Mate’s new Hybrid Threadform forming tool for punch presses provides a new solution for fastening two pieces of sheet metal together without tapping or secondary operations. Designed for use when the material thickness is greater than the screw pitch, Mate’s Threadform forming tool thins the material in the center of the form, creating a threadform helix so that the material fits between the pitch of the screw head in just one operation. At the heart of this specialized Mate tool is an upper and lower insert machined with a profile that precisely matches the thread helix of the screw thread. The geometry of this part is modeled electronically by a Mate Applications Specialist using our advanced CAD software, creating a three-dimensional solid model for the specific requirements. Benefits of using the Mate Hybrid Threadform forming tool include the elimination of tapping and other labor-intensive secondary operations such as welding fasteners to sheet metal.
The tool also eliminates debris when tapping and reduces component cost by eliminating the need for special fasteners. Available in all tooling styles and station sizes, Mate Hybrid Threadform tooling is made from high-speed tool steel for precision results and long life. Like all Mate tooling, it is backed by Mate’s unconditional guarantee. “Many Mate tooling users are combining Mate’s Hybrid Threadform forming tool with other Mate special applications tooling for their fabricating projects,” reports John Galich, Mate marketing manager. “For example, by combining use of Mate’s Threadform forming tooling with EasyBend™ for forming corners, EasySnap™ to break apart pieces from sheet, you reduce setups, maximize machine usage and increase profitability.”