Self-clinching fasteners for stainless steel allow for lighter-weight designs

February 10, 2014

PennEngineering®’s PEM® self-clinching fasteners for use in stainless steel assemblies install permanently into thin stainless steel sheets, enabling lighter-weight designs by minimizing hardware parts count.

The product line includes panel fasteners integrating captive screws for tool-only access to stainless assemblies; through-hole threaded and blind threaded standoffs for stacking or spacing components to or from stainless steel panels; nonlocking and self-locking floating nuts to accommodate mating hole misalignment; fasteners for flush face-on-face sheet attachment applications, enabling permanent joining of two sheets without protrusions; flush-head studs; pins; and nuts.

Depending on type, the fasteners are produced from precipitation-hardening grade stainless, 400 series stainless, or A286 stainless steels; most are designed to install in stainless sheets as thin as 0.030 in. Because the fasteners are harder than the host stainless sheet, they become integral parts of an assembly without risk of loosening hardware.

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