When you are using fasteners such as alloy 20 screws, there are many decisions you often have to make in order to end up with the best. An example of this is when it turns out that the aesthetic appeal of the final outcome must be optimized. For instance, if you are putting together a […]

aesthetic appeal of fasteners
When you are using fasteners such as alloy 20 screws, there are many decisions you often have to make in order to end up with the best. An example of this is when it turns out that the aesthetic appeal of the final outcome must be optimized. For instance, if you are putting together a luxury item such as a piece of furniture or other equipment, it is such details that will determine how well the end product is. Issues such as misaligned titanium hex head cap screws will be very visible, and if you are trying to sell the item then you will find it very difficult to do so later on. Fortunately, this does not have to be the case. There are a number of strategies you can adopt to prevent this, including:

Sizing the fasteners correctly
One of the major reasons why a product will look shoddily put together is due to using the wrong size of fastener. For instance, you may use very large fasteners on an item that only needs small ones, and small screws for a very large item. In both cases, the discrepancy in size might make the product look odd. Always remember that many times, aesthetics is all about balance. One way to achieve this is through proper design. If you are going to produce the item en masse, you should also consider creating a few prototypes that you can use to assess whether the proportions are right.

 
The issue of precision
Another important consideration to make when in this position is precision. If you are going to place a line of rivets or screws on a flat surface, you might want them to follow a certain pattern, such as a curve or a straight line. Either way, you have to make sure that the fasteners are all put together with mathematical precision. This is best done using high quality fastening equipment. However, if the items are being put together by hand, you can also achieve the same effect by using experienced staff and making sure that they understand what your requirements are. It’s also critical that you provide the correct equipment for the job as well.
Using fasteners that will not discolor
If aesthetics are important, you also need to think of the long term implications of using the types of fasteners you have chosen. There are some that will corrode when in contact with water in the atmosphere, and this could result in discoloration and rusting. For this reason, it is recommended that you choose fasteners made out of a material that will not discolor, particularly if it’s going to be in contact with water or other chemicals. Examples of this include titanium which does not corrode under normal circumstances.
In summary, if you are putting an item together and are keen on making sure that it looks appealing, always remember to get the fasteners right. This might seem trivial, but could turn out to be a very important factor determining how satisfied you will be with the outcome.

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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