Fastening, Joining, & Assembly 12250

DN Staff

February 26, 2001

3 Min Read
Fastening, Joining, & Assembly

Threaded inserts

Providing durable, reusable metal threads in thin plastic sheets, SI(R)inserts are pressed into place after molding is complete. Insert types include: NFPA (aluminum) and NFPC (stainless steel) for high torque-out and pullout values; PPB through-threaded brass slotted inserts that compress for easy access into a mounting hole; PFLB flange-head brass inserts; and PKB straight knurl brass inserts in standard and metric sizes.

Penn Engineering & Manufacturing Corp. , 5190 Old Easton Rd., Danboro, PA 18916-1000; FAX (215) 766-0143;


Low-carbon, stainless-steel, and aluminum fasteners suit a range of stud-welding applications. Shapes include round, square, rectangular, irregular, and specialty; plating options include zinc, nickel, and dichromate. Sizes range from 14-gauge pins to 1-inch-diameter threaded and unthreaded fasteners; metric sizes range up to M24.

Image Industries Inc. , 382 Balm Ct., Wood Dale, IL 60191; FAX (630) 766-2402.


Six locking balls in the Airmate(TM)air-tool coupler product line evenly distribute air-line shocks for long lasting tool-to-plug connections. The couplers are available in sizes that interchange with many four-locking-ball couplers. Users can choose a female pipe, male pipe, hose barb, or reusable barb hose input.

TOMCO Products Inc. , 882 Callendar Blvd., Painesville Twp., OH 44077; FAX (440) 358-1066;


Three new technologies are now available for the company's Intelligent NC for High Speed Machining. Smart Machining helps moldmakers achieve near-net shape when roughing; toolpath options enable rounding internal corners and creating 3D loops between passes by slowing feed rate; and Torchoidal Machining removes material from the side cutting edge of a tool.

Cimatron Technologies Inc. , 19500 Victor Pkwy. Suite 300, Livonia, MI 48152; FAX (734) 432-6601; www.cimatron. com.


Offering a cooling range of 3,000 to 160,000 BTU, this line of chiller systems includes 40 models. Units can be integrated within the electrical enclosure or located in a remote area with a built-in pump to deliver the chilled water and return water to be re-cooled. A thermostat keeps cooling water at a constant temperature, and microcontrollers and alarms boost efficiency and reduce maintenance.

Rittal Corp. , 1 Rittal Pl., Springfield, OH 45504; FAX (937) 390-5599; www.


Heavy-duty vertical racks and sloped-front consoles can hold 3,000 lb of electrical equipment and meet Mil-Std 810D and 901 for shock and vibration resistance. Reinforced units offer earthquake resistance through Zone 4. Cabinet depths are 17, 24, 29, and 36 inches; panel widths are 19, 24, and 30 inches; and 37 panel heights are available up to 84 inches. The units also offer EMI/RFI shielding and myriad options and assembly alternatives.

Equipto Electronics , 351 Woodlawn Ave., Aurora, IL 60509; FAX (630) 897-5314;

Fiber optic tools

Clauss Fiberoptic Tools are now available from this company for fiber optic cable installation and preparation. Applications include stripping, polishing, and termination cables. Included in the line is the KevlarCutter, which features stainless steel blades, serrations to hold and cut material, cushioned grips, and oversized bows to reduce hand fatigue. The product is also said to be lightweight and fits in right or left hands.

Eraser Co., Inc. , Box 4961 Oliva Dr., Syracuse, NY 13221-4961; FAX (315) 454-3090;

Mounting system

By throwing the toggle lever of the Toggle Ball Lock(TM)system, the user immediately locates and locks a fixture plate to a subplate or machine base. Repeatability is plus or minus 0.0005 inch. The system requires no tools and has no loose components.

Jergens , 15700 S Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, OH 44110; FAX (216) 481-6193;

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