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Tips for Purchasing Automotive Fasteners
Time: 2018-01-03
Automotive OEMs can eliminate production issues caused by fastening problems by using the design experitse of fastener manufacturers. It is important to choose a manufacturer who not only has the expertise and capacity to meet strict specifications, but also can incorporate design features that save on assembly time and cost, while improving the quality and resilience of completed assemblies.
Here are the tips for optimizing the design and production process associated with the installation of fasteners.
Early communication with a hands-on fastener engineer is essential in the automotive assembly process. The sooner the fastener engineer comes into the design phase, the better. Early input from the fastener manfuacturer’s engineering staff helps you create a simpler design, saving OEMs significant costs and production time.
Providing samples and prototype testing can aid in the selection of the proper fastener. One of the most common causes of budget overuns is over-engineering. Including your fastener engineer from the beginning in your design process helps improve assembly efficiencies, reducing or even eliminating problems down the line. Many times, a product design will push the OEM to require a custom fastener. However, custom fasteners are typically more expensive and time-intensive to produce.
Choosing an experienced fastener manufacturer, who specializes in custom manufacturing is key to keep products on time and on budget. Whenever possible, keep the design for the fastener as simple as possible. Your fastener manufacturer should be equipped with the knowledge to problem solve and create a simpler solution, which eliminates the need for multiple parts.
In 1928, Buckeye Fasteners first large commercial use of weld screws, were on the Model A Ford. The first HW weld screw was used on the frame of the Model A to allow one hand assembly of the fenders. The weld screw helped Henry Ford and the Ford Motor revolutionize the assembly line process for manufacturing. More recently, Buckeye Fasteners worked with a major automotive manufacture to help develop a high strength weld fastener to secure the front bumper to vehicles.
With lead time being one of the biggest issues facing manufacturers today, Buckeye Fasteners’ broad range of stock fasteners provide off the shelf delivery on many items. It spoke about the importance of reshoring your fasteners and the many benefits that come with that. The more local your manufacturer is, the quicker your lead time will be.
Source: Buckeye Fasteners