In most manufacturing industries today, the issue of environmental friendliness is one that has taken center stage. The fact that the environment is being quickly degraded due to the effects of industrialization means that more and more people are now focusing on ways of working while minimizing this effect. When you need to fasten any […]

In most manufacturing industries today, the issue of environmental friendliness is one that has taken center stage. The fact that the environment is being quickly degraded due to the effects of industrialization means that more and more people are now focusing on ways of working while minimizing this effect. When you need to fasten any types of materials from consumer goods to civil works, you can also try to do your part in reducing the impact that the project has on the environment. There are a number of things you can do to use fasteners in a more eco-friendly manner. Some of the tips you could try out include:

Using fasteners made out of recycled material

One of the most obvious ways of achieving this is by using materials that are recycled to manufacture the fasteners. For instance, when getting aluminum hex tap bolts or Nitronic 50 hex lag bolts, you might want to consult your fastener vendor to find out if they have any that are made out of recycled metal. The fact that environmental issues are becoming very prominent means that there are very many companies out there that now focus on doing this. It’s going to be relatively easy for you to find such fasteners, and in future you are likely to notice that the trend will continue.
Eco-Friendly Screws

Strategic installation of the fasteners

In most instances when an individual is thinking of using fasteners, they are usually not likely to consider the way they are arranged especially if this is not critical. However, you can always use it as a way of reducing the number of fasteners you use. This way, you will need much less material for the entire job, and this in turn means less use of raw materials. Of course, there are other fringe benefits to doing this, including the fact that you will save more money.

 
In order to do this correctly, you will need to do the product design well. The key is to find out the minimum number of bolts and nuts you need to keep the products you are fastening in good condition. You might need to work with a design expert to get this done.

Proper fastener use

Using the fasteners considering their intended purpose is also a great way to reduce this effect. For instance, you should always make sure that you pick fasteners that are designed for the materials you are trying to fasten, and for the conditions under which they will be used. The goal is to ensure minimal damage during the installation of the fasteners. This will reduce how many of them you use, which will indirectly help in maintaining a state of eco friendliness.
In summary, there are many things you can do to reduce the environmental impact you have when using fasteners. The above are just a few of the things you can try out. Working with the right fastener distributors and manufacturers combined with proper use of the same is the ultimate way to achieve this.

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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