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Jergens Ball Lock (TM) Mounting System

Jergens, Inc. Ball Lock™ Mounting System Speeds Accurate Locating and Locking of Fixture Plates and Subplates

Frees Valuable Machine Time With Quick-Change Capability

CLEVELAND, OHIO—January 15, 2009—The patented Ball Lock™ Mounting System from Jergens, Inc. is the practical quick-change system for fixturing in metalworking and metal-forming operations, for either horizontal or vertical machining centers. With the current trend toward smaller production runs, the ability to set up quickly for the next run is critical to maintaining profitability.

Jergens’ Ball Lock™ Mounting System speeds accurate locating and locking of fixture plates to subplates, freeing valuable machine time by providing quick-change capability. Employing the system generally takes only minutes and requires only a couple of turns of a set screw, versus the conventional method of dowel pins and cap screws that might need up to ten turns to lock.

Repeatability is ±.0005", which minimizes or eliminates the need to indicate fixture position. The Ball Lock™ System securely holds plates together with working loads up to 20,000 lbs., achieving its holding force by a combination of force generators. A threaded screw exerts force onto a center ball, which, in turn, directs this force onto three balls that register on a taper seat.

Jergens Vises and Tooling Columns are available with Ball Lock™ mounting systems, and various pre-engineered kits are available for many common machining centers. For applications and further information, see the Jergens Ball Lock™ Mounting System at

Founded in 1942, Jergens, Inc. has grown into four separate operating divisions providing superior engineered solutions and products: “The standard components with the highest standards.” The Jergens Difference might be better engineering or better service but the result is always the same—a better solution for our customers. Jergens is an ISO 9001:2000 certified company. For more information, please contact Jergens, Inc. at Jergens Way, 15700 S. Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110-3898. Phone: 216-486-5540 or toll free: 800-537-4367; Fax: 216-481-6193. On the Web: E-mail: