Fasteners are devices used to hold or connect two or more objects together and can be utilized in many different products. From paper envelopes to metal components in the aerospace industry, fasteners have a variety of applications. They are so common, in fact, that entire engineering professions are focused on designing and manufacturing fasteners for different types of uses.
The process of making fasteners involves several steps: process design, manufacturing, product and process reliability, laboratory testing, and product applications. The manufacturing process utilizes raw materials, metallurgy, heat treatment, forming, and coatings (electroplating, galvanizing, phosphate, and emulsions).
There are also several quality assurance issues to consider while engineering fasteners, such as the possibility of stress and vibration, hydrogen embrittlement, corrosion cracking, fastener failure, or metal component failure. Any of these issues could lead to a potential lawsuit resulting from product failure. Failure analysis is an important factor in such cases, as problems with fasteners in the aerospace, automotive, construction, and agricultural industries can lead to major safety issues and/or mechanical failure. The quality and safety of fasteners is so important that a law was implemented, called the Fastener Quality Act, that requires the production of fasteners conform to a set of specifications, utilize the use of only accredited laboratories, and adhere to standard tests and certification. A fasteners expert witness should be well-versed in in all of these laws and certifications.
Fasteners have a variety of uses across several different industries, so it is important to find an fasteners expert witness with a background that is specific to your case. We invite you to browse our substantial list of qualified expert witnesses and submit an expert request form or call us for the best fasteners expert witness in the nation.