Slide Locking System

What Is a Slide Locking System?

A slide locking system provides easy and firm locking in sliding adjustment or rotating movement. The side lock is also known as sliding latch hardware. The slide locking system dramatically improves the reliability and safety in setups of various devices. Take molding machines, for example, slide lock is used to hold the movement of the slide, keeping it open during the ejection process in a molding cycle. The design of the slide locking system in molding machines provides reliable, repetitive sliding of the mold base.

Slide locks are installed neatly in a concealed retaining pocket which is used for preventing debris jamming. Multiple slide locks are recommended for higher load retention. When it comes to slide lock systems that are particularly designed for stamping machines and die, it is the crucial device for safety maintenance works. Firmly locking the press slide at the position, the slide lock system can prevent physical injury to on-site personnel and damage to equipment.

How Does a Slide Lock Work?

The basic slide lock that is mostly made of stainless steel or hardened steel consists of the button or knob, the small handle, and the slider body. It is easy to unlock the slide. Just simply click the button or turn the knob or the handle, and the lock creates a gap between the slide and the lock body, enabling the lock to move in sliding adjustment. To install slide locks for existing slides, simple pocket machining is required to retrofit the lock system and mount it with a socket head-cap screw.

Slide Locking System in Molding

In the molding machines, actuators move the slide into position before injection and pull the slide back before part removal. Actuator pins are mounted opposite to the slide block in the cavity plate at an angle. As the mold opens, the actuator pins remain with the slide block until it is in the back position. The slide lock holds the slide in place during the injection. A heel block applies pressure to the slide block when the mold is clamped. If actuator pins push the slide forward, the angle of the slide lock should be approximately 5 degrees higher than the angle of the actuator pins to minimize the force applied to the pins.

Slide Locking System in Stamping

As for the construction of a slide locking system designed for stamping machines and dies, it includes a drive motor with a brake, a proximity switch for unlocking position, a stopper for rod over stroke, and the head. While machines are in operation for production, the slide locking system will be unlocked under the crown. As soon as the screw rods start ascending, the head will rotate 90 degrees. Then the head of the slide locking system will stop when it touches the bottom of the slide.

Features of Slide Locks

The conventional method of tightening by clamping handles requires the main force to tighten and prevent misalignment. However, a slide locking system, without squeezing the clamping handles, gains tightening and secures lock-in slide adjustment by a simple quarter-turn operation. With simple moves, the locking system prevents the misalignment of sliding devices.

One of the key features of the slide locking system is its high visibility where the on and off position can be easily observed. Also, unlike the conventional tightening system with handles, a slide locking system has a leveling operation. The knob clicks when it is locked or unlocked and the wedge structure of the device provides secure locking.

The slide locking system has a broad range of applications with the slotted holes too. For example, it can be used to adjust the guiding conveyor, sensor camera position, flap opener position, and the workpiece guide. For square bars, operators can utilize the side lock for adjusting stamp base position, sucker position, and retaining amount detecting sensor.

Use Slide Lock System for Mold Base

The slide lock system is also responsible for preventing operational slipping off the slide in the mold base. The compact design enables the system to hold the load without the need for a hydraulic device, which provides simple operation and easy setups. To reach higher weight retention, you can use multiple slide locks in the system. Minimizing the production halts, a slide locking system is a great choice to ensure the firm, dependable slide motion of the mold base. Also, the slide lock that is made of stainless steel or hardened steel resists wearing over a significant number of slide cycles.

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