Introducing The SelfLube Side Lock - A Better Side Lock For Better Alignment

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SelfLube Side Locks are the answer to precise alignment and positive results. This month SelfLube, a manufacturer of mold and die components, focuses on the highlights of its Side Lock.

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SelfLube Side Locks provide precise alignment and quality parts.

SelfLube Side Locks feature a large internal radii to reduce stress concentration and provide a more gradual lead-in to reduce shock loading.

SelfLube a West Michigan manufacturer of mold and die components has made side locks its featured product for the month. A side lock is all about the precise alignment of two large pieces when they come together. For example when the two halves of a large injection mold come together, precise alignment is critical for making a quality part. The regular pins and bushings that otherwise control, back and forth motion, are not up to the task. Using side locks (typically four of them) to control movement in the last inch or so before closure increases accuracy 10 fold. And, this is often the difference between making a good or bad one.

A SelfLube Side Lock consists of two pieces: one piece is made of O6 hardened to Rc 60-62 and black oxide coated. The other is made of S7 steel to resist shock loading. It is hardened to Rc 50-52 and coated with Titanium Nitrate (TIN) for hardness and lubricity. Unlike those of competitors, SelfLube Side Locks feature a large internal radii to reduce stress concentration and provide a more gradual lead-in to reduce shock loading. This results in smoother operation and much greater durability.

The SelfLube Side Lock is available in eight different sizes, all of which have CAD files that can be downloaded from the company's website. Other parting line components include:

Top Locks
Guide Locks
Pin Plates
Stop Plates
Hinge Blocks

For more information on side locks or any other component of SelfLube's product line go to the company website. From the website, individuals will be able to download CAD files as well as place a quote or an order.

SelfLube is a US based manufacturer of precision mold and die components such as bushings, gibs, wear strips, parting line locks, lifter slides and related items - about 7,000 standard part numbers in all, many of which are self-lubricating. The company sells directly to build shops through North America, which results in both better pricing and better customer service. Its record for on time delivery is among the best in the industry. SelfLube is a successful growing company and is now in its 20th year of providing superior value to its customers. For more information, visit http://www.selflube.com.

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