Threaded fasteners such as aluminum hex head cap screws and Inconel carriage bolts are still some of the most commonly used types of fasteners around. However, there are many companies that are now looking into the use of other types of fasteners. The fact that the threaded ones make stronger joints, are easy to use and have been around for quite some time means that at least for the foreseeable future, they will still be the favorite among many.
However, this does not mean that the future of fasteners has stagnated. In fact, there is a lot of research and development going on in the field, and there are many new things you can expect in a few years’ time. Some of the innovative new fasteners that are currently available and which you are likely to come across in the near future include:
Cordless impact and drill drivers
This is a combination of an impact drill and a driver, all rolled into one lightweight and cordless assembly. You only need to flick a switch to turn it from the drill functionality to the impact driver/wrench functionality. This makes it ideal for instances where you are likely to use a large number of different fasteners in one setting. For instance, if you have to drill and insert a screw into a material you are designing, you only need to move around with one tool.
This has many benefits, including increasing the rate at which work gets done. In addition to that, it also features very precise control, which makes sure that you maintain quality.
Torque arm position tools
This is a tool that has been designed to make screw driving not only faster, but safer as well. One of the major selling points of this tool is that it absorbs all the torque from the process, which protects the operators arm from too much strain. The absorption of the torque also means that whoever is working has a greater ability to control how and where the screw is inserted, which will ultimately improve the quality of the outcome.
Automated screw driving systems
In all fairness, automated screw driving systems have been around for quite some time. However, the iterations that are likely to be available in the near future will have increased functionality that will not only make them more precise, but also easier to use. For instance, most will be able to work with multiple types of fasteners including pins, nails screws and nuts at the same time from different feed systems.
Cordless shutoff clutch screwdrivers
The main benefit of shutoff clutch screwdrivers is that they enable one to maintain the same torque in each of the fasteners they put in place. Some of the advances in this equipment that one would be interested in include brushless motors that require no maintenance, as well as faster selection switches. Most are also likely to have auto shutoff functionality which switches off the drill after a few seconds of idling, which prolongs the screw driver’s battery life.
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.