Deprag's New Adaptive Direct Fastening System is a revolution automatic flow form screwdriving.
The use of flow form screws into two non-drilled sheets requires high down force and high speed to heat and form the hole. It is a complex assembly because to achieve optimal cycle times and proper funnel and thread forming, the down force and feed speed needs adjusted during the various stages of the screw assembly so that the funnel and thread forming can be done reliably.
Traditional systems required numerous pre-tests to determine the timing of the piercing point. Switching parameters too early leads to improper funnel formation and longer assembly times, too late can lead to thread damage.
Deprag's Adaptive DFS is able to sense the exact piercing point as well as other key stages in the screw assembly and switches parameters accordingly assuring:
- automatic adaptation to variances in the screw and part
- the highest process reliability
- shortest possible cycle times
- optimised funnel forming
- reduced set up times
- a more flexible system
- minimise damaged threads
Other features of the Adaptive Direct Fastening System are:
- Active nosepiece jaws that hold the screw firmly until drilling has started
- Adjustable down holder force
- High down pressure applied directly in line with the screw
- Head first screw feeding to minimise damage to the screw’s tip
- Fast interchange of the mouthpiece for minimal downtime
- Lock stroke for underfloor applications
Max Speed: 8000rpm, freely programmable
Max torque: 15Nm, freely programmable
Feed stroke: upto 3000N, freely programmable force and distance
Max Downholder force: 1200N, freely adjustable
Assembly at any angle or upside down.
Complete with industrial PC to set parameters, control the screwdriving and to analyse trends
Why do we need high powered grinders?
The obvious answer is that high powered grinders will save you money.
- Higher power means you can remove more material or make more cuts per year. Time is money right?
- Higher power also means that your abrasives will be working at their optimal speed, meaning you get a better finish and your abrasives will last longer.
Apart from this, abrasive manufacturers are coming up with more aggressive disks for faster material removal. The problem with these new disks is that they will destroy most electric grinders and stall most air grinders because they need a high powered tool to run them. Some examples are the PFERD ALU-Master, CC-Grind disks and the Maija Frästechnik milling discs. These unique new products offer extremely fast material removal but require high powered grinders.
The PFERD ALUMASTER high speed discs are a unique tool that offers very fast material removal. It is ideal for use on aluminium because it does not produce hazardous or explosive dust.
It uses ten replaceable tungsten inserts to machine the aluminium rather than grind it. This also means that the tool doesn’t clog up.
These discs suit 115mm or 125mm grinders with a max speed of 13,300rpm and PFERD recommend an air grinder of at least 1000watts or an electric grinder of at least 1400watts
Another new disc that requires a high powered grinder are the Maija Frästechnik milling discs. These are available for a range of materials including steel, aluminium and titanium. Maija Frästechnik tested and recommend Deprag Turbine powered grinders for use with their discs.
Short and sweet update.
Deprag have updated their POWER LINE of air motors. Especially the motors in the 1.6 to 6.0kW range. The big news is that there are now 12 ATEX approved motors with planetary gearboxes and IEC flanges. 4 of those ATEX approved motors have a working speed at or close to 1500rpm, so these motors will be able to directly replace an electric motor provided the flanges match up.
The best news is that the new motors are cheaper than the old range and in many cases more powerful!
Innovative Sheet Metal Fasteners
Flow Drill Screws, Flow Form Screws
FDS® screws from EJOT and FFS® screws from Arnold have been around for a while. They offer the benefits of a secure and strong joint from one side between two sheet metals. A big advantage is that they can join dissimilar materials like aluminium, steel and plastics where spot welding is not possible (they are finding more and more applications in the automotive industry where aluminium and other materials need to be joined). They also allow the use of thinner sheets without the use of additional hardware to strengthen the joints (this is making them more popular in the whitegoods industries).
The screws form a hole by high pressure and the speed of the screw, the heated material is then threaded and cools around the screw. The joint is strong, and the unscrewing torque is high. The thread formed is upto 3 times thicker than the sheet metal.
- Heating the metal with high end load and high speed screwdriver
- Penetrating the material
- Forming of the hole
- Forming of the screw thread
- Engagement of the threads
- Final tightening into the cool thread
Advantages for joining sheet metal:
- No swarf or chips
- Stronger joint, higher screw torque possible
- Higher torque means a larger torque window and less chance of stripping
- Screws can be replaced with standard metric screws
- No additional hardware required to strengthen the joint
- High unscrewing torque and vibration resistance
- Possibility of joining thinner materials
- Possibility to join Aluminium
- Can be accessed from one side
- Possibility to join sheets without pre-drilling (in automated applications)