of Atlas® Plus+Tite® blind threaded steel inserts has
expanded with a newly introduced version featuring a straight shank design. This
fastener joins Plus+Tite pre-bulbed inserts in offering pullout resistance when
installed permanently in plastics or thin sheet metal. Both types provide reusable
threads for "blind" attachment applications, including tubing and extrusions,
where only one side is accessible for fastener installation and component
assembly. A single mating screw completes the final attachment process.
inserts can install permanently into single, variable or multiple-thickness materials
as thin as .020 inch / 0.50 mm. The straight shank design will accommodate a
smaller mounting hole and the pre-bulbed inserts will require less installation
Both install from
the accessible "front" side of a component. Installation can be accomplished
anywhere and at any stage in the shop or field using either a spin-pull tool or
spin-spin tool, depending on insert type. A shoulder on both styles serves as a
The inserts are
available with internal formed threads in sizes #10-32 through 3/8-16 and M6
through M10. Threads are compatible with unified grade 5 or metric class 9.8
screws. All insert surfaces are plated for corrosion-resistance.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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