Efficient vacuum clamping in the woodworking industry
K1 pods are part of a hose-free clamping solution for pod and rail CNC machines with a single vacuum circuit. They enable a precise clamping of workpieces with highest holding forces.
During the loading of the CNC machine K1 vacuum blocks are pre-fixed to the rail with mechanical levers. This prevents unintended movement during the setup. Vacuum is used for clamping the workpiece on the vacuum pods. It holds the workpiece perfectly in position during the machining process.
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K1 pods can be used on rails with a single-circuit system. If you’re not sure whether your pod and rail CNC machine uses a single-circuit or a two-circuit system (2), you can check the rail. Single-circuits (1) only have one row of vacuum outlets.
If you want to hold your wooden workpiece in perfect postion during the machining process, K1 vacuum clamping blocks from Schmalz are your tool. For requirements of very high holding forces, Schmalz offers also vacuum pods made of aluminum. They are an efficient solution in the stair and window production or for clamping workpieces made from solid wood.
K1 pods are used on rails with a single vacuum circuit and are pre-fixed with mechanical levers.
K2 vacuum clamping blocks are used on rails with a two-circuit system. Instead of using mechanical means, K2 pods use one vacuum circuit to pre-fix the pods on the console. The second vacuum circuit clamps the workpiece on the vacuum block.
If the pod gasket of the vacuum pod was damaged during the machining, you often don’t need to exchange the whole pod. In cases of minor or wear damages it is often sufficient to simply exchange the rubber top. In this video, our product manager Daniel Graszat shows how easy the replacement is.
First, remove the rubber top from the vacuum pods. Start with pulling the suction plate over one of the edges. Afterwards, you can replace it with a new rubber top. To facilitate the replacement you can add a little bit of soapy water to the domes of the housing. Put a new top on the whole surface of the pod. Use the domes as reference point. The domes have to be pushed in the cut-outs of the replacement pod gasket. Press it in firmly with the palm of your hand and pull it completely over the edge of the K1 vacuum block. Finally, you have to check if all four domes are in complete contact with the rubber top. The whole suction plate needs to be pulled over the edges of the vacuum block’s support plate.