Metal fasteners are everywhere-- screws, nuts, bolts, rivets, clamps -- they're used to bond materials together in appliances, electronics, industrial equipment, and more. However, metal fasteners no longer remain the only ones dominating the industry.
Nylon fasteners now provide a viable alternative to traditional metal fastening in a number of applications. Nylon fasteners secure metal components together in manufacturing and electronic applications and have a comparable tensile strength and temperature resistance.
The important factor to keep in mind when considering using this alternative is that there are unique properties to these components that may or may not be suited for every application.
Here are a couple of pointers about nylon fasteners to keep in mind when looking into your next fastening solution:
Nylon is a non-conductor as it is a type of plastic and cannot conduct electricity. This property makes this material of fasteners highly preferable for connecting insulation and uses in electronic devices.
As a result, nylon is known to provide a high level of insulation. On the same note, this material is unlikely to burn when treated with other plastics. Although these fasteners should not be used in extreme heat conditions such as cooking, the material can still be resistant to high heat generated in various processes and appliances.
Furthermore, nylon is not only resistant to high temperatures, but also to corrosion. A significant concern with ferrous metal fasteners is their susceptibility to corrosion and fatigue causing the structures to weaken entirely.
A benefit of using nylon fasteners is eliminating the risk of structures corroding, rusting and becoming damaged from solvents and lubricants.
And of course, there is also a considerable difference in weight. Nylon fasteners are noticeably lightweight compared to aluminum, steel, and other metal fasteners.
Due to their lighter weights, nylon fasteners are less likely to wear and loosen over time or during rougher conditions. Nylon fasteners are useful when dealing with weight constraints and in devices that are more likely to be held for everyday use.
This material of fasteners is also a good choice regarding design and aesthetics. Through extrusion and injection molding, any color can be run through the bolt with a range of different finishes from lustrous to dull, to make the fasteners more visually appealing.
The color resists fading, chipping, and scraping and can match or contrast the design in various ways. Nylon fasteners are highly customizable which makes them easy to use with a wide range of applications.
Nylon fasteners should be avoided in applications prone to moisture as water molecules can make the material swell. They should also not be used in environments exposed to acids or halogens as the nylon becomes brittle and begins degrading. At AFI, we have all the fastening solutions and tips for your specific application needs.