One fastener does not fit all. Do you have the right ones for your needs?
Many of the screws we sell work for a wide range of applications. Examples of good general-purpose fasteners include our line of metric pan screws, which come in slotted, Philips or Torx varieties. If you don’t have, say, a truss, or binding head screw, you can most likely drop one of these in as a substitute. Other screws, however, work well in one type of situation but not in another.
Sometimes it is the material that makes the difference. Nylon, for example, is great for electrical assembly work because it doesn’t conduct electricity and won’t corrode. But for large-scale structural fastening, nylon just isn’t strong enough. Stainless steel screws, on the other hand, are both strong and corrosion-resistant for those big outdoor industrial applications. But environmental considerations can mean more than just “indoors versus outdoors.” Fasteners used in boats, for instance, must stand up against seawater, as our stainless A-4 metric hex bolts do.
And what about head types? Do you know when you need socket or socket shoulder screws, button head screws, or pipe plug screws, and what application each kind of screw performs best? Chances are you don’t — and that’s why you need Mr. Metric, they live and breathe fastener technology. Mr. Metric is the leading metric fastener specialist in North America. Well regarded as experts in metric, Mr. Metric is known for hard to find metric items at competitive prices. The staff at Mr. Metric are happy to advise you personally on the ideal screws, nuts or bolts for your specific needs. If you have any doubts on what fasteners you need, contact Mr. Metric.
Not only make sure you order the right fastener for the job, but also make sure you are using the proper torque tool for the fastening application. Whether you are using a torque wrench, torque driver, electric screwdriver or a pneumatic screwdriver, controlling torque is essential for companies to ensure their product’s quality, safety and reliability isn’t compromised. The failure of a three-cent fastener that isn’t properly tightened can lead to catastrophic or latent failures. Fasteners that are insufficiently torqued can vibrate loose and excessive torque can strip threaded fasteners. Using a quality torque tool has become increasingly important for many companies to ensure that proper torque is being applied and maintains gauge requirements associated with the ISO 9001 Quality Standard.