FTM 104: books for your technical library

Fastener Training Min ute 104: Books that you need in your reference library

This edition of the Fastener Training Minute with Carmen Vertullo was originally published April 22, 2016 as “books for your technical library” during episode 104 of Fully Threaded Radio.

Well, hi everybody, this is Carmen Vertullo from the Fastener Training Institute bringing you the Fastener Training Minute from the Carver FACT Center here in beautiful San Diego, thats the Fastener Application Consulting and Training Center where we solve all your fastener problems.

Today I want to talk to you about something that everyone that’s involved in fasteners aught to have a good handle on ,and that is your fastener technical library. Those books and resources both made out of paper and electrons that you use to solve problems and get the information that you need to understand fasteners. So get a pencil out because there’s no video here. You’ll have to write a few things down to remember what I’m going to tell you when we come back in a minute with the Fastener Training Minute.

Today I’m going to talk to you about two books that you should have in your fastener technical library. One of them is kind of obvious and the other one is not so obvious and I think we will be talking about fastener technical resources a lot on the Fastener Training Minute in the future, so if you have a book or a publication or some electronic resource that you think is worth sharing, tell me about it and we’ll share it with the rest of the world.

So the first thing I’m going to tell you about which should be obvious to everybody is a book that you should have in your fastener technical library is the IFI Inch Fastener Standards Book 9th Edition published by the Industrial Fasteners Institute. Many people have this book but not everybody has the 9th Edition, so it’s important that you have the latest edition and that the title says it’s the Fastener Standards Book. It is a compilation of all of the inch fastener standards that matter to most of us.

These are the ASME standards which are covering mostly dimensional specs. They are the ASTM standards covering mostly material and performance requirements and some SAE standards SAE J429 and SAE J995 in particular, from where our Grades 2, 5, and 8 products come from, and some quality standards that you need to have. It also includes plating and coating standards. There is not any commentary in this book, so it’s not one of those applications books, it’s a book of Standards. But as you know standards tend to change from time to time, so it’s important that you have this latest edition and even this book has some standards the day it’s published that could be obsolete. But for the most part the standards are up-to-date, it’s the biggest bang for the buck that you can get in terms of having a fastener standard.

You can go to the industrial Fasteners Institute website to buy it. You can buy it either as a hardcover book or the pdf version. I highly recommend a pdf version because of course it is searchable, number one and number two, you can easily do screenshots from it so that you can communicate and put it on as many computers as you want. But it does have a dongle that you have to use in every computer that you want to use the book on. So that is a book that everyone should have the IFI Inch Fastener Standards Book.

Another book that I discovered at a trade show recently, well not recently, it was actually like 20 years ago, is a book called Carpenter Specialty Alloys Heading Hints published by Carpenter Specialty Alloys. It’s called a guide to cold forming specialty alloys and this is a great technical book, this is not a commercial for Carpenter. They are a provider of wire to all of these folks who make fasteners. The book has lots of really cool applications information. It talks about tooling and heading, coating and lubricants, and warm heading.

It talks about making hex head cap screws vs. screws, thread rolling, secondary operations, it gives us some calculation methods for upset volume, and it’s got a great glossary in it. And you can get this book free quickly and easily. Just Google Carpenter Technology Heading Hints and it will come right up downloaded into your computer. Read it and enjoy it and you’ll know some things that a lot of manufacturers don’t. Even I shared this book recently with a couple of my manufacturing clients and they said “where has this thing been all our life?”

So that’s a couple of things that you should have in your fastener technical library. I will talk some more about the books the next time we get together for the Fastener Training Minute, this has been Carmen Vertullo. Thank you very much for listening.

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