The Age of Clinching

This is an era or age when the process of clinching is making its debut. Clinching is a relatively new process which allows manufacturers and engineers to join two or more sheets of metal together without the need for welding, screws or rivets.

The process uses pressure alone to join the sheets of metal which is on its own a great saving in both the areas of health and safety and quality assurance but perhaps its greatest asset is the fact that the joins are unaffected by either weather or chemicals. With the clinching process the sheets of metal that are to be joined are placed under pressure by a clinching machine which transfers that pressure via a pointed die.

If two sheets are to be joined, a round ended die is used but if more than two sheets need to be joined, a trapezoidal ended die gives a better join. The full process is explained on the website obviously for the clinching process to be used in different areas of industry and engineering, different clinching tools are needed.

Jurado Tools which is the company that developed and patented the clinching process is also now making the different clinching tools that will be required by these different industries. For use in factories there are large clinching tools which are not designed to be moved whilst for smaller tasks there are clinching tools which are smaller and more mobile. As not all sheets of metal are the same, there are clinching tools that have been specifically designed to join sheets of metal that have irregular surface and another that can join curved sheets of metal.
Clinching has already replaced welding in many manufacturing plants and in other areas of engineering. The automotive industry are already using clinching in their factories as are the manufacturers of kitchen appliances and the number of manufacturers that are switching to using clinching continues to grow. It is believed that the medical profession could find many uses for the process and so they are doing research into that possibility but in the meantime they are already using it in certain areas.

As is the case with the railroad industry, the aerospace industry is only awaiting the results of some hatter tests before they also start to use the clinching process. The industries that could benefit most from the clinching process though are the oil and gas industries. These industries could benefit most because the clinching process provides joins in metal that are not affected by weather or chemicals and that has, in the past, caused these industries great concerns due to the length and location of some of their pipelines.

Although clinching has already been adopted by many engineers and manufacturers, as more uses are found for this process its popularity is sure to grow and other clinching tools will be developed to match those new uses and so clinching tools may soon become as common a sight as welding machines have been in the past.

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