Mechanism for clamping and holding an elongated workpiece

  • US 6,231,036 B1
  • Filed: 05/19/1998
  • Issued: 05/15/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/19/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. Mechanism for clamping and holding an elongated workpiece for processing comprising a fixed support, a longitudinally extending conveyor for supporting the workpiece relative to the support, a pair of longitudinally extending clamping members slidably mounted on said support for transverse movement relative to said conveyor toward and away from said workpiece, camming means for moving said clamping members toward and away from said workpiece and drive means for operating said camming means, said camming means including a camming member rotatably mounted on said support, said camming member being pivotally attached to said clamping members whereby rotation of the camming member moves said clamping members toward and away from the workpiece, said camming member including an axle rotatably mounted on said support, a radially extending member extending radially from said axle, and a pair of arms projecting from said radially extending member, each of said arms being pivotally connected to a corresponding clamping member, said conveyor being mounted between said radially extending member and said clamping members.

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