If you are in the manufacturing industry, one of the important things you need to be very keen about is how to avoid lawsuits on account of poor build quality. These days, a lot of consumers are very keen on their rights, and will not hesitate to take you to court if you turn out to infringe on them in one way or the other. For instance, if you end up building products that don’t work as expected, you may end up having to deal with such legal issues in addition to reduced confidence in your business.
The role of proper fastening in this
Well, one of the things that will determine whether you end up having such problems or not is how you approach the issue of fastening. For instance, if you use hex head cap screws to fasten the products you manufacture and they end up failing, your customers might not take this very kindly. This is especially so if the consequences of such failure are adverse, such as when an individual gets injured after using an item that has not been fastened properly. You should therefore always keep an eye on how this is done to avoid any complications.
The main issues you need to address
When thinking of how to fasten the items you produce in order to avoid these problems, there are a few simple guidelines you can use to help you along. Basically, you should ensure that you get the following done:
- Use the right fastener for the job: You should never pick fasteners on an arbitrary basis. It’s very important that you always pick the ones that are designed to work under the conditions that are ideal for that kind of bolt. For instance, using any other type of bolt where a hex lag bolt is needed is only a recipe for disaster.
- Have them tightened to the right specifications: When tightening bolts to a device such as a huge machine, how much torque is applied on each bolt is very important. It’s critical that you don’t exceed the needed torque, or fasten it to a degree lower than this.
- Use the right material: The fasteners should always be made out of a material that has been carefully chosen. For instance, if you are designing a device to be used in salty water, the fasteners should always be made out of a non-corrosive material, or otherwise protected from this.
- Find out if there are any guidelines that you can use as a point of reference: All industries have basic standards that need to be followed. For instance, when designing marine equipment, you can find out what standards are there in as far as fasteners are concerned, and then ensure that you follow these.
As long as you keep all the above in mind, you should be able to avoid any complications resulting from failure of fastening in your plant. Going through all the above is worth it, since it also plays a role in maintaining your reputation in the market.
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.