Progressive Expands Bar Lock Product Offering

New Inch, Metric, and Custom Sizes Added

Progressive Components has introduced an expansion of its Z-Series Bar Locks for alignment of large molds and multi-plate sequencing tools.

Bar Locks were first introduced in 2014, and what began as four Bars now has expanded to eight, and what started as eight Guides now includes twenty. Additionally, a metric series also has been added.

“There are a lot of variables in multi-plate tools,” said Sebastian Jurczak, Project Engineer at Progressive. “These additions now cover the range for standard plate thicknesses.”

In addition, Progressive now provides Mold-Ready, custom lengths, as well as corner radii for when a lock pocket is not machined through the full plate width.

“We setup fixturing and optimized the process so that we can ship an altered length with pocket radii, for only the cost of about one shop hour,” added Jurczak.

Uniquely suited towards complex molds for packaging and medical applications, Bar Locks offer Progressive’s patented Z-Series technology.

“Others may offer a warranty that their product isn’t defective, but independent testing shows they score and gall after 50,000 cycles,” states Progressive’s president Glenn Starkey. “Only Progressive offers a warranty for the actual performance longevity, so that a mold will close in perfect alignment for the life of the program.”

For technical support regarding our Z-Series Alignment Locks or any of Progressive’s products, please email For Customer Service, dial 1-847-487-1000 or email