Versatile Groove Grabbers (Internal Mounting Clamps) are designed and optimized for mounting devices and prototypes (using eV Parts) inside a vacuum chamber by engaging the channels or “Grabber Grooves” along the inside bore of CF ports.
The Groove-Grabber / Grabber-Groove System
The Groove-Grabber/Grabber-Groove internal apparatus attachment or mounting system greatly increases the capability (and user flexibility) of the Multi-CFTM Vacuum Chambers and other Multi-CFTM Fittings.
Internal circumferential channels, that we refer to as “Grabber Grooves”, are precisely machined along the inside bore of the aperture in CF (Conflat) ports with sealing surfaces between 2.75” inches and 10.00” in diameter (see figure right). These Grabber Groove contours provide the mechanical features used to securely attach (mount) various instruments, devices, apparatus and concept prototypes (fabricated from eV parts) to the inside of the chamber using our matching “Grove Grabber” mounting clamps.
Typically, one pair of Grabber Grooves is present at each aperture, and in some components, additional grooves are provided for even more flexibility. With the axial symmetry of the circumferential grooves, the mounted device can be easily positioned at any desired angular orientation about the CF port axis.
Most Groove Grabber Clamps, fabricated from 316L Stainless Steel, expand to lock into the Grabber Grooves by tightening the easily accessible axial set screws.
Basic designs are included for 1) Split Axial Clamping, 2) Reverse Split Axial Clamping, 3) Transverse Tapped Mounting, 4) Center Mounting, 5) Heavy Duty with Blank Mounting, and 6) Large Load Axial Mounting.
Most of the Groove Grabber clamps are compatible with our “eV Parts” prototyping system that consists of numerous components (solid and perforated plates, clamping plate assemblies, metal and ceramic rods and tubes, various brackets and locking rings and more …) that can be used to create adapters to your device or apparatus, or else be used to rapidly create and prototype new concepts without the delays and expense encountered trying to design and fabricate your own parts.
To LEARN MORE about our complete line of Groove Grabber Internal Mounting Clamp Systems, please refer to our Internal Mounting Systems (Groove Grabbers) Summary Document (PDF).