If you are in the manufacturing industry and need to use a large amount of fasteners for the process, one of the key issues that you might need to attend to is how to store the fasteners. This is an issue that is often taken for granted, but which is important in determining the longevity […]

If you are in the manufacturing industry and need to use a large amount of fasteners for the process, one of the key issues that you might need to attend to is how to store the fasteners. This is an issue that is often taken for granted, but which is important in determining the longevity of the fasteners. Remember, when you buy them, you will likely have to buy them in bulk and then use them over time. If you don’t store them properly, you may end up being subjected to losses as some of them get damaged or lost. Some of the things you can do to prevent this include:


Use airtight steel boxes for storage
Unless the hex lag bolts and other fasteners you have bought are coated, chances are that they will be prone to corrosion. Storing them in steel boxes that are preferably airtight is necessary in order to prevent this. The boxes will reduce the contact between water in the environment and the fasteners, reducing the risk of rusting. Rusted fasteners can become very difficult to use, so you may need to throw them away and incur a loss if some of them end up rusting.
Don’t mix different types of fasteners
If it is necessary to use more than one type of fastener in the manufacturing process, mixing them is strongly discouraged. This will only make difficult for one to find the specific types of fasteners they need. This in turn increases the amount of time needed to produce the goods, which in turn has a negative impact on the productivity of the business. If different types and sizes of fasteners are mixed up, it only means that it will take a long time for one to find the one they need.
Want to be environmentally friendly? Get creative
Many people these days are conscious of the effect that they have on the environment, and want to do as much as they can to minimize this effect. When it comes to the storage of fasteners, simply being creative can help you do this. Rather than buying containers that can be used to store the fasteners, one can simply opt to recycle some of the containers that they often use and convert them into storage facilities for the fasteners. In the setting of a home, for instance, one can use muffin tins for the storage of a small number of fasteners. The fact that these have more than one space means that it’s possible to store more than one type of fastener on such a tin.
In summary, there is a lot that can be done to store fasteners in a more effective manner. Making an effort to get it right will not only reduce the chances of damage to the fasteners, but will also increase productivity since it makes it easy to find specific fasteners. Doing the above is easy but will usually turn out to be very effective in ensuring that storing the fasteners does not become a problem for you.

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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