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What Are Fasteners and How Are They Useful?

Being support system specialists and recognised fastener distributor / supplier in the UK there’s not much we don’t know within our industry. Fasteners are a hardware device that has a singular purpose for mechanically joining or affixing two or more objects together. Fasteners are a very popular alternative to welding mainly because the joints can be removed without damaging the joining components.  Meanwhile welding permanently joins two components together by melting metal, therefore, fasteners are much more practical.

There is a range of materials that are used for fasteners for different applications here are the most common materials used.

·         Carbon Steel – This is the most common material used

·         Alloy Steel

·         Stainless Steel

·         Inconel Stainless Steel

·         Titanium – Commonly used for aircraft applications

·         Aluminum – This material is used to reduce weight

When choosing a fastener from a supplier for a given application, it is vital to know the specifics of that application to help select the perfect type of material. You need to consider various factors, those being:

  •         Weight Restrictions
  •          Reusability
  •         The Environment – Water exposure, corrosive elements and temperature
  •        Installation Process
  •         Materials to be joined

If finding the correct fastener for your application is causing you some trouble don’t hesitate to contact us on 0121 270 8507 or email us on sales@directchannel.uk.com. We would be more than happy to help as we are one of the UK’s most popular fastener suppliers.


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