WDS launches new index plungers for high speed assembly adjustments

WDS Component Parts has expanded its range of index plungers to improve flexibility for customers looking for reliable solutions for quick repositioning of jigs and fixtures on the production line. The range includes metric and imperial sizes and is available with a parallel or tapered design. All of the parts are manufactured in-house by WDS in Leeds; meaning that most orders can be satisfied next day.

WDS85_Index_Plungers_pic1_PR3154_41586Time and space are valuable assets! This means that more manufacturing companies are adopting Lean Principles than ever before. One of the key targets of Lean Manufacturing is the SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Die); the faster you can switch from manufacturing one product to the next, the more efficient your entire production line is. With many production facilities running to tolerances of a matter of seconds it’s vital that even the smallest part of the process is perfectly specified and absolutely reliable.

The latest additions to the WDS range of index plungers makes it easier for end-users to specify the perfect positioning component for their application. Ergonomically designed, they can be quickly retracted and locked by simply pulling the plunger and rotating it a ¼ turn. As all of the products are ‘Made in Britain’ at the WDS manufacturing facilities, the quality of each part is guaranteed and delivery times are often within 24 hours of order.

The range extension features taper parking type, taper standard type, parallel parking type and parallel standard type index plungers as well as a range of complementary bushes in both parallel and taper formats. 3D CAD files are available to download free from the WDS website at so customers can be sure that they order the perfect fit, first time.