Nylon screws have become a highly popular fastener since the synthetic thermoplastic polymer was first introduced back in the 1930s. Nylon is especially popular as a fastener for electronics because of its high insulating value and corrosion resistance. Nylon is lighter, stronger, and more wear-resistant than the next most popular electronic fastener material, aluminum. If you’re considering nylon screws for your next project, here at Canton, MA-based Electronic Fasteners, we carry one of the most comprehensive inventories of nylon fasteners available.
The main advantages of nylon include:
- Resistance to vibration, abrasion, chemicals, rust and corrosion
- Lightweight yet strong
- Nylon fasteners can be used with virtually any material
- Fire resistance
Nylon screws are lightweight alternatives to standard metallic fasteners such as steel or aluminum screws and are used in the chemical industry because of their high resistance to harsh corrosive substances. But as bombproof as nylon can seem to be, there are some applications such as marine-related ones where nylon hardware should be avoided because it can absorb water over time. And nylon doesn’t hold up well in direct sunlight — can turn brittle and yellow when exposed to the sun’s UV rays.
However, nylon screws are ideal for many industries such as electrical equipment, food processing, and automotive manufacturing because of its lightweight, strength, and resistance to electricity as well as a variety of harsh elements and conditions. Nylon is manufactured using a variety of plastics and chemical compounds — for example, acetal is used to increase durability while minimizing water absorption. Although acetal can help minimize water absorption, it doesn’t eliminate it altogether. It’s best to avoid nylon screws in marine applications because it can attract water molecules and swell, compromising its performance.
Nylon screws are an attractive option for many fastening applications due to their versatility and cost-effectiveness. If you’re considering nylon hardware for your next project, contact the nylon fastener specialists here at Electronic Fasteners to discuss your specific needs.