Choosing The Right Fastener Depends On The Intended Application

Deciding on the right fastener is a vital part to completing a successful job. Various projects can require the use of several different types of fasteners, such as nails, screws, nuts, bolts, and anchors.

The use of a wide variety of fasteners has a long history – for instance, what resembles a modern-day screw is thought to have been around since about the 3rd century BC in Greece and by the 1st century BC, wooden screws were often used in the Mediterranean world. Nails are thought to have been created in ancient Egypt around 3400 BC.

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In this article we’ll cover a summary of some of the most commonly used fasteners – particularly, screws, nails, anchors, staples, nuts and bolts. Additionally, examples of applications will be provided to help offer direction on how to choose the right type of fastener for use on a particular project.

Fasteners and Their Applications

Screws

Different types of screws are used for differing job applications. For instance, some types of screws might be more suited for outdoor projects manufactured to withstand certain elements. In other applications screws can be utilized in areas that are not meant to be visible providing a cleaned finished exterior look.

Steiner has several types of screws available – from anchor screws, cap screws, locking screws, drive screws, eye screws and more. The advantage of screws is that they securely hold in place, rarely loosen, and can also be easily removed when need be.

Screws have a variety of different types of heads – for example, Pan heads are one of the most common types of heads that are found on a screw. They are rounded and have short vertical sides that provide a low profile once they are driven into a surface. Flat heads are countersunk and designed to sit low in the surface which the screw is drilled into.

Oval heads provide a combination of pan and flat head types with the head being slightly rounded. The oval head provides a more decorative finish. Truss heads have rounded tops with a large and flat underside. This provides a very low profile that still stays above the line of the surface.

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Just as the type of screw used depends on the application or project – likewise, the type of nail used depends on the application. Like screws, some nails are for use indoors and others outdoors.

Nails

Nails can be easily installed – using an air gun makes installing nails even easier. Nails provide a low cost and are useful for construction projects such as securing cabinets and shelving or installing roof panels.

There are two general rules that can help with the selection of the type of nail that can be used in any given project. The first is that the nail should be at least 3 times the length of the material that the nail will be nailing through. For example, if you are nailing 1/2″ sheathing on an exterior wall you should use a nail that is at least 1 1/2″ long. 1/2″ x 3 = 1 ½″. The second rule is that the nail used should be able to penetrate the item being nailed to and not completely go through it. Using the same example of a ½” sheathing, you will need a nail that will be 1 ¼” long. ¾” + ½” = 1 ¼”.

Bolts

Bolts are to be used when nails aren’t applicable and screws don’t provide a strong enough hold. A bolt is a type of screw that is used for holding together objects, while the nut is a small metal object that is fastened to the bolt. Nuts and bolts are almost always used together. Nuts and bolts are extremely secure and have a high load bearing.

When a bolt runs through the nut, it creates a strong bond that is able to handle great amounts of stress. Sizes vary for multiple types of projects. To tighten bolts and nuts, tools will be required. They can also be easily removed.

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Anchors

Anchors come in several different types – there are concrete anchors, pipe anchors, screw anchors, wall anchors and wedge anchors. Anchors are usable for projects involving walls. Many types of anchors can be used to join wood or metal with concrete, mortar, brick, tile or stone.

Staples

Staples are another common fastener used in construction projects. The crown of a staple can bridge materials that are butted together. The crown also provides a bigger surface area than other fasteners, which can be helpful with thin materials.

While staples can be installed very quickly and serve as a great temporary fastener, they also have the added convenience of being loosened or removed easily. Staples can be inserted through the use of a staple gun. Some staple guns use arched staples for fastening small cables, e.g. phone or TV, without damaging the cable.

Planning any construction or building project involves several factors. Choosing the right fasteners is a key component to completing a successful project. Before purchasing fasteners, contractors should understand the intended application for each type of fastener to ensure their proper use. Additionally, with the right fastener, finding the right tool is also a necessity before starting construction.

Steiner has a wide selection of fasteners in addition to the tools needed to properly install those fasteners. Find tools and fasteners on www.steinerelectric.com or visit your nearest Steiner location.

CribTrack Industrial Vending Machine Makes Inventory Management Affordable

What is CribTrack?

CribTrack is a new industrial vending solution with an evolutionary dispensing system that simplifies inventory management. Industrial items, MRO supplies, office supplies and many other consumable or reusable items can be stored and tracked through the user-friendly inventory scanner. CribTrack offers businesses a more secure, flexible, simple and affordable alternative to other industrial vending machines built on complicated machine architectures that are difficult and expensive to maintain.

CribTrack industrial storage solution offers abundant space for managing inventory with up to 200 storage bins. The supply bins are held in place by magnets, providing the flexibility to rearrange items quickly and help keep inventory organized. With its sleek design and noteworthy mobility, CribTrack can also be used in almost any indoor environment to store safety equipment, chemicals, batteries, power tools and more.

CribTrack comes with software run on a locally stored server hard drive concealed within the machine that securely backs up all data to the cloud. An included Wi-Fi router offers the flexibility to connect to a company network either hardwired via an Ethernet port or wirelessly via a Wi-Fi network.

CribTrack is also equipped with four built-in cameras that record each transaction, all of which can be reviewed on-demand.

Who Can Use It?

Any company can use CribTrack. Because just about any type of item can be stored, CribTrack is the ideal industrial storage solution for several locations and environments, including:

  • Manufacturing/industrial – drills, end mills, inserts or abrasives.
  • Restaurants – ingredients, spices or meats.
  • Hospitals – gloves, tubes, medications or scrubs.
  • Schools – cleaning supplies, lab equipment or office supplies.
  • Offices – supplies, IT equipment or printer supplies.
  • And many other applications…
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CribTrack Industrial Vending Machine

What’s different over other industrial vending machines?

CribTrack is different than any other industrial vending machines – It is designed to be simple, smart and secure. For example, it offers the benefit of multiple access options. To access inventory there are three built-in methods: a user assigned touchpad PIN, RF PROX card/key fob (HID, I-HID option available), and biometric fingerprint scanner. Once access is granted, an item can be ‘checked out’ by simply scanning the associated barcode. Returning an item is just as simple; scan a special built-in return barcode and follow the prompts listed on the interior 10-inch monitor.

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Enter pincode, use the PROX card or use your fingerprint to unlock the machine.

Another benefit that separates CribTrack from other inventory management machines is the 3-year warranty – a lot of the mechanical aspects of a traditional vending machine have been eliminated to produce a remarkably reliable platform. By simplifying the machine CribTrack offers a quicker method of retrieving items – other machines take longer to enter information for procuring an item, but with CribTrack, the average time it takes to complete a transaction is 15 seconds.

While other machines are inaccessible only allowing items to be dispensed by the machine itself, or dropped down like snack vending machines, CribTrack can be opened, allowing a user to inspect an item before procuring it. To manage inventory securely CribTrack provides a log of who took or returned an item from the machine. The cameras ensure the proper procedure is followed throughout the process. Because there are four cameras, all activities are recorded from several different angles and subsequently viewable on demand.

CribTrack is the perfect solution for any organization with a need for industrial vending and inventory management. It is flexible, easy-to-use, simple to manage, reliable, and economical. CribTrack allows organizations to take advantage of cost savings attained through better inventory management, accountability, and trace-ability.  For more information on CribTrack please visit www.cribtrack.com or call 1-844-744-CRIB (2742) to speak with an experienced application consultant.