Friday, December 21, 2018
Monday, December 17, 2018
Friday, December 7, 2018
Monday, December 3, 2018
Thursday, November 29, 2018
We provided our customer a small batch of these custom stainless steel double end studs at just over 100 pieces. They wanted to replicate existing parts but did not have any drawings or prints. We used a sample piece provided to replicate all dimensions to a +/-.01" tolerance. 1/4-20 thread is incorporated on the larger diameter side and 10-32 on the other, with approximately half the thread turned down into a dog point.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Monday, November 19, 2018
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Monday, November 12, 2018
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Custom 316 Stainless Tapered Head Screws - 10-13 X 1.75" Thread Forming Screws With Gimlet Point & Custom Rounded Tapered Hex Head
Monday, November 5, 2018
Custom Small Diameter U-Bolts - 4-40 X .75" Fully Threaded Round U-Bolts In Low Carbon Steel Material
These custom small diameter u-bolts are the more unusual u bolts we have supplied over the years - the one and only time we had to get fully threaded u-bolts manufactured. Typically only a partial length of each leg is threaded, whether cut threads or rolled, but in this case our customer specifically requested a fully threaded version. 2,000 pieces were run through a domestic production process with a lead time of 5-6 weeks. 4-40 thread was incorporated with the inside width at .57 inches and inside length at .75 inches.
Friday, November 2, 2018
Custom 4140 Flat Socket Head Screws - Custom 1/4-28 X .595" Flat Socket Screws For Aerospace Applications
Monday, October 29, 2018
Custom Low Head Socket Cap Screws - 1/4-20 X 1 Low Head Socket Head Cap Screws In Black Zinc With Nylon Thread Locking Patch
Friday, October 26, 2018
Thursday, October 25, 2018
We supplied our industrial design customer these custom metric flange bolts in two different sizes, M12-1.75 X 35MM and M12 -1.75 X 45MM. Small batch of 100 pieces in each length was manufactured using our overseas production facility as a test run to allow our customer to test the parts in their mold application prior to a full production run. Due to the small quantities involved, the parts were machined rather than cold or hot headed. The machining process is much faster because it avoids lengthy and costly tooling and machinery set up, which would not be cost effective for a small run.
Friday, October 19, 2018
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Custom Low Head Metric Screws - M3 X 0.5MM X 3.25MM With Thread Locking Patch in 303 Stainless Steel Material
Friday, September 21, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018
Custom Double End Studs In 18-8 Stainless Steel Material - with AA1096 microspheres thread locking patch
Friday, September 14, 2018
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
We ran an order of these custom metric 316L set screws with a short dog point at just 66 pieces using domestic production. Lead time was relatively short at just 2-3 weeks from confirmed purchase order receipt. A short .059 dog point was incorporated and a 2.5MM hex socket drive was broached for speed and cost efficiency. Overall length was set at 2.36 inches and the tolerance on all dimensions was set at +/- .005 inches. Great detail can be seen in the print included here as a reference.
Monday, September 10, 2018
Friday, September 7, 2018
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Chrome Plated Phil Pan Hi-Lo Screws - 316 Stainless Steel Material With RoHS Compliant Tin Cobalt Finish, #10-16 X 3/4"
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Custom Modified Truss Self Tapping Screws - #9 X 1-5/8 Type A Self Tapping Screws In 18-8 Stainless Steel
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
These are 3 different custom matte painted screws we supply our long time customer - different shades of grey with one (on the right) incorporating metallic flake features with a darker overall look. All three colors were finished with a flat sheen clear coat to create the matte final result. This clear coat process was the trickiest part of the process as each color changed differently once that final coating was applied - often requiring a drastic reformulation of the base color to anticipate the adjustments that will take place. Thankfully, once this initial manipulation is completed the results can be easily replication on subsequent orders.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Thread fit measures the looseness of fit between male and female threads. For external threads the three fit classes are 1A/2A/3A and for internal thread (for example in hex nuts) 1B/2B/3B. The higher the class number the tighter the fit - 3A/3B fit therefore is the tightest and presents the greatest risk when the parts require any type of plating or additive finish. In our experience parts that require 3A/3B thread fit are at greater risk of not passing the Go/No-Go gauge test after electroplating, especially at smaller diameters. Typically this happens because more of the plating material is added to the part at it's extremities, making a consistent plating thickness difficult to achieve and thereby compromising the tight fit tolerance at the end of the screw where the gauges engage.
Friday, August 17, 2018
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Custom Painted Screws In White - #6 X 1/2" 18-8 Stainless Steel Type A Sheet Metal Screws With Matching White Paint
Monday, August 13, 2018
Friday, August 10, 2018
Monday, August 6, 2018
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
These are custom machined nylon pins we supply our industrial OEM customer. They are manufactured overseas with a lead time of approximately 120 days from approved drawing/print. Overall length is set at 1/2" and the OD drops from 5/16" on one side to 3/16" on the other narrow side. The machined convex portion measures approximately 5/16 inches in length, leaving approximately 3/16 inches on the 5/16" OD section. Plain acetal material was used without any dye. Annual revolving blanket purchase orders are used with monthly releases - estimated annual usage is at 60,000 pcs.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Painted Wood Screws And Painted Countersunk Washers - #8 X 1-3/4" Phil Flat Wood Screws In Steel Zinc
This photo shows the painted wood screws and painted countersunk washers together with the paneling they are used on during the assembly process. Our customer calls this color Pacifica Grey and we supply a number of other sizes for both the wood screw and the washer in this matching color. All the parts are supplied on revolving annual blanket purchase order basis. While this customer uses the countersunk washers with the flat head screws, others use a modified truss head screw for the same application.
Friday, July 13, 2018
These custom painted sheet metal screws are just one example out of hundreds of different fasteners we supply our existing customer base with matching paint or sand blast finish to the mating assembly component. Typically the customer provides us a sample of this mating component for color matching purposes and then we supply samples of screws with the matching formula. The customer also often specifically instructs us to the sheen preferred - matte, flat, semi-glossy, etc. Once the customer approves our provided matching samples we are off to the races to get the full volume painted.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
These are custom drain plugs we supply one of our core customers on a revolving annual blanket purchase order basis. They are supplied in 3 separate pieces that are then assembled around the paneling on assembly floor. While a more expensive and more intricate option was made available to our customer initially, this pictured 3-piece option presented a simpler and drastically cheaper alternative while still fully satisfying the application requirements. Initial lead time varies depending on the size required and new tooling if applicable.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Custom Extra Long Hex Bolts - Partially Threaded 3/8-16 X 14" In 307A Material With Zinc Clear Finish
These are custom extra long hex bolts we have supplied our customer for many years, with shipments of approx 20,000 pcs at a time every 2-3 years. 307A steel material is used with zinc clear finish and all parts are manufactured overseas. 1.5" to 1.688" of thread is rolled on each part and the hex head height is set to .226-.268 inches. R0.01-0.03 underneath the head is critical for our customer's application, allowing the head to lay as flat as possible against the mating part.
Monday, June 18, 2018
We have been supplying these 12.9 alloy steel custom metric rolled thread screws for over 10 years to an automotive aftermarket OEM. The alloy steel socket head blanks are ground to a smaller diameter to allow for the M14 thread to be rolled, which is a specific requirement with our customer. We supply these parts on a revolving annual blanket purchase order to spread out the cost for our customer and lock in better pricing. The releases are delivered the same or next day from the initiated request.
Friday, June 15, 2018
These are custom 316 SS bent anchor rods per AMS 5648 we provided our aerospace customer. 130 pieces were domestically produced with a lead time of 4-5 weeks. Material certs, First Article Inspection Report (FAIR), and a certificate of conformance was provided with the parts as well. 1/4-20 thread was incorporated at 2.25" in length, with the long leg overall length measuring at 5". Additional detail on the anchor is below as a reference:
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
These custom knurled shoulder bolts are the result of the tests we ran with different knurling methods mentioned in one of the previous posts. Parts came out perfectly but we did run into some challenges with the lead times, being behind initial expectations due to tooling delays early in the process. We had to throw money at expediting every part of the process where possible to try to limit our delays as much as possible - some sleepless nights worrying about these bad boys and our customer's dire need. Every good factory and secondary processor across the nation is absolutely swamped so make sure to buffer lead time expectations as much as possible.
Monday, June 11, 2018
These are custom stainless double end studs we provide our long time customer on a recurring basis, typically with production runs of approximately 300 pcs. They are made domestically using 304 stainless steel material. Pictured here is the threaded stud with it's mating part. The thread on one side measures .875" in length and approximately .687" on the other. The unthreaded shoulder is 1/2" diameter and the overall length of the stud is set at 2-3/8".
Friday, June 1, 2018
These custom regulator vented plugs are a perfect example of the large number of custom automotive hardware components we supply our customer base. We worked with the customer through a number of design iterations to forgo an initial design that included a brazed component and instead go towards a design shown here with a vented hole. The socket recess provided another challenge - going with a broached alternative would provide a better cost profile but add risk of excess material affecting the vented hole. Instead we decided to take on the additional cost and run a cold headed process for the recess, providing a clean look and application to the part.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
These are 9 different custom large plain steel u-bolts we supplied our customer in the Kansas City, MO area. Quantities ranged across the nine different sizes but all shared the 3/4-10 diameter and thread pitch, as well as the plain A36 steel material. The largest size pictured with Leonid here measured 42 inches on the inside width and 39-1/16 on the inside length. 8 inches of 3/4-10 thread was incorporated on each side.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
These are custom T304 stainless u-bolts we supplied our customer in two different dimensional variants: the smaller round u-bolts measure 3-1/2" for the inside width and 6-1/2" for the inside depth while the larger version measures 6-5/8" at the inside width and 10" for the inside depth. 130 pieces of the larger u-bolts and 80 pieces of the smaller variant were provided to our customer, with a lead time of 4-5 business days from order confirmation. Material certs were made available upon request.