THREADED FAStENERS fOR PLAStICS­

FAStENING & ASSEMBLY SOLUtIONS fOR PLAStIC AppLICAtIONS

THREADED FAStENERS fOR PLAStICS
Threaded Fasteners for Plastics vs. Standard Screws . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

JOINtS IN PLAStIC
Properties of Plastics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Installing a Threaded Fastener in Plastics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Design Issues and Fastener Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Fastener Selection Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

THREADED FAStENERS fOR THERMOpLAStICS
Delta PT® Fasteners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 PT® Fasteners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 DST Fasteners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Plastite® 48 Fasteners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Plastite® 45 Fasteners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

THREADED FAStENERS fOR THERMOSEt PLAStICS
Duro-PT® Fasteners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

OtHER THREADED FAStENING SOLUtIONS
Powergrip® Fasteners for Layered Assemblies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 PlasTORX® Fasteners for Molded Assemblies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Perma-Nut® Threaded Inserts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Other Threaded Fasteners for Plastics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 TORX PLUS® Drive System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

DEfINItIONS
Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

FAStENERS fOR PLAStICS IMpROVE ASSEMBLY & PERfORMANCE
Case Histories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Laboratory testing of fasteners in the subject material is the only way to determine if acceptable performance levels can be achieved. yet present some unique fastening problems. such as ductility. a fastener should be selected early in the design process. For maximum performance.FAStENING & ASSEMBLY SOLUtIONS fOR PLAStIC AppLCIAtIONS Plastics continue to open up a world of design opportunities. you may obtain: • Higher strip-out torque values • Increased resistance to loosening • Higher pull-out values SELECtING tHE RIGHt FAStENER With thousands of different polymers available today. with wide flank angles and shallow threads. By selecting the proper fastener. Selecting a fastener that can best match these requirements is critical to the overall performance of an application. Whether you’re fastening plastic to plastic or plastic to another material. WHY USE SpECIAL FAStENERS fOR PLAStICS? Each type of plastic has its own set of performance issues. from selection and testing to boss design. there can be no absolute guidelines to follow when fastening these materials. thermal expansion and clamp retention. REDUCED IN-PLACE COStS Proper fastener selection may allow the use of thinner bosses and eliminate the need for supplementary locking devices. Infastech applications engineers are available to help you every step of the way. were designed for use in sheet metal and can not meet the dynamic requirements of plastics. Type B. This can reduce in-place costs through: • Reduced material usage • Reduced cycling times • Elimination of inserts and adhesives • Streamlined assembly . Infastech offers a wide selection of highperformance fasteners engineered to meet the requirements of your application. OptIMAL PERfORMANCE Fasteners specially designed for plastics can optimize performance in specific types of materials. type AB and other standard fasteners.

These narrower thread profiles. ranging from 30° to 48°. In the photo at right. S TA N DA R D S C R E W S Special Fastener for Plastics 30° – 48° NARROw THREAD PROfILES MAXIMIZE PERfORMANCE Type B. Using smaller bosses can reduce your overall costs through decreased material usage and molding cycle times. CM represents the area subjected to shear when an axial load is applied. it contains a larger volume of material (CM) and has a larger axial shear area. mØ1 CM1 CM2 mØ2 mØ1 mØ2 Standard Fastener Special Fastener for Plastics R1 FRAD1 FRAD = 0. the radial force generated by the 30° thread is approximately one-half that of the 60° thread. type AB and other standard fasteners have a wide thread profile (also called flank angle) of 60°. Typical Boss Design for Standard Screw Typical Boss Design for Fastener for Plastics MØ1 MØ2 INCREASED RESIStANCE tO PULL-OUt CM1 CM2 In the illustrations at left.500R 30° 60° LOwERED RADIAL StRESS PREVENtS BOSS DAMAGE Radial force (FRAD) is an undesirable force since it creates outward stress and can damage the boss. This in turn maximizes fastener performance. Special fasteners for plastics have special thread profiles to meet the needs of these unique materials. the plastic boss with a 60° thread fastener shows radial stress and subsequent damage.259R Standard Fastener 30° Special Fastener for Plastics Special Fastener for Plastic 5 . S 2 /3 S Because radial stress is reduced. as shown at left. The plastic boss with a special fastener for plastics shows reduced radial stress. Standard Fastener R2 15° FRAD2 FRAD = 0. This greater area of thread engagement means the special fastener for plastics is more resistant to pull-out. Although the same volume of material is displaced between the 60° thread and the 30° thread.FA S T E N E R S Standard Fastener 60° fOR PL ASTIC VS. special fasteners for plastics allow the use of smaller bosses than standard screws. reduce radial stress and expansion. Because the special fastener for plastics has a smaller minor diameter (mø) and a higher thread profile.

at a stable temperature. including thermosets. are too stiff for thread forming and will require thread-cutting fasteners. this is only a problem if the application uses materials with dissimilar expansion rates and the temperature change is significant. Again. thermal expansion or contraction is virtually universal.) 6 . creep can be compensated for in joint design through a variety of methods. The chart at left demonstrates the loss of clamp load. Since very few joints operate at constant temperatures. However. Plastics expand much faster than metals do when subjected to the same thermal loading. They can also affect fastening performance. THE EffECtS Of FILLERS ON FAStENING Fillers and reinforcements change one or more properties of the thermoplastic. This will affect clamp load. Lubricants added for molding. Involve our application specialists early in the design process to maximize joint reliability. For example. Creep will. or permanently deform.T H E P R O p E R T I E S O f P L A S T I C S The fastening performance of plastics is affected by several factors: • Flexural modulus (stiffness of material) • Filler and/or reinforcement content (amount of glass. 170° 250° Strain (% Elongation) CREEp RAtE Clamp Load (lbs/in) Under load or heat all plastics will creep. cause a loss in clamp load. Plastics with a high flexural modulus. but usually require a fastener with a low helix angle to avoid excessive drive torque. Thermoplastics with a higher flexural modulus also allow the formation of threads. such as silicone. Time (min. in turn. the lower the flexural modulus. over 64 hours for a #8 Plastite® fastener driven into acetal resin. etc. it is important to test your application early in the design process to ensure optimal performance. THERMAL EXpANSION RAtE -40° Tensile Strength 73° The stress/strain curve for thermoplastics is very temperature dependent. See page 9 for more details. tend to reduce drive torque but can negatively affect clamp load. added to material) • Thermal expansion rate • Creep rate FLEXURAL MODULUS Flexural modulus is the best indicator of how a plastic will respond to fasteners. impact-resistant resins tend to act more ductile than their flexural modulus would indicate. Generally. However. There are definite exceptions to these guidelines which can adversely affect fastening performance. the more the material will flow and allow the formation of threads.

Special Fastener for Plastic 4:1 strip-to-drive ratio INfLUENCE Of DRIVER SpEED Increased drive gun speed can negatively affect the quality of the joint. The standard screw has a safety margin of only 3. so does the amount of heat that is generated. DEtERMINING PROpER SEAtING TORQUE Infastech can run complete tests on your application to determine your optimal fastening solution. 2. 7 . strip (10 lbs/in) seating drive (5 lbs/in) Standard Fastener 2:1 strip-to-drive ratio drive (7 lbs/in) Note: The chosen seating torque was 65% of the failure torque. Screw head in contact with plastic. Strip-out torque level met or exceeded. so contact an Infastech applications engineer for assistance.5 lbs/in. clamp load generated PENETRATION DEPTH 3.INSTALLING strip/failure torque 1. as the RPMs increase. joint design and seating torque. Too much heat can break down the plastic and lower the failure torque level. the differential between the thread-forming torque and the strip (failure) torque must be maximized. boss damage occurs strip (28 lbs/in) TORQUE (lb/in) safety margin clamp thread-forming seating DRIVE-tO-StRIp RAtIO As demonstrated in the chart to the left – based on testing – the fastener for plastic has a much higher drive-to-strip ratio. please see page 9. A FASTENER IN PLASTIC THREAD-FORMING AND StRIppING TORQUE clamping load 2. thread-forming torque Because friction increases as penetration increases. 1. Proper seating torque varies from application to application. based on testing. During installation. For a recommendation on how to run your own tests to determine proper seating torque. including fastener selection. The special fastener for plastic has a safety margin of 12 lbs/in. so the joint is less likely to be damaged during installation. Thread-forming begins TORQUE 3.

DESIGN ISSUES AND FA S T E N E R S E L E C T I O N THREAD ENGAGEMENt & PILOt HOLE DIAMEtER Thread engagement is the amount of thread flank depth that is filled by the application material. It is often expressed as a percentage. you should start with a hole size that provides 75% to 80% thread engagement. The length of the lead thread (usually about one-half the fastener diameter) is not counted in the length of engagement. because the walls of the hole must expand to make room for the screw. the nominal hole size (hØ) is calculated at a depth equal to half of the fastener’s total length of engagement (L). you will need to adjust the thread style or length of engagement to reach the appropriate performance requirements. including: • Pilot hole diameter • Length of engagement • Boss design Though product design may dictate certain restrictions. Generally. A hole that creates a thread engagement of over 100% does not improve performance. but can affect thread engagement. In moderately stiff materials. L 8 . Follow the specific boss design recommendations listed for each threaded fastener. Length of engagement is often expressed in relationship to the nominal diameter of the screw. contact an Infastech applications engineer for assistance. Each fastener for plastics has its own parameters. e. Always utilize the minimum amount of draft possible to retain good mold function. however. For optimal performance. not including the counterbore. LENGtH Of ENGAGEMENt length of engage. laboratory testing will determine the proper combination of these factors for your application. increase required drive torque. 2 to 2-1/2 diameters of engagement. Length of engagement is the measurement of full-sized fastener threads engaged in the nut material. lead threads CBd BOSS DESIGN hØ 1 /2 L Drafted holes ease molding in thermoplastics. It will. There are several factors which can affect a fastener’s ability to achieve satisfactory performance. A hole diameter equal to the major diameter of the threads would have a thread engagement of 0%. since its reduced size minimizes any performance benefits.g. If the hole size is fixed.

TIME Through Hole Signature Curve 2. Use a drive gun that can torque the fasteners to failure and has the same RPM as the drive gun that will be used in production. 1. Factor a value of ±10% for gun accuracy. TORQUE 1. usually from strip-out 9 . If there is overlap in either of the two regions. Drive the fasteners to failure. TORQUE 1. Use a torque measuring device and a strip chart or graph and capture the peak drive torque and ultimate torque values. • Reduce the stress at the bearing surface by one or more of the following: – increase the fastener head diameter – add a flat washer – reduce the clearance hole diameter – reduce initial clamp load at assembly • Add a spring element to the joint such as a helical and flat washer combination • Add a metal sleeve in the clamped component to carry some of the clamp load • Use a shoulder bolt to transfer the load to the nut member • Increase stiffness of plastic by adding a filler or changing the base resin TEStING tO DEtERMINE PROpER SEAtING TORQUE 2. 2. There are several methods to compensate for. These samples must include all components in the joint stack-up such as clamping components. Gather enough sample applications to generate a statistically significant sampling – a minimum of 30 per specific joint condition. Compare this torque window to +3SD (standard deviation) of the average drive torque value and -3SD of the average ultimate torque value. For assistance. the torque window will allow the fasteners to be seated without failure at assembly. TIME Blind Hole Signature Curve 1 – Peak Drive Torque: level at which the materials are drawn together and the fastener seats 2 – Ultimate Torque: level at which the joint fails.DESIGN ISSUES AND FA S T E N E R S E L E C T I O N COMpENSAtING fOR tHE EffECtS Of CREEp IN A JOINt As stated previously. Calculate the average of the peak drive values and of the ultimate torque values. This is the target seating torque. the effects of creep in a joint. If there is no overlap of the two regions. 4. all plastics will creep. The following are general recommendations only. nut members and fasteners. under load or heat. or reduce. please contact an Infastech applications engineer. 3. a redesign of the joint is warranted. Next calculate the average of these two resulting values.

20% glass fill Polyamide 66. 20% glass fill (PC20) Polycarbonate. Drive to strip ratios. 40% fill (PPS40) Phenolic.000 Duro-PT® thread-cutting fastener Delta PT fastener.000 550. or DST fastener Included Materials Polyethylene (PE) Polypropylene (PP) Polycarbonate (PC) ductile ABS.000 1.000 850. PT fastener. 30% glass fill (PC30) stiff Polybutylene Terephthalates 30% glass fill (PBT30) Polyamide 66.000 430.000 1.100. twin helix Plastite® fastener. or DST fastener THERMOPLASTICS TYPE OF APPLICATION ALL PLASTICS Plastic or other materials to thin metal Molded assemblies Extremely thin materials where a nut member is required Rapid assembly of plastic and/or metal components FASTENING SOLUTION Powergrip® fasteners PlasTORX® fasteners Perma-Nut® inserts Rivscrew® threaded rivets 10 .000 350.000 1.000 200. 40% talc fill (PP40) Polypheylene Sulfide moderate ABS. Please contact an Infastech applications engineer for assistance in selecting the optimum fastener for your design. 12% glass fill Polycarbonate.000 400. or PT fastener Delta PT fastener.000 650.000 1. twin helix Plastite 48 fastener. PT® fastener.000 1. single-helix Plastite 48 or 45 fastener.000 350.000 1. 50% glass fill Fastening Solution Delta PT® fastener. or PT fastener Delta PT fastener.400.700.100. 0-20% glass fill Polyamide 66 (PA) Acetal (AC) Polystyrene (PS) Polypropylene.000 800. clamp retention.100.000 500.000 340.SELECTING THE R I G H T TH R E A D E D FA S T E N E R The following chart is intended only as a starting point in the selection of fasteners.200.750. Flexural Modulus (PSI) 150. The fastener must be matched to the properties of the material. and other performance issues are directly affected by the fastener you choose.000 2. 20% glass fill Polyester. 30% glass fill (PA30) Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) THERMOSETS Polyphenylene Sulfide.

400. The improved design results in a stronger fastener that creates optimal material flow during installation.0mm).FO R M I N G FA S T E N E R S optimal material flow engineered flank geometry Delta PT Fastener KEY ADVANtAGES • Provides optimal performance in all types of thermoplastics • Provides increased torsional and tensile strength over PT fasteners • Provides high strength and in-place reliability • Can achieve higher clamp loads and seating torques FEAtURES & BENEfItS SpECIfICAtIONS Sizes • Delta PT 14 – 70 (1.s. Other styles also available. providing higher performance. 11 .000 p. if necessary Larger fastener cross-section • Increases shear area and fastener strength • Offers increased fatigue life • Provides increased torsional and tensile strength Optimized pitch • Allows high clamp load with smaller contact pressure • Minimizes radial stress AppLICAtIONS Thermoplastics with a flexural modulus up to 1. other sizes may be available Head Styles • Can be used with any head design Specials • Shoulder screws. better clamp loads and increased joint life.DELTA Delta PT® fasteners are engineered to provide maximum performance in a wide range of thermoplastics. others as required Drive Systems • TORX PLUS® Drive is recommended to facilitate the proper amount of torque transfer required for forming threads. collar studs.4mm – 7. double end studs.i. sems. PT® TH R E A D . Flank geometry engineered to provide better material flow during installation • Provides high flank engagement • Can achieve higher clamp loads and seating torques • Optimizes material flow • May permit use of shorter fasteners and/or smaller diameters.

8 x d1 Specific applications will require some modifications to allow for the flexural modulus of the material. better conditions against stress fractures of the thread flank.8 3. Avdel® is a registered trademark of Avdel UK Ltd.78 0.0 2.573 0. .12 1. All rights reserved.FO RM I N G DIMENSIONAL DAtA Nom.29 1.DELTA PT® TH RE A D . 12 ©2011 Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd.4 1. KG.5 5. In order to ensure optimal performance.0 M3. iForm™ and Infastech™ are trademarks of Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd.073 1. we recommend testing on initial samples. A good starting point in determining the proper hole diameter is d = 0.0 mØ Minor Dia.928 1.0 7.5 4.709 0.5 M5. (mm) 0.4 M1.6 M1. Delta PT fastener PT fastener R = 0. weld lines.3 5.0 INCREASED StRENGtH BOSS DESIGN RECOMMENDAtIONS The criteria for optimum hole diameter is to obtain the maximum clamp load during the installation process.48 MØ Major Dia.80 2. TORX PLUS® is a registered trademark of Acument Intellectural Properties LLC. breakage of the fastener cross section With its extended core diameter and optimum thread design. The chart above demonstrates that the Delta PT fastener provides greater resistance against screw breakage than the PT fasteners under in-service loads.infastech.0 M7.5 M4. therefore.641 0.5 4.0 M2.5 M3. Size Delta PT 14 Delta PT 16 Delta PT 18 Delta PT 20 Delta PT 22 Delta PT 25 Delta PT 30 Delta PT 35 Delta PT 40 Delta PT 45 Delta PT 50 Delta PT 60 Delta PT 70 Metric Size M1. structural heterogeneity and amount of reground material. the Delta PT fastener offers a longer fatigue life than the PT fastener.46 1.com Elco®.1 2.0 3.63 1. PT® is a registered trademark of EJOT Verbindungstechnik & Co.2 3. Decorah Operations 1-800-544-6117 www.5 2.2 M2.1 Cycle stress.0 FA S T E N E R S *PT fastener standards are true metric sizes.5 1.8 M2.85 0.0 4. mold tool design.218 1. The Delta PT design provides better thread engagement and.7 2. Please contact an Infastech applications engineer for assistance. molding conditions. p mØ MØ p Thread Pitch (mm) 0.0 M4.4 1.8 2.5 3. feed distance from gate.14 2.0 M6.0 6.2 2. (mm) 1.6 1.95 1.

PT® With a high thread profile and recessed thread root. 13 .400. TH R E A D -F O R M I N G FA S T E N E R S 30° thread profile narrow thread pitch recessed thread root PT Fastener KEY ADVANtAGES • Optimizes performance in all types of thermoplastics • Provides maximum resistance to back-out and pull-out • Minimizes boss failure • Increases product reliability FEAtURES & BENEfItS Narrow 30° thread profile minimizes radial expansion and stress in boss • Permits use of thinner bosses. collar studs.i. sems. the PT® fastener provides increased thread engagement with minimal stress on the boss. others as required Drive Systems • TORX PLUS® Drive is recommended to facilitate the proper amount of torque transfer required for forming threads. AppLICAtIONS Thermoplastics with a flexural modulus up to 1.s. which can reduce cycling times and material usage • Reduces back-out caused by relaxation • Increases load-carrying capability through increased thread engagement • Can be used in repeat assembly operations Optimum thread pitch allows deeper thread engagement • Provides increased pull-out values • Optimizes non-reversibility • Balances load ratio between plastic and screw Recessed thread root allows optimal material flow • Minimizes installation torque • Improves clamp load • Minimizes potential of boss cracking Round body evenly distributes surface contact between application and screw • Improves load ratio • Reduces high points of stress on the boss Through hardened to Rc 33-39 SpECIfICAtIONS Sizes • K15 – K100 in diameter up to 127mm under head Head Styles • Can be used with any head design Specials • Shoulder screws. Other styles also available. It provides optimal performance in a wide range of thermoplastics.000 p. double end studs.

85 2.274 .00 mØ Minor Diameter (mm) 0.68 in.24 2.00 6.088 .167 .18 2.24 6.70 3.0 M7.053 .35 1.98 1.206 .02 in.30 1.111 .56 1.01 in.078 .18 2.243 .055 .62 4.68 6.049 .92 7.44 8.68 3. DIMENSIONAL DAtA p Thread Pitch (mm) 0.169 .35 in.052 .078 .105 .099 .060 .263 90% mm 1.93 2. .89 1.04 1.192 .66 7.089 .50 1.57 1.0 M6.5 M4.60 2.34 in.139 .102 .058 .49 5.074 .289 70% mm 1.05 6.341 14 .120 .086 .00 5.264 .96 8.41 4.048 .82 2.86 6.80 0.116 .66 1.08 4.2 M2.276 80% mm 1.065 .50 2.40 1.80 2.072 .328 40% mm 1.20 2.53 4.39 5.17 2.173 .18 7.17 3.59 3.90 3.92 2.0 M10.177 .223 .71 1.0 M5.130 .29 4.302 60% mm 1.05 2.49 p mØ MØ Nom.095 .076 . Size K15 K18 K22 K25 K30 K35 K40 K50 K60 K70 K100 Metric Size M1.77 1.122 .083 .91 2.44 1.40 1.98 2.26 2.40 6.48 1.0 M3.50 4.134 .64 1.24 2.PT® TH R E A D -F O R M I N G FA S T E N E R S *PT fastener standards are true metric sizes.27 1.00 3.24 1.77 4.10 3. .69 3.42 2.67 0.051 .212 .081 .061 .06 3.102 .34 1.23 5.38 1.142 .0 MØ Major Diameter (mm) 1.00 10.315 50% mm 1.253 .092 .5 M1.110 .050 .70 8.00 3.67 in.34 2.79 2.233 .80 3.23 HOLE SIZES PER PERCENtAGE Of THREAD ENGAGEMENt 100% Size K15 K18 K22 K25 K30 K35 K40 K50 K60 K80 K100 mm 1.66 1.065 .11 2.50 3.33 1.51 2.82 3.184 .67 3.8 M2.067 . .92 4.5 M3. .199 .136 .68 in. .070 .057 .118 .94 3.054 .30 5.98 2.076 .148 . .52 1.19 3.086 .11 5.70 5.14 4.162 . .88 2.25 1.106 .098 .063 .00 7.12 1.161 .46 4.114 .073 .155 .21 1.125 .60 1.

however.00 x d 1.: 3.00 x d 1.00 x d 2.95 x d 2.80 x d 0.70 x d 0. TORX PLUS® is a registered trademark of Acument Intellectural Properties LLC.70 x d 0.85 x d 0.85 x d 1.00 x d 1.00 x d 1.80 x d 0.77 x d Boss Dia.D.80 x d 0. ÷ 2 8mm ÷ 2 = 4mm Decorah Operations 1-800-544-6117 www.70 x d 1. Elco®.85 x d 2.80 x d 2.70 x d 1.80 x d 0. length of eng.90 x d 1. = 2 X screw dia.70 x d 2. require some modifications to allow for: • molding conditions • weld lines • mold tool design • amount of reground material • structural heterogeneity • feed distance from gate boss Ø 1.00 x d 2.85 x d 2. hole Ø .85 x d 0.com The information in this manual is not to be considered a specification.infastech.3d to 0. KG.5d Laboratory testing and service applications have produced the general recommendations shown here.5d d In order to ensure optimal performance.6-GF30 PBT (polybutylene terephthalate) PBT-GF30 PC (polycarbonate) PC-GF30 PE soft (polyethylene) PE hard (polyethylene) PET (polyethylene terephthalate) PET-GF30 POM acetal PP (polypropylene) PPO (polyphenylene oxide) PS (polystyrene) PVC hard (polyvinyle chloride) SAN (styrene acrylonitrile) Hole Dia. Avdel® is a registered trademark of Avdel UK Ltd.90 x d Material: ABS To calculate boss size based on fastener size: Screw size: K40 Major diameter: 4mm Boss O.5 times the nominal screw diameter. Specific applications may.78 x d 0.70 x d 1.50 x d 2.80 x d 1. All rights reserved. COUNtERBORE SIZE The width of the counterbore should be equal to the major diameter of the screw (d).75 x d 0. .20 x d 2.80 x d 1.75 x d 0.20 x d 2.75 x d 0.6 Nylon: PA6.50 x d 2. 2 X 4mm = 8mm To calculate screw size based on (predetermined) boss size: Boss O.2mm Screw dia. .70 x d 2.80 x d 0.00 x d 2.82 x d 0.85 x d 1. 0.00 x d 1. = 2 X screw dia.D.00 x d 2.: 8mm Boss I. 2 X 4mm = 8mm Boss I.D. = .80 x d 0.PT® TH R E A D -F O R M I N G FA S T E N E R S counterbore depth 0.75 x d 0.85 x d 0.70d to .D.8 X 4mm = 3. = Boss O.20 x d 2. 2.00 x d 1.85d BOSS DESIGN EXAMpLE PT FAStENER BOSS DESIGN RECOMMENDAtIONS Material ABS (acrylonitrile) ASA (acrylonitrile styrene acrylic) Nylon: PA6 (polyamide) Nylon: PA-GF30 Nylon: PA6.00 x d 2. The height of the counterbore should be 0.2mm Min.D.00 x d 2.8d to 2. we strongly recommend testing on initial samples.75 x d 0. iForm™ and Infastech™ are trademarks of Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd.00 x d Length of Engagement 2.00 x d 1.3 to 0.00 x d 2. ©2011 Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd.80 x d 1.00 x d 2.70 x d 1.75 x d 0.00 x d 2. PT® is a registered trademark of EJOT Verbindungstechnik & Co.80 x d 1.8 X screw dia.

16 . increasing resistance to pull-out and improving product performance. including TORX PLUS® Drive AppLICAtIONS Thermoplastics with a flexural modulus up to 600. SpECIfICAtIONS Sizes • #2 to 5/16 (M2. pilot Drive Systems • Can use any system.i. DST Fastener two thread profiles high thread height various point styles available • Performs well in softer thermoplastics KEY ADVANtAGES FEAtURES & BENEfItS High thread with a 30° flank angle to reduce radial stress in the boss • Requires lower driving torque • Reduces cracking of boss • Allows use of smaller bosses Smaller minor diameter than standard screws allows greater shear area • Increases thread engagement • Increases resistance to pull-out Shank slot for thread-cutting can be added. flat.5 – M8.s.0) Head Styles • Pan.000 p. gimlet. hex. hex washer Point Styles • Blunt. Please contact an Infastech applications engineer for appropriate dimensional information.DST TH R E A D -F O R M I N G FA S T E N E R S The high thread height and wide thread spacing of the DST (DualSpaced Thread) fastener allows increased thread engagement in softer thermoplastics. oval.

Please contact an Infastech applications engineer for assistance.100 .0 4.2 7.26 3. Dia.8 6.148 .17 3.08 4.108 .230 .65 3.128 .81 HØ High Thd. ©2011 Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd.105 .10 6. All rights reserved.35 5..98 .) #5 #6 p DIMENSIONAL DAtA – MEtRIC LØ mØ Low Ref. The length of engagement (le) should be 3 times the high thread diameter (see chart above).125 .6.3 5.D.35 boss O.3 HØ High Thd.70 .96 4.4 3.68 2. 2.095 .10 5.158 .24 3.188 .84 .59 5.3 3..01 4.5 4.com Elco®.24 7.10 5.130 . Dia.80 .234 .119 ..85 5.132 .03 .4.35 .250 .76 .2 5.307 .59 1.30 2.160 .185 .. Dia. Decorah Operations 1-800-544-6117 www. TORX PLUS® is a registered trademark of Acument Intellectural Properties LLC.14 6.5.135 .infastech.080 .3 5.9 4.5.144 .099 .D.34 1.59 1. Minor Dia..167 .7 5. Thd.69 1.74 2.06 .0 p Thd.4. The boss O.5 6.5 6.59 1.95 5.0 Hole Size (d) (mm) 2.165 ..6.090 .5 4.95 6.195 . Thd.2 4.33 5.0 3. d 2p le The recommended hole size (d) can be found in the chart to the right.5 8. Pitch 1.8 5.7.DST TH R E A D -F O R M I N G FA S T E N E R S DIMENSIONAL DAtA – INCH p Thd.. Dia.24 . Avdel® is a registered trademark of Avdel UK Ltd.201 .1 6.208 Screw Size 3.3 7. Counterbore depth is 1 to 2 times the thread pitch length (see chart above).130 .43 .21 4. iForm™ and Infastech™ are trademarks of Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd.4.2 7.6 3.145 . 17 .0 6. Minor Dia. Screw Pitch Size (per in.275 .34 1.250 Screw Size (metric) 3.59 1.0 6.166 .170 .125 .30 2.317 20 19 19 18 16 16 16 15 16 14 #7 #8 #10 #12 mØ LØ HØ #13 1/4" 9/32" 5/16" BOSS DESIGN RECOMMENDAtIONS HØ RECOMMENDED HOLE SIZES Screw Size (inch) #5 #6 #7 #8 #10 #12 #13 1/4" 9/32" 5/16" Hole Size (d) (in) .84 4.180 ..260 .6.59 1.230 .33 . .2 4.32 4.79 3.285 .145 .200 .125 .220 .110 .5 8.68 3.220 .41 1.180 ..60 6. NOTE: Recommended hole sizes for DST thread-cutting fasteners are not shown..5 4.. 3.59 1.8 5.0 4.3. .49 7.83 3.7.3 7.250 .35 LØ mØ Low Ref.073 . Counterbore depth is equal to the high thread diamter (HØ).81 2.210 . should be at least 2 times the high thread diameter.

s. and flat styles standard Drive System • Can use any system.s.000 p.i.i. hex washer. and 1. Single Helix Style • Thermoplastics with a flexural modulus between 850.i.000 p.i.) • Creates less stress on the boss relief areas SpECIfICAtIONS Sizes • #00 – 5/16". other sizes may be available upon request Head Styles • Can be used with any external or internal head designs. pan. Twin-Helix Style steeper helix angle tri-roundular shank Single-Helix Style 48° thread profile shallower helix angle Plastite 48 Fasteners KEY ADVANtAGES • Reduces possibility of boss failure • Increases product reliability • Eliminates need for inserts and lock washers FEAtURES & BENEfItS Tri-roundular configuration allows displaced material to cold flow back into relief areas • Minimizes radial stress • Reduces possibility of boss failure • Eliminates need for inserts and lock washers • Allows design of thinner bosses 48° thread profile allows threads to penetrate deeply into plastic material • Generates strong mating threads • Resists vibration loosening • Reduces probability of strip-out and pull-out Twin lead design and steep helix angle provides greater shear area in softer plastics (with a flexural modulus up to 850.400.) • Increases holding power • Allows faster seating of fastener Single lead design and narrow helix angle lowers drive torque and failure torque in stiffer thermoplastics (with flexural modulus between 850.s.000 p.FO R M I N G FA S T E N E R The Plastite® 48 fastener combines a unique tri-lobular body with a 48° thread profile to maximize performance and reliability. 18 .P L A S T I T E ® 4 8 TH R E A D . including TORX PLUS Drive Finish • As required thread-forming lobes AppLICAtIONS Twin Helix Style • Thermoplastics with a flexural modulus up to 850.s.i.000 and 1.000 p.000 p. Two thread-forming styles are available to meet the specific requirements of a wide range of thermoplastics.300.s.

0466 .69 .27 ±1.154 .54 2.91 2.91 1.27 ±0.5.48 4.202 .3.117 .06 4.5.75 5.083 . 19 .54 1.030 ±.1.76 ±1..160 .12 3.81 .63 4..91 2.1.0445 .104 ..06 1.141 .89 .166 ..078 .98 ...97 3.3.22 .137 .76 ±0.27 ±0..030 ±.27 * Plastite 48 fasteners are not available in true metric sizes.27 ±1.50 0.12 .030 ±.173 .030 ±.179 .73 .276 .5..P L A S T I T E ® 4 8 TH R E A D . Size 1.79 ..4.208 .28 5..05mm (mm) (mm) ±0.01 .185 .06 .69 1.76 ±0.193 .0496 .4.2.345 .226 .65 8.05 .050 ±.27 ±0.4.21 .38 ±0.2.70 .050 ±.050 ±.90 .2.06 4.0635 .2.078 .54 3..2.050 ±.76 ±0.64 3.160 .4.0475 .55 5.63 ..220 .089 .38 ±0.12 1.74 6..26 ..60 0.075 .13 1.030 ±. The chart above provides nominal inch dimensions converted to millimeters.086 .143 .0635 .90 5.51 .030 ±.8.90 5.193 .030 ±.325 Screw Length Tolerance under 3/4" over 3/4" (in) (in) ±.51 Thread Pitch 0.34 1.262 .38 ±0.76 ±0..050 ±.199 .06 .100 .050 ±.6.58 4..179 .206 ..1.1.98 2.61 2.05mm over 19.18 1.27 ±1.74 7.6.147 .050 ±.092 .26 2.23 5.015 ±.8..69 .91 4.76 ±0.39 4.226 .110 .050 DIMENSIONAL DAtA – MEtRIC SIZES* Nom.86 8..76 ±1.27 1.76 ±1.030 ±.61 .76 ±0.38 .76 ±1.232 .030 ±...41 1.015 ±.3.23 .59 1.26 .1.015 ±.11 2.55 .050 ±.18 2.27 ±0.121 .030 ±.3.268 .38 ±0.76 ±1.59 6.34 .27 ±0.FO R M I N G FA S T E N E R D† † C† C dimension measured with Tri-Flute Micrometer D diameter measured with Standard Micrometer DIMENSIONAL DAtA – INCH SIZES Nom.335 D Dimension max-min (in) ..07 3.81 1.55 4.26 *soft converted metric sizes­ Screw Length Tolerance under 19.0665 .050 ±..82 C Dimension max-min (mm) 1...81 8.76 ±1.28 .127 .76 ..030 ±.1.4..030 ±.123 .212 .74 .0605 .081 .81 2.13 5.106 .79 0.050 ±.51 D Dimension max-min (mm) 1.335 .63 3.015 ±.27 ±0.5..187 .030 ±.27 ±1.270 .59 1.76 ±1. Size #00 #0 #1 #2 #3 #4 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #12 1/4" 5/16" Thread Pitch (per inch) 51 42 32 28 24 20 19 18 16 15 14 14 10 9 C Dimension max-min (in) .

1280 .1880 .0498 .835 4. Its depth (CBd) should be 1/4 to 1/2 the thread pitch.0404 .775 5.1620 .0423 .1920 .0813 .101 2. All rights reserved.392 1.265 1.1460 .607 3.2480 .1050 .2430 . TORX PLUS® is a registered trademark of Acument Intellectural Properties LLC.FO R M I N G FA S T E N E R HOLE SIZES PER PERCENtAGE Of THREAD ENGAGEMENt 100% Size #00-51 #0-42 #1-32 #2-28 #3-24 #4-20 #6-19 #7-18 #8-16 #9-15 #10-14 #12-14 1/4"-10 5/16"-9 in.0683 .597 5.480 3.115 4.0671 .0395 .1480 .267 4.0771 .0560 . .318 4.877 5.1810 .870 3.671 1.577 1.704 2.540 3.5 to 3 times the nominal diameter of the screw (C dimension).1300 .2840 mm 0.1740 .261 2.1850 .1180 .172 8.699 5.049 1.420 4.3180 50% mm 1.1550 .1510 .318 4. The counterbore width (CBw) should be slightly larger than the C dimension.0573 .1100 .3250 40% mm 1.708 4.801 5.065 2. .1420 .785 4.013 4. Testing should be done to determine optimal thread engagement on any application with a lower length of engagement. 20 ©2011 Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd.0970 . CBw CBd The length of engagement (L) should be 2 to 3 times the fastener’s C dimension.0908 .2180 . The outside diameter of the boss (boss O.1680 .569 in. .074 1.455 1.1490 . For optimum performance.0535 .306 2.1590 .591 3.1510 .1640 .124 3.0799 .026 1.P L A S T I T E ® 4 8 TH R E A D .D.1250 .097 1.295 1.1610 .496 4.3110 60% mm 1.1570 . the hole size should provide a minimum 70% thread engagement.2280 .537 7.765 2.794 3.1070 .258 6.997 3.887 2.958 2.1440 .191 4.994 2.0925 . .835 4.1920 .791 7.0658 .0785 .735 2.com Elco®.0960 .003 1.0632 . iForm™ and Infastech™ are trademarks of Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd.029 2.1650 .0873 .391 in.1000 .1990 .2230 . .1890 .395 2.759 4.899 in.937 4.216 4.605 1.055 5.0432 .251 3.infastech. Avdel® is a registered trademark of Avdel UK Ltd.923 2.0386 .657 3.156 6.255 BOSS DESIGN RECOMMENDAtIONS boss O.) should be 2.1130 .978 5. The boss height should not exceed 2 times the boss O.747 in.045 7.2330 .2070 .658 3.877 5.077 in.531 3.438 2.1770 .988 4.214 in.2980 80% mm 1.1200 .0523 .350 2.217 2.359 6.0695 .D.175 3.0377 .1700 .1020 .667 3.302 3. .1320 .0548 . The nominal hole size (hØ) must be established based on the amount of thread engagement (see chart above).0943 .089 4.1390 .0743 .2030 .1230 . .048 3.353 3.172 2.1700 .422 1.0510 .0646 .359 1.0413 .0890 .641 1.0827 .0621 .980 1.0855 .1440 .2910 90% mm 0.1960 .0757 .3050 70% mm 1.957 1. .2380 .1660 .1580 .464 2.918 7.D.039 4. Plastite® is a registered trademark of Research Engineering & Manufacturing Inc.1370 .299 8.664 7. 1 hØ /2 L L add‘l hole depth for length tolerance Decorah Operations 1-800-544-6117 www.166 4.2110 .718 3.328 1.

FO R M I N G FA S T E N E R The Plastite® 45 fastener is designed to facilitate thread-forming in less-compressable plastics while providing high resistance to strip-out and pull-out.000 p. • Creates less stress on the boss AppLICAtIONS Engineering-grade thermoplastics (with a flexural modulus over 850. tri-roundular configuration Plastite® 45 Fastener 45° thread profile KEY ADVANtAGES • Can be used in smaller bosses than Plastite 48 fasteners • Increases product reliability • Lowers required drive torque when fastening stiffer thermoplastics FEAtURES & BENEfItS Tri-roundular configuration allows displaced material to cold flow back into relief areas • Minimizes radial stress relief areas SpECIfICAtIONS Sizes • #2 – 3/8" (metric sizes 2 – 8). so it can be used in smaller bosses. other sizes may be available upon request Head Styles • Can be used with any external or internal head designs.P L A S T I T E ® 4 5 TH R E A D .s. including TORX PLUS® Drive Finish • As required • Reduces possibility of boss failure • Eliminates need for inserts and lock washers • Allows design of thinner bosses thread-forming lobes 45° thread profile allows threads to penetrate deeply into plastic material • Generates strong mating threads • Resists vibration loosening • Increases resistance to strip-out • Achieves wide differentials between drive and fail torque Single lead design and narrow helix angle lowers drive torque and failure torque in thermoplastics with a flexural modulus over 850. hex washer.i. It has smaller root and major diameters than a 48° Plastite.000 p.i. pan.) 21 .s. and flat styles standard Drive System • Can use any system.

342 ..2085 .050 ±....79 5..050 ± .030 ±.030 ±.5.2.37 2.148 .43 .04 .050 ±.3.1485 .324 .094 .278 .030 ±.3.272 .153 .5 3 3.42 4.278 .3 ±1.3 2.2.87 3. Size #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #12 1/4" 9/32" 5/16" 21/64" 11/32" 3/8" Thread Pitch (per inch) 19 18 17 15 13 12 11 10 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 7 C Dimension max-min (in) .188 ..316 .4.301 .194 .78 7.050 ± .2.0845 .349 .050 ± .1435 .75 2.5 5 5 6 8 Thread Pitch 1.4.050 ±..08 ±1.325 .4.99 .137 .3 ±1.04 .2.050 ± .141 .156 .371 D Dimension max-min (in) .220 .7.371 .098 .253 ..174 ..54 ..3 ±1..FO R M I N G FA S T E N E R † D† C dimension measured with Tri-Flute Micrometer C † D diameter measured with Standard Micrometer DIMENSIONAL DAtA – INCH SIZES Nom.1275 .2 2.3 ±.030 ±. Size 2 2.54 .41 3..050 DIMENSIONAL DAtA – MEtRIC SIZES Nom.050 ±.050 ±.08 ±1.71 Screw Length Tolerance under 20mm over 20mm (mm) (mm) ±.1235 .183 .247 .106 ....1225 .93 .79 4.050 ±.341 ..89 4.53 ..050 ±...050 ± .3 22 .99 .5 3 C Dimension max-min (mm) 2.04 .3.0835 .04 .79 4.89 5.363 Screw Length Tolerance under 3/4” over 3/4” (in) (in) ± .49 .050 ±.5 4 4.3 ±1..7.284 ..4.4.189 .28 4.35 1.34 3.050 ± .3 ±1.94 .1.050 ± .050 ± .334 .04 .1145 .111 .08 ±1.050 ±.167 .0 2..3 ±1.3 ±.317 .4 1.161 .241 .1185 .030 ±..030 ±.08 ±1.050 ±...86 D Dimension max-min (mm) 1.030 ±.030 ±.179 .39 5.3.04 .1095 .4.48 .08 ±1.379 .08 ±1.173 .92 2.308 .050 ±.0783 2..2145 .3 ±.247 ..168 ..3 ±1.5.5 1.332 .136 .04 .3 ±.214 .3 ±1.030 ±.097 ..0805 ..101 .309 .65 1.132 ..89 8.94 .0875 .030 ±.89 6.050 ±..P L A S T I T E ® 4 5 TH R E A D .162 ..94 .92 3.3 ±.89 .050 ± .

310 80% (in. ©2011 Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd.257 .78 2.129 .94 2.30 2.104 .11 3.177 .57 6.88 3.152 .281 .109 .083 .86 4.264 .46 1.) should be 2.172 .145 .102 .167 .182 .37 2.80 3.50 2.233 .128 .91 6. Its depth (CBd) should be 1/4 to 1/2 the thread pitch.79 6.FO R M I N G FA S T E N E R HOLE SIZES PER PERCENtAGE Of THREAD ENGAGEMENt Inch Sizes 2-19 3-18 4-17 5-15 6-13 7-12 8-11 9-10 10-9 12-9 1/4-8 9/32-8 5/16-8 21/64-8 11/32-8 3/8-7 100% (in.278 .078 .107 .D.207 . Avdel® is a registered trademark of Avdel UK Ltd.) .221 .291 .25 2. All rights reserved. The outside diameter of the boss (boss O.70 3. 23 .101 .116 .332 Metric Sizes 2 x 1.D.57 2.284 .085 . Plastite® is a registered trademark of Research Engineering & Manufacturing Inc.161 .137 .227 .120 . CBw CBd The length of engagement (L) should be 2 to 3 times the fastener’s C dimension.05 6.75 5 X 2.301 .166 .302 90% (in.196 .16 4.) . For optimum performance.219 .62 70% (mm) 1.131 .098 .68 3.33 4. The counterbore width (CBw) should be slightly larger than the C dimension.80 3.P L A S T I T E ® 4 5 TH R E A D .41 4.36 90% (mm) 1.073 .150 .25 3. The boss height should not exceed 2 times the boss O.77 60% (mm) 1.239 .317 70% (in.093 .49 80% (mm) 1.116 .270 . Testing should be done to determine optimal thread engagement on any application with a lower length of engagement.099 . TORX PLUS® is a registered trademark of Acument Intellectural Properties LLC.5 3.294 .081 .325 60% (in.D.307 . iForm™ and Infastech™ are trademarks of Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd.91 3.133 .069 .5 to 3 times the nominal diameter of the screw (C dimension).251 .202 .271 .105 .35 2. The nominal hole size (hØ) must be established based on the amount of thread engagement (see chart above).288 .88 2.141 .245 .com Elco®.) .087 .41 1.98 4.95 3.124 .5 8 X 3. 1 hØ /2 L L add‘l hole depth for length tolerance Decorah Operations 1-800-544-6117 www.148 .071 .065 .00 2.112 .141 .36 1.2 5 X 2.095 .43 2.213 .0 100% (mm) 1.112 .276 .18 3.92 BOSS DESIGN RECOMMENDAtIONS boss O. the hole size should provide a minimum 70% thread engagement.83 2.5 X 1.110 .68 6.090 .4 3 X 1.76 4.) .74 3.infastech.51 1.265 .067 .03 3.157 .65 4 X 1.187 .3 6 X 2.67 4.136 .076 .10 5.125 .) .5 X 1.

• Reduces back-out caused by relaxation • Increases strip resistance • Eliminates need for supplementary locking devices Optimal thread pitch for deeper thread engagement • Increases pull-out strength • Increases resistance to vibration loosening • Increases load-carrying capability Recessed thread root provides space for displaced material • Minimizes installation torque • Minimizes risk of clogging and galling of threads during assembly Shank slot minimizes chip production Through hardened to Rc 33-39 CL ß N FR = µ x N N=CL /cosß AppLICAtIONS Thermoset plastics 24 . flat. easing assembly and ensuring a strong. reliable joint to maximize assembly performance. round washer. fillister Specials • Shoulder screws. Other styles are available. Head Styles • Pan. button head. others as required Drive Systems • TORX PLUS® Drive System is recommended to facilitate the proper amount of torque transfer required for cutting threads. Other sizes may be available upon request.DURO-PT® THRE AD . hex. oval. double end studs. up to 152mm under head.C U T TING FA S TE NE RS 30° thread profile The Duro-PT® thread-cutting fastener is engineered to meet the demanding requirements of thermoset plastics. sems. inclined towards load surface to increase friction (FR) between the application and the fastener • Reduces radial stress SpECIfICAtIONS Sizes • S22 to S80 in diameter. collar studs. optimal thread pitch recessed thread root shank slot Duro-PT® Thread-Cutting Fastener KEY ADVANtAGES • Cuts threads in stiffer plastics • Minimizes installation torque • Maximizes assembly performance FEAtURES & BENEfItS Asymmetrical 30° thread profile. hex washer.

201 5.089 2.12 .60 .45 .124 3. Size S22 S25 S30 S35 S40 S50 S60 S70 S80 THRE AD .091 2.28 .067 1.38 .206 6.070 2.70 . 1.221 6.13 .104 3.182 5.282 40% mm in.42 .290 SUGGEStED THREAD ENGAGEMENt Based on testing and past performance.48 .079 2.24 .91 p mØ MØ Metric Size M2.34 .163 4.212 6.114 3.95 .07 .128 3. 1.63 .42 1.61 .5 M4 M5 M6 M7 M8 Thread Pitch (mm) 0.16 .118 3. 1.98 .184 5.00 8.90 .05 .17 .01 .260 70% mm in.13 .247 7.90 .45 .142 4.41 .18 2.79 MØ Major Diameter (mm) 2.31 .146 4.095 2.21 .138 4.127 4.71 0.084 2.254 7.80 . 1.37 .23 .83 .DURO-PT® DIMENSIONAL DAtA Nom. a thread engagement of 50% to 60% is recommended.195 5.56 .26 .99 .60 1.5 M3 M3.10 .241 6.52 .111 3.78 .50 3.106 3.68 4.228 6.01 .00 HOLE SIZES PER PERCENtAGE Of THREAD ENGAGEMENt Size S22 S25 S30 S35 S40 S50 S60 S70 S80 100% mm in.134 4.130 4.62 .20 .072 2.07 .77 .95 1.61 .42 5.81 2.00 6.00 3.71 .098 2.23 1.82 .20 5.107 3. 25 .78 . please contact an Infastech applications engineer.253 80% mm in.177 5. 1.190 5.41 .00 5.123 3.082 2.50 4.234 6.96 .245 90% mm in.172 5.73 . For optimal fastener performance.077 2.074 2.C U T TING FA S TE NE RS mØ Minor Diameter (mm) 1.086 2.51 .77 0.56 2.153 4.121 3.25 .95 .67 .36 .81 .167 5.092 2.88 .275 50% mm in.217 6.268 60% mm in. 1.86 0.12 .04 1.158 4.00 7. See following page for boss design recommendations.101 2.32 .99 .078 2.70 .215 6.2 M2. 2.076 2.20 2.109 3.24 .94 .081 2.93 3.59 1.49 .

16 7. 5.277 .425 13.343 10.240 . BOSS OUtER DIAMEtER (O.44 4. iForm™ and Infastech™ are trademarks of Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd.89d mm 1.85d to .23 2.25 .94 2.37 .251 7.173 .90 .79 .201 .35 5.80 .17 . 6.830 Decorah Operations 1-800-544-6117 www.10 .622 18. Avdel® is a registered trademark of Avdel UK Ltd.97 3.C U T TING FA S TE NE RS 2.92 .259 7.94 .75 . .799 23.15 2.80 in.85d Size mm S22 S25 S30 S35 S40 S50 S60 S70 S80 1.DURO-PT® THRE AD .12 in.20 2.09 .243 . This will allow you to determine the optimum drive-to-strip ratio that is required for your application. .8 and 1.850 .34 6.2 the nominal screw diameter.08 .91 2.07 .15 .208 .175 .9d to 2.087 .89 2.20 .391 11. TORX PLUS® is a registered trademark of Acument Intellectural Properties LLC. 6. CHIp SpACE DEptH .372 10.076 .074 .04 3.436 13.271 .210 .638 18.744 21.02 6.335 9. .67 .55 2.22 6.457 14.415 13.669 19.96 in.90 . .685 20.12 2.08 x d LENGtH Of ENGAGEMENt The length of engagement (L) should be 2 to 3 times the nominal screw diameter.88d mm 1.085 .272 8.88 in.871 d = nominal screw diameter The depth of space (Lc) for chips removed during thread cutting operations should be between 0.446 14.285 8.075 .20 .50 . 6.245 .58 .64 3.311 9.61 3.913 .5d CB width: w = 1.52 4.17 2. .123 .53 .83 . Specific applications may.38 . require some modification in order to allow for: • molding conditions • mold tool design • type of resin • type of filler • material density DEtERMINING OptIMUM BOSS & HOLE SIZES A hole diameter of . All rights reserved. 5.01 3.268 .21 .381 11.234 .85d mm in.60 .781 22.25 .30 . In order to properly determine boss and hole sizes.119 .203 .28 6.172 . it is recommended that testing be done on several different hole sizes.893 .544 16.121 .89d is permissible for most thermoset applications.33 .67 3. CB depth: x = 0. however.56 4.100 .140 .43 .00 .139 .63d w 120° x db L Lc BOSS DESIGN RECOMMENDAtIONS Laboratory testing and service applications have produced the general recommendations shown.654 19. Designing the boss with the appropriate counterbore (CB) reduces edge stress and alleviates cracking.245 7.763 22.70 .infastech.169 .30 .95 6.103 .206 .07 .077 .23 .45 .074 .531 16.274 .10 5. Elco®.085 .87d mm in.120 .137 .87 2.319 9.266 8.16 6.519 15.726 21. d = nominal screw diameter d = nominal screw diameter BOSS COUNtERBORE SIZE .40 4.279 8.557 17.25 5.117 .234 6.13 .23 7.09 6.083 .60 .96 2.088 .327 9. This calculation should exclude counterbore depth. 26 .30 5.50 .D.104 .280 High tightening torques and large tensile stresses may cause a cone-shaped expansion and failure at the bottom of the boss.102 .134 .12 3.45 5.86d mm 1.38 .87d mm 1.400 11.15 .89d mm in.363 10.92 . Plastite® is a registered trademark of Research Engineering & Manufacturing Inc.167 .105 .571 17.50 . ©2011 Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd.88d mm in.240 6.04 in.40 .08 3.48 4.68 .com NOTE: The information in this manual is not to be considered a specification.60 .40 5.) Size S22 S25 S30 S35 S40 S50 S60 S70 S80 .237 .135 .58 3.86d mm in.228 6.

rubber and elastomers to sheet metal Decorah Operations 1-800-544-6117 www. hex Drive Styles • TORX PLUS® Drive. uniform joint SpECIfICAtIONS Sizes • M3 – M8 (#4 – 3/8") Thread Styles • Type CA threads are recommended for maximum thread engagement.infastech. Plastite® is a registered trademark of Research Engineering & Manufacturing Inc. iForm™ and Infastech™ are trademarks of Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd. Powergrip® fasteners maintain the integrity of the soft material while providing resistance to strip-out and loosening. round. ©2011 Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd. where there is a chance that cracking or crushing of the overlay material may occur FEAtURES & BENEfItS Individually engineered to meet the unique requirements of each application • Can be used in a variety of materials. slotted. soft or brittle. truss. All rights reserved. to a single thickness of sheet metal.com Elco®. such as plastics and elastomers. where there is a chance that cracking or crushing of the overlay material may occur Specially designed shoulder designed to match the thickness of the soft material in each application • Prevents soft material from being crushed during assembly Serrations and a small undercut on the bottom of shoulder to decrease the distance between the last thread and the shoulder • Increases thread engagement • Increases strip-out resistance • Prevents vibration loosening • Increases torque resistance • Provides tight. soft or brittle.P OWERGRIp ® FASTENERS Ideal for attaching soft materials. speciallydesigned shoulder fOR L AYERED ASSEMBLIES serrations and undercut Powergrip Fastener KEY ADVANtAGES • Overcomes loosening in metal to plastic/elastomer applications • Prevents soft material from being crushed during assembly • Can be used in a variety of materials. also cross. and hex AppLICAtIONS Soft materials such as plastic. pan. TORX PLUS® is a registered trademark of Acument Intellectural Properties LLC. 27 . Avdel® is a registered trademark of Avdel UK Ltd. others as required Head Styles • Hex washer.

ensuring a high-performance assembly. Its hex-lobular design helps reduce stress risers. so it can be used in materials susceptible to cracking or breaking. others as specified Specials • Completed assemblies available SpECIfICAtIONS AppLICAtIONS Injection-molded thermoplastics and rubber 28 . PlasTORX® studs are engineered to provide high resistance to rotation and pull-out.1/2") Lengths • Per customer design Thread Styles • Machine screw. fOR P L ASTIC A SSEMBLIES TORX® configuration flange on top of head enhances performance hex-lobular design threaded shaft for nut assembly PlasTORX Fastener KEY ADVANtAGES • Molded directly into application which increases assembly efficiency • Provides maximum resistance to rotation and pull-out • Can be used in materials susceptible to cracking FEAtURES & BENEfItS Hex-lobular TORX® configuration allows deep lobe engagement • Increases torsional resistance • Increases pull-out resistance • Reduces stress risers Flange on top of head enhances performance • Increases pull-out resistance Threaded shaft for seating nut member Designed to be molded directly into component or carrier strips.P L ASTORX® FASTENERS Developed to be molded into plastic and replace metal stamping and fastener assemblies. allowing multiple fasteners to be installed at one time • Reduces assembly time • Reduces part numbers and associated costs • Reduces overall costs Sizes • M4 – M12 (#8 .

049 .60 B ±0.41 14. Avdel® is a registered trademark of Avdel UK Ltd. Ø E min.787 .0 1.929 B ±.50 16.148 . Plastite® is a registered trademark of Research Engineering & Manufacturing Inc.88 6.489 .192 . DIMENSIONAL DAtA – MEtRIC SIZES Thread Size M4 M5 M6 M8 M10 M12 A Ref.049 .909 1.0 E Min.60 DIMENSIONAL DAtA – INCH SIZES Thread Size #8 #10 1/4 5/16 3/8 1/2 A Ref.031 .039 .38 19.181 .13 1.289 .030 . .055 D Max.35 10.072 .005 .8 0.25 0.248 .50 0.28 3. iForm™ and Infastech™ are trademarks of Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd.039 E Min.60 6.271 C ±.335 Min.30 7.99 23.145 .00 1.84 2.8 0.00 11. • Performance is determined by application material. bearing surface A Ref.85 20.infastech.8 1.68 4.039 .19 10.031 . Molded Mat’l Height (B + 25%) 2.30 2.010 . • Dimensions shown are for low carbon steel fasteners.10 8.090 . ©2011 Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd.75 18.090 .80 0.50 Min. Molded Mat’l Width 12.25 23. For other materials or modified designs. Molded Mat’l Width .95 14. 0. All rights reserved.113 . 29 .031 .00 1.75 4. 6.com Elco®.041 .0 1.118 .P L ASTORX® FASTENERS B C D Ø of threaded shaft fOR P L ASTIC A SSEMBLIES • Contour may vary between lobes within specifed dimensions.431 .14 D Max.645 .585 .00 3.80 1.30 15.10 28.620 .90 Min. .362 . 9.797 .394 .339 Decorah Operations 1-800-544-6117 www.445 .571 . TORX PLUS® is a registered trademark of Acument Intellectural Properties LLC.85 3. .88 C ±0.50 33.041 . contact an Infastech applications engineer.122 1.240 . Molded Mat’l Height (B + 25%) .728 Min.

iForm™ and Infastech™ are trademarks of Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd.010") and where low profiles are required Highly versatile design to perform a variety of functions to meet the specific needs of your application • Nut plate applications to eliminate installing nuts in hard-toreach areas • Nut and rivet applications • Nut. They can be used in plastics. Decorah Operations 1-800-544-6117 www. metals and composite materials. Perma-Nut® inserts provide an economical and permanent threaded fitting with minimal deformation of the application. 30 ©2011 Infastech Intellectual Properties Pte Ltd. • Lowers assembly costs Can be used in materials as thin as 0. .com Elco®. brass.infastech. All rights reserved. TORX PLUS® is a registered trademark of Acument Intellectural Properties LLC. rivet and spacer applications •­­ Nut and bushing applications Initial testing is required to determine optimal roll crimp pressure for each application. Plastite® is a registered trademark of Research Engineering & Manufacturing Inc. fOR TH I N M AT E R I A L S staking roll clincher Perma-Nut Insert KEY ADVANtAGES • Can perform a variety of functions in thinner materials • Permits efficient installation FEAtURES & BENEfItS Semi-tubular rivet and nut with roll clinch set Threads in nut head provide a more secure joint Underhead serrations grip material • Increases rotational resistance • Increases reliability Roll-clinch installation (requiring two sided access) for more efficient installation • Automatic or semi-automatic multiple-station equipment.PERMA-NUT® INSERTS Combining the functions of a semitubular rivet and a nut.254mm (. special sizes available upon request Materials • Low carbon steel. Application testing is required to determine usability in thermoplastic materials. Avdel® is a registered trademark of Avdel UK Ltd. aluminum Finish • Zinc plate with chromate sealer. Please contact an Infastech applications engineer for technical assistance. standard tooling or high-speed riveting can be used • Allows multiple installation SpECIfICAtIONS Internal Thread Sizes • M2 to M10 (#4 to 3/8"). others as required Thermoset plastics that require a threaded fitting.

173 .078 .208 .177 .254 11.00 7mm 8.375 .109 .250 .2 7.77 5. Dia.15 3.2 .78 1. Height .010 No.4-6H M3 x 0. .5 10.010 .010 .500 .265 .6 Standard Set ­ o establish proper body length for a roll clinch. Drill 3.343 .125 .287 .0 5.214 .25-6H M10 x 1. Ht.125 .5 9.421 .343 .125 .8 11.500 .254 .35 3.7 12.118 .64 2.189 .156 .031 .191 .45 F Body Length Min.6 1.0-6H M8 x 1.6 D Min Length 0. StANDARD SEt – MEtRIC SIZES Thread Size M2 X 0. of Threads 3-1⁄2 to 4 4 to 4-1⁄2 3-1⁄2 to 4 3-1⁄2 to 4 3 to 3-1⁄2 3-1⁄2 to 4 3 to 3-1⁄2 4 to 4-1⁄2 3 to 3-1⁄2 4 to 4-1⁄2 C Body Dia.07 6. add the total compressed thicknesses of the work pieces to be assembled T to the nom.109 .24 3. 3.2 2.281 .4 . 7.80 1 7.73 26 4.125 .67 1.82 2.254 No.70 1/2 Flush Set 31 .406 . .344 .50-6H A B S Head Head Serr.098 .01 1.189 .4 12.99 6. 3.530 .287 .312 .530 .256 .164 .212 . Additional sizes available upon request.2 3.421 D Hole Dia.254 .9 4.14 2.4 3.3 10.15 2.208 .010 . StANDARD SEt – INCH SIZES A S B F E C D A S B Thread Size 4-40UNC-2B 5-40UNC-2B 6-32UNC-2B 8-32UNC-2B 10-24UNC-2B 10-32UNF-2B 1/4-20UNC-2B 1/4-28UNF-2B 5/16-18UNC-2B 5/16-24UNF-2B No. Max 3.109 .421 D Min Length .4 .062 .156 .062 . .031 .010 .428 .062 .177 .203 .5 4.010 .4-6H M3 x 0.07 4.4 6. FLUSH SEt – MEtRIC SIZES Thread Size M2 x 0.109 .2 8.625 .469 .062 .265 .7-6H M5 x 0.530 B Head Height .174 .625 .5-6H M4 x 0. .010 .77 5.469 .224 F Body Length Min.8 5.406 . .6 Work Hole Dia.227 .3 8.141 .010 .PERMA-NUT® INSERTS A B Head Head Dia.8-6H M6 x 1.31 10.254 16.093 .085 . .530 .010 .130 .156 . clinch allowance given in the table for each body dia. Ht.203 .106 .09 5.9 8.5 5.254 .4 12.123 .112 .375 .115 .7-6H M5 x 0.83 4.191 .8 3.240 .406 .7 15.344 . FLUSH SEt – INCH SIZES A S B F C counterbore A S B Thread Size 4-40UNC-2B 5-40UNC-2B 6-32UNC-2B 8-32UNC-2B 10-24UNC-2B 10-32UNF-2B 1/4-20UNC-2B 1/4-20UNF-2B 5/16-18UNC-2B 5/16-24UNF-2B A Head Dia.254 9.281 .25-6H A Head Dia.41 12.250 .437 .312 .71 3. of Threads 3-1⁄2 to 4 3-1⁄2 to 4 3 to 3-1⁄2 3 to 3-1⁄2 3 to 3-1⁄2 3 to 3-1⁄2 4 to 4-1⁄2 F C D Body Length Body Hole Dia.428 Drill #11 #11 #3 F­ L L V V 27/64 27/64 DIMENSIONAL DAtA.010 .344 .5 6.8 . .375 .092 . DIMENSIONAL DAtA.5 16. Max.328 .240 S Serr.156 . of Threads 3-1⁄2 to 4 3-1⁄2 to 4 3 to 3-1⁄2 3 to 3-1⁄2 3 to 3-1⁄2 3 to 3-1⁄2 4 to 4-1⁄2 C Body Dia.25-6H M10 x 1.5 S Serr.092 .062 .5 .375 .2 B Head Height 2.254 .010 .7 2.1 7.469 . .0-6H M8 x 1.6 1.8-6H M6 x 1.172 .7 9.76 4.124 .254 10.010 .6 4.125 .062 Work Hole Dia.158 .010 .132 .8 3.313 .010 .375 .125 .189 .2 3.469 .062 .010 .215 .250 .083 .085 .010 .6 3.500 . Ht. .88 4.49 Z 12.125 .9 15.242 .380 .072 . Dia.91 10 5.172 .141 .344 .5-6H M4 x 0.6 1.174 .328 .219 .219 Max.421 .254 .010 . of Threads 3-1⁄2 to 4 3-1⁄2 to 4 3-1⁄2 to 4 3 to 3-1⁄2 3 to 3-1⁄2 3 to 3-1⁄2 3 to 3-1⁄2 3 to 3-1⁄2 3 to 3-1⁄2 3 to 3-1⁄2 C Body Dia.254 No.098 .6 1.35 2.5 3.254 .010 fOR TH I N M AT E R I A L S E Clinch Allowance Min.8 5. .9 7.380 .203 Nom.010 .1 .115 .55 8.406 .224 .254 13.5 .20 2.43 Q 10.141 .250 .5 Max 9.164 .8 6.203 . Ht.254 8.250 S Serr.9 20.69 6.031 .9 13.437 DIMENSIONAL DAtA.5 12. Nom.8 6.189 .2 2.625 .375 .4 10. Min. 7.6 4.625 DIMENSIONAL DAtA.010 .8 0.214 .140 . .8 1.6 4.49 5. Height .

45°. • Asymmetrical 30° thread profile reduces radial stress and minimizes installation torque • Allows deep thread engagement to increase pull-out strength and increase resistance to vibration loosening • Eliminates need for supplementary locking devices • Recessed thread root provides space for displaced material. or 48° thread profiles available narrow thread profile • Wide thread spacing for greater shear area to increase pull‑out resistance • Thread-forming and thread-cutting styles are available • Variety of point styles available for thread-forming screws large minor diameter 32 . which can cut costs • Allows displaced air to escape during insertion to prevent pneumatic failure of boss tri-roundular body BF-PLUS THREAD -CUttING FAStENERS The unique thread-cutting flutes of the BF-Plus fastener were designed to provide deep. It helps ensure reliable fastening in harder plastics.O T H E R TH R E A D E D FA S T E N E R S unique thread profile fOR PLASTICS PUSHtItE® & PUSHtItE II THREAD -FORMING FAStENERS The unique thread profile of Pushtite fasteners allows them to be simply pressed into place. combined with a longer pitch length. minimizing risk of clogging and galling during assembly optimal thread pitch HI-WIDE THREAD -FORMING FAStENERS • Large minor diameter • 40°. virtually eliminating strip-out during initial assembly and providing high pull-out strength. increases flank and shear area to increase pull-out resistance and strip-out resistance DURO -PT® THREAD -FORMING FAStENERS recessed thread root asymmetrical thread profile Duro-PT® thread-forming fasteners are engineered to meet the unique requirements of reinforced thermoplastics and light alloys. or can be made tamper-resistant • Can be gang-driven. fully-cut mating threads with minimal contamination. • Multiple flutes for thread cutting extend through first full thread diameter to reduce radial stress and boss damage • 5° reverse angle of flutes retains chips to minimize contamination multiple flutes 5° narrow thread profile larger pitch length • 48° thread profile with extended height. • Tri-roundular shape minimizes stress on the boss • Screws can be removed and reinserted if necessary.

reducing tool slippage and virtually eliminating camout • Prevents damage to the fastener and surrounding surfaces. even when forming or cutting threads in reinforced plastics. since it provides optimum torque transfer. even in plastics reinforced with nylon or carbon fibers Vertical sidewalls completely enclose the driver tip.000 outlets around the world. which can damage sensitive applications • Minimizes damage to application Higher torque removal capability than any other drive system • Helps minimize damage to boss from removal and reinsertion of the screw Improved fit between fastener and tool minimizes wear on the drive bit • Drive bit life lengthened as much as 12 times • Downtime and costs are reduced since significantly fewer drive bit changes are required SpECIfICAtIONS Drive Sizes • 1IP – 100IP (recess) to fit screw sizes M0. Standard and special tooling is available from over 3. low-profile external. tamper-resistant. TORX PLUS® Drive/external hex or TORX PLUS Drive/ slotted Drive Tools • TORX PLUS Drive tools fit both inch and metric fasteners. which often occurs with cross recess fasteners • Eliminates the debris camout can create. For more information.TOR X   P LUS ® The TORX PLUS® Drive System is the ideal drive system for screws for plastics. elliptically-based geometric configuration to maximize engagement between driver and fastener True 0° drive angle virtually eliminates the radial forces that cause stress on fastener recesses with vertical walls • Allows optimum torque transfer. D R I V E S Y S T E M large cross-sectional area elliptically-based gemometry 0° drive angle broad contact surface TORX PLUS® Drive System KEY ADVANtAGES • Allows optimum torque transfer for forming or cutting threads in plastic applications Unique. 33 . Its unmatched ability to increase productivity by outperforming competing drive systems can lower assembly costs. please contact Infastech. external.9 – M24 (#0 – 1") Styles • Internal.

The length of the lead thread is not counted in the length of engagement. The length of engagement is usually expressed in length of relationship to the nominal diameter of the eng. so the resin cannot be reprocessed. etc. FILLERS: Additives or reinforcements that are added to a polymer to change one or more of its characteristics such as strength. THERMOSET: These polymers are characterized by extreme stiffness. in tri-round fasteners. mØ PEAK DRIVE TORQUE: Amount of force required to pull the members of a joint together. HELIX ANGLE: The angle between the helix of the thread and a line perpendicular to the axis of the screw. This measurement is usually expressed as a percentage and is used to determine optimal hole size. temperature and pressure. since its reduced size minimizes any performance benefits. CREEP: Permanent deformation of a material caused by time. 34 . wear resistance. draft angle helix angle LENGTH OF ENGAGEMENT: The length of full-sized fastener threads that engage in the nut material. The initial molding process causes a chemical reaction which “cures” the material. MØ flank ULTIMATE TORQUE: The amount of force at which a fastener begins to strip or otherwise fail in a joint. Thermoplastics can be remelted and reformed several times without degrading the material.G L O S S A R Y BOSS: Protuberance on a plastic part designed to add strength and/or facilitate fastening or alignment. MINOR DIAMETER: The inside or smallest diameter of an external thread. THREAD PROFILE: The angle between the flank of the thread and a line perpendicular to the screw axis. helix RADIAL STRESS (hoop stress): Forces that propagate from the screw towards the outside diameter of the boss. 2 to 2-1/2 diameters of lead engagement). FLANK ANGLE: See thread profile. the point at which clamp begins to generate. This distance is usually one-half the fastener diameter. NOMINAL DIAMETER: The major diameter of a screw or. screw (e. DRAFT ANGLE: The amount of slope in the boss hole and/or outside edge. THREAD ENGAGEMENT: The amount of thread tooth that is filled by the application material. LEAD THREAD: The thread length from where it starts to where it becomes full size. THERMOPLASTIC: These widely used polymers are characterized by their ductility (fillers may be added to increase stiffness). thread MAJOR DIAMETER: The outside or largest diameter of an external thread. measured from a line perpendicular to the bottom of the boss.g. SHEAR: Force that tends to divide an object along a plane parallel to the opposing stresses. the “C” dimension.

The manufacturer of these automotive headlamps switched to a Duro-PT® thread-cutting screw. The customer saved $105 per car in replacement/warranty costs. while the TORX PLUS Drive ensures that the proper torque level is reached easily. This made assembly more efficient and allowed the company to realize substantial cost savings. Using one fastener for all materials has helped speed assembly. which allowed them to eliminate a supplemental gluing operation and still reduce vibration loosening problems. This custom-designed Plastite® screw with TORX PLUS Drive replaced the entire insert combination. and one rubber – to a sheet metal housing. preventing over-clamping. REDUCING COStS BY SIMpLIfYING ASSEMBLY The original assembly of a pocket pager required threading a machine screw into a brass insert that was press-fit into the mating case housing – a costly and inefficient process. The PT thread minimizes strip-out. resulting in increased productivity. SECURING A WIDE RANGE Of MAtERIALS A leading manufacturer of automotive HVAC products uses Powergrip® fasteners in their blower motor assembly. The result was a higher quality product and reduced warranty costs. We recommended a PT® screw with TORX PLUS® Drive System to attach the cover to the dashboard. while securing them to the metal. The Powergrip fastener positions the rubber and plastic components without crushing them.SUCCESS WITH FA S T E N E R S fOR PLASTICS MEEtING tHE NEEDS Of DEMANDING AppLICAtIONS This stereo/heating control panel cover is made from a particularly brittle plastic which is very prone to strip-out. two plastic. IMpROVING RELIABILItY THROUGH PROpER DESIGN 35 . This involves fastening four stacked components – one sheet metal.

This custom-designed PlasTORX® stud is molded directly into the unit. We were called in to offer an alternative that would allow the customer to use their existing design. 36 . eliminating through holes and resulting in a more cost-efficient assembly. so boss damage is minimized. Because of their high resistance to rotation and pull-out. The Plastite fastener generates less radial stress in the application than the sheet metal screw. increasing product reliability.SUCCESS WITH FA S T E N E R S fOR PLASTICS IMpROVING PERfORMANCE & REDUCING COStS Made from a thermoset plastic. the PlasTORX studs also increase the reliability of the application. offered positive resistance to vibration loosening. and eliminated rattles in the dashboard from the glove box door. Normal in-service loads caused boss cracking problems. MAINtAINING INtEGRItY Of AppLICAtIONS INCREASING ASSEMBLY EffICIENCY A patented design for an automotive fluid reservoir and fan shroud required a fastener that could be included in the blowmolding process and would maintain the integrity of the application. loose fasteners and rattle problems in these glove box doors. so they tested several different fasteners in the application. We developed a PT® screw that eliminated boss cracking. Our applications specialists reviewed the application and determined that a Plastite® fastener would fit in the current boss design. resulting in high warranty costs. an industrial circuit breaker originally utilized a threaded insert/machine screw combination. ELIMINAtING PROBLEMS ON tHE ASSEMBLY LINE Cracking and boss failure were common problems for an audio components manufacturer who tried to seat sheet metal screws in plastic bosses. A Duro-PT® screw with TORX PLUS® Drive outperformed all of them. while the TORX PLUS Drive optimizes the torque transfer required to cut threads in the hard material. The thread design provides the high resistance to strip-out and vibration loosening they need. Engineers knew that replacing this combination with a single screw would reduce costs.

The Rivscrew fasteners provided rapid one-sided installation. is extremely fragile and subject to failure if placed under stress during installation.SUCCESS WITH FA S T E N E R S fOR PLASTICS A Perma-Nut® insert is used as a nut plate by a truck manufacturer to secure a circuit board to the vehicle. which is . The board. resistance to vibration. eliminating the difficulty of assembling loose nuts in a hard-to-reach area. In the case of the relay modules. which are installed into sub-racks. This custom-designed Perma-Nut insert with M2 threads eases assembly by providing a system where the nuts are already in place. Therefore.52mm) thick. IMpROVING PRODUCt PERfORMANCE SOLVING MULtIpLE ASSEMBLY PROBLEMS A manufacturer of relay monitoring equipment needed to assemble banks of PCB modules contained in nylon outer module chassis. which provide the necessary resistance to pullout. Rivscrew® was specified to assemble the outer casings as well as the relay modules. 37 . the seats are less likely to be damaged from vibration and other in-use conditions. This enables good vibration resistance and ensures no residue is generated. The PT screw minimizes clamp load loss to protect against vibration loosening and ensure a high load-carrying capability. the manufacturer converted to a PT® screw sized to meet the existing boss design. INCREASING PRODUCt RELIABILItY In order to eliminate rattle problems in a radio/cassette tape bin. The manufacturer switched to PT® fasteners. was changed to include brackets with a powder coating. high residual clamp-up.060" (1. PROVIDING ASSEMBLY SOLUtIONS The design of this stadium seating. the Rivscrew fastener is placed directly into a pre-drilled hole in the nylon chassis material and forms a radial thread during placement. and left a flush surface so that modules could be slotted side by side with no air gaps. helping to increase customer satisfaction. This in turn increases the product’s quality and reliability. The Plastite® fasteners used in the original design could not meet the new performance requirements. made of polypropylene.

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