PEM® Reelfast® surface mount nuts, spacers and panel fasteners are mounted onto printed circuit boards in the same manner as other surface mount components prior to the solder reflow process. The fasteners are supplied on tape and reel compatible with existing SMT automated installation equipment. Nuts and spacers are available in threaded and unthreaded sizes.
PEM® Reelfast® parts reduce assembly times enormously compared to using loose hardware, whilst reducing the risk of damage incurred when taking PCB's offline to attach hardware in the traditional manner. As the parts are attached to the board using flow solder techniques in combination with the especially designed fixing profiles on the fasteners the resultant joints are strong, vibration resistant, and provide excellent electrical conductivity. Hole preparation is very simple as only standard plated holes are required.
A move to Reelfast® will improve productivity and quality with no additional investment in equipment required.