Guide to Clamping Devices

Securely holding the workpiece is an essential function of any jig or fixture. The first step in selecting and applying clamps is to understand their basic actions and the characteristic of efficient clamping. Manually operated clamps can be divided into several basic groups: strap clamps, screw clamps, swing clamps, edge clamps, C clamps, cam clamps, and toggle clamps. Some clamps fit into more than one classification.