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Ball locks now available in stainless steel for improved durability

29th March 2021

Standard parts and components supplier, WDS Components Ltd, has released a stainless steel version of its ball lock mechanism. The new product line provides extra durability and rust-free use for the accurate locating and locking of fixture plates and subplates to machines.

The ball lock mounting system ensures repeatable positioning, reducing set-up time and making secure installation of plates to machinery both fast and simple. Accuracy of positioning means the installer doesn’t have to make an extended check of fitting, reducing overall installation time. The advantage of the ball lock compared to using dowel pins is a result of its location and pull-down fastening mechanism, providing greater accuracy and security.

The device consists of a locating shank as well as liner and receiver bushings. The receiver bushings are installed into the machine or subplate with the liner bushing inserted into the fixture plate. The locating shank is then inserted through the liner and into the receiver where tightening the shank’s grub screw establishes the required holding force.

Ball locks are regularly specified by end user fixture designers aiming to improve or secure OEM-supplied machinery, as well as machine builders using the fastening devices at source.

The advantage of the new stainless steel ball lock mechanisms is their resistance to corrosion, even in aggressive environments.

Stainless steel ball lock shanks and bushes will remain rust-free over prolonged use with corrosive media, ensuring longer machine life and improved maintenance procedures.

The ball lock shanks, which are removed and act as installation tools, are available in 12 sizes, while the liner bushes are available in 33 sizes. Reverse-mount bushes are also available as well as a version with recesses, which can be bolted to the plates. The ball lock shank also has an optional repair kit available, consisting of replacement bearings and an O-ring, which helps keep down maintenance costs.

Full product specifications, including CAD drawings and non-specialist 3D images, can be found on The stainless steel ball lock mechanisms are available from stock and can be shipped on a same day basis for fast delivery.


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About WDS Components Ltd

WDS Components is the home of standard parts and machine accessories. Established in 1952 ‘Woodside Die Sinking Company’ made jig and die parts to speed up production in tool rooms, WDS Components has grown from humble beginnings to become a leading European manufacturer and global distributor of high quality durable parts at competitive prices. We supply components, standard parts and machine accessories to original equipment manufacturers, maintenance engineers, small businesses and individuals all over the world. Over 98% of our range is available from stock and can be shipped the same day from our global distribution centre in the UK, using best in class worldwide logistics companies.We provide unrivalled choice and unequalled availability.

WDS Components are proud to support some of the most prestigious engineering companies and brands in the world, who all trust WDS Components to service their needs.

We are committed to engineering excellence and continuous improvement. Our team of in-house engineers has expertise spanning several decades and is a blend of highly experienced and new generation graduate engineers who focus on the latest developments in design and manufacturing technology.

Our entire range of products is available to purchase on our website WDS COMPONENTS.COM where designers and manufacturers alike can download 3D models of all components in the widest range of formats available.

WDS Components provide solutions for customers who require a wide and growing range of high quality, competitively priced products, coupled with incredible product availability and same day despatch, backed up by easily accessible technical support.

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