Lemon-Lime Press

The customer manufactures and distributes quality kitchen utensils. The lemon-lime juicer they make is composed of two enamel covered zinc die castings that are pinned together. The original design utilized a semi-tubular aluminum Rivet as the hinge pin.

The aluminum Rivet is softer than the housing material and wears during normal use of the juicer. Radial grooves are cut into the aluminum Rivet at the point of contact with the host material. These grooves weaken the strength of the Rivet. The aluminum Rivet wore really quickly if the holes in the die castings were not aligned. The wear and/or hole misalignment resulted in a premature failure during use of the juicer, and actually failed while in the consumer’s hand. These quality failures negatively impacted the quality image under which this customer markets it products.

Another quality issue with the use of a Rivet in this soft assembly was a result of the fact that Rivets require secondary operations to head (or "clinch") the parts in order to hold the assembly together. At times, the juicer assembly was bent, chipped or otherwise damaged during this "clinching" process. The cost associated with the secondary clinching operation and scrap resulted in lower profits.
app coiled pin lemon press before
app coiled pin lemon press broken
Product failure due to the use of a semi-tubular aluminum rivet.
app coiled pin lemon press after
SPIROL Coiled Spring Pin as a hinge pin
SPIROL Engineering recommended the replacement of the aluminum Rivet with a stainless steel Coiled Spring Pin.

The specified SPIROL Coiled Pin, CLDP .125 X 1.375 MCK, provides several performance benefits over the aluminum Rivet. The double shear value of a 5056 aluminum Rivet is approximately 650 lbs. The Coiled Pin offers a minimum double shear value of 1,400 lbs – a significant improvement over the Rivet. A hardened 420 stainless steel pin does not wear during constant contact with the host material. The SPIROL Coiled Pin continues to flex after insertion, so stresses are distributed equally throughout the pin and hole. Shock and vibration are absorbed by the pin – reducing wear on all components. A reduction in wear and increased shear strength provides a higher quality and longer life for the product. Moreover, stainless steel is approved for use in food preparation equipment.

The Coiled Pin eliminated the need for a riveting (or "clinching") operation which therefore reduced the cost of assembly. Since the clinching operation was removed, this also resulted in the elimination of scrap caused by broken and chipped components. The SPIROL Coiled Pin enabled the customer to sell a better product at a higher profit margin, without increasing their price to market.

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