When using fasteners, one of the common problems people tend to face is having them being put in place out of alignment. This is an issue that should always be sorted out well since it will determine the quality that you end up getting with the installation. For instance, if you are in the process […]

When using fasteners, one of the common problems people tend to face is having them being put in place out of alignment. This is an issue that should always be sorted out well since it will determine the quality that you end up getting with the installation. For instance, if you are in the process of assembling precision equipment, not being in a position to ensure that the fasteners will be properly aligned could end up costing you. In addition to increasing the cost of the project, you may also end up having to deal with other issues such as a poor brand reputation.
In order to avoid this, you should always ensure that you put the fasteners in place in such a manner that they will not end up being misaligned. Fortunately, this is not very difficult to do. When using fastener types such as Inconel hex tap bolts and nitronic 50 hex lag bolts, there are a number of things you can do to ensure that you never have to deal with fastener misalignment problems. Some of these include:

Make sure that the materials are properly aligned

misaligned screw driven into plank
One of the commonest reasons for misalignment is due to an oversight in the way the materials being fastened are put together. Whenever you are doing any precision fastening, it’s always important to try and ensure that the materials you are fastening are properly aligned. In many cases, this will require the use of precision equipment or a lot of patience.

 

Construct the guide holes properly

When using fasteners such as screws, you will often need to construct guide holes through which they can go. When they are not drilled properly, there is the risk of the fasteners not going through the materials while straight, which might lead to misalignment issues. In order to avoid this, you should consider paying close attention to this. When using a drill to put the guide holes in place, it’s always wise to be slow and sure that you have done it correctly, rather than rush through it and mess it up.

Sizing issues

One of the commonest reasons why most fasteners become misaligned during installation is the fact that they are not sized properly. In order to avoid this, you should consider spending some time getting acquainted with the technical details behind sizing. In many instances, you will find it beneficial to consult a firm that has a lot of experience in selling such items for you to actually benefit from this.
When considering size issues, you have to take into account the size of the holes you are dealing with as well as the thickness of the material you are fastening together. When all these come together, it will become much easier for you to make sure that the fasteners will go in straight and true.
If you are considering using fasteners in the near future, you should keep the above in mind to ensure that they will be properly fastened. This is the only way to get the most benefit from them.

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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