Laptops are becoming some of the most ubiquitous electronics in the market, and there are many markets to be filled. If you are interested in the manufacture or assembly of laptops as a business, you have the potential to make quite a bit of money since the number of niches in the market is rapidly […]

Laptops are becoming some of the most ubiquitous electronics in the market, and there are many markets to be filled. If you are interested in the manufacture or assembly of laptops as a business, you have the potential to make quite a bit of money since the number of niches in the market is rapidly expanding.
Of course, there are many factors that could influence the uptake of the types of laptops that you manufacture. One that most people take for granted is the fastener choice you make. It might not seem important, but the types of fasteners you choose to use will definitely have an impact on the eventual success of the products you sell. When making such decisions, some of the issues you need to take into account include:

Aesthetics

In this day and age, the issue of aesthetics plays a huge role in determining how well a particular laptop brand will sell. If you make an effort to keep your laptops as beautiful as possible, you are likely to end up finding that it’s much easier to sell than usual. The choices you make regarding fasteners will influence this. For instance, picking high quality polished aluminum Phillips screws or Inconel nylon insert lock nuts is likely to result in a more polished look. You could decide to have these fasteners hidden or in plain sight, contrasting with the laptop’s main color theme.
Laptop Design

The ability of the user to service the device

When picking fasteners for a laptop, you also need to consider the ability of the user to service the device as well. The one question you need to ask yourself is: do you want your users to be able to service the laptop on their own? If yes, you need to get fasteners that are designed to be done and undone using regular screwdrivers. If not, you may need to get more secure ones.

 
In many cases, you will find it necessary to use a combination of both. For instance, there are some panels that should be accessible to the user, including the RAM bay panel. You could have these fastened by easy to use fasteners, and then fasten the rest of the laptop using custom made ones. This is especially important if you are keen on offering long term warranties on the product.

Sturdiness

When buying portable electronics such as laptops, most people tend to prefer those that feel solid and which won’t come apart when subjected to some trauma. This is partially a function of the types of fasteners you use during installation. You need to make sure that you use high quality fasteners to ensure that your laptop is sturdy enough. In addition to making it feel like a premium product, this will also increase the longevity of the device.
In summary, decisions regarding fastener use need to be thoroughly thought out if you are to end up with a high quality laptop. Consider all the factors above, and you are likely to end up with a quality product!

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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