The PEM® VariMount® fastening system from PennEngineering® enables the use of PEM® self-clinching fasteners for attachment applications in composites, plastics, metal, and any rigid material or panel. The system integrates a self-clinching nut, stud, or standoff pre-installed permanently into a steel or stainless steel base plate. The base plate with multiple radial holes effectively becomes a mounting platform, which can be bonded or mechanically attached to virtually any rigid material. Once mounted, the pre-installed PEM self-clinching fastener ultimately is positioned where designed to accept mating hardware.
PennEngineering®, a global pioneer for 75 years in the development and manufacture of precision fasteners and systems, announces that it now uses lead-free material for the manufacture of its entire cataloged product line of steel fasteners. This strategic industry leadership action is being implemented to eliminate any potential lead-related environmental issues, underscore a longstanding role as environmentally friendly manufacturer, promote overall sustainability objectives, and provide the marketplace with the capability to plan and develop completely lead-free products and components.
PEM® TY-D® self-clinching cable tie-mounts and hooks from PennEngineering® create secure metal attachment points for mounting wires and cables to electronic chassis or enclosures. The hardware installs quickly and reliably in thin steel or aluminum panels, eliminates any need for screws or adhesives, and can be positioned permanently at specified locations and angles to promote optimized layouts. On the reverse side of hardware installation, panels remain smooth without protrusions to enhance the appearance of an assembly, maintain clearance requirements, and protect against potential EMI/RFI interference or contamination of electronics by dust or dirt.
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.