Fasteners are most commonly used to mechanically join two objects together through creating non-permanent joints that can be dismantled without damaging the joining components. The three major fasteners used in industry are composed of stainless steel, carbon steel and alloy steel.
When deciding on which fastener to choose, it is important to know the specifics of the application in which they intend to be used. Factors that you should consider include:
- Environment – water exposure, temperature, corrosive elements
- Installation process
- Materials to be joined
- Weight restrictions