Why Is This Overlooked? Self-Retaining Fasteners
Are you looking for new ways to save time and money in your business? Or are you a one-man machine seeking innovative ways to bring about some serious improvements to your work? In our quest to find the next big thing, we stumble across a product that often goes overlooked, Cage Nuts + Captive Nuts are one of the best methods for keeping items in place. It is no secret that regular bolts and nuts over time will loosen themselves. So, put those nuts and bolts away for another time and let’s explore the world of self-retaining fasteners. So go over some of the best products that fall under this category.
One of our favorite components is speed nuts. These are reusable, self-locking and perfect for those hard to reach areas. The way they work is very simple. Most cases a speed nut will have prongs facing downwards, these will be used to be inserted into the screw hole which has prongs that are facing upwards. You slowly tighten the screw and the prongs begin to thread onto each other causing them to screw tightly together. Locking these will also diminish the loosening of the vibrations. Speed nuts are available in many shapes and sizes.
Next, for all, you care lovers and even for the daily manufacturing manager, retaining rings are a must when dealing with high impact, high-stress machinery. Retaining rings are small circular fasteners that hold components in place. Like many examples in this article, we highly advise in figuring out which exact version you need for your specific machine.
What happens if your project spot can only be accessed from the front? Your best route of action is picking yourself up a rivet nut. Rivet nuts are great in that they are very simple to assemble. All you need is a mating screw. The way you being this installation is that first you threat the rivet onto the pneumatic installation tool and inserting the rivet into the installation hole after you begin using the tool to permanently lock the rivet in place. This is also a great option when installing things like mirrors, spoilers, and radiators on your vehicle. Of course, always make sure that depending on your work, that you choose either a regular rivet or industrial.
Finally, we move onto vibration. We will talk about bushing and rings that control vibration in components. This is an easy installation and a favorite for those on a budget as these can be easily bought over the counter. There are two main types, one piece will fix small vibrations caused by small components and a two piece is great for when dealing with a variety of thickness. Bushing and ring combos are a top choice for engineers as it allows them to do trial an error with their work, this is due to the flexibility it allows in installing or removing. Using anti-vibration methods such as these can also potentially save you from dangerous shock energy.