How Are Stace-Allen’s Custom Collets Made?

At Stace-Allen, we promise you a custom solution for your workholding needs. But how do we bring your project to life? Our engineers follow a rigorous process to ensure that we deliver on our promise, every time. Each step is designed to create the ideal product without ever settling for passable. We strive for exceptional. Gain some insight into what makes Stace-Allen stand apart and learn about our production process.

Why would someone choose a custom collet?

A production line can range from common to complex, and there has to be workholding to match. Sometimes, that solution is a standard 3 or 4-jaw chuck. However, that is only a baseline solution for a process that may be fairly simple. As processes become more complex and parts become more diversified, the workholding also has to evolve in complexity and diversity. That’s where a custom collet design comes in. As one of our engineers describes it, “The range of these difficulties is vast and changes on every project.” Instead of starting with a standard solution for a nonstandard process, you can start with the right solution and enjoy the best results from the beginning of production. 

What’s the first step to designing a custom collet?

If you already know you’re in need of custom workholding, then your first step is to contact a workholding expert like Stace-Allen. We will request some initial information about your part and project to provide you with an initial estimate. 

Pro tip: To make the design process as effective as possible, it helps to provide a 3D model of your project if possible. If not, a detailed drawing will work as a starting point.

How is the customer involved in the design process? 

Our engineer says it best: “During designing, I will discuss what sort of features the customer wants or needs. Before final detailing, we require the customer to sign off on an approval drawing, making special note of any critical dimensions or features.” Communication is key when you’re working with critical pieces like workholding. We don’t want to waste your time or hold up your project, so we make sure the design is right before our own production process is finalized. 

What happens during installation? 

Once your custom collet is ready, we are happy to help our customers install their workholding piece, but customers are also welcome to install it themselves. We give you the flexibility to choose what works best for you. If there are any complications after installation and our part does not meet the stated performance standards, we are available to troubleshoot the problem. We can also extend our expertise right to your production floor if problems continue. If the collet chuck is not to blame, we can refer you to someone in our network of machine or tooling specialists. Whatever the case may be, we want you to have what you need to succeed. 

What problems can be avoided with a custom collet design?

When you discover a need for a workholding piece, many variables start coming into play at once. Is the piece you need to hold fragile? Is it complex? Is it particularly large or small? Is it shaped in such a way that it is difficult to hold? Our engineer explains, “difficult to hold parts can present unpredictable problems to operators who are not workholding experts.” We can help you make the results not only predictable but also accurate and optimized. We take pride in creating products that meet all required tolerances and work the first time. 

Call on Stace-Allen for Custom Collet Solutions

Our process demonstrates Stace-Allen’s commitment to excellence. That is a commitment we have been delivering on for over 75 years. Our experience provides a wealth of knowledge that we can draw on to create new products and innovate solutions to a complex range of problems. We are also a small, family-owned company. That means you will enjoy a close working relationship with us throughout your project. Contact Stace-Allen to learn more and get started on a quote for your project.