Technical Articles

UC Components, Inc. has published these technical articles:

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Over 200 billion fasteners are created every year in the United States alone. Though not all fasteners are created equal. Choosing the right fastener material is critical for the success of your...
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Electropolishing specifically offers greatly improved surface finish and a resulting reduction in particulate generation, cosmetic improvement, and enhanced corrosion resistance. All of which can...
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Did you know that the first known recorded use of screws occurred during the time of the ancient Greeks; they used them in devices to press olives and grapes. From those humble beginnings, screws have...
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Parts and fasteners used in vacuum applications are required to be free from volatile materials that would lead to contamination of the entire vacuum system. However, can you use an untreated O-ring...
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Recycling and reusing items is something we all strive to do but can you reuse a screw? Typically you can if the screw has never exceeded its yield point. The yield point is the point where the screw...
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Fasteners are often an unnoticed, yet integral, part of any application that most people don't give much consideration to until they need to use one. The material the fastener is made from is equally...
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Kolsterising® is an industry-proven, thermo-chemical, low-temperature, diffusion-based, surface hardening technology used to enhance certain grades of stainless steel, cobalt, and nickel-based...
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O-rings are most often the primary source of contamination in any vacuum system. Selecting the proper O-ring design and material are essential to maintaining the seal and overall system integrity....
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A Molybdenum Disulfide coating (also known as Molybdenum Disulphide, MoS2, and Moly) is one of the most commonly used solid film lubricants in applications where load carrying capacity, operating...
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Outgassing, also called offgassing, refers to the release of gas that has become trapped, frozen, dissolved, or absorbed in another material. Outgassing is a common problem when creating, or...
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Many different materials release light-weight molecules that can interfere with the vacuum process, even materials that are not normally considered absorbent (such as metals and glass). Vapor pressure...
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Galling is one the most common problems when tightening fasteners. Galled nuts and bolts may even pass all required inspections (mechanical, threads, material, etc.), yet they can still fail to...
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Metal fasteners often come into contact with dissimilar metals - which is a recipe for corrosion and a whole host of other problems. Even the smallest component can ruin the overall effectiveness of a...
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Product packaging is both an art and a science - designed to look attractive while properly storing, containing, and protecting the products inside. We all know that packaging performs a pretty basic...
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There are a variety of O-rings on the market today which vary widely from manufacturer to manufacturer, the source of the materials used, and even from lot to lot. An O-ring is a round solid rubber...
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High and ultra-high vacuum applications require parts that are free from volatile materials that would lead to contamination of the vacuum system. The vacuum baking process, also called bake-out,...
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High-temperature fasteners are used extensively in critical industries such as semiconductor, aerospace, automotive, and oil/gas. They are specially designed to be able to withstand high temperatures...
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There are wide varieties of fastener hardware on the market today used by manufacturers in the assembly of every single product we use daily. Shoulder screws, while not typically found in your local...
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Vented Screws are also known as Vacuum Screws, Ventilation Screws, or Hollow Screws. A vented screw features a hollow core (has a hole drilled through it) and are specially designed to allow the...
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A virtual leak is a trapped volume of gas within a vacuum chamber that cannot be easily pumped out due to restrictions in the path connecting the trapped gas to the main chamber. Virtual leaks...
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The proper handling of hardware and fasteners for your vacuum applications cannot be taken lightly. The value of a cleaned & vacuum-baked O-Ring and a properly vented screw, nut, or washer may...
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Fasteners play a crucial role in many industries, including aerospace. They are prominent in the manufacture and assembly of all aircraft and spacecraft; both in primary and secondary structural areas...
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Gold, specifically, is typically selected for its aesthetic, and beautiful, appeal but it also offers quite a few attractive properties such as high electrical conductivity, it can shield parts from...
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Silver is one of the most common metals used for plating in the medical industry because it boasts a wealth of beneficial qualities plus it is biocompatible and inherently resistant to bacteria....
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Nickel plating is used extensively to plate fasteners to provide better corrosion and wear resistance. Nickel will not chip or flake, as some other decorative finishes may, which makes it extremely...
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Tungsten Disulfide (also known as WS2) is a low friction dry lubricant coating that is applied utilizing pressurized air that impinges a dry metallic coating without heat, binders, or adhesives. The...
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O-rings are most often the primary source of contamination in any vacuum system. An unprocessed, or "raw", O-ring will contain a great deal of water which is chemically formed during the manufacturing...
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Vacuum chambers must remain clean and free of contaminants and volatile materials that would lead to contamination of the entire system. Assembly for critical applications requires a wide variety of...