April 13, 2024

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Three Specialist Types of Screw and Their Uses

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Deciding which kind of specialist fastener to use in industrial or heavy-duty fabrication can be a bit of a minefield. There are a huge number of different types, each of which is inserted using a different model of driver. As small as these details may appear at first glance, getting them right can mean the difference between success and failure. Luckily, the team at Pattern Fasteners have put together a basic guide to our three main types of industrial screw to help you on your way. Remember, further information can be found by browsing through our selection of products.

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Set Screws, or Grub Set Screws

Set screws do not come with a “head”, and are threaded right the way up. This means you can drive them right into a hole so that the whole shaft is concealed by the material of a surface, without any part left protruding. You can choose from a variety of socket shapes to match your driver, and they’re perfect for space-saving solutions and fittings where one surface needs to be fixed directly against, or inside, another. Choose this screw type for a flush finish with no clunky fixings.

Cone Point Screws 

A “cone point” is a common design amongst regular fasteners, but at Pattern Fasteners, our specialist designs are fabricated to the highest possible industrial standards. Their pointed tips are ideal for precision, acting as a guide to ensure stability. Two objects or surfaces may be permanently affixed together using a fastener of this kind, as cone point screws are a favourite amongst those who prefer to allow very little free movement in the joins they make – however, it is also possible to install two together to serve as a hanger or pivot.

Dog Point Screws

If you wish to secure more than one object in place at the same time, a “dog point” screw may be your best option. Regularly utilised for industrial purposes, this type of screw is ideal for the likes of securing gears to shafts, as it creates an extremely sturdy and virtually immovable connection. A dog point screw is ideal for supporting heavy weights and can be pulled through a threaded hole to serve as a heavily reinforced connector, which is why it is often used in place of dowel pins. You can select dog point screws that are designed for rotation if required.

It’s vital to thoroughly research the fasteners you intend to use, as they will constitute an integral part of your design and have huge implications when it comes to health and safety and user-friendliness.

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