On November 28th and 29th of this year, Fastener Fair France, which is the only international exhibition in France which focuses on fastening and fixing technology, will act as hosts to stakeholders in the market for screws, bolts, and Fastening Systems. This is all taking place at the Paris Exposition. Fastener Fair is already a reputable exhibition international, holding exhibitions in Italy, Germany, the United States and more.

During these two days of the exhibition, Fastener Fair France will supply a unique experience for industry professionals to discover significant innovations and create new business relationships. During its first exhibition to be held in France, Fastener Fair will connect the aircraft manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and end users all in the fasting and fixing industry. This will also include products and services in association with this industry. The fair is being targeted mostly towards industrial stakeholders that are seeking assembly and installation systems and manufacturing technologies for fasteners. All these mentioned requirements spread among a wide range of different sectors which includes construction, car manufacturing, aerospace, marine, civil engineering, furniture manufacturing and much more.

The screw and bolt manufacturing market in France has grown these last 7 years and continues to grow. It has reached a figure of 4.5 in 2017. In 2016, screw and bolt manufacturers based in France appreciated a favorable business environment. This was due to the face that they were able to capitalize on the dynamic growth in certain industries they work with. For example, the French automotive industry and aerospace industry both saw manufacturing and production output increase by 4%. Screw and bolt exports in France rose by 3.4% in just the first ten months of 2016.

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Inspections in aerospace are a must with precise requirements to exceed, especially for rivets and fasteners which are the base of every project. Thousands of various part numbers are used by both commercial and military aircraft for outstanding and pivotal applications such as engine, brake assemblies and leading airframes.

The world’s aerospace and defense prime contractor have high standards and only a small number of companies quality to meet them. Air Industries Company got in touch with Dimac SRL to provide with state of the art testing equipment since AIC is one of the companies that meet the requirements. Mario Brumini, Dimac’s after sales technician explains that when Air Industries Company came to them, they needed to inspect  every aircraft rivet fastener  for dimensional acceptances, and in the end the final inspection.

Dimac’s and Air Industries Company (Aic’s) goal is to offer the highest benefits in terms of trustworthiness and accuracy. Masso,p Agrati said "It was an exciting challenge to prove the excellence of our automated machinery in the USA – for one of the strictest supply chains. One of our specialties is that we are always happy to take up the challenge.”

Dimac’s MCV1 model was the answer. It is an automatic machine for complete inspection and categorization with a special function of detecting the tiniest chock and geometry imperfections on AIC’s rivets.

Mario Brumini explained how the new software developed is able to define the segment of the thread in order to inspect it by dragging and releasing a window around it. By defying a value for +Tol and -Tol, the operator is able to change the size of the envelop tolerance band.

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Fixings for any application is very important when it comes to safety, and there is a whole array of fixing systems to choose from. However, those with experience can choose quickly between chemical and mechanical anchors. Mechanical anchors can be split into two categories,expansion anchors and non-expansion anchors. Expansion anchors can be any of different types of anchors such as stud anchors, shield anchors, sleeve anchors fasteners and a bunch more.These anchors use the expansion method to hold any two pieces together. Unfortunately, expansion anchors have their cons because they can be limited to what type of material they are used in.

For example,if you use an expansion anchor in a brickwork or stonework then it might cause that material to crack or simply crush. In that case, non-expansion anchors can be a better alternative. Chemical anchors don’t have the complications a mechanical anchor has and can be very useful at closer edge and distances in material such as concrete, so for example you can create a small space between two materials and still create a very strong connection between the two. For example in concrete. Anchor Fasteners is a big industry and the demand for them is becoming much higher in all manufacturing industries.

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Japanese Industrial Fastener Corporation Nitto Seiko based out of 20 Umegahata, Inokura-Cho, Ayabe, and Kyoto, Japan has announced they have developed a CF tight self-tapping screw panel fastener which is used primarily for carbon fiber reinforced plates. This is great news for the automotive and aerospace industries due to the fact that they often use carbon fiber reinforced plates as a means to reduce car weight.

Carbon fiber reinforced plates or CRFRP are typically lined up in a fixed direction to achieve high strength while remaining light weight. This is an issue when common self-tapping screws for plastic is introduced to the equation due to the fact that the fastener screws will disarrange and split/strip the fibers on the carbon fiber reinforced plates thereby destroying its appearance, reducing strength and preventing the screws from achieving stability.

Nitto Seiko Co. Ltd has announced that starting December 20, 2016, their “CF Tight” Self-tapping Screw will go on sale. Able to generate highly destructive torque, the CF Tight has a near triangle thread structure that restrains resistance during fastening to ease in fastening the screw. The special obtuse front threads are able to reduce disarranged fibers to shorten fastening times and prevent strength deterioration which will reduce costs overall.

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Space missions have opened multiple avenues that explores creates the potential of space exploration. Almost half a century ago we were able to not only explore leaving earth’s atmosphere but we were able to land on the moon and take our first steps on the moon. This would have not been possible if it wasn’t for the scientists and the industries that were involved and supported this mission. The space ship that traveled to the moon was loaded with nothing more than the technology that you find in your cell phone today. This how much advanced we have gone since then.

Even something as simple as a Rivet Fastener can be as important as anything else because such an exploration into space requires a huge amount of detail and care. Having said that, TR Fastenings Norway received a new funding from the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment to build new and very strong blind rivets that will be used in a the Mars’s Rover Radar Imager.

The radar is going to be one of many instruments that will be used on the rover and it is very important that each one is built with care and sophistication. The Radar is called RIMFAX which stands for “Radar Image for Mars’ Subsurface Exploration.” Those instruments are designed to measure whether it’s possible to sustain life on Mars or not.

The Blind Rivets Fasteners are going to be used in holding up the Radar’s Antenna which requires a quality that can be sustained for years to come, it has to sustain the hostile weather changes that will occur on the surface of Mars. Not to add to the rocky terrain and the wide range of hostile conditions that can be rough, the radar is going to be used to send signal below the surface of Mars in order to create a picture and clear understanding of what is the composition of Mars’s surface.

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Penn Engineering is planning to provide new reliable materials for companies to use. The main goal is to install materials that will not loosen or fall out which Is very important to produce a lot of products. Some of the products include, smart watches and camera fitness bands, headphones, laptops, tablets, readers, gaming and many of handheld devices. The inserts that are planning to be inserted in devices are very small and reliable the insert are as small as M1. These metal threads are reusable, they have a symmetrical shape that accommodates a straight of tapered holes, this leads to the elimination of the need for orientation of the inserts during any installation this makes It very convenient for many companies. It is kind of a one stop shop for many companies since it is in many shapes.

These MSIB inserts are growing and growing each day. Many companies are causing them their plastics can be as thin as 0.7mm most if the scarifications, fastener models and drawings and performance data can be accessed online. Many companies are excited to purchase this because Penn Engineering is known for its reliability and for its precisions. The Company manufacture facilities in the United States, Europe, and Asia, which means it is supported nationally and many companies rely on it for the newest most efficient pieces. It is supported by a worldwide network; Penn Engineering has many authorized engineers and representatives.

The fact that these Brass insert fasteners re reusable are making it more environmentally friendly and this can widen the productions and sales of this piece because many companies are trying to branch themselves as environmentally friendly for the purpose of gaining more sales and they actually want to help the environment therefore using and producing these reusable brasses is a really good idea that many companies will take advantage of.

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As of the year 2021 the Aero faster market is estimated to rise a total of 7% and be worth an astonishing 9 billion according to a report by the Market Research Future. These large numbers are due to progression and investments that have been made in the cabin interior products departments and sales. As larger manufacturing corporations become more industrialized, they have begun to venture out and, "moving work space to emerging economic regions like Mexico, Brazil, India, and North Africa, according to Global Aerospace Fasteners Market Information from 2011 to 2021."

Looking to exhaust every avenue for revenue, third party companies have partnered with OEMs to begin MRO stations in the more economic regions. North America continues to be a leading competitor in the market in the in the striving regions. The exchange of currency in different regions is one of the main reasons for the venturing off into different countries other than the headquarters of the original manufacturer or entity. As stated in the Global Fastener News they state that reason for the increase in worth and wide spread of the companies is due to the,

"Commercial aerospace constitute 60% of total aerospace fasteners market, which is expected to be 62% of the overall market in the forecast period, considering the number of in-service aircraft fleets, backlogs, order book, growing retirement, utilization and aftermarket service."

Boeing and Airbus make up a large part of the Aircraft industry and produce such large numbers at a time. To date both Boeing and Airbus have an order book of 12000 aircrafts estimated to delivered till the year 2021 creating the need for that many more aerospace fasteners.  As predicted,” the demand for fasteners will significantly grow in the forecast period."

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Taiwan’s industry of fasteners are picking their game up in producing higher-end fasteners parts that can complement the global fastener market and make them one of the world’s most competitive industries. The fastener industries now can make high end fasteners that can be used in all industries from automotive to aviation, to aerospace, to marines, to medical equipment and many other. This is why there has been a gradual increase in the value of fasteners.

The industry has been through continuous growth in the past few years and the market research has shown the increase in profits is correlated to the metal industry. Records show that the most lucrative side of the business is due to the medical equipment development in the past decade. Medical equipment has been in the rise for the past 100 years but in the past decade technology has been on the rise exponentially which is taking the medical industry on a high rise. For example the titanium alloy self-tapping bone screw fastener has been one of the notable products in the fastener industry because it allows the newest electropolshing technology for titanium which improves the brightness and the imaging and cleanness to the screw’s surface and makes sure the color distribution is being even from anodic treatment.

The development of these products puts the industry on a high rise, similarly in the automotive and aerospace industry there is development when it comes to every detail in the fastener industry. Maybe not as much detail is needed in the automotive side as there is in the medical side, but automotive industry has been on such a high production rate that they can’t get especially when it comes to cap connector screw or hollow set screw.

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By thinking outside the box, Bryce Fastener Inc came up with ways that it was more convenient for the industry and for improving security in the industry. Bryce Fastener Inc is a company that is well known in its industry, recently they have announced the production and finalization of their new product. This new product is the most improved fastener yet.

This fastener part is a tamper-proof fastener and they named it the “sky fit”. Many people have been waiting for a product like that to be produced. The skyfit has high productivity and it is very secure. It being productive and secure make the installation process much faster. This is beneficial to everyone that uses it but it is highly especially beneficial in places where high security is needed.

The idea of designing and building this skyfit was mainly because, any of the fasteners that are available in the market. These fasteners unit tend to be of old designs and not as reliable.  They lacked a proper stick-fit fastener. They especially produced this because many people were not satisfied with what is already out on the market. They struggled to find a fit for their specific use.

They mentioned

“Tox-pin, Hex Pin, Snake Eyes, and one way security screws are over 50 years old, they’re not reliable in secure applications because the bit-tips are available to the public”

the motivation was to come up with a piece that is a lot more convenient and more secure. Sky fit had been beneficial for many people whether for individual use or big corporations it is made with no “fumbling, dropping, or re attaching”. This piece is developed and has been improving since production for example. They made the possibility of it being color coated a possibility which even makes it more convenience for use.

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Lancaster Fastener Co Ltd has announced that they are now equipped to offer any of their zinc plated stainless steel fasteners with a black finish within a very short time frame. This move is widely speculated to be in response to the growing demand for fasteners with a black finish. By building upon its extensive existed stock range of fasteners by offer it with a black finish, Lancaster Fastener Co Ltd, the UK company have answered the deafening call by its customers.

The intention is to offer a fastener that is widely regarded as hard to source and time-consuming to locate and procure. By have a reliable and consistent supply of fasteners with a black finish, Lancaster Fastener Co Ltd hopes to corner the market. Sam Wilson, the managing director at Lancaster Fastener says he understands that many other distributors have demand for zinc plated and stainless steel fasteners to be finished black. With the processes and logistics already in place partnered with the reputation as one of the top fastener companies in the world, Lancaster Fastener Co Ltd made the decision to offer their entire product portfolio with the black finishing service.

The decorative dip-spin black top coat enhances corrosion resistance while the low coating thickness can be applied to the entire existing zinc plated/stainless steel stock. The thin layer application is ideal for small fastener parts in instances where the tolerances are limited with no build-up in the recess or threads of the screw. Also in conformity with EU guidelines relation to the End of Life Vehicle Directive (2000/53/EC), the surface treatment is completely free of any hazardous substances.

Finally no hydrogen embrittlement occurs in the application of the black finish because the finish is just a top coat. With independently commissioned corrosion resistance tests, the black finish achieves the minimum 150 hours to white rust fairly easily.

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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 screw bearings 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 bearing 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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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 aircraft 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 fastener, 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 fastener 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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Fastener manufacturer Alcoa, recently announced that it will be naming one of its spinoff companies Arconic. The New York Based company is planning on splitting into 2 companies during the second half or 2016. The decision to split the company in 2 was announced in September of 2015 and was made to help increase the company’s cumulative stock-market value. Arconic, as the new company will be called, will focus on making multi-alloy products for the automotive and aerospace industries. Tuesday announced the name of its new spinoff: Arconic.

Chief Executive Klaus Kleinfeld has high hopes that the combined value of both companies would surpass the value of the integrated one, mainly due to the fact that the value of the new company will no longer be weighed down by tepid aluminum markets.

Having a new name and new logos for both companies may not be able to solve all of the issues Alcoa and Arconic face. Issues such as the high amounts of competition the company faces from Chinese companies and the dwindling price of aluminum. Nonetheless, according to Andrew Lane of Morningstar, Inc Acronic has been setup by Parent Alcoa for profitable growth.

Arconic’s logo has been designed and will be a teal eight sided polygon that has a shape similar to that of Alcoa’s. Kleinfeld plans on relinquishing his position as chief executive at Alcoa to take over the reins at Arconic and according to him the new brand “echoes our 127-year history of invention and reinvention.”

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Drone use is becoming more prominent than ever, which is forcing the government to take action in beefing up their anti-drone technology.The Secret Service will begin conducting tests in the dead of night creating a defense system against the incoming drones. In the coming weeks, controlled drones will be flown over different parts of Washington DC between 1 AM and 4 AM.

The airspace is normally a no-fly-zone, but the FAA has granted the Secret Service a waiver for their tests. Just this past January, the White House had to go on lockdown while President Obama was out of town due to a drone landing on the White House lawn at 3 AM. It was determined to have been accidental, not a security threat.

Drones have gone from an underground exotic technology to a readily available gadget in recent years thanks to companies like DJI and 3D Robotics. Even an unexperienced flyer can pilot the drone with relative ease.

“There are basically three ways to stop a drone,” said Jeremy Gillula, a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, “Block the radio signals linking the drone to its controller, hack the aircraft's control signals and trick it into believing it is somewhere else, or physically disable it. Some drone manufacturers program a ‘geo fence’ - location coordinates that their drones treat as off limits, and refuse to fly past - into the drone's programming. Police also could physically knock a drone out of the air with a projectile or use a net to catch it.”

While the final option sounds primitive compared to the others, Gillula goes on to state it would be the most effective way of doing it.

"If it were me that would actually be the first thing I would think about doing," Gillula said. "You would have to basically encase the White House in this net. It sure wouldn't look pretty, but in some ways it would be the most effective way."

Via our proprietary website ASAP Fasteners, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of aerospace and defense products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current parts at www.asap-fasteners.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-fasteners.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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Alcoa’s Power and Propulsion business division was awarded a 10-year USD$360 million contract to provide aluminum forgings used on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. As the key supplier for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program, Alcoa provides several key components. Their advanced, patented 7085 alloy aluminum die forgings will be supplied. The forgings include 15 large bulkheads and six wing box parts which serve as the skeletal structure of the wing. The bulkheads are the primary structural support for the wings and engines. They can weigh anywhere from 1,800 to 6,000 pounds and range in size from 10 to 23 feet in length.

Alcoa will also provide high pressure turbine blades for the F-35 JSF engines. The high-performance, nickel-based superalloy blades and vanes enable the engine to operate at temperatures hotter than its own melting point. In addition, Alcoa will provide joining devices, specialty alloy, and structural aluminum castings. The fasteners used are designed to be easily installed in even the hardest to reach areas. Alcoa plans to invest USD$24 million into Alcoa Cleveland Works for new machinery, equipment, and infrastructure improvements which will help meet the demand for the previously mentioned components.

Alcoa began working with Lockheed Martin on the F-35 in 2004. After winning the government bid to produce their X-35 prototype as the F-35, Lockheed realized the aircraft was 10% overweight. When engineers at Lockheed were unable to come up with a way to save the necessary weight materials, the Lockheed engineers approached Alcoa. Alcoa’s revolutionary 7085 forgings had recently been used on the Airbus A380 which had the largest wing spars ever made.

Alcoa believed they could convert the bulkheads which had been designed as a multi-piece assembly of machined 6-inch plates into a single piece. The concept would require incredibly thick metallic sections that had not been previously achieved. Working closely with key suppliers, Alcoa was able to design special tooling ledges that were integrated into the forging design. On average, the Alcoa-designed bulkheads save 300 pounds per aircraft. The result was 15-20% cost savings by reducing time and money spent on machining, reworking and scrapping parts.

Via our proprietary website ASAP Fasteners, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Alcoa products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production Alcoa parts at www.asap-fasteners.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-fasteners.com or 714-705-4780 for a quote.

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Headquartered in Fullerton, California, Aerofit, Inc. is an in-house designer and manufacturer of precision aerospace components specializing in high/low fluid pressure fittings and fasteners. Founded in 1968 by engineer Robert Peterjohn, Aerofit got its start by manufacturing metal port seal fittings for the McDonnell Douglas C-10 three-engine wide-body jetliner.In 2004, the Peterjohn estate sold the company to Jordan Law and Dave Werner, formerly of fellow Fullerton firm Kaynar Technologies. Today, Aerofit counts NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Department of the Air Force, and the Department of the Navy among its client base. Aerofit, Inc. is a member of Consolidated Aerospace Manufacturing, LLC (CAM)—a group of manufacturers concentrating in producing fittings, hardware, and fastening components for the commercial and military aerospace markets. With CAM, Aerotek finds itself in good company. The member companies of Consolidated Aerospace Manufacturing, LLC are as follows:
  • Aerofit, Inc.
  • Bristol Industries (self-locking nuts and gang channels)
  • Voss Industries (band clamps, coupling devices, flanges, and ducting components)
  • QRP, Inc. (quick release pins)
  • 3V Fasteners Company, Inc. (fasteners)
Aerofit, Inc. parts are used in the pneumatic, fuel, hydraulic, and oxygen systems of the aircraft produced by the likes of Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon. Aerofit engineers its products— adapters, unions, sleeves, tees, elbows, crosses, tube/hose nuts, couplings, nozzles, collars, and flanges—to meet the specifications of the most popular aerospace firms:
    • ASNA (Airbus)
    • NSA (Airbus)
    • ABS (Airbus)
    • ST7M (Boeing)
    • 7D (Boeing)
    • 7M (Boeing)
    • BAC (Boeing)
    • B3 (Bombardier)
    • JN (Eurocopter)
    • J Standards (General Electric)
    • S700 (Goodrich)
    • 10 Digit (Honeywell)
    • JSF (Lockheed)
    • LS (Lockheed)
Aerofit produces its ISO9001:2008 / AS9100 / MIL / MS/ NAS certified parts out of the following materials:
      • Aluminum
      • Hastalloy
      • Inconel
      • Monel
      • Stainless
      • Steel
      • Tinel
      • Titanium
In 1999, Aerofit started producing innovative shape-memory alloy components under the trademarked names CryoFit®, Cryolive®, Lightweight Union and Cryoflare®. These specially produced parts serve as alternatives to typical tube attachment methods seen in the industry. To be cost efficient, these shape-memory alloy components come with a lower total installed cost and no leak joints. Pre-packaged in plastic installation, the Cryolive® end fittings are flareless while the Cryoflare® end fittings are flared. No matter the installer’s experience level, installation of Aerofit shape-memory alloy parts only take a few seconds by hand. Today, Aerofit, Inc. employs a 150-strong workforce and generates approximately USD$21.6 million in annual revenue.

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