Gould Fasteners is a premier Canadian source of fastening products of all kinds, and that includes a wide selection of spacers and standoffs. These two kinds of fasteners serve a similar purpose: both are used to maintain space between objects like computer circuit boards, usually to keep them from contacting with other surfaces and each other, which prevents electrical shorts. The main difference between them is that spacers usually do not have threads, while standoffs do.
A spacer is an unthreaded piece of tubing that allows an entire bolt to pass through it. These fasteners are typically round, hex or square and cannot be tightened. Standoffs are usually either round or hex-shaped, the latter to enable wrench tightening, and are sometimes known as “jack screws” when they are used to fasten cable connectors together. Both types of fasteners are used largely in the electronics industry, but also in aerospace and in telecommunications.
Spacers and standoffs of many styles and sizes are available from Gould Fasteners. They are made from a diverse selection of materials, including steel, stainless steel, nylon, brass, and aluminum, with an a range of finishes such as zinc, black zinc, nickel, electroless nickel, tin, clear anodize, chrome, passivate, silver, or cadmium. Spacers can come in a clear-hole style, with or without swage, while standoffs are available in hex, square, swage styles in sizes from 1/8 to 3/4 inches.
Gould Fasteners chooses its manufacturers based on their reputations for reliability and quality. For spacers and standoffs, the company turns to veteran producers like Amatom, Lyn-Tron Inc., RAF Electronic Hardware, Unicorp and Keystone Electronics.
Quality control is one of Gould Fasteners’ top priorities. ISO-certified for more than 24 years, the company ensures customer satisfaction by employing a team that pre-inspects a statistical quantity of product before they are shipped to customers.
Contact the Gould Fasteners team for a fast quotation or to learn more about spacers and standoffs.