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      The call for lightweighting has led to significant advancements in how we design and construct vehicles.Technology gains have resulted in new and exciting possibilities, but they have also created uniqueproblem sets. The move toward increased aluminum usage in vehicles is one example. While it iswidely accepted that aluminum improves fuel economy and agility, aluminum also poses joint designchallenges. The lessons learned while fastening steel bodies do not translate to the new aluminumjoints, since aluminum behaves differently than steel.

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      For years, welding was seen as the only way to ensure the integrity of joints in demanding load-bearing or high-vibration structures. So, companies manufacturing heavy-duty equipment or fabricating large, metal structures continued to employ the universally accepted process of welding joints together. However, today there are alternatives to welding, one of the foremost being direct-tension installed, swaged lockbolts, such as the HuckBolts® currently offered by Arconic Fastening Systems. These unique engineered fasteners, proven in such

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      Established in 1989 Nottingham based Star Fasteners is the UK’s largest distributor for Arconic Fastening Systems & Rings’ Huck® brand of products, which are designed to provide permanent, vibration-resistant, superior-quality joining solutions. It also supplies, hires and maintains a complete range of complementary hand, hydraulic and pneumatic installation tooling and equipment.The business, which is ISO 9001:2008 certified, relocated to a new and larger warehouse and office premises in 2014 in response to an increase in

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      Here Dr-Ing Hans-Albert Städler, customer engineering director Europe at Arconic Fastening Systems & Rings, looks at what the term ‘maintenance free’ truly means and the importance of providing ‘maintenance free’ solutions. For Arconic Fastening Systems & Rings (AFSR) what does the term ‘maintenance free’ mean?Defining ‘maintenance free’ varies depending on which industrial sector AFSR is supplying its products. However, as the term relates to the actual mechanical performance

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      Chris Jenkins, editor of Torque Magazine, visits Arconic Fastening Systems & Rings (AFSR) in Telford to find out about a leader in unique and cost-effective solutions to fastening problems.The separation is primarily a corporate activity – our future will be determined by the value we bring to customers, that will not change Jim Arnold, AFSR Vice President and General Manager Arconic Inc could hardly have a more prominent place in world manufacturing history. When in 1886, Charles Martin Hall developed the first commercial

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    Huck LockBolt and structural blind fasteners

    Huck LockBolt and structural blind fasteners are designed to provide permanent, vibration-resistant, superior-quality joining solutions for use in industrial applications. Click here to find out how Huck products work.

    Because Huck fasteners offer relatively high tensile, shear and clamp properties they are suited to applications where the joints are integral to the structure. Offering a clean and safe alternative to welding and a more efficient fastening method than standard nuts and bolts, Huck fasteners offer benefits which other fastening methods cannot, including quick and easy installation, elimination of re-checking / replacement, and ultimately cost reductions. Key benefits of the Huck system.

    Each Huck fastener has its own unique characteristics ensuring that we have a product for every application. To choose the product that is right for you take a look at the product selector.

    Huck fasteners are used in many industrial markets including truck, trailer, automotive, HVAC, bus, coach, green energy and rail. Click here to find out where Huck fasteners can be used

    Arconic Fastening Systems and Rings are constantly trying to develop new Huck products to meet the diverse and changing customer requirements. The most recent addition to the Huck range is the Huck BobTail, which offers superior performance combined with reduced noise, increased speed and elimination of pintails as well as more efficient and lighter tooling. Click here to find out more.


    * Disclaimer The information contained in this publication is only for general guidance with regard to properties of the products shown and/or the means for selecting such products, and is not intended to create any warranty, express, implied, or statutory; all warranties are contained only in Arconic Fastening System and Rings written quotations, acknowledgments, and/or purchase orders. It is recommended that the user secure specific, up-to-date data and information regarding each application and/or use of such products. *Images are for Illustration Purposes Only

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