Manufacturing Support: Jigs, Fixtures and Gauges
Paragon’s significant manufacturing experience means we are able to offer support throughout the product development process.
We can design, manufacture and assemble a range of customised jigs and fixtures to enhance your manufacturing process. This includes Nesting Jigs, Alignment jigs and Holding or Assembly Fixtures.
Where your customer requires manufactured parts to be measured, inspected or checked against original specification, we can also supply a range of precision gauges; such as sight gauges, gap and flush gauges and Go-No Go Gauges.
Paragon’s team of expert machine operators use the latest CNC machinery and advanced Delcam, PowerMILL and PowerSHAPE software, alongside our growing in house CAD capability.
All gauges, jigs and fixtures are developed to fit your exact specification, complying with stringent quality standards for complete confidence in achieving durable, stable and repeatable parts.
Furthermore, they can be rapidly designed and manufactured using 3D printing technologies to avoid production delays.
What are Jigs and Fixtures?
Jigs and fixtures are production tools used to precisely manufacture interchangeable parts. They are designed specifically so that large numbers of components can be machined or assembled identically to enhance their accuracy and reduce overall manufacturing time and costs, by minimising the possibility of human error within the production process.
A fixture is a tool used for locating a piece of work and clamping it to support and hold any individual parts together as one unit. They are generally heavy in construction, and must be clamped securely into place on any particular machine, such as milling machines or shapers.
A jig is a type of fixture that positively guides and supports the tool for a specific operation, such as drilling or boring. Jigs are typically lighter in construction than fixtures, but each is similarly customised for any particular application.
What is a Gauge?
Integral to any manufacturing quality process, gauges are useful inspection tools to assess the acceptability of a part when compared to a pre-determined specification, essentially “gauging” whether a component is within a given tolerance and fit for purpose.
Our bespoke gauge designs are made to order to support your exact requirements.
Benefits of Jigs, Fixtures and Gauges
Manufacturers across all industries are benefiting from improved productivity, efficiency and component quality through the utilisation of bespoke jigs, fixtures and gauges manufactured by partners like Paragon.
Productivity is increased through the elimination of frequent but necessary operations such as positioning and component checking. The speed of operations can also be increased, as the clamping support offered is very firm to ensure levels of safety are upheld.
The accuracy of interchangeable parts produced is another benefit of using jigs, fixtures and gauges as part of the manufacturing process. Such repeatability of higher quantity parts is reducing scrap and saving labour costs for manufacturers globally. Furthermore, jigs, fixtures and gauges can be used by semi-skilled machine operators, enabling additional labour cost savings.
Applications of Jigs, Fixtures and Gauges
The benefits noted above can be an advantage for manufacturers across a wide range of industries. For example, the Medical sector sees manufacturers utilising jigs, fixtures and gauges to enhance the production of components for CT scanners, and even for bone structures for surgical applications or alignment jigs for drilling and maxifacial layups.
Jigs and fixtures can also be used in Automotive component manufacture, such as exterior or interior trim, pressings, as well as badge locator applications, exhausts and checking and cooling jigs post processing. The Packaging and Processing industry also utilises such tools for quick change parts, where minimising downtime is a must for such fast paced production environment.
Jigs, fixtures and gauges also support production processes within the Aerospace industry, where even small tools are required for particular aspects of aircraft construction. Post-production, these are also used in the stillages for aircraft servicing.
Materials and Process Capabilities
Jigs, fixtures and gauges are often manufactured from machined metal, wood or plastic. Our CNC department can produce machined cores and cavities in Aluminium and Ureol, but many tools can also be produced in our Additive Manufacturing facility, making a very rapid response possible. Material choice can be discussed in detail as part of the tool design process.
Why Choose Paragon for your Jigs, Fixtures and Gauges?
Superior Customer Service
We pride ourselves on our technical expertise and strong reputation for delivering superior customer service to provide every client with their very own Model of Excellence. Your dedicated Project Manager will support our in house design department to ensure your jigs, fixtures and gauges match your requirements exactly. Our aim is to meet your budget, time and quality expectations throughout the process.
Quality and Investment
At Paragon, we are committed to investing in new technology and innovations that will further improve our capabilities. As part of our focus on quality, we are now ISO 9001:2015 certified, underlining our company-wide commitment to delivering superior parts for our customers.
All jigs, fixtures and gauges are designed using the latest in 3D CAD software (SOLIDWORKS 2016) allowing us to present fully working models including the working environment and ergonomics prior to manufacture. We also have a Faro ScanArm on site for 3D Scanning and reverse engineering where CAD is not available.