Clinching The Future

Although the clinching process is relatively new, it is already clear that it is a process which will be used well into our future as it can save on health and safety and quality assurance compared to other process that join sheets of metal, such as welding or riveting. The details of exactly how this process works can be found at but in brief, this is a process that allows for sheets of metal to be joined together without the need for welding, screws or rivets.

How the process works is by the use of clinching tools which consist of pliers like devise and a die in which the pliers apply pressure to the metal through the plier like devices can vary in size depending on the task they are to perform. There is a clinching machine which is static and can therefore deal with large and plentiful work but there are also clinching tools that can be used anywhere but not of course for the really big jobs, not without difficulties at least. The automotive and kitchen appliance manufacturers have been quick to adopt clinching for most of their metal joining tasks but the aerospace and railroad industries have been a little more prudent and so are waiting the results of further tests before deciding to adopt clinching in their manufacturing businesses.

The medical profession has quickly found uses for the clinching process but is hopeful of finding more uses for it and so is carrying out their own further research into clinching and its potential uses. Most clinching tools are made by the Jurado Tools Company which developed and patented the clinching process and they too are hopeful of finding more uses for the process and so they have joined in researching that possibility with the Italian University of L’Aquila’s Department of Industrial and Information Engineering and Economics.

Already more uses have been found for the process as although it was intended only for joining sheets of different metals, it has also be found out that it can be used to join sheets of metal with polymers. As this process provides joins which are not affected by the weather or by chemicals, the gas and oil industries have shown a lot of interest in the process and have started to use it on their pipelines and in other areas where the weather or chemicals had caused them problems in the past. There is one clinching tool that may be of special interest to the oil and gas industry and that is the tool which allows for sheets of curved metal such as those used in pipes and ducts, to be joined together. As this process can be so widely used by the many different engineering and manufacturing industries, it is expected that the process will certainly play a major role in the futures of these industries and may yet still have other uses which so far have not been discovered and they too could play a role in our future.