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Designer's Corner

Designer's Corner

No-theft fastener

Sockets, angled into a hemispherical head, differentiate this fastening system from others. A self-centering drive tool with captured balls engages the sockets for non-slip torqueing.

To work, users slide the driver's spring-loaded sleeve over the fastener head, pressing balls into sockets and locking fastener to driver. Socket angle biases the balls outward when the sleeve is released.

Applicable to automated assembly systems, Mek-Lock(R) Fasteners are easily manipulated into, or removed from, hard-to-reach positions. Irregular spacing or socket orientation, furthermore, permits theft-resistant coding.

Gary Martin, Mek-Lock Fasteners, 2965 E. Hillcrest Dr., Suite 304, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362, 805-495-2296.

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