GlobalSpec has asked its users about the latest design trends and features related to Screws. They have also shared their product applications and tips on how to buy and use these products.
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Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
9 answers
Answers:
One problem we have in our industry is maintaining a good water tight seal when screws have been fixed. Most seals tend to lose their integrity when over tightened. There is a fine line between having a good seal, and damaging the seal/washer when screwed into place. I would love to see a seal that can be reused over and over when screws are taken out and put back in. Once a screw has been taken out, the seal has to be replaced, generally meaning the whole screw is replaced.
~Project Manager, Moranbah, Australia
Multiple types of drive mechanisms and materials; washer can be captive to screw (eliminating the need to assemble the washer to the screw). Screw holds to drive bit by itself (no need to hold it with your fingers); screw can be installed at odd angles like 45 degrees.
~Manufacturing Engineer, Menlo Park, CA
I wish I knew what all the funny figures stand for - being european reading inches is a drag
~Francois L, Engineering Consultant, Kharkov, Ukraine
No hydrogen embrittlement. Better plastic screws for thin wall designs.
~Jim, Engineer, Iron Mountain, MI
Quality and reliability at the lowest cost.
~Tom M., Sr. Mechanical Engineer, Portland, OR
Variable plain shank screws
~General Corporate Mgmt, Gnosall, Great Britain
Stainless Steal, torx
~Design Engineer, Largo, FL
Standardization
~Marketing/Sales, San Carlos, CA
Useful,best
~Jim Zhang, Manufacturer, Shanghai, China

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Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of screws?
6 answers
Answers:
Just because something is in the catalog, doesn't mean it's not a "make to order" expensive screw.
~Design Engineer, Largo, FL
Be careful assuming a screw will work just because it is similar to another screw type.
~Jim, Engineer, Iron Mountain, MI
Make sure the screw is suitable for the base metal that it is getting screwed into.
~Project Manager, Moranbah, Australia
Keep in mind galvanic potential when selecting the screw material.
~Manufacturing Engineer, Menlo Park, CA
Think about things like REDOX couple.
~Francois L, Engineering Consultant, Kharkov, Ukraine
Be more patient!
~Jim Zhang, Manufacturer, Shanghai, China

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