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.

ASAP Fasteners provides customers with both new and harder to find fasteners, including cap screws such as those offered by HIOS and other top brand manufacturers. ASAP distributes only from reliable sources that meet the standards set by the company. They help ensure that the products we deliver to our customer also meet their expectations. The entire purchasing team at ASAP Fasteners works together to ensure customers get parts at competitive prices, every part meets quality standards, and that customers receive each part within the promised time. Highly trained sales representatives are waiting to help each customer find what they need. Call 1 714.705.4780 or email us sales@asap-fasteners.com for more information.


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A gyrocompass is a useful marine tool that is able to detect true north better than the conventional compass. The direction it points to is not affected by the Earth’s magnetic field or by the steel some ships are made of. In other words, the things that typically create inaccuracies in a compass, do not deflect a gyrocompass.

A gyroscope is found within a gyrocompass. In order for it to work well and endure a long lifespan, the gyroscope must meet specific standards. The ball bearings within a gyroscope have to have a smooth mirror finish. This guarantees the bearing will have a low noise level, as well as create as little possible friction between the parts in order to generate less wear and tear. The ceramic balls are lubricated with a military specification synthetic oil instead of grease. To take it one step further, the balls are visually inspected by a professional for any imperfections. Any sign of inadequacy prevents the bearings from passing quality control and do not get distributed.

A long lifespan is critical for the components because a gyrocompass works around the clock when at sea. The ball bearings oil themselves through a process in which the oil is sealed up and transferred around each part.Barden manufactures precision ball bearings that are typically found in marine gyroscope applications. They are made to ABEC & standards, and go above and beyond the requirements to pass inspections. These high precision bearings are needed to create a gyrocompass that will not only help navigate, but also find positions, and record routes for those dealing with marine operations.

ASAP Fasteners offers common and hard to find hardware and fasteners at some of the most competitive prices in the market. Engineering professionals can contact ASAP Fasteners representatives who will ensure that every part delivered goes through thorough inspection, fast shipping, and guaranteed to be delivered as promised. ASAP-fasteners.com is the solution to super precision ball bearing parts, as well as other aviation components needs. From the beginning, customer service will exceed any other competitors. To get an instant quote contact 1-714-705-4780 or email sales@asap-fasteners.com.


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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 www.asap-fasteners.com. You can also call us at 1-714-705-4780.


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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 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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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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