Fasteners are a necessity that transcends industry. Whether you’re building IKEA furniture or a supersonic jet, fasteners must hold key components together and be reliable under stress. As you’d imagine, aerospace fasteners have evolved along with the industry itself. When newer and faster products are invented, fastener performance requirements increase. Aerospace manufacturers use a variety of familiar fasteners like screws, nuts, and bolts, as well as more specialized pieces such as rivets, pins, and collars.
 
Aerospace technology experiences extraordinary conditions during flight, like the extreme pressure and temperatures while leaving the atmosphere or the intense heat of burning fuel. Because of this, every part of an aircraft must be able to not only survive, but thrive in these conditions. As these aircraft fasteners parts have to withstand a variety of conditions, various fastener materials are optimal for different uses. Here are a few of the different materials used for aerospace fasteners:
 
Aluminum
Aluminum, a common material for fasteners called rivet fastener, is usually found in atmospheric planes. While it is still employed in aerospace, aluminum requires special treatment before reaching the standards needed for flight beyond the atmosphere. However, this process is not always enough as aluminum is still sensitive to temperatures above 250 degrees fahrenheit.
 
Steel
The strength and hardness of steel makes it a very popular material for aerospace fasteners. A drawback of steel is that its strength also means it is significantly heavier than other materials. This added weight can lead to a lot of issues, so steel fasteners should only be used when appropriate.
 
Titanium
Titanium is frequently employed as an alternative to aluminum. The primary benefit of using titanium over other materials is that it has strength that rivals steel while still remaining relatively light. It is also functional in a wide array of temperatures, ranging from -350 to 800 degrees fahrenheit.
 
Superalloys
High-performance alloys called superalloys are the most versatile of these materials. Superalloys are highly resistant to creep, the slow deformation or movement of a solid under persistent stress. In addition to this, they possess great surface stability as well as better resistance to corrosion and oxidation.
 
While any of these materials are great for use in fasteners components, it is important to fully understand the circumstances under which the fastener will be used. Each material is ideal for different scenarios, and a fastener tailored to your specific needs will produce the best results. 

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When you need a new metal roof or wall panel installed, you need a lot of fasteners tools and parts. You need to make sure that you get the right ones as they can make the difference between whether your new installation can last years or not. And one of the most important tools to choose correctly is the fastener.
Choosing the right high-quality fastener can guarantee a resilient and weather-tight attachment that can last years. So, it’s important to know your options in fasteners and know what you need to consider when choosing your fasteners components.
Most fasteners are made from a coated metal, but the materials for the metal and the coating need to be properly considered. Stainless steel screws can still corrode under extreme conditions. And galvanized action between different and incompatible metals can lead to premature failure. Compatibility is important.
Some fasteners are self-drilling and don’t require a pre-drilled hole, which can be alluring to the installer who wants to finish faster. However, they’re not always a good idea because pre-drilling is an important quick inspection that ensures the hole is in the correct location. Self-drillers can also be bad because they can cause the threads of the fastener to not engage properly with the material, thus causing a point of vulnerability.
Washers fasteners help prevent leaks, if they’re installed correctly. If they have kinks, they can become liabilities as they degrade when exposed to UV light. Whether or not to use a washer is up to the installer, however, extra precaution becomes more important.
Fastener profiles are another consideration that’s usually up to the installer’s preference. Flatter screws are more discrete and low profile, but sometimes shoulder screws are more useful.
Thread count and length are important considerations as they are vital to ensuring that the fastener will properly hold the materials together to create a weather-tight structure. Thread count and length should both be based on the thickness of the materials being installed.

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When thinking of screws, the safety of theft is not the first thing that comes to mind. Safety of keeping things secure, and out of reach, but locks are meant for security. Well Hafren is creating these new best forming screws that are antitheft, anti-vandalism, and anti-tampering. Not only are they creating screws, but best fasteners as well.

The fasteners and screws of Hafren have many different uses and prevent many different types on theft, vandalism, and tampering. It allows for less time being spent on manual labor as a self-drilling screw along with self-tapping, and thread forming screws.

These screws and fasteners have many different capabilities and purposes, on of the many is that they can be used to fix sheet metal to wood and other steel construction with the use of self-drillers. These self-drillers contain the same 6-lobe pin security system used on their screws and fasteners. These self-drillers allow for fast and easy installation along with repairs if and when they are needed. Hafren Self-drillers have high torque capabilities so there is no need to pre-drill holes.

Another aspect Hafren has specialized in is the thread forming screw panel which is most commonly used for fencing and automotive capabilities, the most impressive thing is that those are not the only capabilities. The triple lobed self-threading screw allows for the use of nuts to be eliminated which reduces costs, and like the self-drilling screw cuts down on labor time with installation and repairs.

The thread forming screw, used in the referred to as the Power6 is also used in security systems and has the same unique 6-lobed pin fastener and provides a higher level of security for customers.


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Every industry continues to have a focus on improving business along with the quality of what they offer. Architecture and construction industries are no exception. One recent improvement made is the stainless-steel fasteners, specifically A4 fasteners.These A4 aircraft fasteners are a 316 grade, and an improvement from the A2, 304-grade fasteners that are still great, but no longer the best.

Many new landmarks and large buildings are being constructed with fasteners assembly because they can last for up to 40 years, which is 15 years longer than the A2. Of course, the lifespan of the fastener depends on the location and type of building it is installed on. Regardless the A4 stainless steel fasteners are still a better investment. Although more expensive up front, cheaper in the long run due to their lifespan. They have a longer life due to their ability to fight off corrosion.

The benefit of fasteners panel that last longer is more impactful than many would think. The upgrades and upkeep on an existing building are often costlier than the actual construction of the original structure. So, paying a little extra to have an original structure and parts that last longer is more beneficial for companies, and still cheaper in the overall lifespan.

Another example of industries that heavily relies on long-lasting and guaranteed parts and fasteners is the aircraft and aerospace industries. The repairs and upkeep can be costly like in construction, so having a product that may be a little more expensive, but lasts longer can be very beneficial. Aircraft and aerospace industries are among the other industries that aim to improve not only aerospace and aviation fasteners but all parts alike. Finding a reliable distributor is very important when dealing with an industry.


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Earlier this year Rivco LTDbest aircraft fasteners sellerbased out of Kidderminster, England, unveiled their brand-new office for their local employees on Friday, June 16th. The new office, affectionally called Rivet House, creates a calmer more comforting vibe for each of the employees who call the workspace home.

Many people were present for the unveiling including managing director, Steve Auld and Johnathon Craven who currently resides as the general manager at Acronis Fastening Systems and Rings in nearby Telford. More notable guests were David Garner who is the sales manager for the UK and Ireland, customer service manager, Sarah Van Der Woning, and Lisa Masterson who is HSBG GTRF’s commercial manager.

Their increase in incoming business was what prompted the company’s choice to redo their preexisting Kidderminster office. Along with the revamped office space, the company also received newly branded workwear, a collection of company cars and an up to date IT system. These extra additions were added on to help their employees, located across three business and two physical offices function, not as separate entities, but as a cohesive team.

Rivco’s relationship with aircraft fastener brand, Arco Fastening Systems and Rings has been a long-lasting friendship. Rivco has been stocking HUCK branded tools and specialty fasteners for the last twenty years.

The presence of Johnathan Craven at Rivet Houses grand opening helped to solidify the friendship these two companies have forged over the past few decades. HUCK products are one of Rivcos best selling items and are a huge proponent of what keeps this friendship going.


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Increasing numbers calls for growth and capitalization. B&F has meet prime numbers in their past couple of years that has allowed them to outgrow their facility in bolt and fastener market. Starting from a staff as low as 5 employees raking in a local sales number of an approximate $1 million US. The expansion did not stop there as the number of employees grew to 13 and sales rose to approximate $5million.

In order for B&F to keep expanding the B&F and associates have taken the step to move to a larger facility near their already existing facility in St Augusta, MN.  This newly awaited facility is expected to be a 20,000 ft2 building that would fit a larger scale of manufacturing for all their requested orders. One of the determining factors that gave B&F the confidence to be able to expand was their capability of nearly doubling their entire sales in a matter of a four-year gap. The company has been fortuned to expand at a steady rate to be able to hit an approximate $34 million in 2016.

B&F Official, Kevin Baltes has stated that the company is expected to be up and running into the new facility by January of the following year.
B&F has been able to capitalize on the industrial-grade bolts and fasteners market along with other custom printed parts. Officials at B&F believe that their new location is a prime location due to the sole purpose of having lots of business and the amount of manufacturing being done in the central part of Minnesota.

To date the fastening company is still held private and family owned. With 15 facilities nationwide B&F continues to grow with facilities in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.

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Schaeffler is introducing bearing with sensors integrated into the ring-shaped housing. The sensors give operators the ability to monitor equipment in variety of ways: Temperature, speed, vibration, and displacement. While the bearings are more costly than traditional ones, they make up cost in extending machine lifetime as well as uptime. Operators can monitor machine health and trends that a unit may be failing. There are many ways these sensors can be useful in increasing productivity and safety in a manufacturing environment.

It’s not uncommon for some bearings to spin thousands of revolutions per minute, twenty hours per day. A single bearing can also be the difference in an operational production line and a COO’s worst nightmare. Every minute a production line is off during operational hours can cost companies thousands. Now imagine the same bearing that failed the production line was a sensor bearing that measured heat and vibration. A responsible operator noticed bearing 34D had been steadily increasing its vibration signal and temperature for the past week. The operator replaced this bearing during downtime and production continued as scheduled. That is the ideal situation in which a sensor bearing is made for, and the extra cost was easily recouped by eliminating down time.

VarioSense bearings come in a wide range of size and voltage. Temperature sensor bearing can handle temperatures below freezing, above 100 degrees celcius, and speeds up to 17,000 RPM. Aside from passively monitoring, they can also be used as controlling drives, such as limiting the amount of torque on a driveshaft. Feedback loops are extremely valuable to operators around dangerous equipment. A turbine fan in a storm may reach it’s maximum number of RPM’s and fail. A sensor bearing would apply the emergency brakes saving the turbine from destruction and possibly the lives of operators as well.


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Many imperial threads sizes that are now antiquated caused by changes in demand patterns from countries such as the USA who now drifting towards metric products. This increasing globalization of metric threaded fasteners does not necessarily mean that all variations are commonly available. The team at Challenge (Europe) Ltd are well use to this situation and carry extensive stocks of standard sizes of industrial screws plus a wide experience in supply of non-standard sizes, threads, lengths and materials. Kevin Moorcroft explained,

“We find that standard sizes of metric products have grown extensively. ISO standards now cover a whole range of products complimentary to old imperial sizes, as well as expanding on the original ranges of metric fasteners, e.g. metric socket head cap screws bearing once only available in 12.9 grade are now offered under the ISO standard in 8.8, 10.9 and 12.9 grades to suit a wider range of applications with varying requirements of tensile strength.”

However, head configuration can have an effect on the size of metric fastener that can be used. For example, if you use a M6 bolt fastener with a hex head but find conventional spanner access limited, you could then use the recessed drives such as a hexagon (socket) or multiple splined variants. Another substitute is to go to a smaller diameter with an upgrade in material specification, although this may lack a greater deal of examination in order to avoid non-preferred diameters such as M7, M9, etc.


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On March 6th 2017 there was an article on Fastener Parts World Inc that talks about how Yudensha, Co., Ltd and Kishiwada Steel Co., Ltd worked together in order to make a ground breaking surface treatment technology that prevents stainless steel bolt and nut seizures. This new technology will be available through the distribution network and Yura Sansho Co., Ltd. The article listed nine items about the new nuts. Here is what the article said.

  1. No sign of seizure after 8 times of seizure tests, or when fastening the M8 anti seizure nut fastener with 110N m torque
  2. Heat resistance range of -50 degrees to 400 degrees Celsius
  3. Passed the JIS Z 2371 salt spray test.
  4. Galvanic corrosion might occur but doesn’t affect the ability to prevent seizure at all
  5. Coefficient of friction 0.38 under fixed axial force; 0.32 under fixed torque
  6. Axial force 5.0kN under fixed torque. Increasing axial force due to reduced coefficient of friction
  7. Substantial reduce bolt replacement
  8. Dry heat treatment meaning the anti seizure nut can be used immediately after treatment
  9. High coating adhesion meaning anti seizure nut can be used repeatedly.

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Lesjöfors manufacturer company, European Springs & Pressings Ltd has been added to the team of renovation for the West Hams Home Field in Upton Park, United Kingdom. This stadium can withhold 60,000 people till capacity that had been runned down former Olympic stadium that was in need of a renovation. Fabric Architecture led the renovation project one of the well-known fabric structures specialist in their region.

Their plans were to renovate the stadium by implanting immense fabric canopies over a vast number of retractable seats. In doing so the Fabric Company were forced to create an alternative spring fastener solution that was able to be incorporated well with the stadiums engineering requirements.

European Springs & Pressings Ltd recently invested in a new Fortuna Machine that created it easier for the company to be able to release springs and fasteners at specific specifications for the stadium project. It has been said to that,

“the new machine has expanded the Cornish company’s wire coiling capabilities to include wire from 0.3mm – 26mm, consequently opening up new markets across multi-industries.”

The manager director and company, European Springs believe that their success to their company is based on the training of machinery,

“Investing in skills training and machinery is part of an ongoing growth strategy for the organization that has seen us grow from a GB£800,000 operation to a turnover of GB£7.5 million over the last 15 years.”

They take pride in their work and are able to their results show for it. Fabric Architecture is impressed by their contribution to the project. The design and engineering director of the Fabric Architecture stated that

“European  Fastener Springs & Pressings were fast, efficient and very knowledgeable in assisting us to design a system that helped dissipate the loads from the canopies.”


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New studies forecast the Asian industrial aircraft 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 fastener parts 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 panel over the predicted time of expansion of the industry.


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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 nut fastener, 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 aircraft 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 driver fastener. A complete research report predicting the movement of the market can be found at http://www.mrrse.com/industrial-fasteners-market. 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 fastener assembly 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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The mysterious Boeing X-37B, a space plane made for the United States Air Force, is scheduled for its fourth launch a month from now. This is a computer-operated system, flying without the guidance of a physical human being aboard the space aircraft.

The launch is expected to take place off of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket located at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The body of the plane is similar to NASA’s shuttle orbiter, however, in a smaller form. Director of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Randy Walden, stated, “We are excited about our fourth X-37B mission. With the demonstrated success of the first three missions, we’re able to shift our focus from initial checkouts of the vehicle to testing of experimental payloads.”

This was made possible through a joint venture between Air Force Research Laboratory and the Space and Missile Systems Center. The X-37B completed its previous mission on October 17th, landing in California at the Vandenberg Air Force Base. This marked the end of a 675 day mystery mission, which beat its first mission of 225 days and second mission of 469 days. The team of engineers and scientists anticipate a continued trend of increased mission days with useful experiments.

Walden further said, “We’re very pleased with the experiments lined-up for our fourth OTV Mission OTV-4. We’ll continue to evaluate improvements to the space vehicle’s performance, but we’re honored to host these collaborative experiments that will help advance the state-of-the-art for space technology.”

In a recent announcement, the 2015 Space Foundation Achievement award was given to the team behind these missions, recognizing them for their contributions towards advancing science.  They hope to uphold these expectations with the upcoming May 20th launching.

Via our proprietary website ASAP Fasteners, ASAP Semiconductor carries the widest range of Boeing Aircraft products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Boeing 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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The highly accurate Tomahawk Block IV Land Attack Missile has been upgraded. The latest variant of the Tomahawk will include a two-way satellite data-link that allows for in air re-targeting. Planned upgrades to the Tomahawk will also include a more powerful warhead, upgraded communications, and a new seeker designed to hit moving targets on land or at sea. Launched from a ship or submarine the Tomahawk can be sent into heavily defended airspace to make a precise strike on high-value targets.The Tomahawk is a long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile. Dimensionally, it is 5.56 meters long and possesses a 51.8 centimeter diameter, a wing span of 2.67 meters, and weighs 1,315 kilograms. The Tomahawk has a range of over 1,000 meters.

Either a conventional unitary warhead or a nuclear payload can be armed. A conventional sub-munitions dispenser with combined-effect bomblets can also be equipped. Two successful flight tests have recently been conducted that demonstrate the capability of the Tomahawk to target a moving object. Ducommun has received a contract from Raytheon worth USD$7.3 million to continue manufacturing interconnect and electronic assemblies used for the US Navy’s Tomahawk cruise missile. Assemblies will be produced in Missouri and Arkansas through 2016. Raytheon has shown longstanding confidence in Ducommun’s capabilities and awarded them with their Six Sigma Relationship Award, as well as the prestigious Leadership Excellence Award. More than 3,000 Tomahawk missiles have been delivered to the US Navy. Ducommun and Raytheon report that over 2,000 have been used in combat. USS Barry launched the 2,000th Tomahawk during the NATO-led effort against Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. Ducommun Incorporated is an established supplier of critical components and assemblies.

They provide engineering and manufacturing services to the aerospace, defense, and other industries including the medical field and industrial automation. Founded in 1849, they operate through two primary business units: Ducommun AeroStructures (DAS) and Ducommun LaBarge Technologies (DLT) Via our proprietary website ASAP Fasteners, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Ducommun products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Ducommun 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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