Crimping is the process of pressing cable terminals and connectors with the help of crimping tool i.e. press. The simplest tool for crimping are the hand presses, that we use for works with little intensity. Hand presses can be fitted with exchangeable dies or with inbuilt dies. With the help of this tool you can crimp cable terminals and connectors only on the wires with a small cross-section.
Crimping tools – examples
An example of a manual crimping tool is PR 33 hand press with exchangeable dies. It can be bought with one die only or in a set. A standard PR 33 is equipped with a die for cable terminals with and without insulation. The work with this tool is very comfortable thanks to the ratcheting mechanism. A set of matching dies consists of :
- PR_33-A6 for terminals and connectors without insulation (except for cable end-sleeves and tabs) with the cross-section from 0,5-6mm2
- PR_33-E6 for terminals and connectors with insulation (except for cable end-sleeves) with the cross-section from 0,5-6 mm2
- PR_33-T6 for cable end-sleeves with and without insulation; cross-section from 0,5 -6 mm2
- PR_33-T16 for cable end-sleeves on wires with the cross-section from 6-16 mm2
- PR_33-T35 for cable end-sleeves; cross-section from 25-35 mm2
- PR_33-S6 for tabs without insulation on wires with the cross-section from 0,5 to 6 mm2.
In order to crimp the cable end-sleeves you can also use the hand press T 10. The cross-section of wires in this case is from 0,5 -10 mm2. This tool has an inbuilt die, but the work with this tool is very simple and comfortable For ring, spade and pin terminals it is also possible to use another presses: E 11-6, RE 6 or RE 16.Each cable terminal bought in ERKO shop has a designated crimping tool recommended by the manufacturer, that should be used for pressing.