microPEM®: Quick, cost-effective installation 01 September 2015

New patented microPEM® TackPin® Type T4™ self-clinching fasteners have been introduced by PennEngineering® as ideal hardware solutions for installation into stainless steel or higher strength aluminium alloy sheets.

Manufactured from 400 Series stainless steel, microPEM Type T4 fasteners include an interference fit to minimise hole tolerance issues; a tapered tip to assist in location; and a low-profile head to save space; and are installed easily by first preparing properly sized mounting holes in the sheet to be attached and the base panel. After inserting the fastener into these holes, squeezing force is applied to complete the installation process. The fastener’s head will then hold the top sheet (as thin as 0.2mm / 0.008 inches) firmly and permanently in place. The base panel can be as hard as HRB 88 or less on the Rockwell “B” scale and at least 0.89mm / 0.035 inches in thickness.

This latest addition to the microPEM family of fasteners enables sheet-to-sheet attachment for a wide range of applications in compact electronic assemblies wherever disassembly will not be required. PennEngineering says the fasteners offer tangible benefits over micro screws by eliminating typical screw related issues including costly tapping; cross threading; torque control; vibration back-out; and further provide designers with practical alternatives to welds or adhesives. microPEM Type T4 fasteners promote quick and cost-effective installation, even automatically for high volume applications, using minimal hardware.

Detailed specifications, CAD models, installation animations, and performance data (Bulletin T4) for these RoHS-compliant fasteners can be accessed online.
Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 743 889

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