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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring 2020 / Vol 43 No2

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32 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK PENN ENGINEERING 5190 Old Easton Road, Danboro, PA 18916 TEL 1-800-237-4736 FAX 215-766-0143 EMAIL info@pemnet.com WEB www.pemnet.com A LOOK AT THE NEW GHOST CONCEALED ACCESS FASTENER by Brian Bentrim As our company name implies, the work we do at PennEngineering® goes beyond manufacturing. The engineering arm of our global organization is the force behind our product innovation. In fact, one out of ten of our employees is a degreed engineer. When a customer faces pressure to design their next-generation system with smaller, lighter, and stronger components, they can turn to us as a collaborative partner that will leverage their engineering expertise to create the next new fastening solution for their application needs. We like our customers to think of us as the fastening expert on their engineering team. We must always be thinking of ways to push the innovation envelope for our customers, both present and future. That said, let’s look at our latest engineering innovation, the GHOST fastener. About the GHOST Fastener The GHOST fastener is fully concealed after assembly, with zero visible evidence of how to disassemble it once it’s engaged. However, although you can’t visually tell how to disengage the fastener, it is easily released with the correct magnetic tool. The fastener, fully customizable in size, offers tool-less assembly and is tamper-resistant. It can easily be installed into a blind hole, concealing the entire part from one side and making it ideal for use in applications where sleek aesthetics are required. As mentioned above, a specialized magnetic tool is required for GHOST fastener disassembly. This nearinstant release mechanism is significantly faster and smoother than a conventional screw/nut disassembly. GHOST Fastener At a Glance ¤ Fully concealed ¤ Tool-less assembly and re-assembly ¤ Easy, near-instant disassembly using magnetic tool ¤ Ultra-smooth design ¤ Fully captivated hardware ¤ Tamper-resistant ¤ Customizable sizes (minimum size .2” x .2”, no limit to maximum size) ¤ Ideal for replacing small external fasteners of any kind, especially in applications requiring sleek aesthetics Behind the Technology The technology behind the GHOST fastener, which is part of the PEM® brand of fastening solutions, is unique and highly effective. The gripping fastener uses a fully concealed pinchlock mechanism. Small internal balls and a spring component are wedged between a vertical pin and angled retainer wall, providing a secure lock. TECHNICAL ARTICLE CONTINUED ON PAGE 116

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