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The "Apprentice" Surelok

With it’s safe operation and innovative design the “Apprentice” by Norlok will introduce students to the modern technology of metal fastening by clinching. Due to it’s reliability, low environmental impact and cost effectiveness, Clinching is the new and preferred method of fastening sheet metal in the 14 - 32 gauge range within many manufacturing and sheet metal ndustries.

Clinching is widely used in the HVAC, building, automotive, appliance, and furniture industries as well as window, swimming pool, garage door and trailer manufactures. The “Apprentice” by Norlok is being chosen by Colleges and Technical schools throughout North America as an industrial standard clinching machine to give students the hands on training and experience they will need as they enter the world of metal working. We offer educational material, training and installation (if required) as well as full after purchase technical and maintenance support.

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Operator safety

The “Apprentice” features a innovative “intelligent”
safety stroke that allows a very low force tooling approach stroke. This eliminates the risk of operator injury during the clinching cycle.

Easy to operate

The “Apprentice” is easy to set up and operate, requiring little initial training and supervision. The machine features automatic cycle return and
a low power class II laser pointer for accurate locating of parts.

Clean-environmentally friendly

The “Apprentice” is air powered, and produces no toxic fumes, sparks or heat. Minimal safety equipment is required.

New technology

The “Apprentice” is state of the art technology - this is the equipment your students will find when they enter an industrial environment.

Teaching aids available

Norlok Technology can supply teaching aid to help introduce the students to this technology as well as web site support. Contact us for more
information on our expanding range of aids.

Small footprint

The “Apprentice has a small footprint, taking up little floor space. Being air powered it is always available for immediate use.


Every thing required to set up and operate the machine is included in the initial cost. This machine has been designed and featured specifically for use in colleges and trade schools.

What others say about the Surelok

"I would like to take this opportunity to recommend the Surelok clinching machine to any college or technical school. The machine is safe, clean, easy to use and an excellent way of introducing the students to a new fastening technology. This is a wonderful piece of machinery, with great support and cutting edge technology."-Dan Nichols

Co-ordinator/Professor - Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology
Fennell Ave and West 5th ST, PO Box 2034
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N 3T2

"The Surelok clinching machine is an excellent way to teach our students about the modern metal fastening technology of
clinching. It is a safe, clean and easy for our students to operate. I would certainly recommend the Surelok clinching machine to any college or technical school."
-Chris Vickers

Coordinator - Sheet Metal Department
George Brown College - “The City College”
160 Kendal Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5R 1M3