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KITAGAWA workholding solutions – trusted by industry leaders for 70 years.

Kitagawa – NorthTech offers the highest level of quality and versatility in custom design and manufacturing of high performance workholding solutions for CNC lathe and turning centers.  As a world leader in workholding solutions, the majority of major lathe manufacturers choose Kitagawa – NorthTech solutions as original equipment. Kitagawa – NorthTech delivers comprehensive product offerings including standard three-jaw chucks, quick change chucks, custom engineered workholding solutions, super large bore chucks, steady rests and more!
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NEW Tri-Kote™ Lubricant Video Demonstrates 60% More Gripping Force Over Standard Grease

In this video see for yourself the incredible performance of Tri-Kote lubricant for power chucks. In a side-by-side, gripping force test comparisons, Tri-Kote delivered more than 60% gripping force versus standard, off-the-shelf grease. Watch this video and also learn about our wireless grip meter kit and recommended proper maintenance and lubrication procedures for non-sealed chucks. READ MORE!

Wireless Grip Meter Kit for Gripping Force Measurements, Testing and Diagnostics


Maximize the performance of your workholding, and expensive lathes, by ensuring proper chuck function. The most expensive lathe will not perform at its best if the chuck is not giving full grip force. READ MORE!

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New Solutions

Lights Out Un-Attended Over-Night Machining of Parts in Low Volumes is Now Possible

Revolutionizing the Automation Industry with Kitagawa’s Automated Jaw Pallet System Equipped with Promano Grippers.

The Kitagawa Automated Jaw Pallet System completely shatters the traditional beliefs that Robotic Automation is only financially possible for high volume, low mix machining environments.  Now with Kitagawa’s Automated Jaw Pallet Systems machine shops can affordably perform Automation in a high mix, low volume un-attended environment that is flexible and profitable. In conjunction with Quick Change capable Kitagawa Promano Grippers, the Kitagawa Automated Jaw Pallet System provides seamless flexibility in a Robot tended machining environment by allowing the cell to run many different parts in low volumes consecutively, congruently and un-attended. It’s the perfect solution for lights our un-attended over-night machining of parts in low volumes.

Watch the New Video demonstrating how the system works.


Kitagawa’s Automated Jaw Pallet System automates workholding changeovers, while providing maximum flexibility, efficiency and productivity for lights out CNC lathe machining operations.

  • Ideal for high mix, low volume machining operations
  • Flexible capabilities for automated robotic systems and continuous operations unattended
  • Precision high accuracy positioning and repeatability of pallet to chuck body
  • Jaw Pallet replacing method allows you to change all 3 jaws at once by replacing entire Pallet
  • Deliver work-pieces and Jaw Pallets by Robot or Shuttle





Kitagawa NorthTech is proud to announce that they will be exhibiting at this year’s IMTS 2016 trade show, conference and event in Chicago. The company will unveil and demonstrate its new, revolutionary Automated Jaw Pallet System (AJPS) and several other new workholding solutions that will be announced.

Known for their superior, premium quality workholding products for over 70 years, Kitagawa will show its offering of standard, custom and automated workholding products, services and accessories for OEM machine tool builders and machine shops. Please visit the Kitagawa NorthTech booth in the West Building, Booth W-2412.


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ANSWERMAN is our dedicated online resource available to help customers solve workholding problems. ANSWERMAN can be reached at to answer your workholding questions, requests and challenges.

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Kitagawa NorthTech’s “Machining-2-Profits” e-newsletter is focused on helping provide customers ways to improve productivity, profits and reduce costs with standard and custom workholdings and fixtures and other solutions. We will also share new products and important organizational announcements.


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