The Importance of Selecting the Appropriate Fastener
In a world where customer satisfaction is now one of the top factors between competing companies, a seemingly little detail like picking the correct fastener can be huge. Picking the wrong fastener can severely impact the quality of your product or service and perhaps even cause your product to fail prematurely or cause you to be unable to fulfill delivery of your product. So, what should you consider when choosing a fastener?
- How the fastener impacts your customer or end-user.
- How the fastener impacts the quality of your product or process
- Whether or not the fastener improves your product
- The cost of the fastener
The Critical Role of Fasteners
Oil and Gas companies spend millions of dollars designing a project so dropping the ball on a small detail, such as quality flange bolting kits, hex nuts, fasteners, and flange assembly kits, can come at a costly price. Your plant and project can reduce unexpected repair costs by focusing on choosing the right fastener during the start of the project. The wrong fasteners lead to:
- Joint leakage
- Shorter product life span
- Increased labor costs for repair
- Poor performance of your product or plant
While quality fasteners are of critical importance, it is equally important to use the right tool for the job, such as a high-quality industrial torque wrench. The proper installation has never been a reason why a component or flange joint failed. There are a million companies out there ready to sell to your clients. Never let the little things be a reason that your company loses market share.
How to Pick the Right Fastener
- Fastener Material - Always choose a fastener that is of better quality and made from stronger material, then the parts that they support. It seems like a waste of money, but doing so will save you in labor and repair costs. Match the material within hex nuts, flange bolting pieces, and flange assembly parts to the project.
- Strong Joint design and Fastener choice - The joint should never be a point of weakness and to achieve that you must choose fasteners and supporting hardware that stands up to the weight and heat of the joint, and the environment in which the joint sits.
- Quality fasteners – This offers you full control over their role. The design of your project should include the potential for replacement of fasteners in such a way as to avoid hot bolting or other dangerous joint repairs.
Fasteners Have a Wide Array of Components
Each component needs to fit into your design so that it's role is completely understood. Fasteners must be chosen so that their limits and capabilities match the integrity of the role they play.
To achieve total fastener integrity, look closely at the material properties, temperate minimums and maximums, the hardness of the material used, and how those factors align with industry standards.
A good example is the material properties. Not all metals or alloys have the same yield strength. Choose a fastener that matches or exceeds the yield strength of each joint. Check the chemical composition as some metals corrode faster in certain environments. A good example is steel fasteners versus titanium fasteners for use in saltwater. Yes, titanium costs more, but how often will those exposed fasteners require replacing? Cost evaluation must also include product lifespan and repair/replacement costs.
Choosing the right fastener is tricky, and as you can see, it requires a lot of thought. The team at Aztec Bolting is a great resource for fastener and tool information, and they are a willing partner when it comes to determining the fastener options for your project. Contact us for questions or customized support for your project.