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What Is The Best Fastening System For Your Project?

Fastening systems are incredibly important in a vast range of projects and tasks. From DIY projects, to projects in the plant engineering industry, you will require a fastening system at some stage to complete your project. The problem you may encounter is that there are several complete fastening systems that you will have to choose from when completing your project, and knowing which one to select can be tricky. In this article, we will tell you the three main types of fastening systems and give you some examples of the kinds of fastening systems you might want to choose for your project. We will also outline how to choose a fastening system the easy way. Let’s get started.

What are the three types of fasteners?

fastners There are three main types of fasteners or fastening systems that you can choose from when completing your project, including screws, bolts or machine screws, and rivets. How familiar are you with the following types of fasteners?

Screws: what are they and are they ideal for all projects?

Screws are one of the fastening systems that can be used for fastening metal. There are different types of screws, such as self tapping screws for wood and concrete, but they are used for particular projects only and might not be the ideal option for a heavy duty project such as a modular system

What are Cortex screws?

A Cortex screw is classed as a hidden fastener. They are normally hidden from view thanks to the similar or equal-looking material as the surrounding material they are affixed to. There are many advantages to using Cortex screws. Read the following section to find out.

What are the advantages of Cortex screws?

There are four essential advantages to using Cortex screws:
  1. Cortex screws are a type of fastening system that are generally simple to install and most of them do not require pre-drilling to affix parts to other parts.
  2. They are strong and robust hidden fasteners that last a long time and ensure the affixed components remain joined.
  3. They take next to no time to install and make installation efficient because of their collated plugs.
  4. Cortex screws have an aesthetically pleasing appearance since the screw heads are hidden and remain out of sight.

What are the disadvantages of Cortex screws?

However, there are some disadvantages to using Cortex screws:
  1. Depending on the project, pre-drilling may be required to ensure the Cortex screw gets affixed to the material.
  2. In some projects, such as plant engineering projects you might find that the threads of the Cortex screws get stripped. 

How do you use the Cortex hidden fastening systems?

Cortex screws are normally used with wood or PVC, and there are a few key steps you should follow to use Cortex hidden fastening systems. 
  1. The Cortex fastening systems will have a setting tool and plugs. Start by checking the tool and get your hands on a drill.
  2. Drill the Cortex screw into the wooden or PVC material as you would with other screw types.
  3. A cord hole will be created that will receive the plug.
  4. Pay attention to the setting tool to find out when the screw is deep enough.
  5. Place the plugs over the holes and tap them into place using a hammer with a smooth base.

Bolts or machine screws: what are they and when should you use them?

Bolts are another one of the main fastening systems used in projects that require a higher strength and holding power than screws. They can easily handle loads that are heavy. For example, if your project involves affixing beams together, you might choose a bolt or machine screw for this. It’s also possible to get small bolts, such as toggle bolts, which can help with projects that involve affixing components to ceilings. Note that for bolts, you will have to use a washer and a nut to install them. These two components are important, helping with load spreading and bolt securing, respectively.

What is a machine screw?

machine-screws A machine screw is similar to a type of bolt. Even though they have threads that you can find on the cylinder, machine screws are used with threaded holes or nuts. It’s this quality that makes them similar to a bolt. The only difference between machine screws and bolts is that bolts are fully affixed by tightening a nut on the back of the fastening, whereas the torque used for machine screws is generally used on the screw’s head.

Rivets: what are they and how are they used?

Rivets are one of the metal fastening systems that have a head. They are used as permanent fasteners and work by pre-drilling your hole into the selected materials that will be joined. You then use a rivet gun, which is loaded with the rivet, and compress the gun. You can use a rivet for objects that are considerably heavy – if they’re heavier than 3lbs this is an ideal time to use a rivet for your project.  

What are the different types of rivets?

There are a couple of different types of rivet fastening systems. As well as solid rivets, there are also blind rivets. Here are the main differences between them.

What is a solid rivet and how do they work?

This is one of the fastening systems that is incredibly old and very popular. They are very effective for certain applications such as aircraft construction and are used to join metal sheets. They work by compressing the metal of the rivet itself using a rivet gun to create a fastening bond and link together two metal sheets effortlessly.

What is a blind rivet and how do they work?

Now, a blind rivet is similar to a solid rivet. They are also used to join metal sheets, but one end of the rivet cannot be seen as it is hidden by the metal. To explain this in more detail, you might have a ladder which uses a blind rivet where the box section of the metal hides the other side of the rivet.  rivet

How do I choose the right fastener system for my project?

You should consider three factors when selecting the right fastener for your project: the size of the project, the purpose of the project, and the cost or budget you have.

How does the project size affect the fastening systems you choose

If your project is not so comprehensive, you may require less robust fastening systems. But in some cases, the bigger the project size, the more robust the fastening system you will require. 

How does the purpose of the product affect your choice of fastening system?

If you’re installing a piping support or pipe clamp for a plant engineering project, a more robust fastening system might be required, such as a bolt. For example, if you are installing a modular system with detachable components, you might require a bolt with a washer and a nut, which, when compared with a rivet, is a less permanent option, but can be removed and offer strength. 

How does your budget affect your choice of fastening system?

Although selecting a cheaper fastening system might seem like extra savings for your pocket, it’s crucial to remember that a short-term saving can lead to greater safety risks for your project, especially in plant engineering projects where heavy duty, industrial components are used.  Recognizing that complete fastening systems can literally hold a project together is important, so consider whether safety sacrifices are worth a cheaper alternative.

Choose from a range of complete fastening systems: select exceptional quality

Although choosing a fastening system can be difficult, there’s no question that your project will benefit from a good quality fastening system. Narrowing down your choices largely depends on the purpose of the fastening system and always consider the size of the project. Getting more information about bolts, projects that involve affixing pipe clamps, and screws for various purposes isn’t difficult. Simply go to Pro Support Solutions and find out how our partners can support your fastening system requirements with ease.

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