Fasteners Materials Selection Guide

Material is a critical factor in delivering successful projects, from creating point of sale displays to building a new electrical cabinet. With fasteners available in a vast range of materials, it can be hard to pick a perfect fixing solution for your application.

Our guide offers advice on choosing the appropriate fastening material based on your specific application and environment.

So whether you are choosing washers, spacers, screws, nuts, rivets or other fasteners, the table below will help you make an informed decision for your project.

MaterialTemperature
Stability
StrengthMechanical
Resistance
Impact
Resistance
UV ProtectionAcids/Alkaline
Resistance
Weather
Resistance
Heat
Resistance
Flame Resistance
NylonGoodGoodGoodPoorPoorPoorPoorPoorPoor
PPGoodPoorPoorPoorPoorGoodPoorPoorPoor
PVDFGoodPoorGoodPoorGoodGoodGoodGoodGood
PolycarbonatePoorGoodPoorGoodGoodPoorGoodGoodPoor
POMPoorPoorGoodPoorPoorPoorPoorGoodPoor
TPEPoorPoorPoorPoorPoorPoorPoorPoorPoor
PEEK®GoodGoodGoodGoodPoorGoodGoodGoodGood

SOME KEY APPLICATION EXAMPLES:

  • Point of Sale and DisplayPolycarbonate is a key material within this industry due to its strong nature twinned with its transparent appearance.
  • PharmaceuticalPolypropylene (PP) has great resistance to many chemicals and can be easily welded to other PP components, providing versatility.
  • Electrical – With high temperature stability, heat and flame resistance, PVDF lends itself well to use in a working electrical application or electrical cabinet.
  • Oil and Gas – In an often moving and volatile application, PEEK® material fasteners offer high tensile strength, flame resistance and can operate continuously in temperatures up to 180°C.
  • Automotive and Manufacturing – Tough and mechanically resistant, Nylon fasteners are lighter, less expensive alternatives to metal equivalents. For added UV resistance a PVDF component is more appropriate.