If you are a product manufacturer, one of the issues you need to be very clear about is what types of fasteners to use in the process. Most of the time, the quality of the final product is dependent on the quality of the fastening, so this is not something that you can afford to […]

If you are a product manufacturer, one of the issues you need to be very clear about is what types of fasteners to use in the process. Most of the time, the quality of the final product is dependent on the quality of the fastening, so this is not something that you can afford to take for granted especially if you are interested in manufacturing high quality products. However, the one problem that many people have is figuring out whether they need to use special fasteners.
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Fortunately, this is not as difficult as it might sound at first. There are three variables that can be used to give you an idea of whether you need special fasteners in your fabrication process and these include location, any regulations that you need to comply with in terms of the manufacturing process as well as any performance requirements that are needed from the product. It is important to have a clear idea of what you need using these three parameters, since there is a very wide range of specialty fasteners that you can use in various instances.

 
Location
The location in which the product is likely to be used will always play a role in the types of fasteners and bolts that should be used to manufacture it. Environmental conditions such as variations in temperature and other climatic conditions will always affect the adhesive properties of such items, and this therefore needs to be sorted out properly. By getting the right fasteners that are adapted to such a location, you can ensure that the final product will have the build quality that you want it to have.
A good example of this is when you need to use such items underwater. In such cases, you may need to use airtight fasteners especially if you are interested in keeping the equipment in good condition. In such cases, you would need to get fasteners that are specifically designed to be watertight.
Performance requirements
The conditions under which the manufactured devices are going to be used also dictate the quality of fasteners that should be used for them. For instance, if a particular product is going to be subjected to large forces in a repeated fashion, it would be necessary to make sure that the fasteners are designed to withstand this. Otherwise, the product will have a very short lifespan.
Regulatory compliance
In some instances, the products manufactured would need to meet some very stringent standards, such as governmental regulations. In such cases, there usually are guidelines as to how the products need to be manufactured. In most cases, the use of specialty fasteners would be necessary in order to make such products meet such specifications.
As you would imagine, the special fasteners often need to be made with a lot more attention to detail compared to regular ones. This means that whenever you are shopping for them, it would be wise for you to insist on getting them from a source that has a very good reputation in this field.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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