T&P survey finds workholding budgets steady.

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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).


The top five responses, by percentage:

  1. Manual vises--single station.

  2. Manual clamping components--T-bolts, T-nuts, studs, clamps step blocks.

  3. 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.

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