DWFritz Automation Inc. announced a new division of the company named DWF Products™. DWF Products was created to serve advanced manufacturing businesses with standardized assembly and automation equipment.
The first product now available in the DWF Products line is the M1500™ Micro Fastener System, a product developed for the consumer electronics manufacturing industry to automatically insert PennEngineering’s microPEM® self-clinching TackPin™ fasteners as an alternative to screws or spot welds. DWFritz Automation partnered with PennEngineering in Danboro, Pa., to create this elegant solution for makers of phones, tablets, keyboards and related goods who want thinner, more cost-effective products.
The M1500 Micro Fastener System features a custom micro fastener handling and loading system, a servo-controlled press with insertion force feedback, and SplitVis™ technology to assist in placement of the TackPin fasteners in the product, allowing for variable distances or thicknesses. The M1500 has a throughput of greater than 30 placements per minute with an accuracy of +/- 50 microns.
This system is used for assembly of small electronic devices ranging from the size of a standard cell phone to a 15” laptop computer. The use of microPEM fasteners offers many advantages over traditional attachment methods, including a significantly lower unit cost, better speed and accuracy and less scrap created from error.