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Plastic fasteners come in various plastic materials, colors, fastener head designs, and panel sizes. Plastic fasteners are growing in popularity in various commercial, industrial, and consumer products based on their environmental, heat transfer, optical weight, chemical, and electrical qualities. A wide range of design criteria is satisfied by plastic materials, including those for strength, stiffness or flexibility, heat resistance, low-temperature resistance, chemical and resistance to corrosion, sealing ability, toughness, and superior electrical qualities. In addition, the cost of typical plastic fastener materials is frequently lower than that of their metal counterparts. Read More…

Plastic Fasteners Plastic fasteners are screws, bolts and other plastic tools used to join and secure materials together. Plastic fasteners, despite their comparative lower strength, are a popular alternative to traditional metal fasteners in some situations. Common components of children's toys, plastic fasteners are also used to help make appliances and automobiles.
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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

With more than 130,000 commercial and industrial grade fasteners in inventory, our wide distribution network is positioned to get you the parts you need fast. Whether we’re keeping your bins full with a Vendor Managed Inventory Program or rushing emergency replacement parts with 24-hour on-call service, you’ll know that we’ve got you covered. Our HQ’s quality system is certified to AS9120 with ISO 9001 by NSF-ISR to ensure the fasteners we supply are the highest quality parts available.

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Southern Fasteners & Supply, LLC $$$

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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Types of Plastic Fasteners

Non-Threaded Plastic Fasteners

As the name implies, non-threaded plastic fasteners lack a thread component. Some non-threaded plastic fasteners include grommets, washers, rivets, pin fasteners, retention rings, inserts, spacers, clips, harnesses, clamps, wire bundlers, and ties. There are both generic plastic fasteners and others categorized by product families- a group of items produced by the same company and often designed to only work with other items created in their product line.

Nylon Spacer Washer

Threaded Plastic Fasteners

Fasteners made of plastic with threads, such as nuts, bolts, and screws, have helical ridges that help them adhere. These widespread fasteners contain threads pre-cut into the shaft, which enables the component to grip any material securely. Continuous-thread studs with two nuts and threading from one end to the other are frequently utilized for flange bolting. Screws and bolts made from nylon, polypropylene, and PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) are the most popular kinds of threaded plastic fastener materials. Heated thermoplastic is injected into molds to manufacture these plastic fasteners with the desired component's shape and size. Again, threaded plastic fasteners may be generic or brand-specific.

Threaded Nylon Bolt

Considerations When Choosing Plastic Fasteners

Several factors: can impact a fastener's capacity to deliver satisfactory performance

  • Thread engagement
  • Length of engagement

We discuss these elements in greater detail below.

Thread Engagement

The flank depth that the application substance fills is known as thread engagement. It's frequently stated as a percentage. For example, thread engagement would be zero percent in a hole with a diameter equal to the main diameter of the threads. It should start with a hole size that offers 75% to 80% thread engagement in moderately stiff materials. Performance is not increased by a hole that engages the thread more than 100% of the time. However, because the hole's walls must enlarge to make space for the screw, the drive torque needed will rise.

Length of Engagement

The length of engagement measures the length of interaction between a fastener and accompanying mating material (for example, a nut and bolt). The lead thread's length, which is typically roughly half the fastener diameter, is not included in the length of interaction because its smaller size reduces any performance advantages.

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Uses of Plastic Fasteners

An example where plastic fasteners are used is in aerospace. As a lighter material than metal, these fasteners help aircraft take flight. Circuit boards are another common place where plastic fasteners are employed. Electronics are frequently spaced, secured, guided, and supported by plastic circuit board hardware. Since plastic provides electrical insulation, which metal fasteners do not, it is evident that plastic is the material best suitable for fasteners used for these purposes. Most fastener designs lock into place through the electronic board circuit panel holes, and unlocking them is as simple as squeezing the locking mechanism. Additionally, hose clamps are nylon fasteners used to secure a hose to a nib or barb in industries. These are frequently utilized with automobile components and home appliances like washing machines.

Advantages of Using Plastic Fasteners

  • Plastic fasteners do not rust. Metal fasteners are vulnerable to deterioration and rust with very few exemptions, especially in wet or salty environments. Metal fasteners' strength decreases as they rust, increasing the likelihood of completely breaking. However, plastic fasteners never rust or corrode; some types of plastic fasteners (including PET, Isoplast, and PVC) are especially ideal for salt-water environments because of their incredible strength-to-weight ratio, inability to absorb water, and resistance to corrosive elements.
  • Plastic fasteners are inexpensive. The automotive sector extensively uses plastic screws and bolts because they are less expensive than metal equivalents. If they're sturdy enough to handle all the stresses experienced by automobiles, the material difference shouldn't be apparent in other applications. Plastic fasteners are the best option for saving money if a project calls for many fastening devices.
  • Plastic fasteners are adaptable. Plastics are preferred in applications where weight, thermal, environmental, and electrical qualities are crucial for end use. Depending on the project's needs, they can satisfy a wide range of design criteria and even simplify them. Occasionally, a single plastic fastener can replace many metal components.
  • Plastic fasteners come in every shape. In addition to standard sizes, plastic bolts, nuts, and screws are offered in almost every size imaginable.
  • Plastic fasteners are maintenance-free. Metal fasteners must be painted or coated, which can readily chip off over time. Since plastic fasteners won't need these coatings, they are perfect for tasks with visible nails or screw heads.

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