"What started out as a brief booklet grew as the committee reviewed important information necessary for fastener industry personnel," according to the introduction to the 2012 Mid-West Fastener Association's Fastener Information Directory.
The 15-member committee project yielded a 140-page spiral-bound book designed to be "a quick reference to the basics of the fastener industry."
The book starts with a four-page fastener dateline. The first history item is Archimedes inventing the water screw in about 250 BC to help pump water from the river for use in the city and for irrigation.
The dateline ends with a note of the future: "The Science of Telezygology – the controlling of fasteners from a handheld computer. Currently being developed by Textron Fastening Systems in Troy, MI for possible use in the airline and automotive industries."
The meat of the book begins with descriptions of fastener components. Next is a chapter on standardized specials followed by thread design and terminology; sockets; metrics; primary & secondary operations; materials; heat treatment; strength characteristics; gauging instruments; washers; and quality.
Sample chapters include:
• Metrics are dated back to 1795.
Metric thread designations are given and it is noted there are similarities to American threads. There are charts for chemical composition, stainless steel, steel hex nut strength and tightening torques.
• The chapter on heat treating begins with theory and goes on to chart differences to processes and applications.
• Quality "is not the responsibility of any one person or department. The responsibility for quality begins when marketing determines the customer quality requirement and continues until the product is received by a satisfied customer" is the message of the chapter on quality.
"Education is the root of an effective" quality assurance program and requires an "organized structure, which must specify responsibilities and the necessary authority to achieve those goals."
• Beyond fastener facts there is chapter on "other information" fastener employees may need to know such as "How to take a phone order."
• Chapter 15 is word-for-word the U.S. Fastener Quality Act. No additional explanation is given about the FQA, which dominated industry interest through the 1990s, but is rarely mentioned today. As amended and then implemented in 1999, the FQA doesn't cover many fasteners.
• The 25-page glossary totals 269 terms.
There is a CD-version of the 140-page spiral-bound traditional paper edition. It is easily mailed in a CD-size cardboard envelope and includes everything from the print edition. Younger fastener employees especially may prefer the CD.
The committee credits Richard Pease of RK Precision Products LLC for coordinating the project and "countless house and ambition" in leading the committee to completion of the book.
For information on ordering either the $39 print / $29 CD edition / $35 flash drive contact MWFA: Tel: 847 438-8338 E-mail: email@example.com