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One-part epoxy changes from red to clear under UV

Master Bond UV15RCL is a low-viscosity, cationic-type UV-curing system with a special color-changing feature. The red material changes to clear once exposed to UV light, indicating that there is UV light access across the adhesive material. Although this change in color from red to clear does not indicate a full cure, it does confirm that the UV light has reached the polymer. This epoxy is an excellent electrical insulator. UV15RCL adheres well to metals, glass, ceramics, and many plastics, including acrylics and polycarbonates.
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SPIROL Press-N-Lok™ Pin for plastic housings

The Press-N-Lok™ Pin was designed to permanently retain two plastic components to each other. As the pin is inserted, the plastic backfills into the area around the two opposing barbs, resulting in maximum retention. Assembly time is quicker, and it requires lower assembly equipment costs compared to screws and adhesives -- just Press-N-Lok™!
Learn more about the new Press-N-Lok™ Pin.


3M and Ansys train engineers on simulating adhesives

Ansys and 3M have created an advanced simulation training program enabling engineers to enhance the design and sustainability of their products when using tapes and adhesives as part of the design. Simulation enables engineers to validate engineering decisions when analyzing advanced polymeric materials -- especially when bonding components made of different materials. Understand the behavior of adhesives under real-world conditions for accurate modeling and design.
Read this informative Ansys blog.


World's first current-carrying fastening technology

PEM® eConnect™ current-carrying pins from Penn-Engineering provide superior electrical connections in applications that demand high performance from internal components, such as automotive electronics. This first-to-market tech provides repeatable, consistent electrical joints and superior installation unmatched by traditional fastening methods. Features include quick and secure automated installation, no hot spots or poor conductivity, and captivation options that include self-clinching and broaching styles.
Learn more about eConnect pins.


Load fasteners with integrated RFID

A crane, rope, or chain may be required when something needs lifting -- plus anchoring points on the load. JW Winco offers a wide range of solutions to fasten the load securely, including: lifting eye bolts and rings (with or without rotation), eye rings with ball bearings, threaded lifting pins, shackles, lifting points for welding, and more. Some, such as the GN 581 Safety Swivel Lifting Eye Bolts, even have integrated RFID tags to clearly identify specific lifting points during wear and safety inspections and manage them digitally and without system interruption.
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E-Z Lok threaded insert CAD models available in online catalog

E-Z Lok, a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic, and wood, has recently launched an online CAD library to showcase a wide selection of its products. Built by CADENAS PARTsolutions, this catalog streamlines the design and spec process for engineers, MRO, and OEMs. Datasheets available for download.
Learn more about E-Z Lok threaded inserts.


What's a magnetic GHOST fastener?

PEM® GHOST™ Fastening Technology from Penn-Engineering uses a fully concealed pinch-lock mechanism to create a secure and sleek lock with zero visible evidence of disassembly once engaged. Using a magnetic release tool on the concealed fastener actuates the internal components, unlocking the pinch-lock grip and instantly releasing the pin from the fastener. From automotive interiors to access control systems, this clever fastening tech is adaptable to many applications.
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Flex thixotropic one-component dual-cure epoxy

Master Bond UV23FLDC-80TK is a moderate viscosity, cationic-type system that offers both UV light and heat curing mechanisms. It cures readily within 20 to 30 sec when exposed to a UV light source. The adhesive can also undergo a secondary heat curing for shadowed areas, typically curing in 60 to 90 min. The system's adaptability to varying depths and applications, such as encapsulation and bonding, enhances its versatility. Well suited for uses where low stress is critical.
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NEW! Semi-automatic pin installation technology from SPIROL -- Better, faster fastening

SPIROL's new video showcases their updated Model PR and Model CR Semi-Automatic Installation Machines for Pins, Alignment Dowels, and Bushings. The video demonstrates how to operate the machine, details standard features, and optional quality and error-proofing enhancements. More than 80% of the components in this installation equipment are standard, pretested, production-proven, off-the-shelf parts. This translates into faster delivery, greater reliability, and lowest cost for equipment of comparable quality.
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Are fasteners over-torqued in your assemblies?

According to Mountz, if you currently use a click wrench for your bolting application, you should proceed cautiously because click wrenches are easily misused, which leads to over-torque events. Replacing a click-wrench with a Mountz FGC cam-over wrench helps prevent operator anomalies and over-torque occurrences, because a cam-over mechanism physically prevents the operator from over-torquing fasteners.
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Comprehensive Design Engineers Fastener Guide

PennEngi-neering's PEM® Fasteners Design Guide is an extensive, must-have resource to learn the types of fasteners used in various industries, their specifications, and detailed application examples for sectors such as: Automotive Electronics, Electric Vehicle and Battery Charging, Data Communications and Telecommunications, Consumer Electronics, and Medical Devices. Learn about studs, blind rivet nuts, self-clinching and surface-mount tech, Micro TackPins and TackScrews, inserts for plastics, and more.
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eBook: Adhesives for Sensor Applications

Epoxy compounds serve a critical role in sensor applications, helping to ensure optimal performance throughout the life of these devices despite exposure to harsh environments. Read these real-life Master Bond case studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and patents to learn more about adhesive formulations that may benefit your sensor application. No registration required.
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New adhesive for automotive lighting

DELO has developed PHOTOBOND OB4189, a new adhesive for automotive lighting applications. It is extremely resistant to yellowing and, with its high aspect ratio, is particularly suitable for bonding microlens arrays, such as those found in headlights and projection systems. The adhesive also retains its shape after dispensing and does not flow, which is important for bonding microlens arrays.
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New clamping innovation for precise 5-axis machining

The versatile Modular Pull Clamping System from Fixtureworks is ideal for machining from five sides with no tool interference and no need for additional machining setup. This innovative solution with a compact cylindrical design helps users achieve secure, precise workholding quickly and easily. It can be used as a mechanical zero-point clamping system for quick fixture change with 0.005-mm accuracy.
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Spinning flare nuts eliminate loose fasteners in thin metal sheet applications

The PEM SFN spinning flare nut from Penn-Engineering is a one-piece, flanged hex nut that installs by simply pressing it into a properly sized, prepunched embossed mounting hole. The nut is permanently captive and still spins freely in the sheet. This allows quick fastening to mating hardware, eliminating much of the need for loose fasteners. Using these nuts promotes savings in assembly time and costs.
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Ford Aerospace acquired by SPIROL

Engineered fasteners specialist SPIROL recently announced that Ford Aerospace Ltd based in South Shields, UK, will be joining the SPIROL group of companies.

Ford Aerospace was founded at Tyne Dock in 1910 by Robert Ford, and the family business has most recently been led by the founder's great-grandson, Chris Ford. The company specializes in manufacturing high-precision metal components and sub-assemblies for the aerospace, industrial, and high-technology sectors. It's been a leading supplier over its 113-year history dating back almost as far as the first recorded flight in 1903 by the Wright Brothers.

SPIROL is a successful, family-owned company with a rich history also closely tied to aviation development. Founded in 1948 by Herman Koehl, the grandfather of the current chief executive officer, Jeff Koehl, SPIROL has grown from a single manufacturing facility in the United States to a global enterprise with manufacturing or distribution locations on four continents and 12 countries across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

With a legacy spanning 75 years as an expert in fastening, joining, and assembly, SPIROL's well-established global footprint will take the UK-based Ford Aerospace's products to a wider international market. In addition, one of SPIROL's core principles is to continuously reinvest back into the business to ensure long-term, enhanced success and better serve its customers. This principle is also firmly held by Ford Aerospace, and therefore the synergies in markets, products, history, and approach to providing value to its customers ties SPIROL and Ford closely together.

Speaking about the sale, Chris Ford said, "Ford Aerospace is, and always has been, here for the people, especially our dedicated and skilled team, and it was important that any new Ford Aerospace owner share the values that have been at the heart of the company for over 100 years. Our two companies have a long history of working together, dating back to 1980 where SPIROL licensed a specialized manufacturing process from Ford Aerospace, which is still in use today. SPIROL respects Ford's strong position in the UK market and our product manufacturing knowledge. SPIROL and Ford's approach to its employees and its customers align wonderfully, and I am excited to see our strong business carry on as part of the successful SPIROL group."

Ford Aerospace's technical skills in "space compensating" management -- the production of laminated and solid shims, which ensures fast, precision tolerance compensation used on products such as fuselages, gearboxes, and movable components -- was a key offering that attracted SPIROL. These solid and laminated shims enable clients to reduce stock of individual shims and offer the option of "sizing" a particular shim by adjusting the shim pack to the desired thickness on assembly. These products simplify the assembly process while simultaneously reducing the overall cost of the assembly.

Ken Hagan, a division president at SPIROL, said, "SPIROL is an engineering, manufacturing, and sales-driven company, and as such we seek to grow and expand in our product space. Where appropriate, this includes acquiring and holding exceptional companies which fit well with our overall business, global strategy, and culture of excellence. We are excited to have Ford Aerospace join SPIROL and to be able to offer a more complete solution to our customers in Europe and beyond. We anticipate running Ford as a standalone business unit within the SPIROL group of companies. By combining the capabilities of both companies, our objective is to enhance our value-added offering to our customers both in technical expertise and products."

Learn all about SPIROL's engineered fasteners, installation machines, and parts feeding equipment at spirol.com.

Source: SPIROL

Published May 2023

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