  • Insert into fixture from the topside.
  • Cannot be retracted during workplace loading.
  • Debonds with hot water soak or twisting.
  • Available in imperial and metric sizes.

How Our Grippers Work

The grippers are inserted into a fixture. The workpiece is secured to the grippers with BlueGrip workholding adhesive, which is cured with UV light transmitted through the core of the gripper.


Our Grippers

Gripper Size Comparison

Effective Jan. 1, 2022, Blue Photon discontinued the following imperial products. Learn more below…

 

Metric

Photo of Blue Photon's selection of metric grippers, a key piece of their UV-activated adhesive workholding system

 

 

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Small Head-In Gripper

Part#: 14130, 14131

  • To hold small size workpieces for lighter duty machining.
  • Insert into fixture from the backside.
  • Can be retracted during workplace loading.
  • Debonds with 1/4 turn twist, hot water soak or dry ice blasting.
  • Average tensile holding power with BlueGrip S2 workholding adhesive is 150 lbs.*
  • Use P/N 14131** where deionized water is used.

*Testing done under controlled conditions. **CNC spindle mounted cleaning tool cannot be used with corrosion resistant grippers.

Small Head-Out Gripper

Part#: 14230, 14231

  • To hold small size workpieces to apply added stand-off to .55″.
  • Use in applications for simplified fixture design.
  • Insert into fixture from the topside.
  • Cannot be retracted during workplace loading.
  • Debonds with hot water soak, twisting or dry ice blasting.
  • Average tensile holding power with BlueGrip S2 workholding adhesive is 150 lbs.*
  • Use P/N 14231** where deionized water is used.

*Testing done under controlled conditions. **CNC spindle mounted cleaning tool cannot be used with corrosion resistant grippers.

Medium Head-In Gripper

Part#: 15130, 15131

  • To hold small to medium size workpieces.
  • Insert into fixture from the backside.
  • Can be retracted during workplace loading.
  • Debonds with 1/4 turn twist, hot water soak or dry ice blasting.
  • Average tensile holding power with BlueGrip S2 workholding adhesive is 400 lbs.*
  • Use P/N 15131** where deionized water is used.

*Testing done under controlled conditions. **CNC spindle mounted cleaning tool cannot be used with corrosion resistant grippers.

Medium Head-Out Gripper

Part#: 15230, 15231

  • To hold small to medium size workpieces to apply added stand-off to .55″.
  • Use in applications for simplified fixture design.
  • Insert into fixture from the topside.
  • Cannot be retracted during workplace loading.
  • Debonds with hot water soak, twisting or dry ice blasting.
  • Average tensile holding power with BlueGrip S2 workholding adhesive is 400 lbs.*
  • Use P/N 15231** where deionized water is used.

*Testing done under controlled conditions. **CNC spindle mounted cleaning tool cannot be used with corrosion resistant grippers.

Large Head-In Gripper

Part#: 16160, 16161

  • To hold medium to large size workpieces.
  • Offers more surface area on gripper head for stronger holding power.
  • Insert into fixture from the backside.
  • Can be retracted during workplace loading.
  • Debonds with 1/4 turn twist, hot water soak or dry ice blasting.
  • Average tensile holding power with BlueGrip S2 workholding adhesive is 605 lbs.*
  • Use P/N 16161** where deionized water is used.

*Testing done under controlled conditions. **CNC spindle mounted cleaning tool cannot be used with corrosion resistant grippers.

Large Head-Out Gripper

Part#: 16260, 16261

  • To hold medium to large size workpieces to apply added stand-off to .55″.
  • Use in applications for simplified fixture design.
  • Insert into fixture from the topside.
  • Cannot be retracted during workplace loading.
  • Debonds with hot water soak, twisting or dry ice blasting.
  • Average tensile holding power with BlueGrip S2 workholding adhesive is 605 lbs.*
  • Use P/N 16261** where deionized water is used.

*Testing done under controlled conditions. **CNC spindle mounted cleaning tool cannot be used with corrosion resistant grippers.

Part # Description Application
Grippers
14130Metric Small Head-In GripperTo use with small size workpieces.
14131Metric Small Corrosion Resistant Head-In GripperTo use with small size workpieces where deionized water is being used.
14230Metric Small Head-Out GripperTo use with small size workpieces to apply added stand-off to .55".
14231Metric Small Corrosion Resistant Head-Out GripperTo use with small size workpieces where deionized water is being used.
15130Metric Medium Head-In GripperTo use with small to medium size workpieces.
15131Metric Medium Corrosion Resistant Head-In GripperTo use with small to medium size workpieces where deionized water is being used.
15230Metric Medium Head-Out GripperTo use with small to medium size workpieces to apply added stand-off to .55".
15231Metric Medium Corrosion Resistant Head-Out GripperTo use with small to medium size workpieces where deionized water is being used.
16160Metric Large Head-In GripperTo use with medium to large size workpieces.
16161Metric Large Corrosion Resistant Head-In GripperTo use with medium to large size workpieces where deionized water is being used.
16260Metric Large Head-Out GripperTo use with medium to large size workpieces to apply added stand-off to .55".
16261Metric Large Corrosion Resistant Head-Out GripperTo use with medium to large size workpieces where deionized water is being used.

Our Gripper Inserts

Insert Size Comparison

 

Metric

Photo of Blue Photon's selection of metric inserts, a key piece of their UV-activated adhesive workholding system

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Gripper Internal Insert

Part#: 25100, 26100

  • Use gripper inserts to protect aluminum fixtures from thread galling.
  • Made from hardened steel with a black oxide finish.
  • Install with thread locker.
  • Screws in from the bottom.

Gripper External Insert

Part#: 25200, 26200

  • Includes the gripper insert and insert nut.
  • Use to increase standoff from the fixture and/or to protect aluminum fixtures from thread galling.
  • Inserts allow for additional flexibility for exact gripper height positioning.
  • Made from hardened steel with a black oxide finish.
  • Screws in from the top.

Ratchet and Sockets

Part#: 50200, 52200, 51525, 54595, 58595

Grippers debond with 1/4 turn twist of ratchet.

Part #: 50200 – 3/8 drive ratchet use with sockets 54595 and 58595

Part #: 52200 – 1/4 drive ratchet use with socket 51525

Part #: 51525 – 1/4 drive ratchet 8 mm thin wall socket use with small grippers

Part #: 54595 – 3/8 drive 12 mm thin wall socket use with medium grippers

Part #: 58595 – 3/8 drive 14 mm thin wall socket use with large grippers

Part # Description Application
Inserts
25100Metric Medium Gripper Internal InsertTo use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding, use with P/N 15130.
26100Metric Large Gripper Internal InsertTo use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding, use with P/N 16160.
25200Metric Medium Gripper External InsertTo use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding, use with P/N 15130.
26200Metric Large Gripper External InsertTo use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding, use with P/N 16160.
502003/8 Drive RatchetTo use with sockets P/N 54595 and 58595.
522001/4 Drive RatchetTo use with socket P/N 51525.
515251/4 Drive 8 mm Thin Wall SocketTo use with small grippers.
545953/8 Drive 12 mm Thin Wall SocketTo use with medium grippers.
585953/8 Drive 14 mm Thin Wall SocketTo use with large grippers.

 

 

 

 

 

We will accept orders for the imperial gripper and insert products until the discontinued date and afterwards until stock is depleted in order to allow for future planning by our customers; however, after the discontinued date, a special order for current customers is available upon request, please allow up to four weeks for special orders. For the suggested replacements please see our metric gripper and insert products.

Contact your Blue Photon sales representative if you have additional questions.