Automotive OEMs can eliminate or overcome production issues caused by fastening problems by using the design expertise of fastener manufacturers. However, not all fastener manufacturers are created equal.
It’s, therefore, essential to choose a manufacturer who not only has the expertise and capacity to meet strict specifications, but also can incorporate design features that save on assembly time and cost, while improving the quality and resilience of completed assemblies.
Buckeye Fasteners Company (a division of Fastener Industries Inc.), a supplier of high-quality fasteners since 1905, offers some tips to help OEMs optimize the design and production process associated with the installation of their fasteners.
1. Include fastener engineers early in the design phase. Early communication with a hands-on and proactive fastener engineer is essential in the automotive assembly process. The sooner the fastener engineer comes into the design phase, the better. Early input from the fastener manufacturer’s engineering staff helps you create a simpler design, saving OEMs significant costs and production time. Providing samples and prototype testing can aid in the selection of the proper fastener.
One of the most common causes of budget overruns is over-engineering. Including your fastener engineer from the beginning in your design process helps improve assembly efficiencies, reducing or even eliminating problems down the line.
2. Choosing the right custom fastener manufacturer. Many times, a product design will push the OEM to require a custom fastener. However, custom fasteners are typically more expensive and time-intensive to produce. Choosing an experienced fastener manufacturer, who specializes in custom manufacturing is key to keep products on time and on budget.
3. The simpler, typically the better. Whenever possible, keep the design for the fastener as simple as possible. Your fastener manufacturer should be equipped with the knowledge to problem solve and create a simpler solution, which eliminates the need for multiple parts.
4. Aim for shorter lead times. With lead time being one of the biggest issues facing manufacturers today, consider how quickly an order can be filled. In Buckeye Fasteners’ blog, “Why Manufacturers Should Consider Reshoring Their Fasteners,” the company talks about the importance of reshoring fasteners and the many benefits that come with that.
The more local your manufacturer is, the quicker your lead time will be.
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