BTM's non fastener fastening process is gaining in popularity says the company
BTM Automation's Lance-N-Lock joining technique is proving quite a draw for an increasing number of OEMs according to the Great Gransden based joining experts and machine manufacturers.
The process is a strong, rotation-resistant joining method that is said to be well suited to hard materials, or multiple sheets of steel, and which creates a mechanical joint of high integrity. It works by lancing the 2 long sides of a joint and gradually drawing the ends. The material on the sides of the joint is compressed and interlocked, while the gradually sloping ends allow for harder materials to be joine: the nett result is higher strength joints and all in a single press stroke.
The joining process is clean compared to welding, doesn't use individual fasteners and provides an electrically conductive joint. Lance-N-Lock is just one of a number of clinching techniques and options offered by BTM, and the company also works with customers to design and build bespoke clinching machines that are specifically tailored to an individual joining application, yet which can often be adapted as projects change.