Method to Improve the Selection of Fasteners and Reduce the Number of Tools Needed for Their Application
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-21
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Disclosed in a method to improve the selection of fasteners (bolts, screws, etc.) and reduce the number of tools needed at a site where work must be done by incorporating a QR code or the like to the fastener. This method overcomes the need for understanding markings on top of most fasteners and allows the general person to quickly identify what tool is needed for that fastener as well as what the common applications are for that particular fastener.
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Method to Improve the Selection of Fasteners and Reduce the Number of Tools
Needed for Their Application
The ability to determine what fastener to use and the tools needed for that fastener can be very time consuming. From bolts to nuts to screws to nails, each can be made of a different material, have different materials properties, could be used for different applications, and could use a different tool to apply or remove the fastening device. The time needed to gather all the information and select from a handful of tools (metric versus SAE) or even a handful of loose bolts/nuts/screws/nails that one has lying around can be a daunting task (see Figure 1 below).
A common solution today for bolts is the pattern molded into a bolt head (see Figure 2 below).
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When someone with fasteners could easily recognize and understand the patterning, this does not provide the common person with the knowledge needed to use the fastener properly. One solution to this would be to use an image application that searches known patterns. The pattern on top of a fastener could be imaged and compared against a database to determine its grade, but this still doesn't provide full detail about applications, length, tool required, etc.
The bolt head pattern is only one of the complexities in finding the right fastener. Additional complexities include: tool type (wrench, screwdriver, etc.), tool measurement system (metric or SAE), thread type (NPT, UTS, BSW, etc.), application, material properties, length of fastener, etc. The challenge is how does one compile all the information in a easy to find place that eliminates the end user from having to do an extensive internet search? How does one go from this to something easier for everyone to understand (see Figures 3, 4, and 5 below).
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The goal of this invention is to integrate a readable code onto the head of the bolt/nail/screw or side of a nut that links to a database either through a manufacturer or through a worldwide organization that keeps materials/application/dimension specifics for every fastener
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produced. This process allows a common user to more appropriately select a fastener for their application (potentially eliminating a wrong selection which can cause sa...