Quick access fasteners turn heads

Quick access fasteners turn heads
Three years ago, inventor of the quarter turn quick access fastener, Dzus Fasteners, developed the D8. The fastener incorporates an advanced and unique manufacturing technology using a rolled cam form process which is exclusive to parent company Southco. The quick access fastener has seen sales increase by 28% overall, including 60% growth in the US, in the past year alone.

Its D8 range is a culmination of over 80 years experience of quarter-turn fastener technology and is designed to be an effective alternative to the screw. The key features which make the D8 line a leading choice for a wide range of applications is its oriented head to cam feature.

"The D8 came about because we recognised the limitations of traditionally machined fasteners," says Ben Goater, product manager at Southco Global. "It has many advantages including improved quality, reliability and feel.

"After significant investment of resource and leveraging extensive experience, it has taken us eight years to develop a technological solution that allows us to roll a cam form on a stud that is orientated to the head feature."

The Dzus D8 range is becoming increasingly popular in the industrial market place because of the significant benefits it offers to users. The D8 is particularly popular for fastening access panels in the automotive, HVAC, lighting, enclosures and industrial machine sectors, and for motorcycle fairings applications.

"Undoubtedly, our ability to orientate the head feature to cam feature is the key catalyst to the success of the D8," says Goater. "It has enabled us to offer a much more reliable cam form than the one that is machined. Traditional milled studs have the potential to generate cutter wear or cutter breakage whereas, when manufacturing a rolled stud, the machine incorporates a force monitor which not only stops the machine but also ejects the bad stud if anything goes wrong."

It is also offered at a lower price point than milled stud alternatives. Other significant attributes include its precision fit, quick assembly, improved ergonomics, and choice of receptacle styles. The receptacle styles include clip-on, self-clinching, front-loaded, rivet-on, side-mount, and front-mounted variants. In addition, the D8 also has a better tolerance on varying panel and multi-panel thicknesses when compared with rival quarter turn fasteners on the market.

Justin Cunningham

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