This helpful Frequently Asked Questions section covers the most common questions, with corresponding answers that we have been asked via email, telephone or customer enquiries. If your questions not there contact us via one of methods found at the technical support home page https://www.norgrenworkholding.com/en/contact



  • I have a pretty good understanding of how it clamps the workpiece, but was curious to understand if it’s expect that the workpiece sits on the vise rails, or how the workpiece is held in place in the Z-axis?

    1: Rest it on the vice ways if large enough
    2: Rest it on parallels or blocking
    3: Rest it on integrated steps on the tips
         a: These come in different standard sizes and geometries
  • Would you have to pick up your 0/0 on each piece that you load ?

    1: No, it will just be in the initial piece after setting shape
  • How is this setup for a repeatable Z height on parts that don't reach the bottom?

    1: Thank you for this great question... in fact, you hit on one of the most important aspects that the Adaptix needs to be able to do – repeatability. In fact we are designing the Adaptix to not only address a repeatable Z height, but also allow you to customize that height if needed. We are going to do this through the use of removable tips that have pre-determined “step” heights to them (engineered to keep variability to an absolute minimum). If that pre-determined step height and/or tip profile isn’t what you need, just tell us and we can produce a customized step/profile for you. This will allow you to “repeatably” hold many more (different) parts. It will also allow you to also eliminate the use of ‘parallels’ in your machining process. We will have more to share on this as we get closer to launch, but love that you are thinking about what it takes to make this product truly useful for you! Please keep the questions/thoughts coming!
  • In this animation what is keeping that ring or hex from ovaling when clamped? There is no support on the sides keeping it from doing that.

    1: So it's true that you could ovalize parts but that's true with soft jaws as well if there's not enough purchase and the clamp force is high enough. Care will have to be taken with clamp force just as it would with conventional jaw types to mitigate that risk, normal machining principles still apply.

  • It looks like it will dent the part

    1: As soft jaws will dent parts too, standard machining considerations still apply. We do have different tip materials unlike soft jaws that will help address this including softer material nylon, brass..

  • How aggressive can you machine with this system. High feed cutters and face milling?

    1: We are testing that right now but machining restraints should be similar to common soft jaws.

  • I have a desktop CNC that’s 8”x8” with a 3” Z height. Is there one that will fit my machine?

    1: Unfortunately that is not enough z-height, the current jaw is about 60mm tall, once you get it on a vice, its going to be larger than 3"

  • Do the right side and left side fingers have to be put on that side or are they interchangable? We are wondering for ecom purposes.

    1: Right side fingers and Left side fingers are unique, the indicator on the fingers is both orientation up and down as well as left and right.

  • If I have 300 pieces, how do the jaws repeat to the same exact position so I can hold a tolerance from an operation done prior.. I don't want to probe each of the 300 workpieces after the job is set up

    1: Once you lock the fingers they will not move so you can open and close the jaw for the 300 pieces, you don't need to re-adjust the fingers for every piece unless the shape changes.

  • What kind of repeatability and grip strength does this machine offer?

    1: .001 or better repeatability and up to 6.5k lbs. clamp force.

  • What’s the smallest parts these jaws can hold? The biggest?

    1: You will need to engage at least two tips on each jaw and the tips are 10mm wide. Max size would be the same as your normal 6” vise can handle.

  • How do you handle thin parts that would usually require parallels or machined soft jaws?

    1: We have multiple step sizes available for our tips that act as parallels. Alternatively, you can use no-step tips and still use parallels.

  • How do you know the part is square in the jaws?

    1: We have multiple step sizes available for our tips that act as parallels, making sure at least two fingers are fully back against the face of the housing. Face of fixed housing should be indicated straight just like a normal fixed jaw when installing the vise.

  • How are you supposed to square your part?

    1: The housing face is precision ground and the fingertips reference that. When pushed all the way back they stop on the ground housing face and are square.

  • Can it hold multiple parts?

    1: Yes. It can hold a part on each side without resetting. It may be able to hold more with resetting the movable side each time, but we need to verify with testing yet.

  • What vise is it compatible with?

    1: Kurt DX-6 revA (2019 – prior), Kurt DX-6 R, and Schunk KSC-F 160. More to come!

  • What is the jaw width? We are starting with 6”.

    1: There are 14 tips that are 10mm wide so 140mm of total clamp area (5.511”)

  • How can you index a part with constant curvature?

    1: We can hold a part with constant curvature very well but you’re not able to index it. A probe or indicating would be required with that situation.

  • How do you keep it clean? Seems like a million little places for chips and gunk to build up?

    1: Our life cycle tests have shown where the chips tend to go and we have added channels and reliefs to evacuate those areas. Eventually if you’re doing lots of machining with material that produces very fine swarf / chips like brass, you can easily disassemble the unit without any tools to clean it in the machine.

  • How do I make sure the jaws don’t move once I take a part off and put a new one on?

    1: Proper torque. When locking the lock bolt to set the shape, use a torque wrench set to the spec shown on the knob. (55 ft-lb)

  • What kind of tolerance will it hold?

    1: Still testing but we are in the .001” or less range

  • I use fixture plates on some of my machines; will it be compatible?

    1: Anywhere you would mount a vise, it would be compatible.

  • Can it hold rounds? Pulleys?

    1: The Adaptix is great for rounds. Pulleys will work as well as long as the clamp point has a large enough flat to hold on to. It will not work if the pulley deletes to a sharp / near sharp.

  • How long does it take to adjust the fingers?

    1: Generally, about .5-1 minute. On more complex shapes requiring indexing it may be 2-3 minutes.

  • How does it attach to my vise securely?

    1: It attaches the same way the oem vise housings attach. The Kurt does use an adapter on the fixed side that requires two bolts to hold it in place.

  • COMMENT: Interesting concept except that I see lots of marking on parts being held and slippage of the jaw slats changing where the zero is. Throw in some metal fines and you have a party.

    RESPONSE: The "jaw slats" hold at the same level the vise does.
  • COMMENT: Can you make a 6” morphing fractal vise jaws?

    RESPONSE: Adaptix is superior to a fractal vise because it can repeatability hold a workpiece so you can process more than one. A fractal vise will change orientation with every part.
  • COMMENT: Can you make one for small parts.. thinner sections and maybe some shorter between to use as a shallow step

    RESPONSE: A smaller version is in early development.