Workholding is a term used when manufacturing products, but not everyone is aware of what this entails. Workholding, at its purest form, is simply securing a workpiece to allow for machining or other similar industrial processes to be done in a uniform and repeatable fashion. The introduction of basic workholding methods like locating and clamping paved the way for high volume assembly and manufacturing lines, as parts were able to be reproduced accurately in mass quantities.
Typically, a workholding unit is referred to as a jig or a fixture, depending on whether the assembly is being used to guide a tool or operation, like drilling, tapping, or assembly of dowel pins [jig], or is simply holding the workpiece in place, relative to the cutting tool or operation [fixture].
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