Retainers have a cylindrical shape and are used to hold screws within a panel, so they are not misplaced when the screws are loosened. They are affixed to a board or panel using pressure or are swaged in and include a central hole that may or may not be threaded. Most often, they are paired with captive screws and can also accommodate a spring if needed.
CAD files for stock and standard retainers are available for download in MW OnDemand.
Custom Retainers & Captive Retainer Assemblies
Typically produced from either stainless steel or aluminum, our retainers come in many varieties and configurations and can be customized easily for various purposes. We stock specialty materials and also have swaging and flaring tools available to coordinate with your requested retainer.
Standard sizes range from 4-40 to 3/8 thread and overall length up to 9/16”, though WM Components specializes in custom production, meaning that we will work with you to determine the best size, material, and specifications needed to meet the needs of the desired application.
Contact us for a custom quote to configure non-standard sizes or specialty material compositions or shop our standard parts available for immediate delivery.
Retainers are commonly made with aluminum, brass, stainless steel, or steel materials and can be produced in a variety of dimensions and shank-styles. We also offer specialty materials, finishing services, optional industry-standard certifications, and other customization options as requested.
Related Manufacturing Services
In addition to standard engineering and manufacturing services, we offer various additional services.
- CAD Modeling
- Design for Manufacturability
MW produces retainers made from a variety of standard and specialty materials. Some examples of commonly requested materials used to make these products include the below:
- Stainless Steel
Available applicable certifications include:
Captive Panel Retainers Installation Guide
For details on the proper installation for captive panel retainers in both press fit and non-press fit styles, view our installation guide..