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We get many questions about the PivotLok system, so we thought we'd answer a few of the more common ones right away. Don't see your question listed? Just fill out the handy FORM at the bottom of the page and send it off to us and we will get right back to you with our answer!

1. What is the Pivotlok?
2. Why do I need a Pivotlok?
3. What makes the PivotLok PL 325 so different from the other units out there?
4. What about the design and build quality?
5. Does Pivotlok have a warranty?
6. Do we use the PivotLok PL 325?
7. How much weight can the PivotLok PL 325 hold?
8. How should the PivotLok PL 325 be mounted?
9. Can I use the PivotLok PL 325 for machining operations?
10. How adaptable is the PivotLok to custom made fixtures and holding devices?

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What is the PivotLok?

The PivotLok is a self locking, ball swivel positioner that, when securely mounted on a work bench or pedestal, combines holding and moving of the project being worked on from its former location to a new angle or attitude by use of a ball swivel. By allowing the project to be rotated horizontally and perpendicularly the best position can be found for the work being performed.
The PivotLok is a tool that allows you to work more comfortably. It allows the user to work at an angle that more fully suits the direction of motion of the hands and arms. The PivotLok can take jobs that require a work piece to be manipulated into different positions to do properly and hold them easily and securely into a fixed position to bring the work to the users hands. The PivotLok allows the access of tools to the wWork in a convenient and safe manner allowing for better work productivity while being safe and reducing joint and tendon damage from repetitive motion.
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Why do I need a PivotLok?

Employers who make the decision to invest in ergonomic tools that lessen the frequency and costliness of workplace injuries will not only find a decrease in workers' compensation costs but will also discover other gains as well. Improvements in productivity, reduced cost per unit produced as well being a safer way to do the job.

In the better, forward thinking companies, ergonomics plays an important role in reducing the overall cost of producing finished goods. Employees experience less fatigue and can complete their assigned tasks quicker and safer.

The implementation of the effective ergonomics in the workplace will produce returns of significant magnitude for the company. By selecting ergonomically designed equipment and making sure it is used correctly, management will be rewarded with lower disability costs, insurance premiums, lower absenteeism, increased productivity, fewer rejects and a greater quality of the work life, etc. All important components to improve profitability and the ability to compete more effectively.

Companies that have gotten on board with ergonomics and are constantly looking for better, more efficient ways of doing the job are reap the benefits of lower overall costs of doing business. BACK TO TOP OF PAGE

What makes the PivotLok PL 325 so different from the other units out there?

The PivotLok PL 325 is a new technology in work positioning. Other units require that you not only have to loosen with the turn of a screw, the unlocking of a cam or the release of hydraulic pressure to move your work piece, but you also have to do the same thing to secure your work in place. That means that you have to consciously and purposely retighten them to the proper tension to safely and securely lock them in place.

What makes the PivotLok stand out from all the rest is that it is “self locking”. All the user has to do is depress the lever, freely move and position the work piece to the desired place and “let go”. Once the user releases the lever the PivotLok automatically secures the work piece in place. Gone are the days of screws to loosen and retighten, cams to lock and unlock, pneumatics or hydraulics. Just “let go”. It’s that easy. This not only makes using the PivotLok easier and faster to use but it makes it safer as well.
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What about the design and build quality?

The PivotLok was designed and built to withstand the day to day rigors of the manufacturing environment.

¸ Aircraft quality, porosity free casting made from 356 aluminum heat treated to a T6 condition
¸ All other aluminum parts made from 6061-T6 solid billet.
¸ Epoxy powder coat finish.
¸ All steel parts in a wear location are heat treated for a lifetime of use.
¸ All components are CNC machined to close tolerances.
¸ All assembly performed on a PivotLok PL 325.
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Does the PivotLok have a warranty?

The PivotLok has a 3 year warranty for all components. For 36 months, you break it, we’ll fix it! Simple! BACK TO TOP OF PAGE

Do we use the PivotLok PL 325?

Absolutely!! We use the PivotLok PL 325 every day to assemble the PivotLok PL 325! It's like a parent/child relationship. The base casting (child) is mounted to a "U" shaped (horse shoe shaped) custom holding fixture mounted to the parent PivotLok PL 325 on a rigid pedestal. This method allows us to freely move the unit to any position and then have it rigidly locked in place to complete a particular assembly task. BACK TO TOP OF PAGE

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What is the weight capacity of the PivotLok PL 325?

The PivotLok PL325 can easily support 40 lbs. (18 kg.) 2” from the center of the ball. The size of the work piece and the distance from the center of the pivot ball also will determine what load can be used. BACK TO TOP OF PAGE

How should the PivotLok PL 325 be mounted?

We recommend a solid mounting surface such as a workbench or a pedestal securely anchored to the floor. The PivotLok PL 325 was not designed to be used un-mounted. The more solid and rigid the mounting surface the more you will appreciate the PivotLok PL 325 design and build quality. BACK TO TOP OF PAGE

Can the PivotLok PL 325 be used for machining operations?

NO! The PivotLok PL 325 was not designed to be a holding or positioning tool on machinery of any type. We do not recommend using the PivotLok PL 325 for any machining operations or any uses on machinery at all. Machining operations can exert pressures that can exceed the PivotLok PL 325's ability to hold securely causing harm to the work piece, the PivotLok PL 325, and worse, can cause injury to the operator.
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How adaptable is the PivotLok to custom made fixtures and holding devices?

The PivotLok PL 325 was specifically designed for the easy adaptation of specialized tooling. The pivot ball has a 1” dia. keyed socket with a 5/16-18 steel insert tapped hole to secure any fixture you might want to attach to it.

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