Trim clips are commonly assembled into metal painted panels or e-coat panels for the automobile industry. Current off-the-shelf products deliver a large ratio of insertion effort between painted panel and e-coat panel (in-punch direction results shown below). The serviceability force for the current clips on the market, while still in spec, vary in retention performance. Furthermore, the repeatable retention for consumer serviceability of these clips weakens after each iteration.
Nifco's upgraded trim clip has improved ergonomic capabilities, which could accommodate the reduction of tools on the line and allow for hand assembly. Referencing the bar graph, you can see the lower insertion force for in-punch direction conditions. The impressive capability of insertion force for painted panel (16.7N) & e-coat panel (30.4N). Especially how this new clip’s insertion force for e-coated panels reduces the effort by 66%!
Nifco's unique design provides predictable service performance with its retention capability. The hidden feature enables consumers to conduct multiple iterations for repeatable service without damaging the clip. Our engineers have designed the upgraded Nifco clip to obtain a lower insertion force and maintain a consistent removal force of 105N with in-punch direction for both painted and e-coat panels.
While Nifco’s upgraded trim clip has improved capabilities from current designs, it still has the common innovative technology you expect with a trim clip. This new design can be scalable for implementation to unique mating conditions. The clip includes the preferred double umbrella design to limit vibration between the clip and doghouse attachment.
Learn more on the trim clip by reaching out to Nifco!