Operation of the MiniLock is similar to the original Kurt Anglock vise design. When a quarter turn is applied to the MiniLock screw, the split clamp jaw of the MiniLock is forced both laterally and down, precisely clamping the part while preventing the part from lifting.
The Kurt MiniLock is very versatile. It can be used in single holding, double holding, or multiples of both single and double holding applications. By using stationary blocks or pins, two parts can be clamped using a single MiniLock. Its low profile allows for machining complete top surfaces of parts without having to re-clamp the part. Also, steps can be machined into the MiniLock jaw for machining operations that require parts to be raised above the pallet or the machine table.MiniLocks are ideal for use in dedicated fixture setups and for palletizing small parts to be loaded into receivers on machine tables. Through the use of a variety of locating blocks, workstops and MiniLocks, several similar components or a part family can be located and clamped on a single pallet.