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Various applications for metric thread-forming screws

Metric fasteners are an important engineering material used in a variety of industry applications such as in construction works and for products produced by manufacturing sectors. In this article, I am going to share some useful information specifically about metric threadforming screw – an industry material that belongs to the fastener family. Thread-forming screws are those that form the material or substrate around a hole until it wraps around the screw threads – but it does not remove any part or component from the engaged section. How do thread-forming screws work? In simplest words, thread-forming screws force the substrate or the material to mate with their threads. The process is similar to thread-cutting screws (thread-cutting screw removes bits of the material) but thread-forming screws just deform the substrate, by bending it into a mating position without removing any of the engaged section. Metric thread-forming screw applications Metric thread-forming screws can be used in various types of materials, including the following:    Metal or metallic materials – they can be used in a number of metal materials such as tabular steel, sheet steel, non-ferrous and light metal; the can be used multiple times (repeated use). Nylon and plastic – those made of non-metallic materials including acetal, polycarbonate, PVC, and polypropylene. Wood or wooden material – there are also thread-forming screws that can be used specifically to wood-working, such as in furniture and in construction (e.g. M78007 – KA18X5 PT Oval Head Steel Zinc WN1412)

Some notable advantages of thread-forming screws     It reduces driving torques Enhances resistance to thread stripping Improves pullout strength Lessens the risk of cracking the work piece

Screw point types in thread-forming screws    The type C point – this is ideal for heavy sheet metal and die casting; this application requires a higher driving torque; it eliminates chips and allows replacement with standard screw in the field. The type CA point – this is similar to type c; the difference is a Gimlet point. It should be noted that the locating point works better than type c, where misalignment of homes between two adjoining pieces of sheet metal is common. Lo-Driv – this is a thread forming screw in mostly coarse machine screw threads; the point and body design need low end-load for starting and low drive torque for seating. Furthermore, the full 360 degree body above the point gives high quality strip-to-drive ratios. The tri-round – this is a thread forming screw in mostly coarse machine screw. The 3 vertexes perform a roll-forming process to form mating threads. This definitely produces a much better thread forming as opposed to the previous two types. In addition, this type does not need a higher driving torque.

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