If you are a manufacturer, you will find that from time to time, you will need to spend money on fasteners such as kep nuts. It’s important that you make a point of always getting high quality ones, since this will play a role in determining how long the product you are making will last. […]

If you are a manufacturer, you will find that from time to time, you will need to spend money on fasteners such as kep nuts. It’s important that you make a point of always getting high quality ones, since this will play a role in determining how long the product you are making will last.
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To do this, however, you will need to know what a high quality bolts and nuts means for you. This is usually a function of the nature of the product you are interested in manufacturing. Some of the characteristics you might need to think about include:


Weight
There are times when the weight of the resultant product has to be kept as low as possible. In such cases, you can’t afford to have it fastened using bolts that are very heavy. You would therefore need to get the ones that are made out of a material that is much lighter than the regular ones used to make bolts, but still maintain the strength.
Strength
If you are buying a fastener such as a nylon insert lock nut and you happen to get one from a very high quality vendor, chances are that you will be getting very strong ones. However, there are times when you might need something extraordinary. A good example of this is when you will be doing fastening in an environment that is likely to be subjected to a lot of vibration, such as an engine bay. In such cases, it would make a lot of sense for you to buy fasteners that have been strengthened so that they can withstand the forces you will be subjecting them to. A scientific way of doing this is by finding out how much strain will be transferred to the fastener, and then buying a bolt that has technical specifications that can withstand this.
Security
Sometimes, you want to have the fasteners put in place in such a manner that they can’t be removed, or that they can only be removed by a few parties. Examples of this include when fastening an item that is very sensitive, such as the control box to a potentially dangerous piece of equipment. In such cases, you could buy fasteners that have been designed in such a manner that they make it very difficult for one to undo them without the use of the right equipment.
Reliability
It’s important that you always get all the reliability you need from such fasteners. For instance, if you buy a set of bolts to fasten a device, you should be reasonably assured that they will last long enough to avoid unnecessary replacements. In a world where competition in all sectors is increasing, this is a very important issue that should be looked out for if you intend to stay in business.
The next time you need to buy fasteners for any reason, you should not do so in an arbitrary manner. Remember, though it is easy to simply walk into a store and buy a random bolt, finding one that will work for your needs requires you to consider all the above pointers.

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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