Today’s technology presses for ideas to reduce the weight of all consumer goods. From automobiles needing greater fuel efficiency to evaluating different assembly methods for alternative materials that lead to a less costly, product-friendly experience - the focus is falling increasingly on fasteners to help achieve these goals.
Semblex is committed to helping achieve accurate results by offering a vast host of fasteners. The following recommendations represent how the correct fastener selection can provide breakthrough assembly methods when reaching weight reduction requirements.
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Most commercial light-weighting efforts focus on replacing steel with lighter metals such as Aluminum, Magnesium, and Zinc. These fasteners are designed to provide maximum performance and repeatability in these particular materials.
Sheet metal can be used to replace heavier cast components. However, special fasteners are needed to provide adequate thread engagement due to the small material thickness.
Utilizes the Flow-Drill process to not only drill the holes to fasten into but also to create an extruded boss for the screw threads.
Traditional plastic fasteners are inefficient and require more material in the screw and boss. These higher-performance fasteners allow design changes for shorter screws and smaller bosses.
Many solutions for preventing fastener loosening involve adding hardware such as lock washers, lock nuts, brass inserts, and applied patches. Lighter fasteners can often replace these.
Traditional internal and external hex drives require excessive wrenching height, resulting in tall head designs. We can reduce head heights and weight using new drive technologies without compromising installation performance.