Clinching tools are not surprisingly tools that are used for clinching two or more sheets of metal together. Clinching is a relatively new process that allows manufacturers and engineers to join two or more sheets of metal together without the use of welding, rivets or screws. Obviously as clinching does not involve any heating, fires or gases, it is a far safer process than welding is and so can afford a manufacturer savings in the area of health and safety. It is a process that is far less intensive than welding and therefore can afford a manufacturer savings in quality control as well, plus of course time.
As there is a specific clinching tool that can be used to join metal pipes together, the process is beneficial to the gas and oil industries especially as apart from making the joining of pipes easier, clinching also provides a join which is impervious to weather conditions and so can sane these industries money in maintenance of their pipelines. Many manufacturers are now using clinching in many various ways including the manufacturers of kitchen appliances and the automotive industry. The medical industry has also found ways to make use of the clinching process but they are convinced that the process has potential which has not yet been revealed and so they are carrying out their own research into it.
The railroad and aerospace industries are considering using clinching but are still waiting the results of some final tests before committing themselves to its use. The Jurado Tools Company holds the patent for the clinching process and also many of the tools used to perform it but they too think that the process has more potential and so they have teamed with the Italian University of L’Aquila, the Department of Industrial and Information Engineering and Economics in order to discover these possible other uses.
The clinching process consists of placing pressure on the sheets of metal using a die and what some have referred to as pliers. Under pressure the sheets join at the point where the die places the pressure, forming what is referred to as a button and these buttons firmly hold the sheets together and will not be affected by the weather or by most known chemicals. The process should allow industries to manufacture items quicker, safer and cheaper than have previously been able to do and yet the joins in the metal should need less maintenance than before as well.
The variety of different tools available today to successfully clinch metal sheets means that the process can be carried out in big manufacturing plants or out in the field with smaller more versatile clinching tools. The ability to use a clinching tool in a compact are is also very useful. A specialized clinching tool can be easily used in spaces which would have been designated unsuitable for work involving the other joining processes such as welding. So far no job has been found to be too big or too small for one or other of the clinching tools to handle.