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Threaded Inserts and Compression Limiters for Plastic Assemblies

Inserts and Compression Limiters allow designers to replace machined and cast metal components with plastic to achieve significant cost and weight savings without loss of joint strength. Attendees will learn how to select the most appropriate Inserts and Compression Limiters for specific applications, and understand the design guidelines for the host material and mating components.



Originally presented: September 11, 2019
Duration: 1 hour
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Overview

Threaded Inserts and Compression Limiters allow designers to replace machined and cast metal components with plastic to achieve significant cost and weight savings without loss of joint strength - even in demanding applications.

The use of Inserts not only allows the appropriate installation torque to be applied to the screw without damaging the threads, but Inserts also ensure that the threaded joint is preserved for the intended life of the assembly. In addition, Inserts enable unlimited assembly and disassembly of the components without compromising the integrity of the threads.

Metal Compression Limiters provide "spot" reinforcement of the plastic in high stress joints or where components mate, and isolate the plastic from excessive compressive loads generated by the tightening of the bolts.

This informative seminar will cover:

  • An overview of various types of Threaded Inserts for Plastics including: Press-In, Expansion, Self-Tapping, Heat/Ultrasonic and Molded-In styles
  • An overview of various types of roll formed and machined Compression Limiters for Plastics including: Split Seam, Molded-In, Oval, Symmetrical, and Headed styles
  • How to select the most appropriate Threaded Insert and Compression Limiter for different types of assemblies
  • Design guidelines for the plastic components that use various types of Threaded Inserts and Compression Limiters and features of their design that affect performance
  • Design guidelines for the mating components
  • How to validate Insert performance
  • Installation methods commonly used to install Threaded Inserts and Compression Limiters.

Attendees typically include Design, Manufacturing and Quality Engineers, and Purchasing personnel responsible for engineered components used in the fastening, joining and assembly processes. However, all are welcome!

Key Takeaways

  • Learn the fundamentals of Threaded Inserts and Compression Limiters for plastic assemblies.
  • Learn how to select the most appropriate Threaded Insert and Compression Limiter for different types of performance and assembly requirements.
  • Learn the critical design guidelines for the components that use various types of Threaded Inserts and Compression Limiters.
  • Become familiar with the different installation methods commonly used to install Inserts and Compression Limiters.
  • Learn how to avoid common design and installation issues when using Inserts and Compression Limiters.

Speakers

Christie Jones, Vice President of Marketing, SPIROL

Christie Jones has 25 years of experience helping companies enhance their competitiveness by improving product quality, simplifying the assembly process and reducing costs through fastener and component design. During her tenure at SPIROL, she has worked as an Applications Engineer, Operations Manager, North American Sales Manager and is currently the Vice President of Marketing. Christie presents at several technical seminars each year and has authored numerous articles focused on fastening, joining and assembly.

Tara Meinck, Product Sales Engineer, SPIROL

For the last 5 years, Tara Meinck has helped companies around the world design and implement innovative fastening solutions. She started her career at SPIROL as an Applications Engineer in 2014. Tara is currently the Product Sales Engineer for the Metal Cut Products division and is an industry expert in Threaded Inserts and Compression Limiters for Plastic Assemblies.