The new base model of the PEMSERTER® Series 2000® fastener installation press from PennEngineering® introduces a manual-feed system offering the same powerful ram force and ideal throat depth as the higher-end automatic version. The press is uniquely engineered to promote streamlined performance and high quality when installing self-clinching fasteners permanently and reliably in thin metal sheets. This base model ultimately equips shops with a cost-effective equipment solution ideally suited for short production runs or similar jobs where automation would not be appropriate.
PEM® concealed-head self-clinching studs and standoffs from PennEngineering® install permanently in thin metal assemblies to provide strong and reusable threads for mating hardware while preserving a smooth and unmarred appearance on the side of the sheet opposite installation. The concealed-head feature additionally will satisfy strict ingress protection requirements in assemblies where a sheet must remain completely sealed from air, liquid, dust, gases, and other potential contaminants.
PennEngineering® (Danboro, PA, USA) is celebrating 75 years in 2017 as a global leader in innovative fastening technologies and solutions. Founded in 1942, the Company pioneered the first-ever self-clinching fastener for thin metal assemblies and has since realized dramatic growth from an increasingly diverse portfolio of fastening products and relentless focus on customers and world-class technical expertise. Strategic acquisitions over the years have further extended PennEngineering’s footprint as problem-solver for an expanding universe of customer industries.
PEM® Type SL™ self-clinching steel locknuts from PennEngineering® integrate a unique TRI-DENT® locking feature to hold mating screws tight over time by providing sufficient torsional resistance to withstand vibration, thermal cycling, and other disruptive forces that could loosen the screws in service. These prevailing torque locknuts, which meet 3 cycle locking performance to effectively “self-lock” the threads of mating screws, further will allow for the screws to be removed and re-attached repeatedly as needed without compromising the locking threads.
The ATLAS® Products division of PennEngineering® has won a first-place Supplier Award for 2016 from Fastenal®, the largest distributor of threaded fasteners in North America. The award in the “Direct Ship” class of Fastenal’s annual “Supplier Scorecard” program recognizes outstanding performance according to a variety of critical operational procedures. ATLAS ultimately was ranked the top yearly performer among 35 eligible peer suppliers in the “Direct Ship” class.
New aluminum versions of SI® brand threaded inserts from PennEngineering® introduce lead-free and lightweight alternatives to brass counterparts and offer ideal solutions to eliminate potential environmental and recycling issues while contributing to overall lighter assemblies. The aluminum option – approximately 70% lighter than brass equivalents – can be specified for all types of SI inserts and augments the standard line of brass and corrosion-resistant lead-free stainless steel products. All provide durable and reusable metal threads in plastics to accept mating hardware and subsequently allow for access to an assembly whenever required.
New PEM® self-clinching stainless steel standoff fasteners with bright nickel plating provide ideal corrosion resistance and contribute to an attractive finish in stainless steel assemblies. These 400 Series stainless steel threaded fasteners from PennEngineering® allow for the mounting, spacing, or stacking of panels, boards, or components and will install reliably into thin stainless host sheets by pressing them into pre-punched and properly sized round mounting holes. After installation into sheets with hardness up to HRB 88 / HB 183, they become permanent parts of an assembly and will not loosen or fall out. A mating screw completes the attachment process.
Several dedicated families of PEM® fasteners from PennEngineering® enable secure and reliable attachment for a wide range of printed circuit board applications. Depending on type and style, these fastener solutions can satisfy component-to-board, board-to-board, board-to-chassis, or stacking or spacing attachment challenges. They offer practical alternatives to loose hardware and other joining methods, install permanently without secondary operations, and ultimately can simplify and streamline assembly.