Lightweight fasteners deliver superior pull-out performance

Profil UK is launching the RND Light range of fasteners that offer a raft of advantages to designers seeking to fasten metals, plastics and composites strongly, more efficiently and at lower cost.

Originally designed and developed to meet automotive industry demands and specifications for lightweight fasteners that deliver superior pull-out performance compared with pierce nuts, RND Light also provides OEMs across the manufacturing spectrum with new strength and cost-reduction benefits.

A further advantage of RND Light fasteners is that they can be used in many different material thicknesses, between 0.5 and 2.5mm, which the company states is a much better choice than that available from pierce fasteners. Coupled with a weight that is comparable to pierce fasteners and an installed OD that is actually smaller than pierce fasteners, the RND Light range features a clever series of integrated ribs on the riveting part of the fastener. This enables a smaller fastener to outperform bigger alternatives, yet also provide greater pull-out resistance.

RND Light data sheets available from Profil contain a revealing series of test results concerning the load-carrying capability of the new fastener: users can see at a glance the demonstrated superiority of RND Light and designers will be quick to appreciate the clear advantages where higher stresses are forecast to be prevalent in a structure.

Profil's new RND Light is available in sizes M6 to M12 and can be specified with a wide choice of finishes to suit most applications. The company also designs and installs turnkey fully-automated fastener installation systems into production lines, working with customers to deliver bespoke systems. Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) are just two of many European customers to have benefited greatly from this expertise, and Profil fastening technology can be found on almost all premium-brand passenger cars manufactured in Europe.

Profil UK's Glenn Williams comments: "The new RND Light is an evolutionary product which was developed from the success of our best-selling standard RND nut. It is proving ideal for design engineers seeking to fasten with increased strength at lower weight: and at the same time it offers production bosses another opportunity to reduce assembly costs. Moreover, existing Profil customers who are already using our standard RND fasteners and installation tooling can switch to RND Light should they wish to do so."

Follow the link to find out more about the new RND Light range of fasteners.


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