Self-clinching fasteners can be found in several automotive systems throughout a vehicle, from the powertrain and battery system to the battery and infotainment system, and more.
In fact, according to mechanical fastener manufacturer, PennEngineering, 90% of today’s top automakers rely on the high-performance of the company’s PEM and microPEM self-clinching fasteners.
To this end, PennEngineering has launched a new digital catalog that’s tailored exclusively to the automotive electronics market. It includes valuable insight about the many applications where PEM fastening solutions are being used by automakers and OEMs, including specs on the different fasteners available.
The PEM brand of fasteners use self-clinching, broaching, flaring, surface-mount, or weld technology to provide a strong, reusable, and permanent threads and mounting points in thin sheet metal, PC board materials, and other ductile or non-ductile thin material. Overall, self-clinching fasteners take less space and require fewer assembly operations than caged or anchor nuts, making them ideal for electronic applications.
Today, PEM self-clinching fasteners have evolved into nuts, studs, spacers, access hardware, and other innovative solutions. There’s even a free app available that provides quick mobile access to product catalogs and data sheets, allowing users quickly lookup critical installation dimensions for a selected PEM fastener.