Aircraft fastener parts have become more advanced to support a wide variety of metal aircraft and spacecraft structures. The newest addition has been the assortment of lightweight materials used to create different fasteners.

The new Alcoa fastener addition has not only been beneficial but has also raised issues on the compatibility of the lightweight materials such as aluminum. It is useful because it can be used and inserted into certain fasteners but when composites are involved other fasteners need to be created.

The transition from metallic to composite has also been a problematic transition in the aircraft fastener industry because composites structures are not safe against lightning strikes. The traditional metallic aircraft is made of aluminum, it is an ideal conductor of electricity. In any case that the aircraft is struck by lightning, the energy is dispersed through the metal. Most times it is harmless and if any harm occurs only small repairs are necessary.

Alcoa’s Flite-Tite pin fastener was made to get past any situations of composite delamination. Using a stainless steel or titanium sleeve to develop an interference fit without delaminating the composite.

Since composites are more like insulators than conductors. When using aluminum structures, the aluminum is the primary path of conduction. However, when a composite structure is used the fastener becomes the primary path of conduction. Composites are also complicated to deal with because they are sensitive to damage that is caused by delamination. Delamination is the state where composites and steel go under stress. This is caused when the fastener part is pushed into the hole. This separates the composite material which does not create a good electrical connection. In the case of a lightning strike the energy will not pass through the fastener.

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The industry has become a great demand for new innovative couplings due to the variety of appliances that require them. Couplings are parts that are most often found to connect shafts to transmit power in many essential products. As these vital appliances become larger and larger there is a greater need for customized couplings.Couplings have been incorporated in early appliances from cotton mills to wind mills.  Due to the invention of the steam turbine this has increased the size of power operated machinery therefore increased the size of couplings as well.

"This in turn has greatly increased the demands on shafts and couplings, and in the case of bolted couplings, on the bolts themselves.”

Having the correct coupling is a crucial part to having to maintain shaft bearing alignment.  The alignment in marine applications are a little more lenient when it comes to allowing vibration in result causing much more stress on the bearing. Unlike the marine products, power generation applications are a non-tolerant area of such vibrations. Vibrations in these parts are known to affect the ability of the turbine to reach its full power. To take precaution to avoid the vibrations companies have turned to installing optimizing shaft alignment.

“There is still scope for further analysis and it would be helpful to see exactly how the newer design of bolts with expanding sleeves compare to the older bolts when it comes to transmitting higher torque,” adds Walsh. “Having a full FE analysis could be a significant advantage since it shows the potential for reducing the number of bolts and size of the coupling bearing, particularly in industries such as wind turbines, where they tend to avoid bolted couplings due to space restrictions.”


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Well known bearing companies Dupont an American company and Fujian Longxi Bearing (Group) Corporation Limited (LS) from China have joined forces to be able to create a new innovative bearing to bring to the industry. Them both have created a self-lubricating bearing that is meant to be able to enhance capability and be able lower the amount of maintance cost for corporations due to its self-lubrication properties.

This new innovative bearing has been designed to be incorporated in the airframe control systems. These bearings parts will be a huge contribution to aircraft applications that pertain to certain aircraft functions. This bearing will be a crucial part for landing gear in the aircraft.One of the big reasons for having Fujian Longxi on board with the bearing project was due to it being the only Navair certified company in China.

“The DuPont™ Vespel® bearing liner has been successfully applied to the Fujian Longxi spherical bearing, allowing the bearings to meet the stringent new standards of SAE AS81820 type “A” attaining maintenance free certification for 4 times if the industry average. This means longer maintenance intervals, meaning lower cost in operation, less maintenance time, and more time in the air!”

Many company and owners are caught the low cost in maintance intervals when they are aware of the innovative bearing which reduces intervals. The average interval that the standard bearing can under go before having to need maintance is at an approximate 25,000 cycles. With the new innovative self-lubricating bearing the average intervals it is able to reach a 100,000 before it requires maintance, almost three times as much!DuPont™ Vespel® CP materials has ventured out from its usual production of aircraft engines to be able to join in with the production of the bearing.

“DuPont Performance Materials (DPM) is a leading innovator of thermoplastics, elastomers, renewably-sourced polymers, high-performance parts and shapes, as well as resins that act as adhesives, sealants, and modifiers.”

Fujian Longxi Bearing Is the essential bearing part to this partnership. “Fujian Longxi Bearing (“LS”) specializes in the production of spherical plain bearings (SPB), tapered roller bearings, gears, gearboxes, and automobile parts.”


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The company DEWALT has a range of anchors that will be launching in the second half of 2016, the existing, as well as the existing powers range of anchors and fasteners parts will transition to the brand over a period of time.DEWALT acts as pioneers in their fields, as they have been developing innovative installation tools. Powers Fasteners has been developing anchor solutions for various construction projects throughout the world. The leader in the concrete and masonry fastening industry is Powers. They specialize in providing specific phases of construction. Once the project begins, DEWALT is the most trusted professional brand for using power tools. Many of the world’s most memorable structures have been used with DEWALT and Powers products.

Just a couple years back, the DEWALT company added Powers Anchors and Fasteners to their family. The entire mission of their project was to own it from the very beginning design phase and throughout the construction phase. Since 2012, the hard work of bringing the two companies together has been in play. Engineers from both companies have collaborated and started working together to design anchors and tools together. The goal was to give a complete system focused on performance and productivity. Very large investments have been made in order to expand this Field Engineering program, as well as a team that can stand and work side by side with Structural Engineers.They want to assist in the specific selection and design of construction fasteners.

“The results of this investment have been significant. The latest construction reports show that our products are now specified on many of the largest jobsites throughout the U.S. Today, we unveil the next phase we’ve been working toward since 2012: a complete, cordless installation tool and anchoring system solution under one brand,”

said Director of Marketing, Sean Kelly. To ensure the success of this brand transition, the Powers brand will stay on DEWALT Anchors packaging as “Engineered By Powers.” This strategy will be used on all packaging and literature.


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HIOS In., a Japanese company that focuses on the manufacturing of electric power tools, torque meters, and screws has just announced the development of two new screws. One is a cap screw while the other is a hollow set screw. Both the termed InterCap and InterGrip screws come with an InterTorque hexalobular recess head.

This new development comes from issues with the standard flat hexagonal screwdriver which sometimes spins when inactive. HIOS designed the InterTorque to have a “Super Point” that leads a bit into the recess that prevents movements from occurring even when idle. It removes any possibility of a bit getting stuck in the head screw which typically occurs with a hexagonal socket.As far as fastening devices, both the InterCap and InterGrip provide functional and efficient protection. It is an exceptionally stable design because of its accurate fitting.


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Triangle Fastener Corporation- one of the top fastener manufacturers, has recently released a new line of anti-rust Zinc head screws. Their zinc composition delay corrosion that would otherwise generate faster from screw fastener made out of steel. Triangle Fastener has engineered all their products to outperform competitors in the industry.

To ensure this, TFC inspects each product every step of the way as a form of quality control. This new line of zing cap screw fastener went through the same process. Every part of the screw is designed with a purpose. This includes the ZAMAX-5 Zinc Alloy Head that provides enduring strength. The shank composed of carbon steel is treated with Tri-Seal 1,000 hrs salt spray. The sealant improves the corrosion resistance of the screws by up to 20x more in comparison to zinc plated screws that typically hold a shorter lifespan.

The screw also comes with a EPDM sealing washer. It is an integral part of the screw due to the degree of corrosion protection that it provides. The washer screw fastener undergoes exceptional weathering capabilities. These screws are manufactured for versatility. The varying sizes include #12 and ¼” diameters in Blazer-3 and Blazer-5 drill points and reach up to 4” In length.  To support back-out resistance, the 1/4” Blazer- 1 Lap and #17 Type AB screws come with the patented VRT Technology common to all Triangle Fastener Corporation screws. This rubber adds reinforcement that other fasteners lack.

The features and benefits of these screws meet the high standards set by TFC. TFC provides fasteners for the commercial industry. These screws have a wide range of usage, from roof systems to aviation needs- these screws function is whatever condition they are placed in.


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A new wedge lock nut has been announced as part of TR Fastening LTD’s expanding line of bolt fasteners parts. The single piece delivers technology usually provided by two components – a washer for locking and flanged nut that is easy to use.

The Design

The two pieces come preassembled in this new bolt in an innovative way that helps provide extra security by increasing tension instead of friction between the two parts. The inside of the washer has wedge shaped cams that react to any vibrations in the joint by stirring.

The outside of the nut has radial teeth on its outer part that increase compressing force by embedding the teeth into surfaces when tightened. The design of the nut also enables it to self-lock, as the fastening force of the joint increases due to the greater difference in the height of the cams than the area of the screw thread. The two pieces become permanently secure into the precise arrangement it was intended for, merging them to become one. This removes the risk of improper use that is more likely to occur with two individual pieces and it also reduces the time it takes to assemble the joint.

A key element of the design is the wedge lock nut’s ability to fit in hard to reach places, and it can also be reused without losing intended purpose. Overall, TR Fastening has made bolt security easier with the impressive design that provides a reliable source of safety and cost-effectiveness.

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In October 2015, Alcoa signed the largest fasteners deal with Airbus ever. Alcoa will be providing many products developed specifically for Airbus’ needs which will be manufactured at 14 of the Alcoa global facilities. A majority of the contract work would be completed in California.

These fasteners will be utilized on many of Airbus’ high-growth platforms such as the A350 XWB, the A330, and the A320neo. Among the fasteners that Alcoa is providing, most of them are going to be titanium, steel, and nickel-based super alloys.

Alcoa’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Klaus Kleinfeld says,

“Our growing aerospace capabilities, technology strength and global, first-rate customer service continue to strengthen Alcoa’s decades-long partnership with Airbus. Alcoa is proud to partner with Airbus to provide breakthrough technologies for some of the most advanced aircraft in the world.”

Earlier in the year, Alcoa split itself into more divisions. There will be a mining, processing, and smelting division operating under the Alcoa umbrella. John Miller, writer for the Wall Street Journal, commented:

“A second company, the name of which has yet to be determined, will be spun off and focus on making parts and pieces for airplanes and cars, including in deals such as the Airbus contract. That company is expected to be the more profitable one. Under Mr. Kleinfeld, Alcoa last year bought U.K. jet-engine-parts maker Firth Rixson Ltd., and this year acquired Pittsburgh-based RTI International Metals Inc., one of the world’s biggest makers of fabricated titanium products for the aerospace industry. Those acquisitions made the split announced last week a better option than selling off the raw-aluminum business, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Kleinfeld, a former Siemens AG executive, will remain CEO of the still-unnamed company and will be temporary chairman of the new Alcoa.”

Here at ASAP Fasteners, we have the resources to distribute a vast array of Alcoa products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers’ production lines and aircraft are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at purchase@asap-fasteners.com or call us at 1-714-705-4780.


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At the end of April 2015, RBC bearings announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Dover’s Sargent Aerospace & Defense unit. The Sargent business unit was purchased by RBC for $500 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second calendar quarter of 2015, which is the same as the first quarter of fiscal year 2016.

RBC Bearings Inc. is an international manufacturer of highly-engineered precision plain, roller and ball bearings for use in industrial, defense and aerospace industries. They are headquartered in Oxford, Connecticut and will be celebrating 100 years of operation in 2019. There are currently 2,510 people employed by RBC over 25 manufacturing facilities in five countries.

Sargent is headquartered in Arizona and engineers precision components and aftermarket parts for aircraft airframes and engines, rotorcraft, submarines and land vehicles. They operate under Kahr Bearing, Airtomic, Sonic Industries, Sargent Controls, as well as Sargent Aerospace & Defense brands.

Sargent operates six facilities across three countries and employs a workforce of over 750. Through their facilities, they manufacture, sell, and service hydraulic valves and actuator, specialty bearings, specialty fasteners, seal rings and alignment joints. Their annual revenues are roughly $195 million. RBC financed the purchase with a combination of cash on hand and senior debt.

The estimated earning accretion from RBC is $0.25 to $0.35 per diluted share for the first twelve months of operations as a combined company. Based on a NPV basis approximately &78 million in tax benefits will be achieved as well as approximately $7.5 million in annual run-rate synergies achieved over a five year period. The transaction does not require shareholder approvals.

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


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Some of the modern features that Rockwell Collins has put into airplanes are not just for the pilots - many of them are found right in the cabin. In this age of technology, gone are the days of reading a newspaper or being forced to talk to that stranger sitting next to you on your flight. Whether you’re a movie buff, into the latest breaking news, or you just want to stay connected to others while you’re high in the sky, Rockwell Collins has you covered. Their in-flight entertainment systems are found on many single- and twin-aisle aircrafts, while their business jets offer a way to stay connected to your office even when you can’t be there.

Rockwell Collins’ Tailwind brand family of Airborne satellite television systems allow the passengers to watch in comfort no matter where the destination is. Whether it’s a quick flight to Vegas or a trip to the other side of the world, passengers are able to watch the most up-to-date content on their voyages. The cabin displays are energy-efficient and appear on crystal clear screens. They are available in 15-, 17- and 21.3-inch models to provide for different cabin configurations. In an age where people are more connected than ever, Rockwell Collins’ connectivity products allow travelers to never have to miss a Tweet or the latest breaking news. Plus, their large network of support centers assure that you are never too far from the most customer-focused support team in the industry.

With so many different connectivity options available, passengers now have the power to turn their plane into a theater or an office. Rockwell Collins’ goal is to make your flight as personalized and as comfortable as possible—truly making you your own captain.

Rockwell Collins was founded in 1933 and is one of the largest avionics and information technology companies in the United States. With over 20,000 employees, the Cedar Rapids-based company primarily caters its services and systems to aircraft manufacturers and government agencies.


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Developed as a response to the Airbus A350 XWB long-range, twin-engine, wide-body jetliner, the Boeing 777X family of jetliners is expected to debut in 2020. The fuselage of the 777X wide-body calls for an impressive 60,000 fasteners—all of which are currently installed by hand. However, to meet the already-placed firm orders from Lufthansa, Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Cathay Pacific by the declared delivery date, Boeing needed to automate its riveting system.

To create this new robotic riveting system, Boeing enlisted the expertise of Augsburg, Germany-based KUKA Systems. The collaborative effort resulted in a system dubbed the Fuselage Automatic Upright Built (FAUB) consisting of KUKA-produced robots to quickly and precisely install the thousands of fasteners needed for each aircraft. Equipped with end effectors, the KUKA robots will work on the aft and forward sections of the 777X.

With its North American headquarters located in Sterling Heights, Michigan, KUKA Systems has already lent its automation know-how to a number of high-profile industry programs. In 2012, the German firm developed the manufacturing line for the world’s first fly-by-wire commercial helicopter—the Bell 525 Relentless medium-lift utility helicopter. In 2009, KUKA Systems created the Integrated Assembly Line system for Northrop Grumman’s F-35 Lightning II single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighter under a contract valued at over USD$100 million.

For the fiscal year 2013, KUKA Systems boasted USD$1.4 billion in revenue and employed a 3,900-strong global workforce.

Via our proprietary website ASAP-Fasteners, ASAP Semiconductor is a one-stop-shop for Boeing solutions. Prospective customers can browse our extensive stock of hard-to-find obsolete and current Boeing parts—ranging from high-quality connectors to electrical backshells to tubing and more—at www.asap-fasteners.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff for a quote via sales@asap-fasteners.com or call toll-free at 1-714.705.4780.


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Faber Fluid Fittings is a division of Faber Enterprises, Inc., a manufacturer of aerospace components founded in 1947 and based in Canoga Park, California. Faber Enterprises is a subsidiary of SPS Technologies, LLC. Certified to AS 9100-B and ISO 9001: 2008, with NADCAP AC7112 accredited fluid systems, the company is a leading designer and manufacturer of aircraft fluid fittings (including AS, MS, NAS, and AN varieties).The company also produces fittings specific to standards of major aerospace companies including: BAC from Boeing, ABS and NSA from Airbus, and 7D from Boeing/McDonnell-Douglas. Used in hydraulic, fuel, pneumatic, and ECS applications, the company provides a broad range of both standard and proprietary fittings rated for operating in extreme pressures (over 5000 psi) and abundant vibration. Approved for military use, the AN/AS 37-deg flared fittings follow MIL-F-5509 and their MS/AS flareless fittings suit MIL-F-18280 standards. Additionally, the company offers a ball nose fitting series for GEAC aircraft engines as an alternative to AN flared fittings.

In addition, Faber also produces a number of unique, proprietary options. The company offers Port-Lok®, a series of ring locked boss type adapters, which are utilized in aircraft pump, actuators, and engine boss ports. Composed of titanium with an A286 ring, these devices can withstand pressure of up to 5080 psi. Port-Lok fittings and toolings are compliant with SAE AS 18280, AS 85421, AS 85720, and AS 5000. If you require parts for Faber Fluid Fittings’ products, look no further than ASAP Fasteners. ASAP Semiconductor, through its proprietary website ASAP Fasteners, is a center for all your aerospace parts procurement needs. With an extensive portfolio of manufacturers (including Faber), we specialize in obtaining parts that are current, obsolete, or hard-to-find. For more information please check out our selection at www.asap-fasteners.com or contact us at sales@asap-fasteners.com for more information or to submit an RFQ.

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