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Rail Industry

Huck Fastener Systems and Crane Torque Management in Engine, Rolling Stock, and Rail Construction and Repair

Applifast Knows the Intense Vibration Applications of the Rail Industry

Winnipeg is home to three Class 1 railways and it is the only major city from Vancouver to Thunder Bay offering rail connections directly to the United States. Not only is Winnipeg one of the two Canadian cities having three Class 1 railways, it also features rail access to the northern seaport of Churchill. One railroad company has its key repair facility located in Winnipeg which supplies the entire railway with freight car wheel sets, truck and refurbished freight car components, and maintenance equipment such as frogs and switch points. The facility is the maintenance center for a large portion of the locomotive fleet as well.

Huck Bolts Bring Any User Five Essential Benefits

Huck Bolts provided by Applifast offer any manufacturer a greatly cleaner, safer, and more efficient fastening system than any welding solution. Shear, tensile, and joining strength and just a few features found with these leading-edge Huck Bolts. Applifast’s railroad industry specified tools from Alcoa Fastening Systems, such as Huck Fasteners Lockbolt Bobtail, Huck 360, and Huck C50L, are just some examples of tool and fastener systems integrating a precise and effective installation process. Applifast supplies tool and fastener systems, such as Huck Bolts which incorporate fast and easy installation, can be inspected visually very quickly, and bring any user the important benefits of structural integrity, speed, safety, simplicity, and cost savings.

Huck Fasteners – Where Vibration Meets its Match

Strength in the rail industry is essential, and high expectations are sure to be exceeded when utilizing tooling and fastening solutions from Applifast, such as Huck fasteners. These fasteners have proven themselves repeatedly whether used in gauge plates or insulated joints for track applications and diamonds or RBM frogs for crossing applications. In fact, for over a decade, usage of Huck fasteners has been key in fabricating more than 3000 frogs and hundreds of various other crossing and track components. New lockbolts and rivets from Huck are constantly being developed to meet the various needs of dynamically changing requirements from customers. Huck fasteners such as Bobtail, Huck 360, and Huck C50L have a variety of benefits some of which include extreme strength, such as how they have a joining power that will never come loose, and installation qualities such as simplicity, and most importantly, safety. Crossing and track life is also extended with using Huck fasteners as these fasteners have incomparable vibration resistance and as a result, flexing in the tracks is reduced, creating less fatigue overall.

Huck Fasteners Bring Safety

Behind every Huck tooling and fastening solution is a commitment to bringing users the strongest, most reliable fastening solution available regardless of the industry. Huck fasteners never come loose even in the most extreme and demanding environments, bringing safety and extended life with them, in turn reducing costs and greatly shortening the time used for maintenance necessities by any manufacturer. Time is also saved as Huck fasteners install quickly, consistently, and quietly all in a safe manner. The loosening of standard nuts and bolts is often caused due to gaps found between the threads, but this is not found with Huck fasteners as they have high level performance, quality, and engineering bringing employees increased protection – an essential key in any industry. Watch the following video to learn more about Huck Fasteners from Applifast.

Huck Fasteners Bring Easy Installation

Huck Lockbolt Bobtails are a registered trademark of Alcoa and Alcoa Fastening Systems and are, just as all Huck fasteners, a branded product of Arconic Fastening Systems. Huck LockBolt Bobtail fasteners overcome the weaknesses found in typical lock bolts. These fasteners install in double the time as any other marketed lockbolt, taking a total of two seconds. Not only do these Huck fasteners install very smoothly, at a rapidly fast pace, and are shock free, they do not cause the installer to feel any impacts or torque on their hands or arms. The two parts that make up a Huck LockBolt Bobtail are the pin and the collar. Huck Bobtails do not have a pin tail, and as a result, there is not collection of waste material for disposal, or corrosion issues prior to the installation. The Huck LockBolt Bobtail has a very high fatigue strength as the service load is expanded over a cross-sectional area, making it much stronger than the average bolt. The main reason for this extreme strength is because the thread form of the Huck LockBolt Bobtail is much shallower than the thread form of a conventional bolt. The design of the HuckBolt eradicates gaps through the feature of full metal to metal contact between the collar which has been swaged on and the pin. This connection on the Huck Lockbolt Bobtail provides sustained vibration resistance even though the environments or circumstances may have an extreme amount of vibration. Therefore, the result is much superior, bringing the rail industry the high level of strength it needs for carrying both products and people by train for thousands of miles. As Huck Lockbolt Bobtails are installed without a pin break, this reduces the noise on shop floors dramatically. Huck Lockbolt Bobtails have also been proven to increase overall safety, such as repetitive stress injuries, as their installation sequence is shock-free and smooth. Huck Lockbolt Bobtails supplied by Applifast are a lightweight, compact, and ergonomic solution making the installation process significantly faster and simpler as the force required when installing each bolt is significantly reduced.

Huck Fasteners Bring Extreme Strength

Huck fasteners have been compared and proven to have joints that are far more secure than conventional nuts and bolts as they have a cross-section and root radius considerably larger than standard fasteners. In fact, the cross-sectional area is up to 30% more and the root radius is up to five times the amount of a regular nut or bolt, depending on the type of Huck fastener, in turn bringing extreme strength to any application. The C50L HuckBolt is a highly tensile, friction grip, and oversized Huck LockBolt that has been defined by Huck for over fifty years. The C50L HuckBolt fastener has proven its exceptional durability under pressure from being used in many heavy-duty and vibration intense fastening environments. This HuckBolt has an extremely high level of consistency and uniform high clamp force. Huck C50L fasteners are no doubt a reliable choice for the rail industry as they have proven their exceptional tensile and shear strength performance highly exceeds that of conventional bolts. These Huck fasteners are not only incredibly strong, but have a high fatigue life, making maintenance a much more minor task than with standard nuts and bolts. Renowned for its extremely strong clamping power, the C50L HuckBolt has proven itself in various critical applications from railway, to mining equipment, to truck chassis. The C50L fastener has an extensive range of head styles for use in countless demanding applications. Rigidity, consistency, and shear strength are other reasons why the C50L Huck LockBolt is used with confidence by many industries. C50L Huck LockBolts have been tested, proven, and surpass the performance of torqued bolts in fatigue life and both shear and tensile strength. Watch this video to learn more about the C50L Huck LockBolts provided by Applifast.

The Most Advanced Fastening System: The Huck 360 Fastener

The most advanced fastening system of nuts and bolts is the Huck 360, a product of Alcoa Fastening Systems. The Huck 360 has proven itself to deliver fatigue strength and life that is five times stronger than the standard thread bolt, therefore making it practically maintenance free. The Huck 360 Bolts provided by Applifast can be both removed and installed using standard tools. Huck 360 Bolts can be retightened, and furthermore, can be reused as the torque requirements will not change, they will be maintained just as much as when they are first installed. In fact, the Huck 360 Fastening System installs at a 300% faster pace than any other standard locknut installing in less than two seconds. The Huck 360 keeps any assembly firmly in place – a key point in the rail industry. This is because it eliminates any transverse motions and the gap which is found around the crest of the bolt. The Huck 360 was designed with low-notch factor bolt threads which are not rolled as deep compared to a traditional bolt. This makes the effective area on the fastener wider, potentially as high as 20% more, and increases the fatigue and tensile strength. As the Huck 360 Fastening System has a shallow thread form, axial stress found in the root is 27% less than that found in standard bolt threads. There is also no initial interference found between the nut and bolt threads of the Huck 360 because of its free-running nut form making it an invaluable choice compared to other standard torque nuts. Watch this video to learn more about the Huck 360 Fastening System supplied by Applifast.

Crane Torque Management and the Rail Industry

The rail industry is an integral form of transportation not only in Winnipeg, but across Canada and worldwide. Applifast supplies Crane torque verification tooling used in auditing standard torque tools found in conventional fastening systems for the rail industry. Ensuring components such as train axles and wheels of subway and rail carriages are secured accurately and precisely every time are just a few critical applications where torque tooling systems should be double checked with an unbiased torque auditing tool. Crane Electronics ensures a neutral approach, as Crane does not manufacture any assembly tools, only torque verification equipment. Neglecting the verification process can result in disaster, underlining why it is crucial to know the correct torque measurement being applied in any assembly, manufacturing, or refurbishing process. Applifast’s range of Crane tools covers IQ wrenches, transducers, data collectors, torque testers, and system software, meeting the requirements before, during, and after the assembly operation for any standard fastening system. This enables tool capacity assessment, process capability assessment, and process verification. Crane torque auditing systems provide a balanced process certifying correct reading verification unequaled by others in the industry.

Why is Applifast Best?

Every Huck Fastener has its own individual characteristics dependent on the application they are used in. The expertise and wealth of knowledge found at Applifast brings you a quality solution fitted perfectly for the application no matter what industry. Applifast is not merely another vendor, but an ally with practical strategies of integrity and value to help you achieve your objectives. Applifast’s expertise brings you a vast array of inventory including Huck LockBolts, Huck Structural Blind Fasteners, and Non-Structural Blind Fasteners and Rivet Nuts/Threaded Inserts ready for quick shipping. Our know-how for production assembly or repair is always readily available. Contact Applifast today for expert advice at 1 800 563 1293 or email info@applifast.com.

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