Frame fastener extends flexible building-block principle

Paul Boughton

Minitec is introducing a new frame fastener for its modular profile building system that extends the flexible building-block principle of the range.

The one-piece Powerlock-N fastener is simply inserted into the T-slot of one profile and, when correctly aligned with the second profile, a quick twist of an Allen key is all that is required to make a secure connection.

This intelligent and practical interconnection technique requires no pre-drilling or other costly preparation, offering a high degree of flexibility for new assemblies and uncomplicated scalability for existing system modifications as profiles may be easily removed and located at alternative positions if required.

As all Minitec profiles share the same T-slot dimensions, just one size of the Powerlock-N fastener and fixing tool is required, keeping system design and inventory costs to a minimum, as well as simplifying design and parts list generation.

The unobtrusive Powerlock-N fastener fits neatly inside the T-slot and allows panels and other components to be inserted in the groove while remaining hidden within the profile for a smart and attractive appearance.

The Powerlock N comprises a pre-mounted M8 grub screw and a sliding nut arrangement in high-quality steel for maximum corrosion resistance. All contact surfaces are finished with serrated edges to ensure maximum shifting resistance for a permanent and stable clamping.

In comparison to other manufacturers’ profile systems where pre-drilling or slot machining is required, there is no weakening of the profile and the full load rating of 6000N for each connection is achieved with the Powerlock-N connection system.

The comprehensive Minitec range covers thirty-five cross-sectional profiles to match load characteristics and layout requirements for machine frame applications for bases, covers and guards for single machines or complete assembly lines.

As well as the Powerlock-N and other frame fastening elements, the range includes complementary components such as links, hinges, handles, locks, feet, wheels, doors and conveyor components. Furthermore, a full range of linear and rotary automated positioning stages for single or multi axis configuration can also be integrated along with a long list of electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic components.

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