The DMC AF8 qualified to MIL-C-22520/1, has virtually limitless application within the specified wire range of 12 through 26AWG. Over a thousand turret heads or positioners are available to adapt the tool frame to your specific military or proprietary contact/wire combination. The 8 impression crimp, which is standard in the AF8, assures absolute maximum tensile strength with almost every closed barrel contact. In addition, special indent configurations are available upon request.
The precision ratchet controls cycling of the tool in both directions of handle movement. This assures the same accurate crimp every time. It's like having a quality control inspector at every work station.
Positive crimp depth is controlled by an 8 position selector conveniently located on the tool frame. The operator simply dials the desired step for the wire being used. This setting can be secured by the use of a locking pin or safety wire. The carefully engineered design achieves the absolute maximum mechanical advantage; along with the tool's light weight, operator fatigue is minimized.
The AF8 measures 9-3/4" x 2-1/2" x 1-1/4" approximately and weighs 15 oz.
For proper operation the tool frame must be mated with one of the following optional accessories. A military head (TH-XXX Part No. Series), a turret head (TH-XXX series), a positioner (TP-XXX series), or a universal head (part No. UH2-5). This is done simply by orienting the head in the keyed position, and by tightening the hex socket screws provided as part of the head.
A permanent data plate is affixed to all turret heads and positioners. This plate lists specific contact part numbers, the corresponding position colour code (for 3 position turret heads), and suggested selector depth settings for the wire size being used.
The universal head (UH2-5) is ideally suited for lab work and prototype production applications. This head is attached in the same manner as explained above. The selected contact is inserted through the entry hole on the opposite side of the tool frame from the head. The height adjusting screw is then rotated until the contact is in the proper position for crimping. The screw can be secured with the locknut provided. The wire sizes listed on the tool frame selector knob can be used as a reference starting point; however, some testing will be necessary to determine the optimum selector setting for your contact/wire combination.
Periodic gauging is recommended to insure accurate calibration. This can be done easily by setting the tool selector knob to position #4, and checking indenter closure with M22520/3-1"GO/NO-GO" gauge (DMC part no. G125).
Other than keeping the unit clean and properly stored when not in service, no operator maintenance is required. DMC offers complete factory service by knowledgeable technicians within a reasonable turn-around time. Complete instructions concerning the use, care and warranty are supplied with each tool. Additional copies are available on request.