Fastening, Joining, & Assembly 11477

DN Staff

October 2, 2000

6 Min Read
Fastening, Joining, & Assembly

Ultrasonic modules

This company's latest ultrasonic modules are designed to allow OEMs to integrate seaming, splitting, crosscutting, and trimming functions into bonding machines for the textile industry. The products incorporate features from the company's standalone bonding machines, and are said to provide greater flexibility and increased efficiency over other assembly operations.

Sonobond Ultrasonics , 887 S. Matlack St., West Chester, PA 19382; FAX 610-692-0674; .


Thermolock(TM)Shrink Fit toolholders for a number of different toolholding applications are now available. Heat is used to load and unload the cutting tool, a design which is said to provide maximum tool gripping strength and machining accuracy. The products are engineered to provide a high degree of balance and improved performance at high speeds and with extremely hard materials.

Command Tooling Systems , 13931 Sun- fish Lake Blvd., Ramsey, MN 55303; FAX (800) 555-7694; .

Lock receptacles

S MT surface mount mini-door lock receptacles are designed to allow repeated insertion and withdrawal with high resistance to deformation, even when other components are misaligned or out of tolerance. The product is said to provide good PCB-to-PCB, PCB-to-fuse, and PCB-to-terminal connections. The company also says the product stands up to repeated mating cycles, shock, vibration, and temperature cycling.

Zierick Manufacturing Corp., Radio Circle, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549; FAX (914) 666-0216; .

Vinyl plugs

A full line of vinyl dip and rubber injection molded caps, plugs, grips, and custom items is manufactured by this company for automotive and other applications. OEMs can choose between a variety of sizes and formulas, and secondary processing such as punching, slicing, and printing. Also available is a line of high temperature masking products including tapes, discs, and custom shapes produced from silicone, polyester, or kraton.

MOCAP Inc., 13100 Manchester Rd., St. Louis, MO 63131; FAX (314) 543-4111.


T ra-Bond 2101 is said by its manufacturer to be an all purpose adhesive for bonding or laminating a variety of materials, including metals, ceramics, wood, glass, leather, and rigid plastics. The product is a medium viscosity, two part epoxy adhesive system which can be mixed and cured at room temperature to 85D hardness. When cured, the product is said to be an electrical insulator and resistant to moisture and chemicals.

Tra-Con Inc., 45 Wiggins Ave., Bedford, MA 01730; FAX (781) 275-9249; .

Rivet nuts

S pintite(TM)and MaxTite(TM)threaded rivet nuts are designed for blind attachment applications where only one side of a workpiece is accessible for fastener installation and final component assembly. Available in aluminum, brass, steel, and stainless steel, the product can be an alternative to weld nuts, rivets, and self-drilling or tapping screws in a wide range of automotive attachment applications.

Atlas Engineering, 248 Geneva Ave, Tallmadge, OH 44278; FAX (330) 633-4783; .

Ear clamps

S tepless ear clamps from this company are said to provide a 360 degrees seal through a patented tongue and groove design that leaves no steps, gaps, or unbridged parts on the inner circumference of the clamp. Designed for materials which may be difficult to clamp, the product can be used to seal materials such as neoprene tubing, polyethylene pipe, and thermoplastic axle boots.

Oetiker Inc., 3305 Wilson St., Marlette, MI 48453-0217; FAX (517) 635-2157; .

Lift table

T his Pro Series Hydraulic Lift Table with Rotating Top is designed for positioning of items up to 6,000 lbs. The product features a heavy-duty central thrust bearing and a minimum of four steel rollers for quiet and easy operation. The product is also said to be completely sealed, and all components are continuously lubricated with fresh oil to eliminate contamination.

Pentalift Equipment Corporation, Box 1510, Buffalo, NY 14240; FAX (519) 763-2894.


O verhead-Mounted Manipulator Systems have just been added to this company's line of ergonomic workstations and material handling equipment. The product is said to be extremely stable while covering a greater surface area than floor-mounted manipulators. A wide range of X, Y, and Z-axis movement is available, and the design is said to allow reach-in flexibility for machine loading and unloading capability.

Unidex, Box 129, Warsaw, NY 14569; FAX (716) 786-3223; .

Dowel system

M etalignerexpanding dowels are designed to replace dowel pins in situations where in-field assembly and disassembly of precision sections is desired. The product is available in inch and metric sizes, and is said to be easily inserted and removed from blind holes, and is said to eliminate the need for knockout holes in die shoes, pump assemblies, and other machine parts. Applications include jigs, fixtures, machine sections, die steels, and gears/sheaves on shafts.

S.B. Whistler & Sons, Box 207, Akron, NY 14001; FAX (716) 542-4226; .

Flexible adhesive

E P21TDC-7 is a two-component flexible epoxy adhesive which its maker says bonds rubber without surface preparation. The product is said to cure at room temperature, and after curing has a high T-peel strength of 40pli and an elongation of more than 300%. The product can be applied to natural rubber, neoprene, nitrile, and SBR rubber compounds, as well as metal and plastic.

Master Bond Inc., 154 Hobart St., Hackensack, NJ 07601; FAX (201) 343-2132; .

Aluminum joining

A punch and a die are used in this company's system to join lightweight metal components without heat or electricity. The system is said to form a mechanical interlock in a single stroke of a press to join aluminum to aluminum, or aluminum to steel. The manufacturer also says the tools can be incorporated into portable or stationary units, robotic units, die sets, or multi-point setups.

Tox, 4250 Weaver Pkwy, Warrenville, IL 60555; FAX (693) 393-6800; .

Mini lock

D esigned for mounting on the inside of a door skin for concealed, remote actuation, this company's mini rotary lock can be used with panels, vehicle compartment doors, and industrial cabinets. The product features an Everlubefinish on the internal latch components for corrosion resistance and smooth operation, and has a two-stage latch mechanism and a load rating of 350 lbs.

Eberhard Mfg. Co., Box 368012, Cleveland, OH 44136-9712; FAX (440) 572-2732; .

Frame clamp

S eries WRF Automotive frame clamps are designed to clamp and hold truck frames during the welding process. The product is said to improve upon standard hydraulic systems by increasing work environment safety, and decreasing system and maintenance costs. The clamp is said to generate 3,000 lbs. of clamp force and a centering accuracy of 0.05 mm.

SMC Pneumatics, 3011 N Franklin Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46226

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