Fastener applications are just as diverse as the industries they provide service for, driven mainly by the automotive, aerospace, construction, medical and marine industries.

Global Industry Growth

UES International has been supplying heavy-duty fasteners since 1904 thus, the demand for UES fasteners is strong. The aerospace industry is currently the largest user of fasteners, accounting for over 30% of the total market.

Going forward, the use of fasteners by the construction industry is poised to overtake aerospace, based on recent activity worldwide.

Other segments like fabricated metal products, electronic/electrical have also exhibited strong growth in the last few years. The automotive sector is expected to continue to show above-average growth as well in the next five years.

Fastener Applications

– Aerospace Industry

Aerospace applications include manned and unmanned aircraft, flex and fixed wing, space vehicles and rotorcraft such as satellites and space stations. Fasteners are one of the most crucial components used in all of these applications and are needed to meet the most demanding performance features.

The types of fasteners in the aerospace industry are quite diverse and include rivets, screws, nuts, bolts, washers, collars and pins.

– Medical Industry

The medical industry relies significantly on fasteners. Medical devices need hundreds of various types of fasteners to hold their assemblies in place. Despite the fact that the components in medical devices are tiny if a fastener fails the device will fail along with it.

The right fastener guarantees that the device goes and stays together for the intended lifespan of the device.  The role of a fastener is to solve quality problems, overcome challenging obstacles and greatly decrease the cost of the device.

– Surgical and Non-Implant Medical Devices

Dental and surgical instruments are excellent examples of non-implant medical devices. They are generally manufactured from austenitic stainless steels with moderate strength and excellent corrosion resistance.

– Implantable Medical Devices

Unique grades of high-nitrogen and austenitic stainless steel are employed for particular surgical implants. Some examples are bone plates and screws, aneurysm clips, intramedullary pins and nails, femoral fixation devices and joints for elbows, fingers, ankles, wrists, shoulders, hips and knees. Although a large number of orthopaedic implants are manufactured from cobalt-based or titanium alloys. They are built from bar stock, forgings or castings.

Medical application examples include bone plates, pins, bars, screws, posts, rods, expandable rib cages, finger and toe replacement, spinal fusion cages and hip and knee replacements.

Summary

Fasteners are widely used to meet the demand for higher quality in a broad range of industries and provide a highly cost-competitive technology based on high throughput and consistent, repeatable quality.