In any electrical installation, the quality of the fasteners used is usually a very good indicator of the performance of the facility as a whole. For instance, when you are designing an electrical substation, you might want to pay attention to the types of bolts and nuts that are used to keep everything in place. Varieties such as the Titanium hex tap bolts and Inconel center lock nuts are usually some of the best you can use.
If you are in charge of deciding which types of fasteners you can use for such a facility, there are a number of considerations you often need to make in order to end up with the best solutions. Some of these include:
Fasteners must be able to bear a lot of weight
You need to keep in mind that in most cases, the fasteners that are used to keep electrical equipment in place usually weigh a lot. However, the other problem is that they also tend to be very expensive, and this means that accidents such as having them drop are usually not tolerated. For this reason, when you are choosing such a fastener, you need to do as much as you can to ensure that you pick the best. This is only possible if you understand the physical characteristics of the metal that the fastener is made of. If this is not possible, you should consider seeking some help from a party that has some knowledge regarding this, such as the vendor you are buying from.
Any outage can be catastrophic
When you are in charge of picking the fasteners for the installation, you also need to remember that outages are usually not tolerated well in most parts of the world. This is especially so if you live in a country where such outages are rare. This means that when you are picking the fasteners, you need to pick the ones that are designed in such a manner as to be reliable. They should not require frequent changing such as due to rusting. They also need to be relatively failure-proof so that you never have to shut down the substation on account of fastener failure. Once again, finding a solution that you can use for this requires the help of a professional who has been working with fasteners for a long time.
They may be subject to a lot of heat
You also need to remember that quite often, the temperatures in the substation tend to rise a lot. Remember, a lot of electricity is usually surging through the equipment, so this is an expected issue. For this reason, you need to get fasteners that can withstand a lot of heat, otherwise they may end up melting and causing accidents such as damage to the equipment in the facility.
As you can see, choosing fasteners for an electrical substation is not something that should be taken lightly. There are many things that need to be considered in order for you to find the best fit.
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.