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Fastening, Joining, and Assembly

Fastening, Joining, and Assembly

Self-clinching nuts

PEM(R)self-clinching nuts are designed to create permanent load-bearing threads in metal sheets which are too thin to be tapped, enabling the development of a variety of thin-metal designs for the first time. The nuts are installed by inserting them into a hole, then applying force to embed the clinching ring in the sheet metal. The product is available in steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.

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

Hinge

This company's Cover Hinge is a spring-loaded hinge with one leaf acting as a cover or door which is said to replace four separate components: a door or cover, a hinge, a handle, and a latch. The design is said to save assembly time while cutting cost. The product is available in either unfinished or stainless steel, with or without holes, and in stock and custom sizes.

H. A. Guden Co., 99 Raynor Ave., Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-6634; FAX (516) 737-2933; www.guden.com .

Raceway

PremiseTrak(TM)single-channel, non-metallic surface raceways from this company are designed to serve two performance needs-a power rated raceway and a telecommunication-specific latching duct. The product is said to integrate the durability of a UL and CSA rated raceway and the benefits of a latching duct in one system. Security straps provide additional protection in places of public assembly.

Hubbell Inc., 185 Plains Rd., Milford, CT 06460; FAX (800) 255-1031; www.hubbell-wiring.com .

Connector

Installation of this company's FLEXTRAY(R)cable management system is now said to be easier through the use of a Toolless Connector. The product is designed with a dual attachment which attaches any size FLEXTRAY(R)straight section with a snap-in locking pin. The product has a plenum rating for use in any environment, and is said to provide a cost effective solution for assembly.

GS Metals Co., 3764 Lonspur Rd., Pinkneyville, IL 62274; FAX (618) 357-3605.

Beam clamp

This company's FLS articulated beam clamp is said to remove the need to bend threaded rods during the installation of building services. The product is said to provide the capability to connect drop rods to support steelwork vertically even if the steel is inclined or canted. Applications include heating, ventilation, air conditioning, pipework, fire protection, electrical equipment, and cable trays.

Lindapter, 3924A Varsity Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108; FAX (734) 677-2339; www.lindapter.com .

Adhesives

A full line of TRA-BOND room temperature adhesives is now available from this company for a variety of applications. Products include F112, a long pot life adhesive for fiber optics which features a low viscosity high glass transition temperature; F113 High Impact, Optically Clear Adhesive for photonics; and F118 High Viscosity Fiber Optic Adhesive for use in single or multi mode connectors as well as potting and sealing applications.

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

Combination bolt

CADDY fasteners from this company now feature a combination head bolt which is said to be compatible with a number of different installation tools, including slotted hex, #3 Phillips, #2 Robertson, nut driver, and wrench. The design, said to speed installation because assemblers don't have to search for a specific tool, is available on conduit clamps, beam clamps, strut clamps, and other products.

ERICO Inc., 34600 Solon Rd., Solon, OH 44139; FAX (440) 248-0723; www.erico.com .

Self-clinching studs

HCH Series High-Torque, Self-Clinching Studs are now available in larger sizes for use in automotive applications. The product is installed by squeezing it into punched or drilled holes, and is said to provide increased pull-through and torque-out resistance. The studs are made of either carbon or 300 series stainless steel in inch thread sizes to 3-8x16 and metric thread sizes to M10x1.5.

Captive Fastener Corp., 19 Thornton Rd., Oakland, NJ 07436; FAX (201) 337-1012; www.captive-fastener.com .

Rivet nuts

Heavy duty MaxTite(TM)threaded rivet nuts are said to feature a thicker head and heavier wall than standard nuts. The product is designed to provide strong, permanent metal threads in blind attachment operations, and is said to replace fasteners such as tapped holes, weld nuts, rivets, and self-drilling or tapping screws. Installation is accomplished on the shop floor or in the field with a hand-held portable tool.

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

EMI gaskets

This company's CRESCENDO(TM)installation system is said to provide automatic, rapid, and accurate installation of its line of EMI gaskets. The system is said to be compact and integratable into automated assembly lines to reduce or eliminate labor costs. Onsite delivery, start up, and training are also provided for quick implementation of the system.

W.L. Gore And Associates, 750 Otts Chapel Rd., Newark, DE 19713; FAX (302) 737-2819; www.gore.com/electronics .

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