A good designer knows how to bring together all of the proper components into one functional and attractive unit. But he or she doesn’t necessarily know everything they need to know from the outset of the project. There will be research involved and certainly the need to ask questions and experiment will come up. When […]

A good designer knows how to bring together all of the proper components into one functional and attractive unit. But he or she doesn’t necessarily know everything they need to know from the outset of the project. There will be research involved and certainly the need to ask questions and experiment will come up. When it comes to hardware and small component issues involving Building Fasteners like Heavy Hex Bolts or Hex Cap Screws, asking your Fastener Distributor questions can really help.
Having the Right Fastener Distributor
This is when it pays to have a reliable contact at a fastener distributor that you regularly deal with. You can be confident that this individual is not out for a sale, but rather they are more interested in informing you about the best product and the most opportune solution.
Asking that distributor fastener questions is as easy as a phone call or email. Maybe you can attach the drawings and have them look over the whole portion of the project. Let them get a good idea of what you need and offer solutions to the situations where custom or non-standard fasteners are needed.
What Types of Answers Will They Give?
If you ask the right fastener distributor (one that is interested in the success of your project) questions, you can expect thorough and hopefully straightforward answers. Some of the common questions to toss at them:

  • What length of fastener is needed in this situation?
  • What type of heat treatment or corrosion resistance is necessary?
  • Is there a driving method or diameter that would be best?
  • Should a jam nut be used?

This list could go on and on. The point is that a knowledgeable, experienced fastener distributor is someone who can help designers to make better decisions that will result in more successful overall design. Whether you designing a model airplane or a complicated assembly line, a doll house or a large deck, the fasteners will play a major part in the construction. And having the best fasteners is key to a good overall fit and efficient operation.
Small or large, ask your distributor fastener questions that will help you get to that final goal faster – a rock solid design your client or yourself.

About the Author

Jennifer Melone
By Jennifer Melone
Purchasing Agent

Started her career in the fastener world in 1991 working at Melfast as a receptionist, also handling clerical duties. Later on she began training in sales and also taking on purchasing duties. She is currently responsible for all purchasing and also is responsible for the sales of many accounts of Melfast.

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