Mini (Power Drive)

Mini (Power Drive)
Feed Direction ? L-R
Tool Packs ? Y
Wire Size (AWG) 30 – 12
Wire Size (mm2) 0.05 – 3.31
Shut Height 5.346″
Stroke Length 30 or 40 mm with dial.


Power Drive is a mini left-to-right, side-feed applicator which installs in industry standard presses. Power Drive has been developed to save you money on tooling costs. It represents bold new developments that bring crimping technology into the twenty first century.

Tool Packs: The terminal specific tooling which includes the following: stock guide assembly, punches and anvil, rear rail, sensor, pressure pad, cutter retainer, and crimping tools. A tool pack can be removed and installed quickly and easily. As a result, one Power Drive can be used to crimp a large variety of terminals – simply through the purchase of additional tool packs.

Power Drive: Unlike traditional applicators which use mechanical designs to feed terminals pre-termination, Power Drive uses a patented feeding method that electronically performs feeding operations occurs post termination. After the terminal has been crimped to the wire and removed from the carrier strip, Power Drive employs pinch rollers to engage the intact carrier strip. The pinch rollers are driven by a stepper motor. Microprocessor based electronics, in conjunction with sensors, initiates a feeding cycle on the upward motion of the ram and controls the stepper motor to precisely position the next terminal to be crimped. A feed controller allows the operator to set feeding parameters electronically. As a result of this superior terminal feeding system: tool packs are readily accessible and easy to swap, set-up is quick and easy, and compared to industry-standard applicators – it all comes at reduced costs and downtime!



Power Drive Manual V3.1





Feed Cycle

Step 1:
The press moves the ram upward. This triggers a ram sensor to initiate a feeding cycle.
Step 2:
A stepper motor is actuated to spin a feed roller. The intact carrier strip is pressed against the feed roller by an idler roller. As the rollers spin, the next terminal is moved towards the anvil.
Step 3:
Feeding continues until an optical sensor located on the stock guide senses the presence of a terminal. Once a terminal is detected, feeding continues for an additional, pre-determined distance.
Step 4:
Feeding stops with the terminal centered over the anvil.


Feed Control

The feed controller lets you set terminal feeding parameters electronically. Press the mode button to select one of four modes of operation. Press the UP and DOWN buttons to change selections in each mode.

Delay Mode: Used to specify the time between the triggering of a feed cycle (by the upward motion of the ram) and the time the feed cycle actually begins. Delays may be needed when TERMINATOR is used in a bench top press or in a fully automated wire processing machine. Ten delay options are available ranging from no delay to a five second delay.

Speed Mode: Used to specify the speed at which terminals are advanced during the feed cycle. Nine speed options are available ranging from .25 inches/second up to 3 inches/second.

Position Mode: When necessary, used to make fine adjustments in the left-to-right position of the terminal over the anvil. The position of “0” is the reference or default position and will produce good terminations in most cases. If necessary, a position offset can be specified from -50 to +50. Each value moves the terminal approximately 0.001 inch. For example, a setting of -33 moves the terminal to the left of the default position by .033 inches. A setting of + 47 moves the terminal to the right of the default position by .047 inches.

Run Mode: Terminals are advanced (fed) only in run mode. A feed cycle is triggered by 1) the upward movement of the ram or 2) pressing the FEED switch. Actual feeding begins after the delay period specified in DELAY mode has expired. Terminals are fed at the speed specified in SPEED mode. Terminals are positioned to the default position unless the position was modified in POSITION mode.

If upward movement of the ram is sensed while in DELAY, SPEED or POSITION mode, TERMINATOR will automatically change to RUN mode and initiate a feed cycle. If already in RUN mode, upward motion of the ram will initiate a feed cycle while keeping TERMINATOR in RUN mode.


Swapping Tool Packs

Step 1:
Power off the Applicator.
Step 2:
Unplug the terminal sensor.
Step 3:
Pull-out the release and twist it to unlock the stock guide.
Step 4:
Slide-out the stock guide.
Step 5:
Un-bolt the ram tooling.
Step 6:
To install a new tool pack, simply reverse the above process. With a little practice, tool packs can be swapped in less than a minute!