SPIROL manufactures several different types of Molded-In Compression Limiters that are designed to be installed into the plastic assembly during the molding process. When molding Compression Limiters into the plastic assembly, the molding time is increased as the operator or a pick-and-place robot must load each Compression Limiter over the core pin(s) prior to closing the mold cavity. Precise placement of the Molded-In Compression Limiter over the core pin is required; otherwise mold damage can occur.
SPIROL Series CL460 Molded-In Oval and CL500 formed Compression Limiters must be molded-into the assembly, whereas the machined aluminum CL600 & CL601 and machined brass CL800 & CL801 can be either molded-in or press-into the assembly. All SPIROL Molded-In Compression Limiters can be molded using industry standard core pins.
SPIROL Standard Molded-In Compression Limiters include: The Series CL500 Molded-In, Series CL460 Molded-In - Oval, Series CL600 & CL601 Aluminum and Series CL800 & CL801 Brass.
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Symmetrical (Round) Molded-In Compression Limiters
The Series CL500 is produced from low carbon steel with a butted seam to prevent plastic from entering the inner diameter of the Compression Limiter during the molding process. This also provides an anti-rotation feature once in the assembly. The radial grooves provide axial retention. The CL500 is rated for use up to ISO Class 8.8/Grade 5 bolts.
The Series CL600 is machined from 2024 aluminum as this grade provides the best combination of strength, corrosion resistance, machinability and cost. Additional advantages of aluminum are that it is lightweight (1/3 the weight of brass), it is 40% stronger than brass, and it is lead free. These Limiters can be molded in or pressed into the assembly. The precision machined ID tolerance allows proper seating on the core pin when molding into the assembly. When pressed into the assembly, they are designed with a pilot that allows the part to stand freely in the hole prior to completing the installation. Once installed, the knurl provides excellent retention within the hole. The CL600 is rated for use up to ISO Class 10.9/Grade 8 bolts.
The Series CL800 is machined from 360 brass. Similar to the CL600, the CL800 can be molded in or pressed into an assembly. The applications for SPIROL’s brass and aluminum Compression Limiters are very similar, however to accommodate the same class/grade bolt, the brass Limiters have a larger wall thickness due to the material’s lower yield strength. While this increases the size and weight of the Limiter as compared to the CL600, the thicker wall does provide more bearing surface for the mating component. The most common reason a designer may choose the CL800 is for those applications that require a shift away from aluminum on the galvanic series chart to make the Limiter more noble. The CL800 is rated for use up to ISO Class 10.9/Grade 8 bolts.
Headed Molded-In Compression Limiters
The CL601 headed aluminum Compression Limiter is the same as the CL600, with the addition of a head. The head provides extra bearing surface on the mating component when a flanged bolt or a washer is not used. The CL601 is rated for use up to ISO Class 10.9/Grade 8 bolts.
The CL801 headed brass Compression Limiters are the same as the CL800 with the addition of a head. Similar to the CL601, the head provides extra bearing surface on the mating component when a flanged bolt or a washer is not used. The CL801 is rated for use up to ISO Class 10.9/Grade 8 bolts.
Oval Molded-In Compression Limiters
Molded-In - Oval
The CL460 Series is similar to the oval Series CL400, but produced with a butted-seam so as to prevent plastic from entering the inner diameter during the molding process. Manufactured from high carbon steel, this series accommodates 2.25mm extra clearance on one axis. The CL460 is rated for use up to ISO Class 8.8 bolts.
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