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What is a Standoff?

Standoff Fastener Description

Standoffs are fasteners used to create space between printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies and are the standard fastener for mounting PCBs to prevent electrical shorts. Standoffs are similar to spacers but differ in that they are threaded.

Standoff Fastener Styles  

Standoffs may be cylindrical, square or hexagonal in shape and come in male, female, male-male, or male-female styles. Standoffs are fabricated from various materials such as aluminum, brass, stainless steel and nylon. In addition, standoffs are often plated to meet application specific requirements.

Standoff Fastener Application Example

One application example for standoffs is the fastening of a motherboard (PCB) to a metal enclosure. In a typical scenario, male-female standoffs are fastened into pre-drilled metal ringed screw holes in the motherboard while the opposite end of the standoff is fastened to the enclosure wall. Mounting the motherboard in this manner prevents it from short circuiting.

Standoff Fastener Manufacturers

  • Accurate Screw Machine (ASM)
  • Amatom
  • Bivar
  • Concord Electronics
  • ITW Fastex
  • Keystone Electronics
  • Lyn-Tron
  • RAF Electronic Hardware

Configuring Standoff Fasteners

Since standoffs come in so many styles, sizes, and materials configuring the correct standoff for your application can be challenging. To aid you in configuring standoffs and other electronic hardware bisco has recently updated it’s RAF product catalog. Users can now browse and filter standoffs by style, material, diameter, length, thread size, and finish. Visit bisco’s online RAF product selector to learn more.

Manufacturer Profile: Lyn-Tron

Lyn-Tron Inc. was originally founded as Lynn Electronics Company back in 1956 at small facility in Los Angeles, CA. Since then Lyn-Tron has expanded to a state-of-art manufacturing facility in Spokane, WA and has become a leading manufacturer of electronic hardware. Solder terminals were Lyn-Tron’s main product in its early years but technological advances allowed Lyn-Tron to expand their product offering to meet growing industry requirements. In 1982, Lyn-Tron began manufacturing connector hardware and quickly build a reputation for providing quality and cost effective electronic hardware.

Lyn-Tron Products

  • Precision Shoulder Screws
  • Spacers
    • Swage Spacers
  • Standoffs
    • Swage Standoffs
    • Female-Female Standoffs
    • Male-Female Standoffs
    • Male-Male Standoffs
    • Super-Torq Standoffs
  • Ball Studs
  • Captive Panel Screws
  • Captive Panel Retainers
  • Thumb Screws & Nuts
  • Handles
  • Handle Ferrules
  • Chassis Fasteners

Lyn-Tron Manufacturing Capabilities

Lyn-Tron offers a large assortment of machining capabilities to meet users’ challenging and diverse needs. Among Lyn-Tron’s manufacturing techniques are electrical discharge machining (EDM), computer numerical control (CNC) machining, and multi-spindle screw machining. These techniques allow Lyn-Tron to produce custom tooling and accommodate both small and large production runs.

Authorized Lyn-Tron Distributor

bisco industries is proud to be an authorized stocking distributor of Lyn-Tron electronic hardware. bisco’s long standing partnership with Lyn-Tron means you’ll receive knowledgeable service, competitive pricing, and quick order turnaround. To find product data, pricing, and availability visit biscoind.com. If you aren’t able to find the part you need online, our dedicated and knowledgeable sales reps are ready to assist you in specifying your product.

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