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Gimbal Technology Benefits for Heat Staking Compared With Conventional Heat Staking

This comparison correlates well to bonding and sealing on flat surfaces instead of staking posts.

  • Gimbal staking process is tolerant of angular misalignment in the x and y axes caused by component and fixture variations.

Unlike a conventional staking machine with a rigid head, no shimming or adjusting of the fixture is ever required since the gimbal head absorbs all of the angular misalignment and stakes coplanar to the staking surface.

  • Gimbal centroid is calculated to create a balanced force system to distribute force evenly across whatever surface or points come in contact with the staking head.

The rigid staking head delivers force in one fixed plane and is not capable of balancing between multiple points to create a more efficient distribution of force.

  • Along with balanced force, immediate heat is also delivered to more of the staking posts for reduced cycle times.

With a rigid staking head, the tallest post is melted first and then the head successively works down to the shortest post, leaving some posts staked too far and some not enough. Processing time is increased due to inefficient use of force and heat.

  • Gimbal staking process is tolerant of large variations in the z-axis since rivet heads can be formed relative to a component surface rather than using a fixed reference on the machine.

With conventional machines that use a z-axis stop reference on the machine, any z-axis variation of the components or fixture will affect the height and quality of the staked posts. If the conventional machine uses a component surface to stop on, the staking surface must always be coplanar with the head since there are no means to compensate for possible misalignment.

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