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Metal fasteners are accessories used in construction, manufacturing, and other day-to-day activities. Metal fasteners are components that combine plastic, wood, sheet metal, and other substances and items. They are typically made to meet a range of applications and are available in a wide variety of standard shapes, sizes, and materials; they can also be made for specific needs. The two main categories of metal fasteners are those that are designed to provide permanent binding and those that provide a temporary, releasable bond. Bolts, nails, clamps, screws, and rivets are a few metal fasteners that form a lasting relationship. Metal clips, pins, buckles, and even zippers are fasteners providing temporary, releasable bonds. Read More…

Metal Fasteners Metal fasteners help hold together a large range of objects, from pet leash straps to aircraft cargo tie-downs and restraints. They have applications in most industries. Examples include: medical, military and defense, pet, outdoor recreation, automotive, marine and emergency rescue.
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Fairfield, NJ  |  800-272-3673

Our company has a reputation for superior products, customer service, and dependability. All our fastener products are built to last, and we know that our customers appreciate our dedication to using the best materials and manufacturing techniques. If you would like to learn more about us, contact us by phone or email, or stop by our website today!

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Ford Fasteners, Inc. $$$

Winston-Salem, NC  |  800-642-0921

From our inventory of over 130,000 different fasteners, we know precisely which ones are right for your application. We test them for material composition and measurement accuracy. With our Vendor Management Inventory service (VMI) our Service Technicians monitor your needs and keep you fully supplied at all times. Our ISO 9001 and AS9120B certifications helps us maintain system standards that ensure the fasteners we supply are the highest quality parts available.

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Southern Fasteners & Supply, Inc. $$$

Yorktown, VA  |  757-988-8099

Affordable Fastener Supply Company has worked for over 18 years to ensure that we are bringing you the most committed and quality fasteners to emphasize the manufacturing process. We make a variety of products, including our signature line of fasteners! Affordable Fastener Supply Company is SWaM and DBE Certified small minority business specializing in stainless, exotic and DOMESTIC materials! All of our trademarked products are designed to bring quality to you. For more info, call today!

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Affordable Fastener Supply Co. $$$

Birmingham, AL  |  800-695-3511

Birmingham Fastener is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of T-head bolts and a range of industrial fasteners. We manufacture custom and non standard fasteners and operate the highest volume distribution center of nuts, bolts, screws and standard fasteners in the U.S. This diversity provides our customers with a strategic advantage; certified quality, superior service and fast delivery.

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Birmingham Fastener Manufacturing $$$

Clifton, NJ  |  866-463-2910

Fastener Solutions is your full line fastener source. With 100 million fasteners to choose from — steel and stainless steel fasteners, brass and titanium fasteners, plastic fasteners and exotic fastener material — the choice is endless. See our nails, rivets, screws, pins, nuts, anchors, etc.

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Fastener Solutions, Inc. $$$

Macedonia, OH  |  330-468-3300

We are a customer-focused industrial/construction supply distributor and sourcing specialist with the goal of being the best organization to serve our market. With one of our product lines including fasteners.

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SC Fastening Systems, LLC. $$$
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A fastener is a non-permanent or permanent mechanical tool that rigidly connects or affixes two surfaces or objects together. Non-permanent fasteners can easily be removed without damaging the joined materials...

Self-Drilling Screws

Self-Drilling Screws

A self-drilling screw is a type of tool that has the same design features as a drill bit or cutting tool. As the name implies, self-drilling screws do not require a pilot hole in order to perform as a fastener...

Types Of Bolts

Types Of Bolts

Bolts are mechanical devices used in assembling and fastening objects, typically used with a matching nut. They are designed to be installed in aligned unthreaded holes of multiple parts...

Types of Metal Fasteners

Light-duty metal fasteners are utilized in common commercial applications such as the screws used to hold one's eyeglasses together, the buckles of pet collars, the hooks and locks found in tactical goods, the various clips, cord locks, and buckles used with tents, backpack zippers, and even in some medical devices like hip pins.

Light-Duty Self-Driving Screw

Heavy-duty fasteners are common in industrial and more-demanding applications, such as cargo tie-downs for vehicles and airplanes. Some of these metal fasteners can support loads of up to 750 pounds each before they fail.

Blind Bolts

Threaded Fasteners

Screws and bolts are the two most popular kinds of threaded metal fasteners. These widespread fasteners contain threads pre-cut into the shaft, enabling these components to grip any material securely. They can also be quickly removed with tools to separate them from what they are fastened to. While wood fasteners only have threads halfway up their shafts, sheet metal screws and bolts frequently have threads along the entire length of their shafts to provide greater strength. Although these two varieties of threaded fasteners look similar and share many of the same traits, there are some significant variances. For example, threaded things are typically joined with screws, whereas unthreaded objects are put together with bolts.

Threaded Hexagonal Bolt

Non-Threaded Fasteners

Non-threaded metal fasteners are pressed into materials to form a connection instead of requiring a thread to latch onto them. These fasteners may be hammered into an item, inserted into a snug, pre-made hole, or joined to two or more materials using a tool. Rivets, pins, corrugated fasteners, and other special items are common non-threaded metal fasteners.

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Fabrication Methods for Metal Fasteners

CNC Machining

CNC machining is a computerized manufacturing process that cuts and shapes various materials, including metals, into finished parts, including metal fasteners. Because this machinery can recreate the same component several times without changing its dimensions or quality, CNC machining offers greater precision and accuracy than other manufacturing processes. In contrast to conventional machining techniques, this procedure is also quicker.

Cold Heading

Cold heading, a manufacturing process that involves forming metal components at ambient temperature, is another fabrication technique used to produce metal fasteners. During cold heading, metal cabling is compressed into a predetermined diameter and fed into a drawing machine. The metal blank is repeatedly pounded between a punch block and dies at a high rate of speed as it enters a cold heading machine, yielding the desired form.

Considerations When Choosing Metal Fasteners

Damage Resistance

A metal fastener's size, coating, and flexibility impact its ability to resist damage. For example, suppose a medical gadget featuring specialized metal fasteners is being transported. This medical gadget will be more prone to scrapes and scratches when handled or loaded. Therefore, one must use metal fasteners with durable coatings for this device. Meanwhile, fasteners that are supple or flexible are more prone to deterioration or damage. The risk of stripping a socket is higher for tiny components like countersunk screw heads; wider choices are typically more durable.

Tight Tolerance

Tolerance, in this usage, is the variation created among finished products during their manufacturing process. For example, fasteners need to have a very tight tolerance to ensure they can provide the required strength to secure an item. Tight tolerances among metal fasteners also ensure quicker and easier repairs of the items employing these devices.

Uses of Metal Fasteners

  • Metal fasteners are used in construction to join structural members; as they retain their connections between columns and beams, they must be able to withstand shear and bending.
  • Many different types of fasteners are used in the mining sector, including bolts (such as anchor, eye, structural, and swing), rods (such as elevator, rock, tie, and sag), washers, nuts, and plates. Various alloys are used to produce carbon, building, and stainless-steel materials to create these fasteners.
  • For the wind & hydro-turbine sectors, high-strength metal fasteners are a requirement to ensure the proper strength of the equipment used to generate power from these sources.
  • Metal fasteners for bridges include locator pins, shear studs, rivets, and high-strength friction grip bolts. Each component has a distinct function and behavior. It's crucial to comprehend how important the specific application of each fastener is when one travels across a bridge.
  • The agricultural sector has a particular requirement for application-specific metal fasteners. There are unique designs among the different tractors, combines, levelers, rotavators, and other farming equipment needed to grow various crops in contrasting environments. Metal fasteners are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of this equipment.

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