Self clinching Grounding standoffs provide a solution where design engineers need to space panels and components in their metal enclosures and they provide a ground for PC Boards in the assembly. The serrated teeth on the tips of the standoffs assures an excellent ground with PC Board circuitry and eliminate the need for serrated or star washers. The standoffs are available in stainless steel, and aluminum depending on the needs of the engineer. The standoffs are available in a through hole threaded design and they are available in both inch and metric thread. The self clinching standoffs provide a low cost of installation and provide a strong reusable thread in sheets as thin as .040” thick. For the self clinching standoffs to be installed properly, the fasteners must be sufficiently harder than the panels into which they will be installed. The stainless steel standoffs can be installed into steel or aluminum panels with a maximum hardness of HRB 70 or less and the aluminum fasteners can be installed into panels with a maximum hardness of HRB 50.
Self-Grounding Standoff Installation
The self clinching standoffs are to be installed into ductile material which allows for the metal into which the fastener is installed, to flow into the clinch profile of the standoff, and provide a permanent reusable thread in the assembly. Each self clinching standoff is installed into the proper size hole in the mating panel and is then pressed into place using a squeezing force. The recommended hole sizes are available in the Dimensions & Specifications
section or our catalog and the suggested installation force and performance data is is available in Installation & Performance
section or our catalog. The standoff eliminates the possibility of loose hardware in the assembly which is a very important feature for design engineers particularly in electronic enclosures and cabinetry. When properly installed the self clinching standoffs provide excellent push out and torque out values that meet or exceed the industry standards. The standoffs design allows the fastener to retain its dimensional integrity during the clinch process. The clinch fasteners, unlike a swage fastener or rivet, do not deform around the panel but the material in the panel flows around the clinch profile of the fastener. The self grounding standoffs are available in both inch and metric thread. The self clinching standoffs are REACH and RoHS compliant. If 2D or 3D prints are required they can be downloaded from within our website.