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Ultra Clinch Technology

The CS-400E with Cut & Clinch mechnism is the only machine on the market that offers programmable lead length and clinch angle.

It employs a cut & clinch mechanism consisting of two cutter assemblies; one fixed and one movable. Each assembly comprises an inner and outer cutter. The complete mechanism is mounted on a turntable which can rotate a full 360 degrees in .5 degree increments. The component leads pass through the center of the holes of the inner cutters. The outer cutters then rotate over the holes, first cutting then bending the leads. In normal operation, both leads are cut and clinched in one operation. The CS-400E can be programmed to clinch leads inward, outward, or sideways.

Cut & Clinch mechanism, CS-400E  component insertion machine

Ultra Clinch Cutter

Lead Length

The cutter assembly can be programmed to move up or down around the fixed standoff pin to achieve the ideal lead length (dimension"A").

Clinch Angle

The outer cutters rotate over the inner cutters to cut the leads and produce the specified clinch angles. Each outer cutter can clinch its lead to any of ten programmable angles.

Contact us to see the specification for Cut & Clinch mechanism settings with pin hight and lead length.


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Miniature Footprint

400E: Mini-footprint

The CS-400E's footprint is so small that it is virtually invisible to adjacent leads, even on dense boards.   Two stationary pins provide support for the PCB, and are the only items to actually contact the board. These are represented by the cross-hatched circles “A”. Section “B” indicates the area on each cutter that will come within .040” of the underside of the board during the cutting action. These areas do not contact the board.
“C” represents the angle between the component center line and the direction of lead clinching, either inward or outward. The figure below shows this angle for a one half inch part. Refer to the table below for other component spacings.
“D” shows an extension of the normal footprint that would occur if the customer chose to adjust the cutters for an exaggerated lead bend. This would be necessary only for large leads (.40” copper) in oversized holes.

A matrix of holes on a .100” grid is shown in the figure below to illustrate the effect that the 400E footprint would have on a very dense board.

Clinch Direction VS. Component Lead Spacing


The cutters can be programmed to clinch the leads in an inward or outward direction for densely packed boards.


Contact us to see specification for Cut & Clinch mechanism settings with lead spacing and inward and outward clinch direction.

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CS-400C/D/E Cutter Selection

Contact us to see CS-400C/D/E Cutter Selection Guide


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