Lightweight Clinching Tools
August 2006
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Spot Clinch® 0201 FS is designed to be an ultra-fast clinching hand tool that weighs only 4 pounds. It is said to be particularly proficient in the assembly of refrigerators, vending machines, bottle coolers, freezers, and HVAC appliances, or in other applications where pre-painted, galvanized or stainless steel sheet metal is used. This assembly often includes intermediate adhesive tape. Depending on the sheet hardness and the joining requirements, some of the supplier's customers run this tool at approximately 3 joints per second, including moving the tool from one joint to the next. In addition, the company says the tooling consumption may be exceptionally low compared to other techniques, such as stitch folding. All these advantages may lead to productivity gains and savings in maintenance costs.
The Spot Clinch 0404 IP (pictured) is a totally pneumatic, light, portable clincher. The company says the design is optimized to offer an exceptional power-to-weight ratio: 35 kN tool force with a total weight of only 10 pounds, including the integrated pneumatic power unit, a safety opening/closing jaw mechanism and a rotating suspension ring. It is equipped with a fast-acting valve for high-speed operation. The wide opening jaw, long tool holders and a depth of throat of 45 mm are said to make the tool extremely versatile for light, fast assembly units. ATTEXOR Clinch Systems SA, www.clinchsystems.com

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