Arrow Engineering was founded in 1963 as a contract engineering service specializing in special jigs and fixtures required for holding close tolerances in complex aircraft parts using machinery of the day. Every operation was presented to the spindle. The fixture did the work of today's multiple axis machines.
Workholding Fixtures today are no less complicated, in fact with the increased capabilities of modern machinery has come an increased demand for innovative and high quality workholding. Pressure to do more with less drives us to be better than our competition.
Arrow Engineering has been designing custom workholding fixtures since 1963. Most of our customers require fixtures to machine parts but some use our fixtures for deburring or welding. We have designed and built custom workholding fixtures for the automotive, sporting good, healthcare, energy and agriculture industries. We have designed and built custom workholding fixtures to hold aluminum and magnesium die castings, sand castings, forgings and bar stock. Our fixtures can be fully integrated into robotic cells or manually loaded on single stand-alone machines.
When choosing an engineering partner to develop your next custom workholding fixture, consider our experience. We’ve designed grinding fixtures for parts that weigh a fraction of an ounce and for parts that need to be loaded with a crane. Big or small, the same principles apply. Fixtures need to be repeatable, reliable, durable and they need to produce good parts.
We design and build hydraulic, pneumatic and manual workholding fixtures. They range in size from 200 mm to 1000 mm. They are for Vertical Machine Centers (VMC’s), Horizontal Machining Centers (HMC’s), lathes, both horizontal and vertical (VTL’s). We have customers in 24 different states and 4 countries.
Fixtures aren’t just used to machine parts they’re also used to inspect parts. Inspection fixtures are used at the machine on the CMM or on the surface plate. While an inspection fixture doesn’t have to be designed to withstand the rigor of the manufacturing process it does follow the same principles of location, support and stabilization.
Arrow Engineering will also machine your parts to your specifications. “Build to Print” jobs make us better fixture builders and building fixtures make us better at making your parts to print. Not only do we have the right machine for your part, we have the right quality plan to produce your part the same way every time.
Arrow Engineering is certified to ISO 9001:2015 but our commitment to supplying quality products precedes the official designation. ISO certification documents that commitment in a language understood by the manufacturing world. We are committed to providing a clean and safe environment for our employees and visitors. Within that environment there will be a commitment to continuous improvement, learning new and enhancing existing skills. This will be an environment that ultimately focuses on producing a product that satisfies the customer’s requirements and our own commitment to providing the highest level of quality.