Consider the design of the joint. Depending on the application, you might need to use multiple fasteners, distribute them evenly, or reinforce the joint with additional structural elements.
Think about how easy it will be to access and tighten the fasteners during installation, maintenance, or repairs. Sometimes, certain fasteners might be more suitable due to their ease of installation.
Depending on the environment the sheet metal assembly will be exposed to, consider using fasteners with corrosion-resistant coatings or materials to ensure the longevity of the joint.
Vibration and Movement
If the assembly is subject to vibrations or movement, use fasteners that are specifically designed to resist loosening under such conditions.
Remember that proper technique and attention to detail are crucial when using fasteners in sheet metal work. Incorrectly chosen or improperly installed fasteners can compromise the structural integrity of the joint, which could lead to failure over time.
Almec's team are fully experienced in the the choice and application of fasteners in sheet metal manufacturing and can offer advice on the best way to incorporate fasteners into your design.
We also hold a large selction of stock of the more commonly used fasteners and with multiple machines and automatic feeding can guarantee fast lead times to ensure you supply chain is maintained.