Miniature inserts suit electronic assemblies

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The latest microPEM threaded brass insert from PEM Europe is claimed ideal for attaching components in compact electronic assemblies. With threads as small as M1, these miniature inserts install easily and permanently in a wide range of plastic materials from ABS to polycarbonate.

The inserts promote secure and reliable attachment for devices ranging from hand-held consumer electronics to medical equipment, among many others. A single mating screw completes the joining process. Type MSIB will install in either straight or tapered mounting holes while their symmetrical design saves time during production by eliminating any need for insert orientation prior to installation. Installation is achieved by pressing the insert into a mounting hole using either ultrasonic insertion equipment or a thermal press. When installed ultrasonically, the frictional heat caused by the vibration melts the plastic surrounding the insert which, when the vibration ceases, solidifies to lock the insert into place. Use of a thermal press will melt the plastic surrounding the insert to result in permanent installation. The RoHS-compliant inserts are available in thread sizes M1 to M1.6 and in several lengths. They join a growing family of microPEM fastener products and capabilities engineered to help enable smaller and lighter designs, the company says. Free part drawings can be downloaded from the PEM Cad Library which can be accessed from the company's website.