1st Machine Tool Accessories Ltd

Machine Tool
Workholding Specialists

22nd March 2013

Kitagawa VAX 125 Compact Vice for Versatile Clamping on 5-Axis Machines

Secure, accurate clamping with 40 kN of torque is offered by a new vice from Kitagawa, Japan, designed to suit a variety of uses where compactness is important, such as on 5-axis machining centres.

However, the VAX 125 unit is equally suited to multiple fixturing applications on 3-axis machines. The vice is available in the UK through sole agent, 1st Machine Tool Accessories, Salisbury.

The body has a footprint of only 256 mm x 154 mm and can be equipped with an array of three jaws, two types of clamping insert and other accessories to accommodate various workpieces. Nine clamping arrangements can be configured from these basic elements.

A toggle mechanism allows many kinds of materials from hard to soft to be secured without damage. The vice can even be supplied with a built-in Kitagawa NC rotary table.

Rectangular workpieces up to 150 mm x 188 mm or round parts up to 228 mm diameter may be secured by the VAX 125 clamping system. Standard accessories include mounting bolts, a torque wrench and three socket screw wrenches.

The full range of Kitagawa Machine Vices are available from 1st MTA. If you have any questions or queries about the products mentioned in this article, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 783 0510 or enquiries@1mta.com.