Phillips Precision - Inspection Arsenal

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Inspection Arsenal
Inspection Arsenal - Phillips Precision

A New Weapon in Your Inspection Arsenal – Loc-N-Load fast-swap interchangeable fixture plate system!

Changes Inspection Arsenal® Could “Trigger” Include Making CMM Inspections Quicker, Easier, Cheaper

Kay-Jay to Demonstrate Innovative New Approach at Eastec 2013

BOYLSTON, Mass. March 11, 2013 – Kay-Jay Products, Inc. is on a mission to “trigger” changes in the way CMM inspections are peformed.

Kay-Jay will demonstrate how its trigger-action Inspection Arsenal™ can drastically reduce the cost of inspections and save time at Eastec 2013 (Booth #3210), which will take place May 14-16, 2013 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass.

“Today’s CMM inspections no longer require the use of expensive, precise clamps, plates and complex fixtures,” according to Kay-Jay co-owner, Catherine Phillips.  “Use of glue and tape should also be a thing of the past. Inspection Arsenal’s® innovative trigger-action clamping components and Loc-N-Load™ fast-swap fixture plate system create a combination that will revolutionize CMM inspections.”

Traditional CMMs have been consistently improving inspection capabilities, but many manufacturers have been unable to take full advantage of the improvements, because they continue to use outdated inspection methods.

“Using Inspection Arsenal helps eliminate inspection bottlenecks, so companies can realize more value from their CMMs, in addition to reducing down time on other critical machines on the shop floor,” according to Ms. Phillips.

Trigger-Action, Fast-Swap CMM Work Holding

Inspection Arsenal™ trigger action, low-profile, non-marring clamps enable inspectors to set up quickly and cleanly. Trigger action makes it so easy to use, parts can be put in place with one hand, eliminating the need for tools, messy glue and tape.

Inspection Arsenal is consistent with Lean manufacturing and flexible enough to handle virtually any part, from one piece to multi-part fixtures. Inspectors can use clamps to “fixture up” and document multiple setups cost effectively.

“By setting up a kit for each CMM, customers can greatly reduce their set-up time and save money on inspections, while improving work flow,” Phillips said.

All of the components work with Loc-N-Load™ plates and on existing fixture plates. Components are sold in several affordable kit combinations, which include Trigger-Block™, Cross-Bow™ and D-Block™ spring clamps; Trigger-Finger™ hold-downs; Silver-Bullet™ stand-offs, and Simple-Stop™ low-profile rails and stops. Also available are the new Riser-Grip™, which elevates a part, allowing full access, and V-Blocks, which can be used either horizontally or vertically.

All-new Interchangeable Fixture Plate System

Kay-Jay Products developed the Loc-N-Load™ CMM Fixture Plate system to further reduce the cost of CMM inspections.

“After trying Loc-N-Load™ with its interlocking, multi-sized, fast swap plates, CMM inspectors will want to forget about one-piece fixture plates and expensive, precise work-holding that today’s CMM no longer requires,” according to Ms. Phillips. “The technique-altering Loc-N-Load™ system is designed for leaner, lower-cost inspections.”

Interchangeable plates can be configured to fit your CMM and adapted to the parts you inspect – from the smallest CMMs to the largest, and from small to very large parts – on manual and automated CMMs.

The system includes docking plates, five sizes of interlocking plates, end caps and a qualifying ball plate.  The hole pattern seamlessly integrates and the plates are quickly assembled without tools.  Once assembled, inspectors can program multiple small setups or large parts that span multiple plates.  The docking plate stays out of the probe’s travel to maximize the CMM’s work envelope.

The CMM fixture plate system is affordable and flexible enough to:

  • Reduce Startup Costs: Purchase only the plates you need.
  • Customize Affordably: Choose only the configurations that work for you.
  • Simplify setups and “fixture-up”:  Use as dedicated tooling for production jobs.
  • Eliminate broken probes:  Swap out probe-crunching, tall setups quickly.
  • Enhance your investments:  Fast inspection improves the production pipeline.

“This system drastically reduces inspection setup time and costs,” according to Steve Phillips, inventor of the Inspection Arsenal™. “Imagine being able to replace a custom fixture block – one you pay to procure material for, then have designed, machined and tested – with a couple of simple Loc-N-Load™ plates that are preset with trigger-action Inspection Arsenal™ work holding.  Not only will you save a day or two of lead-time, but the cost will be significantly lower.  Parts to be inspected can be set-up by the machine operator and walked over to the inspector ready to measure.”

“All products designed for Inspection Arsenal™ are simple, affordable, effective, proudly made in the USA, and are currently available direct from the manufacturer,” according to Ms. Phillips.

For additional information, contact Kay-Jay Products at 508-869-0373 or go to www.inspectionarsenal.com. You’ll also find demo videos on all products that show just how fast and easy Inspection Arsenal™ is to use.

About Kay-Jay Products, Inc.

Kay-Jay Products, Inc. of Boylston, Mass. designs, develops and markets work-holding products for manufacturers. Patents Pending

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