Today’s technology presses for ideas to reduce the weight out of all types of consumer goods. From automobiles that need to achieve greater fuel efficiency to evaluating different assembly methods for alternative materials that lead to a less costly, product friendly experience - the focus is falling more and more on fasteners to help achieve these goals.
Semblex is committed to helping achieve real results by offering a wide host of fasteners. The following recommendations represent a few ways in which the correct fastener selection can provide breakthrough assembly methods when trying to reach 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 specially designed to provide maximum performance and repeatability in these special materials.
Sheet metal can be used to replace heavier cast components. However, due to the small material thickness, special fasteners are needed to provide adequate thread engagement.
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.
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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 additional hardware such as lock washers, lock nuts, brass inserts and applied patches. These can often be replaced by lighter fasteners.
Traditional internal and external hex drives require excessive wrenching height resulting in tall head designs. Using new drive technologies, we can reduce head heights and weight without compromising installation performance.