FDB says its D-SNAP technology handbook illustrates how this fixing and assembly system for the sheet metal and panel building industries can provide an alternative to traditional fastening methods.

The company says the system has the potential for use in a number of other areas including industrial machinery, HVAC equipment and automotive. The fasteners can be manufactured easily and are secure and economical, claims the company. They also offer a high loadbearing ability.

For high-volume production it is possible to incorporate snap technology into products for blind assembly and then to integrate the products into an automated assembly process using robots. Additionally, the company says the need for the storage of panel parts is eliminated.