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Quick guide: components for metalworking and woodworking machines

clock 10 minutes | 12 Apr 2021

Components for wood and metal processing machines

If you’re designing or installing a woodworking machine, such as a band saw, or a metal processing machine – a surface planer, for example – you’ll need components that can dampen vibration and noise.

Comfort and ease of use should also be a consideration, so think of factoring in ergonomics in your metal processing or wood production process. Your components will see constant use, in some cases, 24/7, so they’ll need to be durable to ensure the machine’s longevity, preventing failure and downtime. Safety for the operator is another concern, so quality should be a priority. Quality components will also ensure the protection of your machine and the product being manufactured.

The components we recommend in this guide are ideal for whatever you’re designing, whether a lathe or a milling machine. That goes for drill press, dovetailer, boring machine, or an Ironworker machine design. Press brake machine components, for example, can also be used on mitering machines, and vice versa. If you’re not sure if a component here is right for your application, we’re happy to answer any questions.

You’ll also need to think about masking solutions for painting the machine’s external panels and walls. Consider our high-temperature masking flangeless plugs and masking tapes. To make your job easier, we’ve made available free samples on most of our solutions, so you can try before you buy. You can also download free CADs of our solutions to help with designing your application.

Metal processing machine

Metal manufacturing machines

The CNC machine manufacturing process can involve many different materials, such as metal, wood, glass and plastic. In this section, we will only refer to metal. If you’re considering components, you already have an idea of how to design a CNC milling machine. Choosing components will influence your design, so here’s a look at the small parts you should consider.

​Stud mount leveling feet

Stud mount leveling feet

Industrial leveling feet with a swivel base adjust to uneven surfaces to level your machining center. The articulated feet and large diameter pads provide solid leveling and support. Nylon base and steel thread.

Typically used: underneath machine

​Vibration mounts – heavy duty

Vibration mounts – heavy duty

Similar to screw-on rubber feet, these vibration mounts absorb shock and reduce the noise common in industrial metalworking machinery. High adhesion to the floor and made of TPE. Also available: vibration mount grommets, which act as a buffer and absorb vibrations.

Typically used: underneath machine

​Pull handle assemblies

Pull handle assemblies

Tubular handles come in a three-piece design with many standard and custom tube-length options. These allow for a greater operating length and feature front mounting with counter-bored thru holes. Stainless steel.

Typically used: machine doors
​Metal one-piece pull handle

Metal one-piece pull handle

Bridge handles have a solid industrial design with an ergonomic grip and recessed front-mounting through-hole design for fasteners. Rear female threaded blind hole. Made of aluminum. Also available: screw-mount recessed handles.

Typically used: machine doors

​Sealing gaskets

Sealing gaskets

Make sure that door gaskets and seals are one of your CNC machine components. The clip-on profiles offer edge protection and a snug seal. Used on metal sheet, they protect against vibrations and ingress of humidity and dirt. Available in EPDM and PVC. Also available: weather-stripping tape, which also works as gasket tape.

Typically used: inside machine doors and panels

Metal processing machine
​Fan filter set

Fan filter set

Your CNC Machine design will need components for the control panel. The fan, which cools your PCB components, will need to be kept in good working order. Our fan filter set helps you ensure that, with a fan guard, fan filter cover, fan filter mesh sheet, and felt filter. Fan size: 120.0 mm.

Typically used: machine control panel

​Fan guards, metal, screw mount

Fan guards, metal, screw mount

Fan guards help protect the computing application of your CNC machine design. They prevent debris from falling into the fan blades and causing an obstruction. Simple to install screw-mount application. Made of steel wire.

Typically used: machine control panel

​PCB support pillars

PCB support pillars

Your PCB hardware components should include PCB spacers mounted on both sides with a low profile two-prong fastener. One side is locking and the other is a releasable snap-fit. Available in a variety of styles. Operating temperature range: -40˚F to 185˚F. Nylon 6/6.

Typically used: machine control panel

​Circuit board installer and extractor

Circuit board installer and extractor

Plastic card guides are strong and rigid with optimum leverage to assist in both inserting and extracting the PCB of your sheet-metal press-tool design. Operating temperature range: -40˚F to 194˚F. Nylon 6/6. UL94 V-2

Typically used: machine control panel

PCB standoffs – round/insulator

PCB standoffs – round/insulator

Male-to-female standoffs are installed by hand without the need for assembly equipment. The round standoffs are ideal for CNC machining and manufacturing, when high mechanical strength is required. They provide sturdy, insulated spacing for high-power electronic applications. Nylon with brass inserts. UL94 V-2.

Typically used: machine control panel

Metalworking machine
​Adjustable torque hinges – with leaf screw

Adjustable torque hinges – with leaf screw

Basic components of Vertical Milling Machines, adjustable torque hinges hold doors or panels in position. They operate with a single torque adjustment using the stainless-steel screw. Available in different styles, in zinc alloy or nylon, and with maximum rotations of 150˚, 180˚ or 270˚.

Typically used: machine doors

Adjustable latches

Adjustable latches

Designed for flexibility and the security of metalworking machines. The secondary locking button prevent accidental opening and the latch can be fitted using standard M4 fittings. The keeper is supplied with the latch. Made of stainless steel.

Typically used: machine doors and panels

​Cam latches – lift and turn

Cam latches – lift and turn

Ideal as one of your dovetailer machine parts. Low-profile swing handle stows away when not in use. Simple to install, using either a bracket or snap-in fastener. Consists of a slam-action spring-loaded handle. Available in keyed alike, key to differ, or a button to press. You might also consider a flush compression lever latch, which helps seal against vibrations.

Typically used: machine cabinets or electrical boxes

​Handle turn cam latches – L-handle

Handle turn cam latches – L-handle

L-handle cam latch comes with standard key-cylinder locking. Available in black or chrome finish and keyed alike, keyed different or keyless.

Typically used: machinery covers, doors, cabinets and panels

​Ball knob

Ball knob

Ball knobs are ergonomic in design and necessary as one of your grinding machine parts. It forms your gear levers and comes in a wide selection of diameters and molded-in inserts. Available in PP or for a softer grip, a PP base with a TPE over-mold. Threads available in steel, brass or self-tapping.

Typically used: handles for gear levers

Wood manufacturing machines

Wood manufacturing machines

Wood engraving machines, laser wood-cutting machines, wood sanding machines, industrial wood saws – these and other different wood machines will need the same small components.

​Standard cable ties

Standard cable ties

Tough, high-quality cable ties suitable for industrial woodworking machinery. The locking cable tie prevents accidental removal. Available in black and natural. Nylon 6/6. UL94 V-2. Also available: releasable cable ties.

Typically used: inside machines

​Cable clamp

Cable clamp

Will space be limited in your table-saw design or sheet metal press machine design? This adhesive mount U-clip has a low profile, making it ideal for saving space. Good for mounting bundles in corners or along edges. Operating temperature range: 32˚F to 122˚F. Made of PVC. UL94 V-0.

Typically used: mounting bundles in corners or along internal edges

​Open cable grommets

Open cable grommets

Standard grommets snap in place for quick and easy installation. They protect the wires and cables that pass through the panels of your milling machine. Flexible PVC.

Typically used: internal machine panels

​Hose clamps

Hose clamps

Suitable for suction hoses that extract wood dust and chips from wood turning machines and grinding equipment. This mini worm-drive hose clamp has a low-profile housing and thin band, making it easier to install or remove in a confined area. Sized to SAE standards and can be used to secure our hose protection sleeves on smaller diameter hose assemblies. Stainless steel.

Typically used: suction hoses

​Hose straps

Hose straps

This heavy-duty cinch strap is ideal when extra strength is needed. It consists of a hook-and-loop design closure, which holds hoses securely. Hoses can be expanded or contracted during start up or shut down of your mitre machine. Users can add, remove or adjust hoses or bundled hoses quickly, while the time to install normal hose assemblies is cut in half. Woven nylon webbing with a nickel-plated delrin buckle.

Typically used: heavy hose assemblies

Wood processing machine
​Spiral wrap hose protector

Spiral wrap hose protector

Spiralguard® – spiral hose wrap – protects the hoses of your CNC milling machine design with anti-crush control. It also reduces abrasion tear and wear, increasing the life of your hose, minimizing expensive downtime and increasing operator safety. Available in black or yellow. Made of HDPE.

Typically used: hoses

​Compression cam latches

Compression cam latches

Adjustable compression latches come with a T-handle knob. The added compression provides a more secure seal and improved insulation against noise and vibration conditions commonly generated by beveling & scribing equipment and deburring machines. Comes with a driver key cylinder and is available in zinc alloy with a chrome-plated finish.

Typically used: machine covers

​Clamping knobs – fluted

Clamping knobs – fluted

Fluted clamping knobs provide an ergonomic grip. Stylish, yet functional, these scalloped knobs come in flexible mounting options: studded, threaded insert and through-hole. Ideal for the many mechanical clamping conditions in the woodworking industry. Available in PP.

Typically used: jigs, fixtures and adjustable machine parts

​Blanking plugs

Blanking plugs

Used on sheet metal to protect against sharp edges. They are a quick solution for closing panel cavities in wood carving machines, providing a clean finish. Available in non-staining PVC with excellent aging properties and TPE, which is resistant to oils, acids and alkalises.

Typically used: machine panels

​Rectangular glide

Rectangular glide

Insert and glide with ribbing fits 11-19 gauge tubes. Its polished shell enhances the aesthetic appearance to wood chipping machine, wood lathe machine and CNC wood carving machine designs. LDPE.

Typically used: machine fabrication

Woodworking machine
​Vent plugs

Vent plugs

The wood-production process and wood-bending process generate excessive heat, which makes this heat-stabilized nylon vent plug a necessity. It locks securely into sheet metal, allowing heat and emissions to escape. UL94 V-2.

Typically used: machine fabrication

​Bolt protection caps

Bolt protection caps

Bolt nut protection caps protect industrial wood-cutting machines by preventing tampering. They’re also a cost-effective option to enhance the finished appearance. LDPE.

Typically used: machine fabrication

​Female clamping handles

Female clamping handles

Black-flared female clamping handle has a rubber overlay grip for an ergonomic handle design for industrial wood table saws and other wood processing machines. Mounts onto male threaded applications, providing adjustable clamping action. PP with glass-reinforced fibers.

Typically used: as a height adjustment mechanism

​Tube end grips

Tube end grips

Round ribbed grips are ideal for applications requiring a strong finger grasp. The safety grip handles are flexible and durable material, fitting standard bar sizes and won’t tear, split or shred. Made of PVC.

Typically used: machine handles and levers

​Manual hold-down clamps

Manual hold-down clamps

Horizontal manual hold-down clamps for wood processing methods have a low-height design to save space and cushioned, ergonomic handle grip. The handle and hold-down bar move in opposite directions to provide secure holding capacity. Corrosion-resistant zinc-plated steel and PVC.

Typically used: during production

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