Custom Sheet Metal Clip
- Heavy-duty clips
- Wide range of options
- Easy to use
- Reusable, washable
Sheet metal clips are precisely shaped for holding things together. KDM designed a variety of metal clips types such as spring clips, clasps, latches, clamps, catches, etc. Our unique designs guarantee an exceptional fit and finish. It has efficient and ergonomic designs ideal for telecommunications, automotive, marine, aerospace, and other heavy-duty applications.
Metal clips from KDM are stronger and more durable than plastic. They can improve your assembly time and yield cost reductions. Metal clips offer various features, for instance, stainless steel metal clips are corrosion-resistant, withstand stress, and other environmental conditions. Custom your sheet metal clips in KDM!
Sheet Metal Clips Types and Designs
Using sophisticated manufacturing equipment and advanced fabrication technique, KDM able to provide premium quality metal clips of all types and designs. Below are some of the metal clips types and designs.
Latches – this type of clip fastens items together. It is a set of plates or brackets. This is located at a specific point of 2 adjacent objects. Latches are commonly used in briefcases, windows, suitcases, cabinet doors, and more. It can also be found in aerospace, railroad, and automotive applications.
Clamps – used in heavy-duty applications such as metalworking and woodworking. These clamps e available in various types such as bar clamps, spring clamps, handscrew clamps, and band clamps.
U-Base Metal Clips – plastic or metal parts are easily secured using U-base metal clips. It is an ideal solution in the automotive industry.
S-Style Retainer Metal Clips – It has an outstanding fit and finishes. They deliver excellent strength and serviceability for securing and fastening parallel planes and dissimilar materials.
Sheet Metal Clips Material
KDM is a professional manufacturer that can work with various metal clip materials. These materials are durable, reliable and long-lasting. The material used to make the metal clips will depend on your specific application. Some are the following materials:
- Nickel-plated steel
- Zinc-plated sprung steel
- Stainless steel
- Cold-rolled steel
- Cast iron
Sheet Metal Clips Applications
Due to their durability and strength, sheet metal clips are used for various industries and applications.
KDM can assist you in finding out what type of metal clip you need for your application.
Choose KDM to Custom Sheet Metal Clips
Known for their versatility, sheet metal clips are compliant with various certifications. KDM accurately checks and inspects products before the moving process.
Whether you need money clips, belt clips, fabric clips, or any types of metal clips, KDM got you covered. We provide a one-stop-shop custom solution to satisfy your needs. From customer design, finished production, and shipping, we will help you through the process. Our company maintain the highest standards of quality, as evidenced by our ISO 9001, REACH, UL certification.
Our expert team also provides custom services. You can send your specifications like desired metal materials, design, sizes, shapes, thickness, features, and more. We can put the custom logo and your brand name in the product. Plus, our staff can provide efficient and right packaging and shipping arrangement according to your request.
KDM has vast history and development in sheet metal clips fabrication. We have 10+ years of manufacturing experience and continuously deliver the highest quality metal clips in the market.
Our skilled engineers and craftsmen, in-house tooling, and high-technology automatic machinery allow KDM to produce metal clips in all sizes and shapes. These products are offered at a low price and are profitable.
If you’re interested in sheet metal clips fabrication, settle with KDM. Contact us immediately. We have 24/7 online support to assist your needs.
Sheet Metal Clip: The Ultimate FAQ Guide
I know you are probably looking for high quality and reliable sheet metal clips.
A reason this guide will take you through all the fundamental aspects you should consider about sheet metal clips.
Take a look:
A sheet metal clip is a concealed anchor in which fasteners attach the metal panel to the roof deck.
Figure 1 sheet metal clip
It also attaches the metal panel to other materials beneath the metal panels.
Materials used to make a sheet metal clip depend highly on their convenient application.
A sheet metal clip has a variety used; therefore, different materials are used to suit their application.
The following are the materials used to make a sheet metal clip:
- Cold-rolled steel
- Nickel-plated steel
- Cast iron
- Stainless steel
- Zinc-plated sprung steel
For heavy-duty applications, cold-rolled steel is recommended, and Aluminum is highly recommended for lightweight applications.
A sheet metal clip is made of critical parts that facilitate its functionality.
The parts include:
- Constant pressure Hose Clamps
- Clamps, clips and brackets
- Push Nuts, U clip Nuts, self-threading Nuts
- Sealing Caps Core plugs and Welch plugs
There are various types of sheet metal clips, which include:
They are mainly used for more heavy-duty applications, for example, woodworking and metalworking.
Figure 2 clamps
Examples of clamps are; spring clamps, bar clamps, band clamps and hand screw clamps.
It is a set of plates and brackets located at a certain point of two adjacent items used to fasten things together.
Latches are frequently used in windows, cabinet doors, suitcases and briefcases.
It can be virtually found in aero scope, railroad and automotive
Figure 3 latches
U-Base metal clips
U-Base metal clips are the ultimate solution in the automotive industry. U-Base metal clips easily secure metals and plastics.
Figure 4 U base metal clip
S-Style Retainer Metal Clips
It has a great fitting and finish. They deliver excellent strength and serviceability for securing and fastening parallel planes and dissimilar materials.
Figure 5 S style metal clips
A sheet metal clip has various uses depending on its application. Each type of metal sheet is designed for each application.
The following are the sheet metal clips with the uses it’s designed for:
- Expansion and contraction clips are used to allow for thermal movement in long-run mechanically seamed systems.
- Fixed clips are suitably used in snap-lock systems and short-run mechanically seamed systems.
- They are suitably used to offer a more secure fastening connection.
Fastener is a tool that holds objects together mechanically and forms either a permanent or a non-permanent joint.
Fasteners are used to connect two objects jointly and can be removed and separated without leaving the objects damaged.
The following are the fasteners that can be used alongside sheet metal clips;
Are the type of fasteners that are most adaptable.
They have durable holding power because of their threaded shafts.
Screwdrivers have a wide range of types and sizes:
- Sheet metal screws
- MDF screws
- Drywall screws
- Masonry screws
- Deck screws
- Machine screws
- Wood screws
Unlike a screw, a nail is a fastener with a greater shear strength, thus a better application.
It does not have threads; hence no holding power as a screw fastener.
Types of nails:
- Common nails
- Framing nails
- Roofing nails
- Drywall nails
- Box nails
- Brad’s nails
- Finishing nails
- Bolts, nuts and washers
These two fasteners work collectively to hold components together.
Bolt is inserted through two parts you want to join, then is fastened in place on the end.
The following are the types of bolts, nuts and washers:
- Allen bolts
- Square-head bolts
- Wheel nuts
- Coupling nuts
- Hex-head bolts
- Plough bolts
- Flange nuts
- Carriage bolts
- Hex nuts
- Flange bolts
- Square nuts
- Slotted nuts
Even though bolts and nuts can be used without washers, sometimes washers are considered an important tool in between.
A washer is a fastener that has an opening at the centre.
Types of washers:
- Structural washers
- Bevelled washers
- Flat washers
- Lock washers
These are fasteners used to connect materials to concrete or drywall.
They insert themselves into the material and hold the fixed object in place.
Types of anchors include:
- Sleeve anchors
- Hollow wall anchors
- Internally threaded anchors
- Externally threaded anchors
- Masonry screw and pin anchors
- Screw anchors
A rivet is a fastener in which a permanent joint is created between two objects. It comprises a cylindrical shaft with a tail in one end and ahead in the other end.
Unlike other fasteners, rivets are highly durable.
Types of Rivets:
- Split rivets
- Semi-tubular rivets
- Solid rivets
- Drive rivets
- Blind rivets
It is very important to do a complete clip installation to ensure the functionality of the metal.
The following are the steps that need to be followed when installing a sheet metal clip:
- Is to set the desired position by hooking the panel to the joggle cleat.
- It prevents the board from slipping down by placing on the ridge side a single pancake screw.
- Up to a maximum of 8-10 inches, the panel is clipped from the edge of the standing seam sheet.
- To secure the board from slipping, fasten using a single pancake screw on the ridge side.
- More screws will be installed once the ridge cap is in place.
Sheet metal fabrication is a process in manufacturing in which a sheet metal clip is turned into functional parts.
There are three different processes through which sheet metal clip is fabricated;
In this fabrication process, sheet metal clip is cut using different kinds of machinery.
Some of the machinery is considered to be unique to sheet metal fabrication.
Some methods are used to cut a sheet metal clip;
Here, a powerful laser intensifies with a mirror or lens to cut sheet metal.
It is useful for medium or thin sheet metal.
Water jet cutters use a high-pressure water jet to cut through sheet metal clips.
They are mostly sued to cut sheet metals with a low melting point because they do not produce heat that can leave the metal damaged.
It is a fabrication method where a jet of hot plasma is created that can penetrate thick sheet metal clips.
It is powerful and fast as compared to laser and water jet cutters.
It has low installation costs.
This sheet metal fabrication process has various ways of changing sheet metal without cutting it.
The following are the methods used to deform a sheet metal clip;
Sheet metal company uses a machine known as a brake to bend sheet metal clips into U- shapes, V-shapes, and channels to an angle of up to 120 degrees.
It is easier to bend thinner gauges as compared to thicker gauges.
It is a sheet metal fabrication process in which a tool is being pressed against and uses a lathe to rotate sheet metal.
It is used to create rounded sheet metals such as cylinders and cones.
It is a deformation process whose operation may be similar to punching and uses a hydraulic stamping press equipped with a tool and a die.
Unlike punching, in stamping, materials cannot be specifically removed.
Assembly is a fabrication process that uses fasteners through a process known as welding to assemble sheet metal clips.
In the welding process, heat is applied where a section of a sheet metal clip is melted and joins another component; therefore, the melted metal forms a solid connection.
Sheet metal clip has various uses as it highly depends on their application.
The following are the uses of a sheet metal clip:
- It can be used to clamp panels together, provide insulation and retain cables.
- It can be used as a form of captive nut.
For a sheet metal clip or parts to be considered fabricated, two types of finishing have to be done; metal finishing and surface finishing.
Whereas surface finishing removes a layer from the part, metal finishing adds a layer to the piece. They lead to improved functionality and appearance.
The following are the available surface finishes for sheet metal clips:
It is a surface finishing method applied in two modes; acid and electrolysis.
It is faster and provides a non-uniform coating when applied with zinc acid.
If applied in electrolysis, it provides a uniform coating though it is slower.
With zinc coating, zinc-coated parts cannot be welded, giving a strong finish and improving corrosion resistance.
When sheet metal surfaces are altered through welding, cutting and grinding, passivation is then done to improve their appearance.
Passivation is when altered stainless steel is exposed to an acid solution to ensure free iron is removed from the surface.
The process can be sued for cleaning stainless steel and also improves corrosion resistance.
Instead of traditional liquid paint, dry powder is electronically applied to the surface metal.
It gives a uniform and thicker finish and is mostly used in automotive components, outdoor equipment, furniture, and windows.
It is a surface finishing method that involves applying thin paint to a metal surface. It is also referred to as electrophoretic painting.
It can be used to increase surface thickness and offers corrosion resistance.
They are used for hardware and outdoor tools.
A metal is submerged in molten zinc to form a coating.
It is a fast process but gives a poor appearance with uniformity and gives good finish longevity
It is commonly applied in construction materials, electric boxes and automotive and machinery parts.
This surface finishing sheet metal combines aluminium and zinc flakes with a binder for spray applications.
The finish can be painted and improves corrosion resistance.
When it comes to manufacturing sheet metal clips, comping up with standard material utilization is very efficient.
Therefore it is important to have a standardized size of the material to eliminate scrap, thus reducing the costs to be incurred.
The following are the available sheet metal clip sizes:
Sheet metal clips are durable and strong as compared to plastics. Compared to plastics, sheet metal clips parts are strong and capable of withholding heat and greater pressure.
They are resistant to wear and tear, corrosion and pressure, especially those made of Aluminum and stainless steel.
When choosing a sheet metal clip, the following are the important features to consider:
- Ease of use
It should be easier to use and also with other fasteners.
- Installation and maintenance cost
The cost of installing a sheet metal clip should be economical, and maintenance cost.
- Mechanical and tensile strength
It should have high mechanical and tensile costs.
- Corrosion and abrasion resistance
A good sheet metal clip is resistant to corrosion to ensure the clip remains undamaged from environmental forces.
- Optimum functionality
A sheet metal clip should be the one that has optimum functionality and for longer.
- Service life it offers
Good sheet metal should offer longer service life and hence be durable.
- Consumption power
Choosing a low power consuming sheet metal clip is always recommended to reduce the power costs and failure due to power loss.
Sheet metal clips vary depending on their quality, material used and customer’s requirements.
The standard price for a sheet metal ranges from US$ 0.1 to 0.9 apiece.
The quality of sheet metal clips is tested using highly-standardized and highly-quality testing machines.
Tests are conducted on sheet metal clips such as corrosion, hardness and tensile to help determine the quality of the pins.
Therefore, the results can be used to give conclusions on which type of sheet metals are highly recommended.
Thickness in sheet metal clips is categorized using three different measurements: gauge, millimetres and mils.
Sheet metal clips range from 0.5mm up to 6 mm. Thinner sheet metals are preferable because they are easier to form and can still offer great strength.
Sheet metal clips can be customized into a variety of shapes and materials.
The following are the shapes and types of materials in to which sheet metals can be customized:
- Dart clips
- Flat springs clips
- Tubular clips
- Stainless steel sheet clips
- Galvanized sheet clips
- High precision carbon steel clips
- Round metal clips
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