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Work Holding Fixtures

We provide custom work-holding systems or fixtures for a wide range of applications, including CNC machining, robotic welding, automatic presses, inspection, and assembly. Our experience in designing and building custom gauge fixtures allows us to build work-holding fixtures with ease. Pneumatic fixtures for holding work pieces in a robotic welding cell are also provided. All fixtures are available with the necessary electronic, hydraulic, and pneumatic integration that conforms to ANSI 14.5 GD & T standards. In addition, our hydraulic integration capabilities include both internal and external porting.

We are staffed with an experienced and capable design team that offers services for the complete design of custom work holding fixtures to your specifications. Besides designing your custom gauges, our ability extends to working with your prints and building all your custom fixtures to print. 2D and 3D models of parts are analyzed with AutoCAD and SolidWorks, while designing work holding fixtures. In addition, after fabrication all our fixtures are inspected in our in-house ISO 17025:2005 and ANSI Z540-1 certified calibration lab.

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Work Holding Fixtures Capabilities

Lead Times

At Kent Machine, Inc., our unique and efficient job flow process allows us minimize lead times down to 24 hrs compared with other custom gauge designers that turn around gauges and in-process checking fixtures in 2 - 3 days minimum. This is a significant advantage for turnaround of repairs so that our customers keep their manufacturing downtime to a minimum in cases where production functional gauges break, fail, or fall out of calibration.

Product Categories

Attribute and Variable Styled Check Fixtures
Cooling Fixtures

Hydraulic Clamping Fixtures

Manual Clamping Drill Press Fixtures

Pneumatic Fixtures for Robotic Welding Cells

Types of Integration

Hydraulic (Internal and External)


Secondary Operations

Heat Treating
Cryogenic Freeze (Microstructure Stress Relieve)

Specialty Capabilities

Kent Machine Inc. has in-house specialty Heat Treating and Cryogenic Freeze capabilities to insure the quickest turnaround, highest quality, and dimensional consistency for your gauging and checking equipment needs. Our on-site Cryogenic Freeze cycle in (-270 °F) Liquid Nitrogen (HT>Draw>Freeze>Draw) stabilizes and stress relieves the material's molecular structure for maintaining dimensional consistency during the final grinding process, likewise assuring only the tightest tolerances and finest surface finishes for the most precise gauges and inspection fixtures.

Specialty Applications

KMI specializes in ISO 17025 accredited inspection, and the design and building of gauges and inspection equipment for:
  • Orthopedic Implants
  • Aircraft
  • Medical Instrumentation
  • Large Inspection Fixtures (40" x 50" base)

Design Capabilities

High Quality Assembly, Test and Inspection Machines, Gauges or Workholding Fixtures start with the highest level of design programs and experience.
  • Three full time designers on staff with 65 years of experience.
  • Design Software:
    • SolidWorks 2006
    • SolidWorks 2007
    • AutoCAD Release 2006
    • Mechanical Desktop 2006
    • Inventor 10

Manual Clamping Drill Press Fixture

Locates part with angled holes and indexes every 90 degrees by means of a manual shot pin.

Hydraulic Clamping Fixture

Hydraulic clamping fixture that is activated by the machine tool after the operator manually loads onto the locator nest.

Multi-Part Hydraulic Clamping Fixture

Multi-part hydraulic clamping fixture with rotary union for machining parts from both sides of tombstone.

Acceptable Drawing Formats

  • AutoCAD 2006 or Earlier
  • Parasolids
  • Solidworks 2007 or 2006
  • STP
  • Unigraphics NX6.0


  • ISO 17025 Certification and Scope

Quality Statement

Kent Machine Incorporated Quality Statement:

We satisfy our customer base by:
  • Providing error-free products and extraordinary service.
  • Relying on the professional competence of a highly skilled workforce.
  • Implementing advanced laboratory quality management systems and practices.
  • Reviewing and improving the methods in which we conduct business. To this end we are committed to achieving these objectives. - Zane Kennedy

Industries Served

  • Aircraft
  • Orthopedic (Implants)
  • Medical Instrumentation
  • Automotive (Engine /Transmission)


Kent Machine Inc. is a one-stop, quick-turnaround shop for gauge, machine and fixture design, build and calibration. We design, fabricate, build, calibrate and test our custom gauges and inspection equipment so you can confidently use them in production immediately upon receipt of your order.


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