A Guide to Using TE Connectivity AMP Connectors Crimp Tools

How do you use TE Connectivity AMP Connectors crimp tools? Let’s find out!

TE Connectivity is one of the biggest global manufacturers of AMP connectors. In addition to these, the company also provides a wide variety of portable crimp tools. Unlike other tooling options, TE offers solutions designed to match the precise crimp geometry of the terminal to be used on the wire.

Crimping a connector is not as simple as pinching the terminal to the end of the wire. As you know, using the wrong crimp tools or crimping methods can be very dangerous. Every detail counts – from the shape of the crimp to the amount of pressure applied – they must be correct.

This pro-guide will help you understand TE Connectivity tools. It will also give you basic knowledge of TE Connectivity AMP connectors crimp tools. 

What is a hand crimping tool?

Before we proceed in this guide, you should first understand AMP connectors and the different types of electrical wires that TE Connectivity designs. You can also read about insertion and extraction tools here.

So, what is a hand crimping tool?

A hand crimping tool is used to join two pieces of wire together. The device is excellent for fusing wires in different electronics projects and applications. 

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Image Source | TE Connectivity

In addition, hand crimpers are manual or battery-powered devices used to crimp cables and other ductile materials. They work by exerting pressure on the wires to deform them and hold them together.

Some of the features of hand crimps include the crimping points in their jaws, making them practical and functional. Furthermore, you can add new functions to your hand crimping tools, such as cutting.

You can use hand crimpers on steel cables, electrical connections, terminations, lugs, ferrules, etc. 

Types of TE Connectivity AMP Connectors Crimp Tools

The different product lines of TE connectivity hand tools are made to handle various industries, applications, and terminals. These tools are designed to exact specifications and feature quick take-up or ratchet control systems, to ensure complete crimping cycles.

As earlier mentioned, crimp tools are either manual or battery-powered; depending on what you need them for, they are classified into the following.

  • Premium Wire Crimper Tools

Features of Device

  • Appropriate configuration of the crimp die
  • Integral location settings
  • Ability to straighten terminals or contacts
  • Adjustable insulation crimp height
  • CERTI-CRIMP ratchet
  • Commercial Crimper Tools
  • Manual Wire Crimper Tools
  • Pneumatic Crimp Tools
  • Commercial Wire Crimper Tools

Features of Device

  • Designed to meet wire crimp height requirements
  • Handle assemblies allow the interchanging of die assemblies
  • Adjustable ratchet
  • Requires more skill than premium crimp tools
  • Manual Wire Crimper Tools | CERTI-CRIMP Tools

Features of Device

  • Insulation crimp adjustment for several thicknesses of insulation
  • Wire stop
  • Color coding
  • The wire size information on handles
  • Straight Action Hand Tool (SAHT)
  • Direct Action Hand Tool (DAHT)
  • T-Head Hand Tool (T-HEAD)
  • Tetra-Crimp Hand Tool (TETRA)
  • Platform Die Hand Tool (UFHT)
  • Heavy Head Hand Tool (HHHT)
  • C-Head Straight Action Hand Tool (CHEAD)
  • Manual Wire Crimper Tools | Pro-Crimper III Hand Tool

Features of Device

  • Emergency ratchet release
  • Adjustable ratchet control for the entire crimping cycle
  • Multiple wires and terminal sizes in one die set
  • Interchangeable SDE die sets
  •  Manual Wire Crimper Tools | Hydraulic Crimping Tool

Features of Device

  • Can crimp wire sizes with 33 tons of force
  • Requires pump, hose, crimp head, and crimp die
  • Option of remote hand control
  • Manual foot and hand hydraulic pumps
  • Battery-Powered Crimp Tools |  Battery Tools SDE

Features of Device

  • Pressure-sensitive controls
  • It comes with the tool, two batteries, a charger, and a case
  • Warnings of incomplete crimp
  • Charging time of 20 minutes
  • Battery-Powered Crimp Tools |  Copalum Retermination Kit

Features of Device

  • Portable cordless tool
  • Integral die set with two crimping chambers
  • Can splice a wide variety of wire sizes and combinations
  • Battery-Powered Crimp Tools | SDE Micro Crimp Tools

Features of Device

  • Built-in LED light
  • The mounting ring as fall protection
  • Lightweight design
  • Auto-retract when the lever is released and crimp is complete
  • Protection of motor stall
  • Electronic control to monitor the closing of dies
  • Pneumatic Crimp Tools

Features of Device

  • For easy crimping of open and closed barrel terminals
  • Reduces operator stress
  • Comes with portable and bench mount options

Tutorial On How To Crimp With TE Connectivity amp Connectors Crimp Tools

Before continuing the tutorial, let’s list what you need and additional TE Connectivity tools required for a successful crimping. 

  1. Get your wire ready for termination and crimping – it must have the correct size, type, and preparation.
  2. Your tools should fit the application and pressure type – Manual crimp tools, Battery-powered crimp tools.
  3. Use a TE Connectivity tooling solution specifically engineered to the proper Crimp Height, Width, and Crimp Geometry of the selected terminal or contact.

In producing a quality crimp, matching the terminal to the tooling is the most important among the many critical factors. To properly place a wire in a terminal, the insulation must first be stripped to the proper length based on the terminal specifications.

Now, Let’s Get Started on Crimping!

In 8 simple steps, we will explain the entire crimping process using TE Connectivity AMP Connectors crimp tools. These steps will make you a pro in crimping connectors and wires.

Step One: Strip open your wire to start the process. 

Step Two: Check and take note of the wire sizes as you will need to slide a wire seal over an  equivalently sized wire. 

Step Three: Get your crimp tool ready and bring it to the ‘open’ position. 

Step Four: Put the contact part of your crimp tool into the correct die nest.

Step Five: Partially close the device to secure the connection.

Step Six: Insert  the wire you started with and put it into the contact part of the crimp tool.

Step Seven: Apply pressure to the jaws of the crimp tool and wait till the ratchet releases.

Step Eight: The crimping process is complete once the device is fully sealed and the ratchet is released.  

In Conclusion

TE Connectivity (TE) offers a wide variety of portable and easy-to-use crimp tools. So whether you need manual tooling or something with more power, TE has the right tool for you. 

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