More choices, less effort
A new line of products is now available from DIRAK that provides all the benefits of traditional captive screws while eliminating the disadvantages, resulting in a simplified supply chain for the OEM and more choices for the end user.
Featuring D-SNAP Technology, DIRAK's new line of Captive Fasteners ensures a secure, vibration-resistant attachment of electronic equipment to 19-inch racks while eliminating the need for tools, mounting hardware, or expensive insertion equipment required by traditional captive screws. These new captive fasteners are installed by simply pushing the fastener through the panel cutout by hand. Once installed, they remain captive in the panel. A technician can easily disengage a rack for replacement or maintenance and not worry about losing the hardware or having it fall onto sensitive electronic equipment.
By specifying SNAP-LINE Captive Fasteners, OEMs will benefit from a simplified supply chain. The OEM does not need to specify the captive fastener early in the design process before the unit is even commissioned for production. Instead, the OEM can send the complete unit to the end user who, at that point, can determine which captive fastener is best suited for each individual application. The challenges and concerns of investing in costly installation equipment, monitoring a supplier's quality processes, and installing traditional captive screws in Asia by metal fabricators are eliminated.
D-SNAP Technology ensures an accurate and quick installation process so simple that it can be done by end users. The time and effort spent in managing a global supplier network for traditional captive screws is eliminated.
Since installation of SNAP-LINE Captive Fasteners can now be done at the end user's location, the end user now has the flexibility of selecting the best captive fastener for each application. They can select from different actuation methods, such as hand- or tool-operable, the type of tool preferred for actuation, or the fasteners that meet specific industry security standards. The choice of fastening is now driven by the end user's application criteria. Instead of being randomly specified by a designer early in the design cycle before application criteria is even considered, SNAP-LINE Captive Fasteners can be chosen and installed easily by hand at the end user's facility when the rack is installed into the cabinet.
I agree and what I found really interesting was the effect of just one part - fasteners - could have on production. I spent my engineering career designing and building test sets for in-house use so the logistics of mass production never entered the equation - each test set was never duplicated more than 2-3 times. I enjoyed reading this article and learning about a well-thought out design for a fastener for OEMs and even more, getting a peek into how challenging the logistics can be for mass production.
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