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Grippers & Accessories

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 components. 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.
  • Use with gripper internal and external inserts. 
  • Debonds with 1/4 turn twist or hot water soak.

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.

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

 

 

Click to View Blue Photon's Current Collection of Grippers

Small Head-In Gripper

Part#: 14130, 14131

Part #: 14130 – Standard Small Head-In Gripper

Part #: 14131 – Small Corrosion Resistant Head-In Gripper

Features

  • 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

Part #: 14230 – Standard Small Head-Out Gripper

Part #: 14231 – Small Corrosion Resistant Head-Out Gripper

Features

  • To hold small size workpieces.
  • 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

Part #: 15130 – Standard Medium Head-In Gripper

Part #: 15131 – Medium Corrosion Resistant Head-In Gripper

Features

  • 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

Part #: 15230 – Standard Medium Head-Out Gripper

Part #: 15231 – Medium Corrosion Resistant Head-Out Gripper

Features

  • To hold small to medium size workpieces.
  • 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

Part #: 16160 – Standard Large Head-In Gripper

Part #: 16161 – Large Corrosion Resistant Head-In Gripper

Features

  • 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

Part #: 16260 – Standard Large Head-Out Gripper

Part #: 16261 – Large Corrosion Resistant Head-Out Gripper

Features

  • To hold medium to large size workpieces.
  • 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
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.

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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Internal Inserts

Part#: 24100, 25100, 26100

Part #: 24100 – Small internal insert to use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding, use with P/N 14130.

Part #: 25100 – Medium internal insert to use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding, use with P/N 15130.

Part #: 26100 – Large internal insert to use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding, use with P/N 16160.

Features

  • 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.

External Insert Assemblies

Part#: 24200, 25200, 26200

Part #: 24200 – Small external insert to use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding and to allow for adjustability, use with P/N 14130.

Part #: 25200 – Medium external insert to use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding and to allow for adjustability, use with P/N 15130.

Part #: 26200 – Large external insert to use with aluminum tooling to prevent thread galling while twist debonding and to allow for adjustability, use with P/N 16160.

Features

  • 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.
PN24211 PN25211 PN26211 External Fixed Inserts Pallet

External Fixed Inserts

Part#: 24211, 25211, 26211

Blue Photon’s external fixed inserts allow for simple installation of the grippers at the required height for maximum holding power.

Part #: 24211 – Large gripper external insert for small head-in gripper, use with P/N 14130.

Part #: 25211 – Large gripper external insert for medium head-in gripper, use with P/N 15130.

Part #: 26211 – Large gripper external insert for large head-in gripper, use with P/N 16160.

Features

  • Designed specifically for the Grip Pallets.
  • Available for use with small, medium and large head-in grippers.
  • Made from hardened steel with a black oxide finish.
  • Screws in from the top.
Blue Photon PN24219, PN25219, and 26219

External Fixed Insert Assemblies

Part#: 24219, 25219, 26219

Blue Photon’s external fixed insert assemblies allow for simple installation of the grippers at the required height for maximum holding power.

Part #: 24219 – With small head-in gripper.

Part #: 25219 – With medium head-in gripper.

Part #: 26219 – With large head-in gripper.

Features

  • Designed specifically for the Grip Pallets.
  • Available for use with small, medium and large head-in grippers.
  • Made from hardened steel with a black oxide finish.
  • Screws in from the top.
Blue Photon PN24219, PN25219, and 26219
Part # Description Application
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.

Our Gripper Accessories

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PN50200, PN52200-PN51525-PN54595, PN58595, Ratchet Sockets

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

Blue Photon PN51330 and PN51430 Shim

Shims

Part#: 51330, 51430, 55330, 55430, 58330, 58430

To adjust a gripper height while using the head-in grippers.

Part #: 51330 – Small shim, .005″ thickness

Part #: 51430 – Small shim, .010″ thickness

Part #: 55330 – Medium shim, .005″ thickness

Part #: 55430 – Medium shim, .010″ thickness

Part #: 58330 – Large shim, .005″ thickness

Part #: 58430 – Large shim, .010″ thickness

Blue Photon PN51330 and PN51430 Shim
Part # Description Application
Gripper Accessories
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.
51330Small Shim, .005" ThicknessTo adjust a gripper height while using the head-in grippers.
51430Small Shim, .010" ThicknessTo adjust a gripper height while using the head-in grippers.
55330Medium Shim, .005" ThicknessTo adjust a gripper height while using the head-in grippers.
55430Medium Shim, .010" ThicknessTo adjust a gripper height while using the head-in grippers.
58330Large Shim, .005" ThicknessTo adjust a gripper height while using the head-in grippers.
58430Large Shim, .010" ThicknessTo adjust a gripper height while using the head-in 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.