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Pro Pallet System - Starter Package

The Starter Package Comes with:
(1) PPS Base
(2) 8 x 12 x 1 Pallets*
(1) Connection Kit

* You can easily substitute the 8 x 12 pallets (included in the Starter Package) for any other size.

PDF Downloads:
PPS Flyer
PPS Manual
PPS Base Dimensions

Pro Pallet System - Starter Package

The Pro Pallet System (PPS) Starter Package streamlines purchasing. We've even discounted the system so you know you're buying smart. Add to Cart and select the size of pallets you want with the package.

Starting at $2,312  $2,195.00

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Universal PPS Base

PPS Base Features:
- Face Seal Diverts Chips and Coolant
2 - Pallets locate on Hardened Pins
3 - Thermally Stable Cast Iron Core
4 - Maintenance-Free Hardened Stainless Components
5 - Hard Anodized Aluminum Body
6 - Hardened Stainless Pads
7 - Clamp on any side in any orientation
6 - Toe Clamps and Bolts Included

Base Dimensions (PDF)

PPS Base

The PPS Base uses two radial bearing locking mechanisms to provide 3000 lbs of downward force. The failsafe system is air actuated to release and spring powered to lock. Repeatability is .0003" due to the precision ground locating pins. The combination of cast iron, hard-anodized aluminum and hardenend stainless components ensures excellent rigidity and tough wear resistance.

PPS-Base - $1,895.00

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SCPS Base 1 PPS Base 2 PPS Base 3 PPS Base 4 PPS Base 5 PPS Base Dimensions
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Standard PPS Pallets

PPS Pallet Features:
1 - 6061 T6 Aluminum construction for easy fixture creation
2 - Hardened and Ground Tool Steel Bushings
3 - Hardened Stainless Steel Locking Inserts

8" x 12" x 1.5"
8" x 16" x 1.5"
10 " x 12" x 1.5"
10 " x 16" x 1.5"

PPS Pallet
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Pallets range in size from 8"x12" to 10"x16" and locate with .0003" repeatability. 6061-T6 Extruded Aluminum assures easy machinability. The bottom locking surfaces use hardened stainless steel for long life. The tops are blank and ready to customize. For even faster setups, check out our Pre-Engineered EZ-Pallets below.

$169.00 - $199.00 USD.
See Store for pricing

Accessories and Options

PPS Vacuum Pallet Kit:
- Single inlet 9.5" x 14" chuck.
2 - Vacuum Connection Kit
3 - Shoulder bolts used for locating Top Plates.
4 - Shop proven Vacuum Power Unit.
Not Shown - Gasket (25').

Adding vacuum workholding capabilities to the PPS is easy with this Vacuum Pallet Kit (VPK). This kit includes our Vacuum Power Unit, Connection Kit and a 9.5" x 14" vacuum chuck which locks onto the MPS Base as easily as other pallets.

MPS-VPK - $1,050.00

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Connection Kit:
- Hand Valve w/ Table Mounting Bracket
- Air Lines (20')
- Rubber Grommets
- All Necessary Fittings
(Fittings may vary)

This connection kit gives you peace of mind ensuring you'll have all the proper components to be up and running within minutes of opening the box. Plus, only one hand valve is needed to operate multiple bases when chained together. Kit is included in Starter Packages.

$79.00 USD

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Connection Kit
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Pallet Hardware Kit:
2 - Lock Rings
2 - Locating Bushings
2 - Retaining Rings

If you're looking for a custom sized pallet or just want to make your own, this kit contains all the necessary components to build it yourself. The kit includes PDF and STEP files ready for digital download at time of order.

PPS-Hardware - $79.00

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SCPS Hardware Kit

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How will the PPS save me time and money?
2. Why don't I just swap fixtures in and out of my vise?
3. How is the PPS installed in my machine?
4. I do short production runs and prototyping. Would I have a use for the system?
5. Other systems are hydraulic. Is the PPS not as powerful?
6. What maintenance is required for the PPS?
7. How much does everything cost?
8. I'm ready to purchase a Starter Package. Can I get a different sized pallet other than the 8 x 12?
9. Where can I purchase a Pro System?

1. How will the PPS save me time and money?
Look at any high production machine out there and you'll see pallet changers, tombstones, and high density workholding fixtures. The industry has figured out that to maximize profits you have to maximize spindle time. The more parts you can get in a machine per cycle and the faster you can get them in and out translates into bigger profits. The problem is that these "efficiencies" have such a high initial cost that you might not see any return on investment until several years down the road. The Pierson PPS provides all the efficiencies of high density workholding and fast part change-outs without the astronomical price tag.

2. Why don't I just swap fixtures in and out of my vise?

Several reasons. First of all, vises rely on holding objects using brute clamping force. Our workholding systems hold pallets with a downward force. Once locked, resistance to movement in the X and Y directions are not dependent on clamping pressure. This downward locking method assures that there is no excessive pressure exerted on the pallet which might cause distortion or bowing.

Second, the system
has a repeatability of .0003. With vises, the constant clamping and unclamping distorts a pallet either by bowing it or by compressing the material so much that accuracy starts declining from the first crank of the vise handle.

Since the system is air actuated, you'll never have to deal with a vise handle again. It's as simple as flipping a single hand valve. Best of all, you'll be swapping fixtures in and out of the machine in about 15 seconds. No vise can compete with that!

Finally, pallets are
easy to install and ready to go right out of the box. They also come in sizes that would not be able to be held in a standard capacity vise without time consuming modifications. This means faster fixture creation and more parts per fixture.

3. How is the PPS installed in my machine?
An PPS will work with any vertical machining center or knee mill. The Connection Kit contains all the components needed (air fittings, air lines, hand valve, grommets, instructions) to begin using the PPS in your machine. The only other thing you'll need to provide is an air source with a minimum of 100psi for operation.

Mounting the PPS Base is easy. The PPS Base mounts to your table with the same T-slot nuts that a standard vise uses. We even include the toe clamps and bolts.

4. I do short production runs and prototyping and I'm comfortable with vises. Would I even have a use for the system?
Vises have been around for a long time and have their right place in manufacturing. High density workholding systems don't have much benefit on prototype and short run jobs, but they are not always for holding parts! Many of our customers use our system to hold and store vises, indexers and clamping fixtures. Imagine bolting your current vises and rotary indexers to pallets and simply dropping them onto your table with no need to indicate them ever again!

5. Other systems are hydraulic. Is the PPS not as powerful?
Not at all. The PPS still maintains a tremendously high locking force of over 3000 lbs due to its powerful springs. This is more than enough to maintain a secure hold. Plus, other systems use hydraulics which can be a great liability of losing holding power should the hydraulic pump fail. The PPS is designed to be failsafe. The air lines can be completely removed and the system will continue to stay locked.

6. What maintainance is required for the PPS?
Spreading a light coating of grease on the alignment pins and locking bearings is all you'll need to do to ensure consistent holding force. This should be done on a regular maintenance schedule as outlined in the PPS Manual. Because all critical components are hardened, the system has shown very little wear after 100,000 test cycles. We've found that the best preventive maintenance is to keep everything clean, covered and dry when not in use.

7. How much does everything cost?
Our goal is to provide quality products that are in every shop's price range. Currently a PPS Starter Package ranges from $2195 to $2255 depending on your choice of pallets.

8. I'm ready to purchase a Starter Package. Can I get a different sized pallet other than the 8 x 12?
Yes, substituting a different size pallet for the 8 x 12 that comes with the Starter Package is not a problem. Our workholding store will automatically quote the price for different pallets.

9. Where can I purchase a Pro System?
All of our products can be purchased directly through us. This allows us to establish a close relationship with our customers and provide the best applicaton advice possible. Please visit our workholding store or give us a call to place an order at (800) 352-2894. We accept all major credit cards and company checks.

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