This quick guide from Essentra Components will help you select the right material for threaded and other fasteners.
Plastic fasteners are non-conductive and non-corrosive, and they also offer other benefits, depending on the application. Below are the materials Essentra offers for its fasteners ranges, with tips for which to use in various applications.
Screws, nuts, washers spacers and rivets are all available as standard in 'general-purpose' Nylon.
PVDF offers good resistance to chemicals, excellent mechanical strength and toughness, and good resistance to weather and UV, so PVDF fasteners are great for outdoor applications.
Essentra's polycarbonate screws, nuts, washers and rivets are highly transparent, which makes them suitable for point-of-sale displays.
Polypropylene fasteners are good for applications that require resistance to acids. They also have a good temperature resistance.
PEEK has excellent mechanical properties, chemical resistance and can withstand elevated temperatures.
Essentra is well known for its plastic fasteners, but has now added mild steel and stainless steel fasteners to its range for those applications where plastic fasteners are unsuitable.
Follow the link for more information about Essentra's ranges of fasteners - and don't forget that the company offers free samples.