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Testing Method
Test panel held firmly in vice.
Applied torque from dial measuring torque wrench.
Flat washer 2 pitch min.
Bolt (Grade 5 min.) Ensure full thread engagement (min. 6 threads recommended).
Torque-out testing of Self-Clinching Standoffs should be performed by the gradual application of torque as shown, while the test panel is securely held in a vice. The bolt must be of a sufficient grade to resist thread stripping. Torque must be gradually applied until failure is observed and a maximum applied torque reading is recorded. Failure mode is the standoff turning in the panel or cam-out.
Performance
Thread code
M2.5 M3
5.4M2.5 5.4M3 M3.5
Standoff material
Aluminium
Steel
300 Stainless
Aluminium
Steel
300 Stainless
400 Stainless
Aluminium
Steel
300 Stainless
Aluminium
Steel
300 Stainless
400 Stainless
Installation (kN)
6.9
6.9
6.9
n/a
9.0
9.0
25.5
7.9
7.9
7.9
n/a
11.5
11.5
31.0
Pushout (N)
325
325
325
n/a
450
450
575
425
425
425
n/a
675
675
725
Torque-out (Nm)
0.7
0.7
0.7
n/a
1.0
1.0
1.5
1.25
1.25
1.25
n/a
1.75
1.75
2.5
Aluminium
Test sheet material
Steel
300 Stainless
Aluminium
Steel
300 Stainless
All performance figures are averages obtained over a range of installations and should be used as an indicator only. Panel material, hole preparation, installation tooling and method can affect part performance. We always recommend that you carry out your own tests in the actual application. Please call our sales team and we will be happy to provide you with samples as well as offering technical assistance.
Installation
First punch or drill the correct size hole. Do not deburr or chamfer the hole prior to installation as this will remove material required during the clinching process. It is preferable to install the fastener from the punch side of the panel.   Place the fastener in the prepared hole in the panel and then locate the fastener in the anvil, ensuring that you are using the appropriate anvil type for the panel thickness like in the diagram.   With the panel held level, apply a parallel squeezing force until the hexagon head is installed flush to the panel surface. Do not over squeeze the fastener into the panel as this will result in panel deformation.   When installing Self-Clinching fasteners, please pay attention to the minimum hole centreline to edge and parent material hardness limitations.
Anvil Dimensions
A +0.07
5.42
4.23
Thread code
5.4M2.5|5.4M3|M3.5
M2.5|M3
B +0.09
6.44
4.84
120°
B
A
A
Length of standoff +5mm min.
ANVIL ANVIL PUNCH ANVIL ANVIL PUNCH ANVIL ANVIL PUNCH ANVIL ANVIL PUNCH
Length of standoff +5mm min.
Countersunk hole style anvil for 0.81mm or less.
Hole style anvil for 0.81mm and over panel thickness.
√  X
Do not remove any extra material or chamfer the hole as this could result in improper installation or reduced performance.
HRB (ROCKWELL HARDNESS B SCALE) Ensure that you are installing into a panel that is ductile and at or below the published maximum recommended hardness for the fastener.
Ensure that attention is paid to the minimum hole centreline to edge dimension for each fastener. Installing too close to an edge or bend could result in improper installation or reduced performance. Minimum centreline to edge dimensions shown for each fastener apply to one edge only. If this distance is applied on multiple sides there will be significant panel distortion unless the panel edges are supported during installation.
X  √  Min C/L to Edge Min C/L to Edge
Material & Finish
Electro Zinc Plated Steel (ZI) parts are suitable for installation in ductile panels with a maximum recommended hardness of 60 HRB. 300 Series Stainless Steel (A2) parts are suitable for installation in ductile panels with a maximum recommended hardness of 70 HRB. 400 Series Stainless Steel (400) parts are suitable for installation in ductile panels with a maximum recommended hardness of 88 HRB. Aluminium (AL) parts are suitable for installation in ductile panels with a maximum recommended hardness of 50 HRB.
Part Number Examples
Part number is made up as follows: (Type)-(Thread Code)-(Length)-(Material/Finish Code) For example: NTSO-M3-10-A2 (Thin panel standoff-M3 thread-10mm long-stainless steel) NTSO-5.4M2.5-4-AL(Thin panel standoff-M2.5thread (larger body)-4mm long-aluminium) NTSO-M3.5-8-ZI (Thin panel standoff-M3.5 thread-8mm long-electro zinc plated steel)
RoHS REACH COMPLIANT
Info
Self-Clinching Thin Panel Standoffs provide strong captivated reusable female threads in a spacer format in panels as thin as 0.63mm. Utilising a hexagon head and a special proven clinch feature, this fastener has excellent torque-out, pull-through and push-out characteristics whilst providing a flush finish on the underside of the panel, meaning that minimal surface finishing is required after installation. Like all self clinching fasteners they are installed using a parallel squeezing action, so require access to both sides of the panel.   Self-Clinching Thin Panel Standoffs are available in a range of thread sizes and lengths, manufactured from electro zinc plated carbon steel, 300 and 400 series stainless steel, aluminium and are suitable for installation in ductile panels with a recommended maximum hardness of 60 HRB for steel parts, 70 HRB for 300 series stainless steel parts, 88 HRB for 400 series stainless steel parts and 50 HRB for aluminium parts.
Self Clinching Thin Panel Standoffs
Type NTSO
SELF-CLINCHING THIN PANEL STANDOFFS
self-clinching standoffs for thin panels
Hardened bushing with sufficient wall thickness to withstand applied compression load.
Head Dia. + 1.6mm
Test panel.
Applied Load from compression gauge.
Compression rig base.
Push-out testing of Self-Clinching Standoffs should be performed by the gradual application of a load as shown above. Bushing height should be sufficient to allow free downward movement of the standoff during testing. The bushing bore must be centred on the hexagon head of the standoff.