01 February 2013
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Self-clinching fasteners enable permanent flush joining of two sheets

SpotFast self-clinching fasteners from PEM enable two sheets to be joined permanently in a flush-attachment connection without protrusions on either side.

This practical alternative to riveting or spot welding provides ideal solutions to attach two metal sheets that are too thin to weld, fasten sheets of unequal thicknesses, join dissimilar metals, attach ultra-thin metal sections, or join metal sheets to PCB or plastic panels. Their rotational capability offers additional application advantages by allowing the fastener to act as a hardened pivot point.

The fasteners install smoothly with the top sheet and flush or sub-flush with the bottom sheet. Unlike rivets that bulb during installation, this hardware allows for unobtrusive flush attachment requiring minimal space. Unlike spot welding, a smooth surface is retained for finishing and the fasteners subsequently can be concealed easily with paints or powder coatings.

Detailed specifications, CAD models, and performance data for these RoHS-compliant fasteners can be accessed at www.pemnet.com

Paul Gay

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