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Vacuum Chuck Starter Packages

Vacuum Chuck System

SmartVac II Starter Package Contents:
- SmartVac II Base
- Vacuum Control Unit
- Connection Kit
- Vacuum Gasket (25')
- SmartVac II Manual

Shipping Wt. - 23 lbs.

Printable SmartVac II Flyer (PDF 460 KB)

Printable SmartVac II Manual (PDF 206 KB)

Vacuum Chuck System - SmartVac II Starter Package
Vacuum Chuck Sizes
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Vacuum Chuck System
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We like to keep things simple. That's why we've packaged the SmartVac II System in a Starter Package which includes EVERYTHING needed to take the first step into vacuum workholding. All three system sizes carry a discounted price so you know it's a smart buy.

9.5" x 14"
$1,236 $1095.00
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13.5" x 13.5"
$1,436 $1295.00
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13.5" x 20"
$1,736 $1595.00
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Vacuum Chuck Bases

Vacuum Table

1 - Vacuum inlet (NPT)
2 - Side steps for all-around clamping.
3 - Threaded holes for mounting Top Plates for custom workholding.
4 - Anodized for long life and corrosion resistance.
5 - Multiple vacuum inlets enable up to nine parts to be held on one chuck. Simply close the inlets that aren't used.
* Includes Toe Clamps with Bolts and Precision Alignment Pin Screws.

Available Base Sizes:
9.5" x 14" x 0.95"
13.5" x 13.5" x 0.95"
13.5" x 20" x 0.95"
Vacuum Chuck Vacuum Table

Vacuum Chuck Sizes
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Single Vacuum Chuck
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Double Vacuum Chuck
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The SmartVac II Vacuum Chuck Base is machined and ground flat and parallel to an accuracy of ±0.0015" across the entire surface. The base easily connects to the SmartVac II Vacuum Control Unit (VCU). It's even possible to link and operate multiple bases from one VCU. Plus, the Base is designed to accurately hold and position our Top Plates within 0.001". This allows custom fixturing for small or unique parts not readily held by a grid pattern.

9.5" x 14"
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13.5" x 13.5"
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13.5" x 20"
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Vacuum Pump

Vacuum Chuck Control Unit

1 - Anodized and laser engraved finish.
2 - 1/8" NPT thread.
3 - Vacuum indicator. Flush with the surface means the system is at full vacuum power.
4 - System exhaust. No need for filters or traps. Coolant, swarf and small particles pass right through the system.

Excellent choice for replacing existing vacuum pumps when holding metal and plastic workpieces.
Vacuum Pump - Vacuum Chuck Control Unit

Vacuum Chuck Generator Back
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Vacuum Chuck Generator
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The Vacuum Control Unit (VCU) is the heart of the system. The vacuum is generated, turned on and off and monitored from this single unit. Compressed air enters at 80 PSI which is converted to 28" Hg (14 PSI) of vacuum power - equal or better than traditional vacuum pumps. Coolant and fine particles easily pass through the robust vacuum generator with no adverse effects. Best of all, it only consumes 0.8 CFM of air, about the same as blowing on a hot cup of coffee.

SV2-VCU - $475.00

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Vacuum Chuck Accessories

Connection Kit Contents:
- Air Line (15')
- Rubber Grommets
- Air Regulator with
   magnetic mount
- Quick Disconnect
- Air Line Wye Fitting
- NPT Fittings (7)

Highly recommended when purchasing the Vacuum Control Unit above.
Vacuum Chuck Connection Kit

Setting up your system is quick and easy with this Connection Kit. We packaged everything you'll need to have your vacuum chuck set up and running within minutes of opening the box.

SV2-Connection - $65.00

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Top Plates
1 - By using specialized locating bolts, the Top Plates are aligned and secured to the SmartVac II Base with a repeatability of 0.001".
2 - Aluminum plate is ground flat to within 0.002" with a smooth surface of 18 RMS.

9.5" x 14" x .375"
13.5" x 13.5" x .375"
13.5" x 20" x .375"

Vacuum Chuck Top Plate

Use a Top Plate to customize a fixture to your part's exact size and shape. Simply machine a 0.118" slot 0.095" deep just inside the edge of your part profile and tuck the gasket cord in the groove. Drill a through hole to allow the vacuum to flow inside the perimeter of the gasket area. Feel free to download our SmartVac II Manual for more details.

9.5" x 14"
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13.5" x 13.5"
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13.5" x 20"
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Vacuum Gasket Cord
- Chemical resistant
- Smooth surface with closed cell construction maintains shape and will not absorb coolant.

Other gasket sizes available. See store for pricing

Vacuum Chuck Gasket Cord

Not all gasket material is the same! Use this premium gasket cord with the entire SmartVac II product line. This vacuum gasket cord is specifically designed to be used in machining applications and formulated to be oil and coolant compatible.

25' Roll
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50' Roll
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Slotting Endmill
- Solid Carbide
- 0.118" Diameter

Slotting Endmill

The 0.118" diameter endmill is used to cut slots for the vacuum gasket (0.095" deep). The smaller slot width puts just enough compression on the gasket to hold it snugly in place.

SV2-Endmill - $16.00

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Twin Base Kit Contents:
- Two Double Clamps
- Two Bolts
- One T-Fitting

Vacuum Chuck - Twin Base Kit

Whenever operating multiple Bases from one VCU, use the set of double sided toe clamps in this kit to mount the Bases as close as possible. The T-fitting is used to daisy-chain the air line to both Bases.

SV2-Twin - $35.00

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How powerful is the vacuum chuck system's holding force?
2. What types of parts can the vacuum chuck hold?
3. Compared to other systems, how does the SmartVac II vacuum chuck measure up?
4. I have an odd shaped part with a bunch of holes. How do I hold it?
5. My part is larger than 9.5" x 14". Can I still use the vacuum chuck system?
6. Where can I purchase a SmartVac II Vacuum Chuck Workholding System?

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1. How powerful is the vacuum chuck system's holding force?
The short answer - Multiply a part's surface area by 14 to find the downward holding force in pounds.
The long answer - The holding power of any vacuum chuck system is measured by the amount of air it can remove from under a part. You'll see this air pressure measured as "Inches of Mercury" or "Hg and measures about 30" Hg at sea level. A perfect vacuum is when all the air pressure equals 0" Hg. It is nearly impossible to create a perfect vacuum on Earth however the SmartVac II vacuum chuck draws a 94% or 28" Hg vacuum. This is equal to 14 psi.
This means a 6" x 6" part (36" of surface area) will be held with a force of 504 pounds ( x 14psi = 504lbs).

2. What types of parts can the vacuum chuck hold?
The perfect part has a large surface area and with a small thickness cross section. Materials can range from plastics to metals. Harder materials can increase side loads during cutting which can slide a part off the chuck so lighter feedrates and depths of cut should be observed. One tip to overcome part movement is to sandwich a piece of 220 grit sandpaper between the chuck and the part to increase friction.

3. Compared to other systems, how does the SmartVac II vacuum chuck measure up?
The SmartVac II VCU draws a vacuum equal to or greater than convential vacuum pumps. Plus, the system is low maintenance since it does NOT require particle filters or coolant traps. Other systems require an electrically powered pump where the SmartVac II runs off a small amount of compressed air. The chuck portion of the system has nine vacuum inlets allowing up to nine individual parts to be held simultaneously where other systems only hold one part at a time. Pricewise, the system is far less expensive to purchase AND maintain than traditional systems.

4. I have an odd shaped part with a bunch of holes. How do I hold it?
This is easily done by attaching a Top Plate to the vacuum chuck surface and milling a gasket groove just inside the part's perimeter. Any through holes in the part need to have gaskets around them so the vacuum isn't lost when a cutter breaks through the bottom surface of the part. If the finished part has very thin features (imagine cutting out the letter O), consider leaving .002" to .005" of material at the bottom (the inside of the O) to maintain a larger vacuum area. Depending on the material, you should be able to easily pop out the center section by hand.

5. My part is larger than the vacuum chuck sizes you offer. Can I still use the vacuum chuck system?
Yes! The SmartVac II is perfectly suited to handle large parts. Multiple bases can be setup adjacent to each other using a Twin Base Kit. This kit contains everything needed to chain multiple bases together and operated by one VCU.

6. Where can I purchase a SmartVac II Vacuum Chuck Workholding System?
All of our products are sold direct. This allows us to keep prices low and to establish a close relationship with our customers to 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.

SmartVac II Customers

Boeing SLAC Olympus Microsoft
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