While numerous different fastener materials are available, including popular choices such as stainless steel and aluminium, the selection of a fastener's finish (sometimes referred to as a coating) is also essential to ensure that it is compatible with the target application.
Leyton Fasteners offer a range of high-quality marine fasteners & fixings. We supply a huge range of A4-316 marine grade stainless steel fasteners that are perfect for general use in marine structural applications and grade A2–304 for internal marine applications. We understand how important it is to have fixings that are highly resistant to corrosion above and below the waterline.
Bolts play a vital role as fasteners in numerous industrial applications. From automotive assembly to construction, bolts provide the strength and stability needed to keep machinery functioning properly and fasten elements together securely.
A few years ago, when I entered the fasteners business, the previous owner gave me a book to read, it was called “The Goal”. The book was a textbook on supply chain management, written like a detective novel and difficult to put down.
Socket screws are one of the most popular types of fasteners, thanks to their versatility and strength. Today, they are used for all kinds of applications, from holding together pieces of wood to securing metal parts in machinery. But what are socket screws, and what makes them different from more traditional fasteners such as hex bolts or set screws?
Whether you're in the construction industry or merely a hobbyist, if you regularly buy fasteners, you'll have noticed that the prices have gone up and continue to do so. In some cases, prices have increased by hundreds of percentage points in the last 12 months alone. We've already written about the actions we're taking to mitigate these price increases. Still, it's worth delving a little deeper into what's going on in the industry, why prices continue to spiral, and offering suggestions to protect yourself from the worst of the increases.
In the 20 plus years I've been in the Fasteners industry, I can never recall a period where prices were rising almost daily, yet supply is incredibly tight. Whilst this is clearly true of most of industry and construction, fasteners, whilst crucial to the job, are often the smallest item and overlooked.
There are a number of fastener materials available, all with their pros and cons. From stainless steel to brass, choosing the right fastener material is crucial to the success of your project. Each respective material has different levels of corrosion resistance, tensile strength, and brittleness, and you need to weigh up these factors before deciding which is best for your specific needs. With that in mind, here's a quick overview of some of the most popular fastener materials.
The European Commission has imposed a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of steel fasteners from China, it announced in the Official Journal of the European Union on the 17th of February. This is on the basis that steel fasteners imported from china are being sold at artificially low prices.
In short, a threaded fastener uses a screw head thread to advance within a nut or pre-tapped hole to enable the connection of two (or more) parts. The fact that these fasteners are threaded means that they can be disassembled and used again if necessary. For this reason, they are considered non-permanent fasteners.