What is Crimping?
Crimping is joining two pieces of metal or other ductile material by deforming one or both of them to hold the other. The bend or deformity is called the crimp. Crimping is most extensively used in metalworking, Automotive, Marine, Electrical, Industrial Industries. Crimping is commonly used to form long but lasting electrical connections, and many other applications.
Crimping can also be used to form a strong bond between the work-piece and a non-metallic component. Sometimes, a similar deformity created for reasons other than forming a join may also be called a crimp.
What is a Terminal Crimping Tool?
A Crimping Tool is used to crimp or connect a connector or terminal to the end of a cable. This allows the cable to then be attached to the matching Male or Female Terminal to run a power connection.
How is a KT Terminal Crimping Tool Used?
Crimping Tools have two notches one at the farthest from the tip and is used to squeeze the crimp into a figure 8 shape while the second station is closest to the tip of the pliers and is used to fold the crimp into a nice tube shape.
1. Slide the Terminal onto one end of the cable. (Strip the end of the cable prior to this step to ensure the terminal is connecting directly with the cable stranding and not the sheath or insulation)
2. Place the Cable End with the Terminal applied, through the Crimping Tools Teeth (Using the appropriate setting for your terminal)
3. Squeeze the Crimping Tool Handles together until it clicks, repeat again until it clicks a second time.
3. Remove the Tool and inspect your crimp to ensure the terminal is directly in contact with the cable stranding.
View Video Demonstration on the Un-Insulated Terminal Crimper:
View Video Demonstration on the Bootlace Ferrule Terminal Crimper:
Are there different kinds of Crimping Tools Available?
Yes, there are many different styles of Crimping Tools Available on the Market. In this Post, we are just focusing on Pre-Insulated, Un-Insulated Terminal, Flag Terminals, Bootlace Ferrules and Cable Crimping Tools.
KT ranges a variety of Crimping Tools to suit your requirements. These include: