The article “Spotwelding vs. Clinching – You decide” written by Empire’s Rick Mclean, is featured in the August issue of Canadian Fabricating & Welding magazine.
Resistance spot welding, which the automotive industry adopted in the 1930s, is still the industry standard for many joining requirements. It is a process by which metal surfaces are joined by the heat obtained from resistance to electric current.
However, clinching, which is a mechanical process of joining metal together, has become a viable alternative for certain applications. Each method has pros and cons; it’s up to you to decide which is right for your production.