Critical Considerations When Choosing and Assembling Industrial Fasteners


Bolts and nuts are popular types of fasteners you'll find in almost any industrial or manufacturing industry. If your work is aligned with industrial operations, you must know the type of fasteners to choose for your applications and the best assembly practices. Here is an essential guide to help you choose nuts and bolts.

To find the ideal fasteners for your industrial application, ask yourself these critical questions before making a purchase:

Where Will They Be Used?

You will commonly find bolts and nuts in applications that feature enclosures which must be opened and closed. If they're industrial applications, you must choose robust and durable fasteners. Consider metallic nuts and bolts for frequently used industrial applications. However, opt for low-cost fasteners if you deal with products or applications that don't require opening. 

What Specs Are Needed?

Bolts and nuts come in various sizes, with different materials adapted to specific functions. That means that you should understand the various needs of your application before heading out to a hardware store to buy your respective fasteners. Choosing the wrong bolts and nuts can impact your application's performance or even worse, cause damage. 

What About Threads?

Many things, including environmental factors, might impact the quality of your fasteners. As such, it's imperative to consider such factors during the selection process. For instance, steel or iron fasteners are prone to rust when exposed to elements like salty water. Consequently, the rust causes their premature deterioration and poor performance. It's thus paramount to choose high-grade stainless steel fasteners for your applications since they're resistant to rusting. 

Do You Require Lubricants for Your Fasteners? 

Rusting takes place when metals react with oxygen and water through the oxidation process. Stainless steel fasteners have a thin outer coating that prevents this process. However, this coating can also cause cold welding (galling). You will require some lubrication on your nuts and bolts to prevent cold welding during installation.

Final Thoughts

Fasteners like nuts and bolts are essential requirements for most industrial applications. They help in fastening parts and holding items together. When using these fasteners, you must avoid overtightening them. Doing so can potentially damage the threads and lower their overall strength. In turn, this weakens the application over time. 

This essential guide will help you make an informed decision when choosing the ideal fasteners for your industrial application. You can now confidently move into your nut and bolt assembly without any doubts. 


24 November 2021

My Cool Guide to Industrial Supplies

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