When you are thinking of ordering any types of fasteners, you will always come across the ones made from aluminum. There are many reasons why one would choose to use these kinds of fasteners. In order to get the most out of them, however, you need to identify scenarios in which they would be most […]

When you are thinking of ordering any types of fasteners, you will always come across the ones made from aluminum. There are many reasons why one would choose to use these kinds of fasteners. In order to get the most out of them, however, you need to identify scenarios in which they would be most ideal. Of course, this will require you to know such scenarios first.
Basically, you need to figure out the qualities of aluminum, and then use this to deduct the conditions in which these qualities would be useful. Being one of the most commonly used metals in most industries, this is not very difficult to do. Some of the common applications for aluminum fasteners include:

When you need to keep weight down

One of the commonest problems that people face when doing many kinds of fast66ening is how to ensure that weight is kept down. This could have an effect on many aspects of the product being manufactured. For instance, if you are putting together a car, using aluminum socket head cap screws or aluminum socket set screws in addition to other measures will ensure that the overall weight of the car will be kept down. In such cases, some of the beneficial effects of doing this is that it will result in lower running costs, and will also reduce emissions.
Of course, there are other metals that are even lighter than aluminum and could be used for the same purpose. However, the fact that aluminum is very cheap means that it offers excellent value for money.

When you need aesthetic quality

using aluminum fasteners for various applications
In some cases, aesthetics is an important factor when putting together an item. A common example of this is when you are assembling consumer electronics such as fridges and TVs. In such cases, most people will make the decision to either buy or avoid the electronics based on aesthetics in addition to other factors. Aluminum normally looks very elegant, especially when it’s brushed and polished. It’s also easy to keep it in such a condition. This is why it’s normally associated with elegance.

 

When you want to reduce corrosion

In addition to that, aluminum is also more resistant to corrosion compared to other types of metals out there. This means that it’s a much better option for scenarios where the metal is likely to be exposed to a lot of brine and humidity, such as in a coastal setting. Items that are held together using aluminum fasteners are likely to last much longer compared to the rest.

When you want to avoid magnetism

In some cases, you may want to use fasteners that will not be affected by magnetism. Aluminum is an ideal candidate in such scenarios since it’s not magnetic.
In summary, there are numerous benefits associated with using aluminum fasteners. Of course, to ensure that you get the most out of them, you will need to have the materials supplied by a high quality vendor. This is the only way you can be sure that you will benefit from all the above and more.

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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