Fasteners

Fasteners are discrete assembly items that are used to join together the various components of a part. A fastener can be a bolt and nut, a screw, a rivet, or even a staple. However, the majority of fasteners used in industry are threaded fasteners. These devices typically allow for the assembly and disassembly of components.

These classes cover the basic types of threaded and non-threaded fasteners. They also provide an overview of their components and applications and the various types of tools commonly used in assembly. Intermediate-level classes focus on the key properties of steel fasteners, common fastener failures, as well as the importance of torque and how it is derived and applied to bolted joints.


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Introduction to Assembly 101

The class Introduction to Assembly provides an overview of the processes and methods used to assemble components into finished parts. Assembly is often performed on assembly lines, which may be manual, automated, or a combination of both. The three main ...

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Intro to Assembly 100
Assembly / Final Stage Processes Online Beginner Fasteners
Intro to Fastener Ergonomics 130

This class introduces ergonomics and discusses the ergonomic concerns associated with assembly.

Assembly / Final Stage Processes Online Beginner Fasteners
Properties for Fasteners 200

This class describes the key properties of steel fasteners as well as common fastener failures that may occur.

Assembly / Final Stage Processes Online Intermediate Fasteners
Understanding Torque 210

This class explains the importance of torque as well as how torque is derived and applied to bolted joints. Includes an Interactive Lab.

Assembly / Final Stage Processes Online Intermediate Fasteners
Safety for Assembly 211

The class Safety for Assembly provides a comprehensive overview of different safety precautions for assembly. Assemblers must wear proper clothing and protective equipment, which varies for different tasks. A safe assembly site is organized and clean, with clear paths around ...

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Safety for Assembly 105
Assembly / Final Stage Processes Online Beginner Fasteners
Introduction to Fastener Threads 221

Introduction to Fastener Threads provides a comprehensive overview of threads and thread standards used with fasteners. Fasteners use threads to hold components together or grip material. Threads may be external, like those on screws and bolts, or internal, like those ...

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Intro to Fastener Threads 110
Assembly / Final Stage Processes Online Intermediate Fasteners
Overview of Threaded Fasteners 231

Overview of Threaded Fasteners summarizes the most common types of threaded fasteners and how they are used to join parts. Bolts and screws are both externally threaded fasteners. Bolts generally fit through unthreaded holes, while screws fit into threaded holes. ...

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Overview of Threaded Fasteners 117
Assembly / Final Stage Processes Online Intermediate Fasteners
Tools for Threaded Fasteners 235

The class Tools for Threaded Fasteners provides a comprehensive overview of the different tools that are used to assemble threaded fasteners. There are many different types of tools used with threaded fasteners, but they all operate by applying torque. Manually ...

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Tools for Threaded Fasteners 120
Assembly / Final Stage Processes Online Intermediate Fasteners
Overview of Non-Threaded Fasteners 241

The class Overview of Non-Threaded Fasteners summarizes the most common types of non-threaded fasteners and how they are used to join parts. Common non-threaded fasteners include pins, keys, retaining rings, and rivets. Pins are inserted in holes to hold parts ...

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Overview of Non-Threaded Fasteners 125
Assembly / Final Stage Processes Online Intermediate Fasteners
Threaded Fastener Selection 255

Threaded Fastener Selection describes how to successfully identify and choose threaded fasteners, as well as nuts and washers, for various assembly applications. There are many types of fasteners, so appropriate selection is important to ensure proper assembly. Fastener selection requires ...

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Threaded Fastener Selection 215
Assembly / Final Stage Processes Online Intermediate Fasteners
FormatFunctional AreaDepartment IDDepartmentClass IDClass NameDescriptionDifficultyLanguageRelated Classes
OnlineAssembly / Final Stage Processes700Fasteners760010 Introduction to Assembly 101 The class Introduction to Assembly provides an overview of the processes and methods used to assemble components into finished parts. Assembly is often performed on assembly lines, which may be manual, automated, or a combination of both. The three main assembly methods are mechanical fastening, adhesive bonding, and welding. Mechanical fastening uses fasteners to join components. Fasteners can join dissimilar materials, are inexpensive, and allow for disassembly. Adhesive bonding uses materials such as gels, liquids, or tapes to form a joint. Welding uses pressure, heat, or a combination of energy sources to create a very strong, permanent joint. These methods are sometimes used together.The information presented in this class serves as a foundation for users to learn more about, and eventually perform, fastening and assembly. Understanding the differences between different assembly methods prepares users to learn about the more detailed and complex aspects of each method.BeginnerEnglish(700100) Intro to Assembly 100
OnlineAssembly / Final Stage Processes700Fasteners700130 Intro to Fastener Ergonomics 130 This class introduces ergonomics and discusses the ergonomic concerns associated with assembly.BeginnerEnglish
OnlineAssembly / Final Stage Processes700Fasteners700200 Properties for Fasteners 200 This class describes the key properties of steel fasteners as well as common fastener failures that may occur.IntermediateEnglish
OnlineAssembly / Final Stage Processes700Fasteners700210 Understanding Torque 210 This class explains the importance of torque as well as how torque is derived and applied to bolted joints. Includes an Interactive Lab.IntermediateEnglish
OnlineAssembly / Final Stage Processes700Fasteners760110 Safety for Assembly 211 The class Safety for Assembly provides a comprehensive overview of different safety precautions for assembly. Assemblers must wear proper clothing and protective equipment, which varies for different tasks. A safe assembly site is organized and clean, with clear paths around workstations. Working in assembly requires an awareness of electrical, forklift, and point of operation safety precautions, as well as proper fall prevention and tool handling procedures. Applying ergonomics to assembly helps prevent injury caused by repetition, poor posture, and excessive force.Before beginning any assembly work, assemblers must know the appropriate safety precautions and be trained to use required protective equipment. This can be challenging because there are different precautions for different tasks. After taking this class, users will be familiar with the basic safety guidelines for assembly, which will prepare them to perform various assembly operations safely and effectively.BeginnerEnglish(700105) Safety for Assembly 105
OnlineAssembly / Final Stage Processes700Fasteners760120 Introduction to Fastener Threads 221 Introduction to Fastener Threads provides a comprehensive overview of threads and thread standards used with fasteners. Fasteners use threads to hold components together or grip material. Threads may be external, like those on screws and bolts, or internal, like those in nuts. All threads have crests, roots, and flanks, but these may vary in shape and size. The two main thread standards are Unified and ISO metric. Unified threads are measured in inches and metric threads are measured in millimeters. Threaded fasteners are the most popular type of fasteners in assembly. After taking this class, users will be able to identify the parts of a thread, distinguish between different types of threads, and understand thread specifications. This knowledge will prepare users to work with threaded fasteners and select appropriate fasteners for different applications.IntermediateEnglish(700110) Intro to Fastener Threads 110
OnlineAssembly / Final Stage Processes700Fasteners760130 Overview of Threaded Fasteners 231 Overview of Threaded Fasteners summarizes the most common types of threaded fasteners and how they are used to join parts. Bolts and screws are both externally threaded fasteners. Bolts generally fit through unthreaded holes, while screws fit into threaded holes. Nuts are internally threaded fasteners used to tighten bolts. Washers are not threaded fasteners, but they are often used with screws and bolts. Certain nuts and washers provide extra locking action to ensure that joints stay tight. Threaded fasteners are the most commonly used fasteners. After taking this class, users will be able to identify many different types of threaded fasteners and describe how and when to use them. This familiarity serves as the foundation for learning how to properly select and assemble threaded fasteners, which leads to time and cost savings and prevents fastener failure.IntermediateEnglish(700117) Overview of Threaded Fasteners 117
OnlineAssembly / Final Stage Processes700Fasteners760135 Tools for Threaded Fasteners 235 The class Tools for Threaded Fasteners provides a comprehensive overview of the different tools that are used to assemble threaded fasteners. There are many different types of tools used with threaded fasteners, but they all operate by applying torque. Manually powered hand tools include wrenches and screwdrivers. Power tools include battery-operated tools, electric tools, and pneumatic tools. Many power tools use clutches to control operation. These may be continuous-drive tools or discontinuous-drive tools.Threaded fasteners are the most commonly used fasteners in assembly, and assemblers must be familiar with the different tools they require. After taking this class, users will have foundational knowledge of the different types of tools used with threaded fasteners and their advantages and disadvantages. Users will also be able to identify some of the factors that go into selecting a tool for a threaded fastener application.IntermediateEnglish(700120) Tools for Threaded Fasteners 120
OnlineAssembly / Final Stage Processes700Fasteners760140 Overview of Non-Threaded Fasteners 241 The class Overview of Non-Threaded Fasteners summarizes the most common types of non-threaded fasteners and how they are used to join parts. Common non-threaded fasteners include pins, keys, retaining rings, and rivets. Pins are inserted in holes to hold parts together. Keys fit into recesses in shafts and components to secure them together. Rings fit inside holes or over shafts to position components. Rivets are inserted into holes and then deformed to permanently fasten components.Non-threaded fasteners are used for many applications in manufacturing. After taking this class, users will be able to describe several different types of non-threaded fasteners, what they are used for, and how they are installed. Users who work with non-threaded fasteners must be familiar with these concepts so that they can use them safely and effectively.IntermediateEnglish(700125) Overview of Non-Threaded Fasteners 125
OnlineAssembly / Final Stage Processes700Fasteners760180 Threaded Fastener Selection 255 Threaded Fastener Selection describes how to successfully identify and choose threaded fasteners, as well as nuts and washers, for various assembly applications. There are many types of fasteners, so appropriate selection is important to ensure proper assembly. Fastener selection requires the consideration of various fastener characteristics including head style, driving recess, point style, size, material, strength grades, and identification markings. After taking this class, users will be able to identify threaded fasteners, their basic characteristics, and their identification markings, for safe and secure assembly.IntermediateEnglish(700215) Threaded Fastener Selection 215