Fasteners of all shapes, sizes, and materials are used in a wide range of industries and applications, each requiring highly specific material characteristics to withstand environmental forces that can affect their integrity, reliability, and performance. These can include an equally wide variety of both threaded and non-threaded fasteners such as nuts and bolts, screws, studs, rivets, shims, pins, tie rods, and more. To keep this post as focused as possible, we’re going to concentrate on nuts and bolts.
To ensure that you’re using the right nuts and bolts for your application and industry, it’s important to consult with commercial and industrial fastener experts such as the nuts and bolts specialists at Electronic Fasteners. Our nut and bolt professionals are familiar with the materials, finishes, and performance specifications of virtually any nut or bolt used in manufacturing and assembly today. And while fasteners such as nuts and bolts are used virtually everywhere, they can vary greatly from application to application and industry to industry.
For example, nuts and bolts for the automotive industry have very specific uses, such as connecting rod bolts, motor mount bolts, engine mounting bolts, suspension links and bolts, radiator bolts and more. The nuts used in conjunction with them are typically square or hexagonal and include lug nuts, plate nuts, t-nuts, self-locking nuts, collar nuts, to name just a few.
Other industries such as marine, appliances, food processing, and electronics all require a wide array of nuts and bolts in a range of materials, including nylon, stainless steel, brass, and more. Most are available in a variety of finishes such as nickel- and zinc-plated, chrome, Teflon, and galvanized – all to meet specific manufacturing and assembly requirements. Which to use is often determined by environmental conditions such as humidity, heat, cold, temperature ranges, dust and dirt, as well as physical characteristics such as torque, stress, and impact resistance.
So what’s right for your product or application? Just ask the nuts and bolts at Electronic Fasteners – we know the nuts and bolts that are right for your industry!