(2000), "Clamping device", Assembly Automation, Vol. 20 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/aa.2000.03320bad.011
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Keywords: Welding, Assembly
Applicant: Thyssen Industrie (DE)Patent number: US5984288Publication date: 16 November 1999Title: Device for clamping parts, in particular metal sheets, in a welding or mounting line
The invention pertains to a device for clamping components with a bracket, a support that can be fastened to an upper abutment of the bracket for the components, and a pneumatic tensioner, which is held at the abutment of the bracket and actuates a pressure piece that can be tensioned against the components located on the support. The components are in particular metal plates within a motor vehicle assembly line. The primary object of this invention is to improve a device of this class such that the bracket can be manufactured from a few components according to various spatial arrangements of the clamping site between the support and the pressure piece. This object is accomplished by the bracket having a clamping frame on the foot side and a centring piece for a prop that can be fastened to it and by the abutment being provided on the underside with a centring for the prop that can be fastened thereto. The bracket of the device is manufactured according to the present invention from a plurality of prefabricated components. The components may be arranged and aligned in relation to one another such that the clamping site between the support and the pressure piece assumes the actually necessary position. In particular, the prop may be manufactured from a semifinished material, which is cut to the needed length. All this leads to a substantial simplification of the manufacture and to a reduction of the costs associated with it.