Failure of fasteners and/or incorrect fastener installation has proven to cause costly production plant shutdowns, product warranty recalls, expensive manufacturing rework, and ecological damage such as leaked fluids or gases. With fastening technology, nothing should be left to chance, from conceptual design to the finished product, every design is significant and must be made with the end result in mind. Applifast has over 40 years of practical experience with threaded inserts, rivet nuts, and studs with an extensive variety of installation tools in stock to serve the requirements of numerous industries including Truck/Trailer, Rail, Agriculture, Bus-Coach, and Aerospace. With every individual company’s needs, we see ourselves as not only a vendor of tools and fasteners, but as a fastening solution partner with the ability to readily support Research and Development Teams and improve assembly performances of final production.
Arconic Fastening Systems has over 50 years of practical experience in the making of threaded inserts and studs and offers the broadest selection available to serve the needs of the aerospace, industrial and automotive markets. Inserts and studs are available in both unified and metric sizes, and meet a variety of international standards. The parts are manufactured using a wide variety of materials including corrosion and heat-resistant steels, carbon and alloy steels, titanium and Iconel®. These high quality fasteners have become industry standards and individualized solutions to unique design problems. In addition, we offer tools for hole preparation, installation, and removal of our inserts and stud products.
Keenserts® Inserts and Studs
Keenserts® inserts and studs are designed to provide high resistance to torque-out and pull-out loads. Pre-assembled keys are driven down through the threads of the parent material to mechanically lock the fasteners into place. The inserts are available with free running threads or with various types of locking devices including deformed threads, Vespel™ insert and beam lock. The studs provide a nut-end thread designed to transfer high axial loads into weak base materials. The stud or keyed end is installed into the parent material, thus eliminating the need for removing or replacing a bolt.
Kelox® Inserts and Studs
Kelox® inserts and studs are high performance threaded products that typically require smaller diameter installation holes than other solid bushing inserts and studs. This translates into overall reduced boss sizes and weight savings. The Kelox® fasteners incorporate a pair of keys joined by an integral ring that facilitates the driving of the keys into the structure.
Ring Locked Inserts and Studs
Ring locked inserts and studs have superior torsional resistance in both hard and soft parent materials. Inserts are available with locking and non-locking threads.
Slimsert™ inserts have a thin cross section, which is ideal for installation into applications requiring minimum boss configurations. This allows for reduced casting weight while adding strength. The upper end of the insert is swaged into the counterbore wall of the parent material and locks it into place.
Delron® Sandwich Panel Inserts
Delron® inserts are used primarily to provide a hard mounting point in sandwich structure panels. Structural type inserts offer maximum shear and column strength by gripping and supporting the face sheets from within the core area of the sandwich panel. Potted in inserts are mounted through a single hole in the panel and resist shear and tension through a knurled flange on the body where potting compound flows.
Solid Threaded Inserts
Keysert® inserts are solid, one-piece, key-locking inserts used to repair damaged threads or for use in original equipment. The Keysert® locking keys provide a positive mechanical lock which prevents rotation due to vibration or torsion. Keysert® inserts are available in carbon or stainless steel, both in inch and metric series. Thinwall, Heavy-Duty, Extra Heavy-Duty, and Solid insert styles are available separately or in keys containing a range of sizes.
Wire Thread Inserts
Our range of quality wire thread inserts enables you to produce strong, permanent threads in softer materials such as aluminum and magnesium alloys. This ability to strengthen threads in lighter materials can also reduce manufacturing costs. Recoil® inserts are made from a wide range of materials with various coatings to suit virtually any type of equipment manufacturing. Arconic has the expertise to develop new designs to your specifications.