FASTENERS/ADHESIVES

Thinking big about threaded inserts

Labour-saving threaded inserts launched last autumn have been so popular that maker Kato has brought out a larger size for the automotive industry.

Electronics companies are usually big users of small inserts, but they have shown interest also in the 10mm size M10 Tangless Coil Thread insert. Though costing more than the `tanged’ variety, they are faster to install and suit automatic bowl-feed applications. In safety-critical assemblies used in aircraft, for example, there is no need to count the tiny snippets of wire demanded by safety legislation.

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* Adhesives and lubricant dispenser maker EFD uses microprocessor memory to overcome the problem of inaccurate or irregularly sized deposits which can occur when assembly workers are inexperienced.

The Model 1500 series remembers the time it takes to produce the exact amount of bead, dot or fill. Depressing the footpedal repeats the correct dispense operation. Multiple workstations can be programmed to work identically.

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