INTERVIEW WITH DOMENICO FARINA
DESIGNER, ANDREAS MAIER GMBH & CO. KG
Capital goods, tools
Modular screw jack
Credits: AMF - Andreas Maier GmbH & Co. KG
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Andreas Maier GmbH & Co. KG
Especially in the metalworking industry, screw jacks are used to hold mostly very heavy workpieces precisely in place ready for assembly. Thanks to its modular design, this award-winning model can be rapidly adapted to different part geometries. The corresponding combination of the system’s various head and clamping elements permits a maximum height of 162 centimetres and a load of up to six tonnes. Suitable for both vertical and horizontal setups, the screw jack can even be adjusted under load. [T1] The individual head, spacer and base elements are plugged together and connected with rings, which also provide protection from soiling. The modular design ensures greater flexibility of use and reduces the amount of special clamping and head elements required.
Although this is a purely technical product that has to be extremely robust and resilient, the developers have come up with a very good solution for translating the modularity idea into concrete form. The sober design conveys a high degree of precision, flexibility and straightforward handling.