Sixty-one percent of respondents to the annual Tooling & Production Workholding Survey said they would have about the same budget for workholding products in 2009 as they had in 2008.
The survey, taken of Tooling & Production subscribers in August, showed that 22 percent expected a larger budget and 18 percent expected a smaller budget.
Quality, reliability, and ease of use were the top reasons for choosing a specific brand, followed by price and previous experience with the company.
As for which department gets involved the most in purchasing a particular brand of workholding equipment, engineering pulled the most weight, followed by the shop floor personnel. Corporate management/owner came in third. Most purchases involved three to five people. The majority of respondents (71 percent) were in a role that recommended or specified a product.
Other questions included the following:
What types of Prismatic Workholding products do you use most often? ("Prismatic" is defined as a workholding device primarily designed to grip and locate parts stationary during a machining operation such as milling, drilling, boring, and other types of machining where the part is stationary and the tool is rotating to remove material).
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The top five responses, by percentage:
Manual vises--single station.
Manual clamping components--T-bolts, T-nuts, studs, clamps step blocks.
5C collet fixtures. 4. Subplates, angle plates. 5. Chucks, magnetic.
With which prismatic workholding manufacturers are you familiar?
The top responses (alphabetically):
American Drill Bushing, Carr Lane, Chick Workholding, De-Sta-Co, Fairlane, Jergens, Kurt Workholding, Mitee-Bite, TE-CO, Vlier.