The Tools Holding Together Today’s Vehicles

Vibration control

Did you know that bolts and clamps hold together today’s automobiles, aircraft, and boat rigging? Keeping cars on the road, planes in the sky, and boats on the seas requires precise, safe production and a considerable amount of power. What tools keep production safe, help support the weight of cars, plane, and boat parts, and power industrial machinery?

Vibration Mounts and Drill Bushings

The safety of workers, and future vehicle operators, depends on accuracy. Vibration control systems are typically made from cork, elastomers, or rubber, and absorb potentially hazardous vibrations. Similarly, drill bushings support and guide cutting tools, keeping cuts exact and guarded.

Carriage Bolts, Toggle Clamps, and Clevis Pins

Carriage bolts, on the other hand, were first put to industrial use in 1869. Today’s carriage bolts are comprised of stainless steel or zinc plated steel, and come in a number of different sizes and angles. Bolt angles can be chosen for specific projects, so bolts heads lay flat and provide the most secure hold. Likewise, manufacturers offer a variety of toggle clamps. Squeeze action toggle clamps, carver clamps, precision clamps, and pneumatic clamps, use pressure to fasten and secure objects temporarily, or on a long-term basis. Finally, clevis pins consist of a thin metal rod, which are commonly held in place with a pin. Clevis pins are used to fasten much of today’s boat rigging.

Hydraulic Hoses

These hoses, commonly made from Teflon, thermoplastic, or synthetic rubber, use pressure to power hydraulic systems. Hydraulic hoses simplify the transmission of mechanical energy, requiring only a hose and fluid to power machinery, instead of typical systems of pulleys, gears, chains, and levers.

A lot of steps, support systems, and industrial tools and equipment go into the production of today’s vehicles. Vibration mounts and drill bushings keep production precise, clevis pins, toggle clamps, and bolts hold parts and materials together, and hydraulic hoses offer a simple means of transmitting mechanical energy. Learn more.

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