This section provides an overview for pilot pins as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 16 pilot pin manufacturers and their company rankings. Here are the top-ranked pilot pin companies as of December, 2023: 1.Holemaker Technology, 2.JEI Drilling & Cutting Solutions, 3.ParkerSteel Limited.
A pilot pin is a component that positions an object precisely for machining or assembly of manufacturing equipment.
Typical examples of pilot pins are as follows:
In most cases, a pilot pin is inserted into holes with high dimensional accuracy, and the mating parts are inserted toward the pins.
Positioning pins are indispensable for today's industrial products and are used in a wide variety of products, from large products to precision equipment.
Positioning pins are classified into two types: parallel pins, which are used for rough positioning and easy removal, and knock pins, which are used for accurate positioning and repeated application to a workpiece.
A knock pin is a knock, or a hammer pin, and a dowel pin is generally referred to as a knock pin.
Dowel pins are used for centering and positioning of equipment.
They are also called knock pins because a positive tolerance is applied to the shaft diameter and they cannot be inserted into a hole unless they are hammered in.
Parallel pins, on the other hand, have positive and negative tolerances and are not hardened (although tapped pins are hardened), so their hardness is affected by the material properties of the pin. Therefore, they are suitable only for rough or static positioning, but they can be easily attached and detached, making them much easier to work with than knock pins.
When using pilot pins, it is necessary to consider the purpose of use, performance, and other factors, and use the appropriate pins accordingly.
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NBK America LLC, founded in 2015 and based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, is an American manufacturer and a subsidiary of Japan's Nabeya Bi-tech Kaisha, specializing in mechanical components. Their product range includes couplings, like miniature shaft couplings for precision machine tools and semiconductor manufacturing equipment, special screws, such as vacuum application screws and other machine components. NBK offers finite automaton (FA) solutions, including wireless positioning units for production lines and setup operations. NBK provides machine component servicing, such as vibration resistance treatment and laser engraving. Services for couplings and special screws include coupling stainless steel screw alteration and screw length adjustment.
Magswitch is a manufacturer, established in 2003, specializing in magnetic technology and products and headquartered in Colorado, USA. Magswitch's products include welding and fabrication tools, woodworking tools, magdrills and accessories, heavy lifting tools and, shipyard and infrastructure products. Its products utilize patented technology to create strong, precise, and easy-to-use magnetic fields. Industries such as welding, fabrication, automation, heavy industry, and woodworking benefit from its range of applications, including welding, material handling, and work holding. Beyond their product offerings, Magswitch provides services like application consulting and custom solutions. The company's magnetic technology offers strong and precise control, revolutionizing traditional processes.
Euroboor USA, established in 1977, is headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a manufacturer and distributor of industrial portable tools. Some of the products offered by the company include magnetic drilling machines, annular cutters, sawing machines, as well as grinding machines, and bevelling machines. These products are used for various applications such as metalworking, construction, and maintenance. The company holds several certifications including the ISO 9001:2015 certification for its quality management system.
Blair Equipment Company founded in Swartz Creek, Michigan, USA, is a manufacturer of hole-making and auto body solutions for professionals. The company’s product catalog includes drills, sanders, flangers, and paint shakers. Its Spot weld cutters have a cutting head with a sharp, hollow center that is placed over the spot weld, and when the tool is turned, it cuts through the top layer of metal, allowing the two pieces to be separated without damaging the surrounding material. The company also offers replacement parts and maintenance services to its customers.
Allfastener, founded in 1994 and based in Ohio, America, manufactures and supplies fasteners and industrial tools. The company also provides engineering-backed suggestions for the right products and their usage. Allfastener also caters to steel fabrication industry and infrastructure. Its customers can may check details or place an order at a website. The company's freight partners and company-owned trucks utilize an advance dispatch system to ensure to deliver the ordered goods in accurate manner.
Steelmax Tools LLC, established in 2003 is a US-based manufacturer and supplier of metal fabrication equipment and solutions headquartered in Littleton, Colorado, and with an additional office in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. The company’s product portfolio is segmented into beveling, metal cutting, hole making, weld automation, and welding station equipment. They offer various hole-making machines including pneumatic drills, tapping & drilling machines, portable mag drills, magnetic drilling machines, and auto-feed mag drills used in oil rigs, drilling platforms, and mining operations.
Evolution Power Tools, established in 1992 and based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, is a manufacturer of power tools. Its offered power tool are designed for cutting various materials, including aluminum, diamond masonry, mild steel, wood, and steel. Its product range encompasses circular saws, diamond tools, and saw blades. With additional offices and distribution centers in the United States, the company provides sales and support for North America and Canada. The company own offices in France and China, along with a network of agents across more than 30 countries, making its power tools accessible to a wide and diverse international market.
FEIN Power Tools, Inc. (FPT) is a manufacturer of various power tools that was established as a US subsidiary of the German company C&E Fein GmbH in 1979. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company's product lineup includes pipe sanders and polishers, magnetic base drills, metal cutting saws, and rotary welding positioners. It also offers technical support, product demonstrations, spare parts, and repair services. FPT products are primarily used by clients in metalworking industries, such as aviation, construction, and shipbuilding.
Milwaukee Tool, established in 1924 and headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, USA, is a manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools, hand tools, and accessories The company offers a wide array of accessories, such as bits, blades, and sockets, to complement their cordless and corded power tools, including hammer drills, saws, and wrenches. Milwaukee Tool's products are utilized by construction workers, mechanics, electricians, and contractors for various tasks, including drilling, sawing, fastening, vehicle repairs, electrical installations, and construction projects.
Holemaker Technology, founded in the UK in 2013, is a supplier of portable metal drilling solutions to speed up fabrication, installation, and maintenance. The company's product portfolio includes portable magnetic drills, a wide selection of annular cutters suitable for various materials, ensuring clean and precise hole cuts and accessories, including drill stands, safety equipment, and cutting fluids, to complement and enhance the drilling process. The company exports its products to more than 50 countries.
JEI Drilling & Cutting Solutions, founded in the UK in 1993, is a distributors of a wide range of drilling and cutting solutions. The company's product portfolio includes drill bits and rigs to drilling machinery and accessories and a comprehensive selection of cutting tools designed to meet the demands of precision cutting, including end mills, taps, and reamers. It serves industries such as steel fabricators, building construction, bridge building and repair, rail industry, and offshore oil and gas construction.
Steel Dragon Tools, founded in the United States, is a manufacturer of tools and components used for pipe threading, roll grooving, core drilling, and drain cleaning applications. The company's product line includes drain cameras, pipe chain vises, magnetic lifters, electric hoists, and specialized hand tools. It also refurbishes and reconditions RIDGID brand pipe threading machines and RIDGID accessories. The company's products are also sold online through qualified distributors from Amazon, eBay, and Walmart.
Accusize Industrial Tools was born in Toronto, Canada in 2008. Accusize is a distributor of measuring tools, cutting tools, and machine tools for metalworking companies. A portion of offerings that Accusize offers includes collet blocks, expanding arbors, air tools, power tools, die maker tools, annular cutters, bore gages, boring bars, boring heads, BT40 tooling, CAT40 tooling, calibration, layout, & machine setting tools, calipers & attachments, carbide inserts, end mills, force gauges, and metrology and material testing equipment.