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A nuanced approach to manufacturing with bolts, studding and fixings

19 July 2018

The manufacturing sourcing and supply process today is more than ever concerned with supporting robust procedures to ensure reliable quality and performance at highly competitive prices.

But the greatest concern is probably that of getting it wrong as this is often the greatest cost of all.

It is here that Challenge Europe can help, even with apparently simple threaded fasteners like flange bolts – used for speed and where people don’t want the inconvenience of a separate washer for load spreading or anti-vibration purposes. Similarly for studding where a longer length is required, e.g. for ceilings, to extend floor anchors or for chemical fixings such as epoxy glue embedded attachments.

All are well understood products but still benefit from expert guidance, as experience has shown.

Standard ex-stock items include flange bolts which are generally found in a more limited range than conventional bolts and set screws – also throughbolt style floor anchors which permit component positioning, hole drilling and insertion of the fixing all in one operation without needing to remove the component.

Conversely, shield anchors do need removal of steelwork in order to drill and place the fixing, but are better in weaker concrete as they are capable of generating a greater wedging force in variable substrates. They are also able to accommodate a variety of different fixings, e.g. various bolt head types.

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