Clinching is an important joining technique in the body-in-white industry, particularly for doors and hatches.
Also, different pairings of sheet metal, including, for instance, steel and aluminum, can be joined with this method without any problems.
Clinching is a cold forming process and does not require electricity or cooling of the electrodes commonly associated with spot welding. Also, clinching is relatively environmental friendly as it does not generate sparks and fumes. This joining technique can also be used on metals & non-metals mix as long as the materials are ductile.
Clinching process is well known by ABB and has been used for years in bodyshops.