Which assembly tool is best for your needs? We will go over a few differences between pneumatic and DC electric tools to find which option is best for you.
Air tools are usually lighter than their corded or cordless assembly tool counterparts. For shops and even small garages that do not have access to large air compressors, it makes more sense to have a corded or better yet a cordless tool that is portable and can be taken off the job site like a scrapyard. Modern cordless tools offer battery charge indicators, built-in-lights for darker applications, and battery life can last several weeks depending on use.
For shops that require more torque and have access to larger compressed air systems, pneumatic assembly tools are great especially if the tools are not limited in range by the compressor. If your assembly line or shop is looking to reduce rework and requires traceability and high levels of accuracy, having an assembly tool controller and DC electric tools may be a better option.
Most assembly tools will need some form of calibration after heavy use. Many pneumatic tools require oil and additional maintenance, corded DC tools may need replacement cords after heavy use, and cordless tools require a charger and you may need to invest in additional batteries. The best tool depends on your level of use, current equipment, and fundamental needs.
The most cost-effective assembly tool generally are the tools you already own. There are examples of electric tools paying for themselves within months by reducing rework and increasing productivity on manufacturing lines. If your current tools are older and require more accuracy, changing to DC electric could offer the best value to you.
Contact one of our certified lab technicians and learn more about what type of assembly tool is best for you.