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Distributor's Link Magazine Summer 2022 / Vol 45 No 3

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14 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK Bruno Marbacher Bruno Marbacher earned his mechanical engineering degree in Switzerland, he also holds a business degree. He started out as a tool and die maker (poly-mechanic) and over the years he has held various management positions in quality and engineering. During his time in America he has developed and given numerous seminars on topics related to the proper use of mechanical fasteners and machine elements, and assists engineers in solving fastening/assembly issues. His has groomed and directed many young engineers in fastening/assembly technology. He now offers his 40 years of experience through writing and lecturing. COST-SAVING IN FASTENING TECHNOLOGY PROVIDES CRITICAL SAVINGS FOR THE END-PRODUCTS Dear Reader - This article is based on years of fastener experience, studies, research, line walks and application testing, by engineering and logistics people. This article mainly highlights cost saving potentials in the engineering or application field. The goal is to lower the cost of the end-product. To come up with measurable cost reductions, it is important that the manufacturers of the product reveal labor costs, parts cost, etc. Individuals (value engineers) conducting the cost studies must have access to all costs involved. The Choice Of A Fastening Method The choice of an optimum fastening method largely depends on the end product’s application, its life cycle, and in recent years, the subsequent disposal of the product. However, the cost savings achieved through an efficient assembly and the simplification in maintenance and repair are just as important. TECHNICAL ARTICLE Assembly is a key area in streamlining production. The actual designing of a product represents only about 10% of the overall cost of making a product. Depending on the design, one may either: ¤ Create a 70% cost saving, or ¤ Create a 70% cost increase. Assembly costs are about 70% of the overall cost. However, once designed, improvements in the assembly itself can only reduce cost by about 10%. It is therefore important to design a product in such a way that enables a cost-efficient production as well as cost efficient assembly. The cost saving potentials must be realized for both manual and/or automated assembly. Typically, small appliances and electronic equipment are just snaped together. But still, roughly 50% of fastened joints are still made with threaded fasteners. To realize the cost savings, the choice of the proper fasteners must therefore be made right at the design stage. Washers, inserts and locking elements are frequently used where one could use multi-functional fasteners. Multi-functional fasteners are fasteners that do more than fasten two parts together, they drill a hole and they form the mating thread. Some increase self-locking effects other have a washer or locking element attached (semsed). There are variety of suitable multi-functional fasteners available. CONTINUED ON PAGE 102

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