Industrial fasteners are the little items that help keep machinery, equipment, parts and more secured and working properly. Industrial fasteners include items like screws, nuts, bolts and specialty fasteners — all of which are designed to keep specific types of industrial materials firmly in place. Whether you need to connect machine parts or secure the bearings and gears inside an automobile transmission, industrial fasteners can help you get the job done.
When shopping for industrial fasteners, consider:
- Categories of industrial fasteners for screws (wood screws, machine screws, sheet metal screws, socket screws), bolts (hex bolts, carriage bolts, lag bolts, eye bolts, U-bolts, J-bolts) and nuts (hex nuts, wing nuts, acorn nuts, flange nuts, tee nuts).
- Head styles on screws and bolts (flat, round, oval, button, pan, truss, hex, socket, slotted hex).
- Drive types on industrial fasteners (Phillips, Frearson, slotted, combination, socket, hex, Allen).
Learn the nuts and bolts about industrial fastenersScrews are good for solid materials, snap fasteners close and lock into place, and bolts are used to assemble parts by securing with a mating nut.
Investigate specialty fastenersSpecialty fasteners are available to meet industry-specific needs. For example, the types of bolts used by plumbers are different than the bolts used by someone constructing a commercial airplane.
Compare bulk rates on screws and other industrial fastenersEven if you know exactly how many screws and bolts it will take to complete your current project, it never hurts to have extras on hand for future emergencies.
Don't forget tools and accessories for industrial fastenersIndustrial fasteners are useless without the proper tools and accessories, such as screwdrivers and washers.
- Most industrial fasteners are available in both U.S. sizes and metric sizes.
- Industrial fasteners are manufactured using a variety of materials, such as steel, stainless steel, plastic or titanium. Steel is the most common material used for fasteners.
- Screws, bolts and other industrial fasteners are typically identified by type, material, length and diameter. Machine thread fasteners are also identified by thread pitch.