Fastener Technology

Self-Tapping Screws: How They Work and How to Use Them

what are self tapping screws

When looking for fastening solutions, one common solution to use for routinely maintained products is self-tapping screws. What is a self tapping screw? Self-tapping screws are fasteners that are designed to drill their own hole as they are screwed into wood, plastic or metal. By using a screw driver and self-tapping screws, precisely fitted threads are created. Self-tapping screws are ideal for items that require regular maintenance and work well when working with two different kinds of material being fastened together. (more…)

August 06, 2014
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Plastic Fasteners and Their Uses

Plastic Fasteners

Plastic fasteners can have very practical and beneficial uses in many applications if used properly. Following the same standards for thread class and fit that metal fasteners do, threaded and non-threaded plastic fasteners can work well in a variety of applications.

July 16, 2014
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Basics of the Cold Heading Process

Cold Heading Process Basics

There are two ways to make a bolt or screw out of a piece of round stock.  First, there is screw machining, that cuts excess metal away from a piece of bar stock until what remains is the shape you want. Thesefasteners start out with a bar stock size equal to the largest diameter of the fastener being made. This process produces a fastener with scrap material left over. The second method, cold heading, forces a piece of wire stock into the desired shape without removing any metal. When finished, the fastener will be produced without wasted material.


July 02, 2014
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Rationalization and Total Cost of Ownership

total cost of ownership

If you are looking to increase productivity in any application or industry, the best place to start is to examine total cost of ownership of fasteners in use. By reducing the unseen costs (which can represent up to 85% of the total in place cost) a dramatic cost savings will occur during the entire life of the product model.


June 04, 2014
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Total Cost of Ownership

Cost of Ownership

When looking to improve productivity and control or possibly lower cost, the total in place cost must be evaluated.

The 85/15 theory can be applied to any situation. The question may change from “where do I spend most of my time?” in regards to the tasks at hand to “where do I spend most of my revenue in regards to the task of generating a profit?”

May 23, 2014
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Fastener Quality Practices

Verfahren zur Qualitätskontrolle von Verbindungselementen

There are many different quality requirements that our team takes into account before we recommend a fastener for a particular product. The first factor is the life expectancy of the product in which it will be used. It is important that the fasteners will hold up as long as the product in order to avoid productivity pitfalls with continuous replacements. Next, we examine finish requirements. Is there a corrosion factor at work? Material requirements are also closely considered because fastener strength is important. Temperature extremes are also a crucial component of material requirements because severe heat or cold can affect fastener performance. Also, will the joint be exposed to a corrosive environment? The more knowledge we have about what the fastener will have to withstand, the better position we’re in to make a suitable recommendation. (more…)

May 16, 2014
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