alcoa and embraer contract

Embraer Is one of the leading airplane makers in the industry- competing at number three behind Airbus and Boeing company. Alcoa is another leader in lightweight metal and advanced manufacturing methods.  The two companies have recently finalized a deal that not only strengthens their relationship but also secures their positions as leaders in the market. The multiyear contract is valued at $470 million. The agreement will ensure Alcoa supplies alloys sheet for Embraer’s new E-Jet E2 family, which is scheduled to fly by 2018. This will make Alcoa the sole contractor for exclusive wing skins and fuselage sheet intended for the E-Jet E2 jet airliners.

According to Fernando Queiroz, Embraer’s Vice President, Alcoa was chosen because it provides the best material and capabilities in the industry. The company has actually developed most of the alloys that have been used for aircraft flight. The alloys Alcoa offers have more strength, rust resistance, and fatigue resistance than other competitors, and that is exactly what Embraer needs for the new airliners.

The plate products will be used for creating the structure of the aircraft, specifically for the fuselage frames and wing ribs. Embraer believes this long term partnership will make the new E-Jet E2 family the best in the commercial aircraft industry. Over the next 20 years, the E2 program is predicted to involve 6,350 new aircrafts. Currently, Embraer has 50% of the orders places in that market

ASAP Fasteners delivers quality aviation parts of Alcoa Inc to customers looking for a fast and reliable source. At ASAP Fasteners we have a group of dedicated account managers that ensure the best purchasing experience for each customer from beginning to end. Each part is thoroughly inspected to meet customer needs. Delivery is flexible and dependable. Our team prides itself on providing even the hardest to find fasteners and connectors while also building good relationships with each of our customers. To learn more about the services and parts offered at our highly certified company, visit You can also call us at 1-714-705-4780.

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FSI Style metric ball screw

There was an article on Thomas Net that talks about how the local manufacturing of Thomson FSI style metric precision balls lead to faster delivery times.Thomas Industries is considered a manufacturer of motion controlled solutions specifically in the mechanical realm. There has been more customer offerings in North America. In doing this, the manufacturing company is able to deliver high quality metric ball screws in much shorter lead times. These metric ball screws are considered to be German engineered.

There are only two percent of all metric ball screws that are sold in North America. These are manufactured domestically. Before this time, the lead times were painfully long. These lead times were up to 10 weeks. Now, with Thomson’s investment in better logistics, the metric ball screws lead time can effectively be cut down to only 1 to 2  weeks. Not only does the lead time decrease but this increases the amount of work load that Thomson Industries can handle.Here is what they have to say about the FSI ball screw in terms of details.

“The high level of accuracy offered by FSI Style ball screws also allow them to be used in engraver/laser/waterjet cutting installations. These types of applications typically require P3/P5 accuracy, 75-100% duty cycle, harsh environments, and reversing loads or dithering issues. FSI ball screw assemblies have molded rubber (NBR) seals in standard sizes 16 mm and above and are ideal for these demanding parameters.”

Thomson Industries, Inc has over 70 years of experience in the motion control industry.

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various types fasteners

Fasteners are made from a broad range of materials, ranging from common steel to plastic, titanium, or other exotic materials. Several materials are further subcategorized in order to differentiate between different grades which can help to describe specific hardening processes, alloy mixtures, etc. In addition to this, some materials are offered in a wide selection of platings or coatings which are used to improve its corrosion resistance or used to change the appearance of the fastener itself. Fastener material, grade, and coating may be critical when selecting a fastener due to variations between materials in strength, corrosion resistance, brittleness, galvanic corrosion properties, and cost.

Generally speaking, whenever replacing old fasteners, it is encouraged to best match whatever fastener you are replacing. It is not always safe to replace a bolt with a stronger bolt, as harder bolts are often more brittle, causing it to potentially fail in specific applications. Some equipment is specifically designed for bolts to fail before critical or more expensive items are damaged.

“Steels alloyed with molybdenum, nickel, and chromium (AISI 4037, 4130, 8630) are best if strength is required. These steels also have good cold-forming properties when annealed and can be heat-treated for the best combination of strength, toughness, and shock resistance,”

suggests David Zimmermann from Machine Design. Regular steel fasteners are more magnetic than most stainless steel fasteners, though some grades of stainless steel fasteners may be slightly magnetic.

“Fine-grain, fully killed (i.e., completely deoxidized) basic steel with no alloying agent. Low-carbon steels have from 0.06 to 0.22% carbon content (AISI 1008, 1010, 1018, and 1022) and exhibit good ductility for cold-forming. Medium-carbon steels contain 0.30 to 0.50% carbon content (AISI 1038, 1045) and are stronger but less ductile,”

Zimmermann added.

“These steels respond well to quench and temper. High-carbon steels contain 0.50% or more carbon (AISI 1066, 1095). They are difficult to cold-form unless annealed. They do, however, have high strength and can be heat-treated.”

When determining what grade a bolt is, it is best to reference the head of the bolt where it is typically marked for its grade. Many bolts are also marked with a manufacturer’s mark in addition to the grade marking.

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Asian fastener market

New studies forecast the Asian industrial fastener industry to be worth over 44.12 Billion dollars as of the year 2020. Predictions based on a trend started in 2013, the Grand View Research Inc company have researched and expect the demand to increase over the next five years increasing total revenue. Offered in different sizes and dimensions these hexagon fasteners have endless amount of uses to connect and hold. As production of automotive, infrastructure, and the aerospace production increase the fastener industry does alongside with it.

As Asian countries such as China, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand plan to invest into innovation of their infrastructures over these next five years, it would be inevitable for them build without industrial fasteners such as bolts, screws, and rivets.Not only will infrastructures increase demand of fasteners, but will increase the need for a vehicle which will trickle down for more automotive rotable production in China. Production of different types of fasteners are required for the composition of rotables and in different parts of a vehicle.

“Increasing use of fasteners in the manufacturing of automotive parts including engine, body, molding, suspension system, frame, body assembling and wheels is expected to drive market growth.”

China's plans for innovation do not stop at infrastructures but branch off into the world of air crafts and aerospace, helping and boosting the demand for fasteners as well.  With approval of “The 2011 State Council Policy “it gives locals a chance to compete in huge industries.

“a growing number of provincial and local governments have announced new indigenous innovation policies that favor domestic products in government procurement processes, contradicting State Council rules.”

With regional manufactures on the rise since the policy, Chinese cities such as Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi’an, Jiangxi and Shenyang will contribute to the mass production of industrial fasteners over the predicted time of expansion of the industry.

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Industrial Fasteners

Fasteners are commonly defined as devices that are used to mechanically join two or more components, devices or surfaces together. Objects that fall under the fastener umbrella are nuts, pins, rivets, clips, washers, nails, screws and bolts with the basic requirement for fasteners being that they must be sturdy/strong enough to handle the required loads and pressure. They must also be cost effective, resistive to corrosion, aesthetically presentable and easy to use.

The global market for industrial fasteners is gaining traction across the country with demand steadily on the rise consequently in part to the rise in construction and maintenance project increase. The demand for automobiles especially in emerging economies around the globe such as China, India and Brazil has also played a significant factor towards the overall growth of the global industrial fasteners market.

Research shows that upon further dissection of the global industrial fasteners market paints a picture with heavy emphasis on crucial market dynamics such as growth opportunities, major challenges and key drivers. A complete research report predicting the movement of the market can be found at This research report assess the statistical data of the existing players as well as new entrants into the global industrial fasteners market and determines how robust the industry actually is.

In fact the global market for industrial fasteners has been around longer than you think. Back in 2011 this market had already reached a maturity value of nearly $70 billion dollars worldwide with the market expected to continually develop at a moderate pace and will reach an estimated net worth of almost $100 billion dollars by 2018. This is a growing at a CAGR of nearly six percent.

The sudden increased demand for infrastructure development, construction and maintenance sectors will only further magnify the increase in demand for the industrial fasteners market with the construction segment market expected to expand at a 9% CAGR. Asia Pacific is the leader in regards to having the highest demand for industrial fasteners occupying nearly 40% of the overall industrial fasteners market. It is predicted that by 2018 the market for industrial fasteners in Asia Pacific will balloon up to 45% of the total market share.

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