Fastening Technology

Using fasteners in sheet metal work is a common practice to securely join different pieces of sheet metal together. Here are some key points to consider when using fasteners in sheet metal work:

Types of Fasteners

The types of fasteners suitable for sheet metal work include:


Self-tapping screws or machine screws are commonly used. Self-tapping screws create their own threads as they are driven into the metal, while machine screws require pre-drilled holes with matching threads.

Bolts and Nuts

Bolts are threaded fasteners that pass through a hole in the sheet metal. They are secured with nuts on the opposite side.


These are permanent fasteners that are set using a rivet gun. They consist of a pin (the rivet) and a cylindrical sleeve. When the pin is driven through the sleeve, it expands and creates a tight connection.

Self Clinching fasteners

Includes studs, nutserts, standoffs

Material Compatibility

Select fasteners that are compatible with the type of sheet metal you're using. Different metals have varying strengths and properties, so ensure that the fastener material won't lead to corrosion or weakening of the joint.

Hole Preparation

When using screws or bolts, pre-drill holes in the sheet metal to prevent cracking or distortion. The hole diameter should match the fastener size to ensure a secure fit.

Thread Engagement

When using screws, ensure that there is enough thread engagement into the sheet metal. The depth of engagement should provide sufficient grip without compromising the integrity of the metal.

Torque and Tightening

Proper torque is essential to prevent over-tightening or under-tightening of fasteners. Use a torque wrench to achieve the recommended torque value for the specific fastener and sheet metal combination. This helps avoid damaging the material or creating weak joints.

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Joint Design

Consider the design of the joint. Depending on the application, you might need to use multiple fasteners, distribute them evenly, or reinforce the joint with additional structural elements.


Think about how easy it will be to access and tighten the fasteners during installation, maintenance, or repairs. Sometimes, certain fasteners might be more suitable due to their ease of installation.

Corrosion Protection

Depending on the environment the sheet metal assembly will be exposed to, consider using fasteners with corrosion-resistant coatings or materials to ensure the longevity of the joint.

Vibration and Movement

If the assembly is subject to vibrations or movement, use fasteners that are specifically designed to resist loosening under such conditions.

Remember that proper technique and attention to detail are crucial when using fasteners in sheet metal work. Incorrectly chosen or improperly installed fasteners can compromise the structural integrity of the joint, which could lead to failure over time.

Almec's team are fully experienced in the the choice and application of fasteners in sheet metal manufacturing and can offer advice on the best way to incorporate fasteners into your design. 

We also hold a large selction of stock of the more commonly used fasteners and with multiple machines and automatic feeding can guarantee fast lead times to ensure you supply chain is maintained. 

Contact us now to discuss all your specific Fastening Technology requirements.

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