The thing about jigs and fixtures

The team at Kajul is gearing up to supply jigs and fixtures for a new project being managed locally.

Kajul specialises in tool and product design and development and has particular expertise in both Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Project Management.

In their latest project, the Midlands-based team will be supplying a wide range of jigs and fixtures to enable a local manufacturing business aiming to increase efficiency.

These custom jigs and fixtures are going into a new building in a purpose-built robotic welding assembly line. Sound interesting? Please read on…

Manufacturing customers jigs and fixtures is specialist work and the talented team at Kajul are capable and keen.

What’s the difference between jigs and fixtures?

In brief, the jig holds and locates the work as well as guides the tool (improves consistency) and the fixtures hold and locate the work but do not guide the tool (simply secures their position).

The terms are often used interchangeably and there are similarities between the two, in that that they are both complex and hold parts. Using the two together can achieve great results. And that’s the thing about jigs and fixtures.

Together, their use not only enables automation, in robotic manufacture, for example, but also:

  • Increases productivity
  • Improves quality at volume
  • Reduces rejects
  • Complies with the KPIs the supply chain demand (particularly in the automotive sector)

MD, Karl Hamlin, explains: “Kajul are adept at manufacturing assembly and inspection fixtures. Assembly fixtures enable multiple components to be held in the correct position at the point at which they are welded together. Inspection fixtures set components in position to enable integral gauges to be used to check the tolerances and correctness of positioning. Assembly fixtures tend to be more robust and inspection fixtures tend to be more ‘laboratory’ based for calibration.”

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