What is BoxJoint™?
The BoxJoint™ system is an arrangement of tubes and joints, which together form a framework. There are no welds between the connecting pieces in the system, instead the parts are fixed together using the force of friction. Dowel Pins can be used to mechanically lock the system.
HBOX™ units are used to join standard tubes to form the framework of the jig. The framework is set to a loose tolerance facilitating a quick assembly process and the use of standard low cost beams. The final accurate interface between the jig and the component is achieved through adjustable HFLAG™ and HSHIMBOX™ units.
HBOX™ creates a structure fast by utilizing off-the-shelf aluminum, steel, or carbon fiber beams joined with plates and bolts. Bolts are pulled to a high torque to give a rigid friction joint, equal in stiffness to a weld. HBOX™ eliminates welding and stress reliving on jig frames.
HFLAG™ is a 6 DOF (degrees of freedom) index that is manually adjusted then locked when the desired location is reached. Standard end-effectors are available for clamps, rest pads, round (4 way), and slotted (2 way) bushings. HFLAG™ eliminates expensive, custom-made risers, locators, shims, etc.
HSHIMBOX™ technology enables users to integrate drill jigs, header-boards and other high tolerance, fixed tooling into a BoxJoint™ environment. The top plate of the unit is modified with a mounting pattern for attachment. An operator can set a HSHIMBOX™ into a tight-tolerance position within a few minutes.
Proven in the most demanding production environments in the world.
Design to work interchangeably with standard, off-the-shelf tubes in either steel, aluminum, or carbon fiber.
All BoxJoint™ elements can be reconfigured to absorb design changes or create endless tools. No more tooling boneyards, no more tooling storage costs.
Easily integrate electrical, mechanical, pneumatic systems such as LED lighting, air lines, controls, etc.
Light on your Budget
Faster to design, faster to build, easy to modify, reconfigurable - all translate to costs savings. One third party study proved 80% cost savings when compared to traditional tooling.
Short Lead Times
In stock, easy to assemble and calibrate.
Building on the foundation of HBOX™, HFLAG™, and HSHIMBOX™, these Add-In’s have been designed to plug into BoxJoint™.
Screw Jack operated Levelling Jack. Available with either a Levelling Foot or Caster Wheel.
Removable Tooling Details
Wide range of Locating and Clamping elements.
Standard Tooling Elements
All standard Harcourt Tooling Components are designed to intergrate with BoxJoint.
Standard Tooling-Grade Geared Head and Tail Stock Trunnion units, complete with FEA reports.
Configurable Work Platform System.
Heavy-Duty Trailer Tongue.
Configurable Fixture Frame System.
Couple BlackBoard™ with BoxJoint™ to create Layup Molds complete with Autoclave Carts.
Adjustable Gusset Supports to Pre-Load Jig Frames.
Swing Details out of Position to allow for Jig-Load & Unload, then Hinge them back into a Tight Tolerance Position.
SMRs and Nests designed to Plug Directly into BoxJoint™ elements.
Universal Aluminum Risers Configurable for any Height.
Complete Range from 2″ to 18″ Diameters, Dual Wheels, ERGO, and Spring Loaded.
Machined Vacuum Puck creates Modular Trim Tools.
Easily add Hoisting Points to your BoxJoint™ Tools.
Retractable Locator Assembly
Precisely Locate your Workpiece while allowing Easy Jig-Load & Unload.
Configurable Trunnion Jig Frames.
Unique 3D printed material ideal for tooling applications. Handles like aluminum but considerably lighter.
From the Aerospace to Automotive industries, BoxJoint™ versatility is limitless. We have worked with hundreds of companies small and large, providing them with customized and engineered tooling solutions for their programs. The modularity of BoxJoint™ makes it perfect for one-off applications to full assembly lines.