MATERIALS: A new 20-page product bulletin (available online and in print) profiles PEM® surface mount and broaching fasteners designed specifically for use with PC boards. These various fastener products provide ideal solutions to satisfy component-to-board, board-to-board, and board-to-chassis attachment needs.
“Bulletin K” includes a “Quick Reference Chart” (covering fastener types, mounting methods, and primary uses) and provides detailed information and specs on fastener materials, finishes, installation procedures, and performance, among other data.
Profiled product families include ReelFast® surface mount fasteners (threaded or unthreaded nuts and standoffs, captive panel screws, and R’ANGLE® right-angle fasteners), broaching fasteners (internally threaded nuts, threaded or unthreaded standoffs, threaded studs, panel fastener assemblies, and spring-action SNAP-TOP® standoffs), broach/flare-mounted standoffs (offering greater pullout peformance); and SpotFast® clinch/broach mount fasteners (for joining metal to PCB/plastic panels).
ReelFast fasteners mount on PC boards in the same manner and at the same time as other surface mount components prior to the automated reflow solder process and simply become another board component. Broaching fasteners install into all types of PC boards and aluminum, acrylic, casting, or polycarbonate components and create a firm, interference-type fit resistant to rotation. All types of these RoHS-compliant fasteners eliminate problems associated with loose hardware.
-Edited by Kelsey Anderson