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Aero-Space Southwest supplies Self Clinching Hardware in a variety of types such as: nuts, studs, spacers, standoffs, pins, concealed-head, flush, floating, locking, right angle and sheet joining, as well as others.
Some of the advantages of self-clinching fasteners are:
They provide strong threads in very thin material.
May be installed using any standard Arbor press.
Provide high push-out and torque-out resistance.
Do not require special hole preparation, such as chamfering and deburring.
Reverse side of material remains flush.
No re-tapping necessary after application.
Low installed costs, fewer parts to handle, fewer assembly steps and less assembly time.
When considering fasteners it is important to consider if a self-clinching fastener should be specified. Whenever a component must be readily replaced and where "loose" nuts and hardware aren't going to be accessible, then a self-clinching fastener should be utilized. If you are building a chassis, enclosure or cabinet, consider if the "nuts" and "screws" can be reached after it is assembled. If your answer is they are not accessible, then self-clinching fasteners are the solution to your problem.