Fastener Testing: Reliable Test Methods are Crucial for Quality

Fasteners are essential components in various industries, encompassing screws, bolts, nuts, washers, springs, and more. These small yet crucial elements play a vital role in ensuring the integrity and stability of structures, equipment, and assemblies. Understanding the quality and performance of fasteners is paramount, which is why reliable fastener testing methods are indispensable.

At ibg, we offer advanced testing solutions designed to meet the stringent quality requirements of fasteners. In this landing page, we will explore the importance of fastener testing, the quality standards they must adhere to, and the role of heat treatment evaluation in guaranteeing their reliability. Discover how our innovative Eddy Current Testing technology simplifies the evaluation process, enabling you to ensure the quality and performance of your fasteners.

A detailed depiction of a screw undergoing rigorous assessment with Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) techniques.
A box filled with fasteners ready to undergo Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) for quality assurance.
Screw testing via non-destructive testing machine
A detailed depiction of a screw undergoing rigorous assessment with Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) techniques.A box filled with fasteners ready to undergo Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) for quality assurance.Screw testing via non-destructive testing machine

Quality Requirements for Fasteners

Fasteners are subject to stringent quality requirements to guarantee their reliability and durability. These quality standards aim to ensure that fasteners meet specific criteria, such as strength, resistance to corrosion, dimensional accuracy, and more. Meeting these demanding quality standards is crucial to avoid failures, ensure safety, and maintain the overall performance of the products and systems they are used in.

Increased Quality Demand driven by the Automotive Sector

The emerging trends in the electric vehicles (EV) industry have led to an increased demand for fasteners. The transition towards electric vehicles demands lightweight materials, enhanced performance, and increased safety measures. This shift has introduced new fastener designs, materials, and manufacturing techniques. As a result, the demand for efficient and reliable fastener testing solutions has grown exponentially to ensure the quality and durability of fasteners used in EV applications.

Heat Treatment of Fasteners

Heat treatment plays a crucial role in enhancing the mechanical properties of fasteners. Through controlled heating and cooling processes, fasteners can achieve desired characteristics such as improved strength, hardness, and resistance to wear and fatigue. Proper heat treatment ensures that fasteners can withstand the demanding operational conditions they are subjected to, leading to increased performance and reliability.

Inadequate or improper heat treatment of fasteners can result in a range of problems. Insufficient heat treatment may lead to reduced strength, premature wear, and susceptibility to corrosion. On the other hand, excessive heat treatment can cause brittleness, making the fasteners prone to breakage or failure under stress. These issues can compromise the safety, reliability, and longevity of fasteners, underscoring the importance of accurate and thorough heat treatment evaluation.

Heat Treat Evaluation by ibg Eddy Current Testing

Eddy Current Testing is a non-destructive testing method used to evaluate the heat treatment quality of fasteners. This technique involves inducing electrical currents in the fasteners and analyzing the resulting electromagnetic fields. By assessing the electrical conductivity and other properties, Eddy Current Testing provides valuable insights into the heat treatment process, ensuring fasteners meet the desired standards. Our cutting-edge fastener testing solutions incorporate Eddy Current Testing, enabling you to efficiently evaluate the heat treatment quality and guarantee the reliability of your fasteners.

Elevate Quality Assurance with Eddy Current Testing for Heat Treatment

Following the trend for specially heat-treated screws and bolts? Particularly in the automotive sector, but not only there, increasingly stricter requirements are being placed on fasteners. Whether Bolts for seat rails, seat belt buckles, battery modules, self-piercing, and flow drill screws for body-in-white applications of electric vehicles. All parts are safety-relevant and must be appropriately safeguarded during production and heat treatment. 

Ensuring Heat Treatment Precision with Eddy Current Testing

Do you have your own inspection systems with rotary table and cameras in daily use? Are you wondering how you can evaluate heat treat deviations with an eddy current test? Then talk to our experts. It does not always have to be a new inspection system. Depending on the type and age of your equipment, cost-effective upgrades of your existing machines may also be feasible.   

Non-Destructive Testing Solutions by ibg

ibg NDT technology has been the first choice of leading inspection machine manufacturers worldwide for equipping new systems for years. We would be happy to advise you on how to integrate our non-destructive test solutions into your equipment. So that in the future, no heat treatment problem or material defect will unintentionally jeopardize your reputation. Trust in the ibg expertise - like thousands of customers worldwide for over 40 years.

And don't worry, you already have the right personnel for the job. Every machine operator who easily sets up your camera-based inspection machines can handle ibg eddy current instruments with brief training. Our easy-to-use and easy-to-understand operating concept and proven ibg Good Part Only Training will ensure that. Promised!

Case study: Advanced Eddy Current Solutions

Discover the future of automotive fastener inspection with ibg's case study: Advanced Eddy Current Solutions. Find out how ibg and Dimac have revolutionized 100% inspection and sorting of automotive fasteners using state-of-the-art non-destructive testing (NDT). Understand the challenges of maintaining high quality, cost-effective production and how ibg's technology provides fast, reliable inspection solutions that adapt to manufacturing requirements.

Read more about the ibg case study: Advanced eddy current solutions

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