Fastening System monitors and controls screwed assemblies.

Press Release Summary:

Programmable FAS3000 Fastening Assurance System detects off-spec fastening events and can eliminate need for inspection procedures. Interface allows local or remote control/monitoring of fastening operations on several workstations. Unit can be furnished with company's pneumatic torque shut-off screwdrivers or retrofitted by changing modular control top. Fastening-tool line offers torque control range from 3.5-266 lb-in. with free speed ranges from 550-3500 rpm.

Original Press Release:

New Fastening Tool Assurance Controller Enhances Assembly Quality

ROCK HILL, SC, May 20, 2003 - Chicago Pneumatic has introduced the FAS3000 Fastening Assurance System for enhancing built-in quality of products assembled with screw fasteners. Able
to detect a broad range of off-spec fastening events as they occur, the FAS3000 can completely eliminate the need for assembly inspection procedures. Its flexible interface allows for local or remote control and monitoring of fastening operations across a large number of workstations.

FAS3000 control and monitoring is based on the time required between trigger (valve) opening and clutch (valve) opening to drive the fastener to the set torque value. By this means, the system can detect defects such as a fastener already tight, cross-threading, missing or stripped threads, wrong fastener, wrong hole depth, trigger released before torque attained, missing or extra washers or missing or extra gaskets. The system registers an "OK" or "Not OK" signal with coded error messages for each event and group of events (assembly). It counts the fasteners installed in each assembly and accounts for resets for cycle and entire assembly. Its eight fastener profile programs can be sequenced as needed to accommodate the mix of fasteners used in assemblies. Programming can be accomplished by keypad, remote upload or by sampling of actual fastening events.

The FAS3000 can be furnished with a range of new Chicago Pneumatic industrial pneumatic torque shut-off screwdrivers or retrofitted to certain models by changing out the modular control top. The fastening tool line compatible with the FAS3000 offers a torque control range from 0.4 Nm to 30.0 Nm (3.5 in.-lbs to 266 in.-lbs) with free speed ranges from 550 to 3500 rpm.

Chicago Pneumatic is a global manufacturer of multi-powered industrial tools offering operator comfort, power, productivity and performance matched to work requirements. For further information contact Andrew Bardsley, Product Manager, Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company, lndustrial Business Unit, 1800 Overview Dr., Rock Hill, SC 29730-7463; 803-817-7191 or 800-367-2442, fax
803-81 7-7257, EMail

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