Every Part Is Important, No Matter How Small
It’s the little things that matter. And nowhere is this more true than in manufacturing. A part no larger than the tip of your little finger can mean the difference between a functional machine and a recall waiting to happen. Here is just a sampling of the tiny parts we rely on in our everyday lives.
- Nylon Nuts and Bolts. Whenever two pieces of metal need to be fastened together in any electrical device, the potential exists for those pieces to conduct electricity. Using nylon nuts and bolts can help to isolate these pieces from electric current to reduce overheating, overconsumption of energy, and handling danger.
- Cable Glands. Cables are designed to transfer a current from one place to another, be it information or electricity. But at some point in the length of a cable, the load must be deposited. Cable glands provide a conduit for that load, like an off-ramp on an interstate. Depending on the material, metal cable glands or nylon cable glands can be used.
- Threaded Standoffs. A circuit board depends on a very specific and delicate flow of electricity. As such, any contact with another metal surface (such as a circuit housing or computer case) can disrupt that flow. Threaded standoffs allow a circuit board to be elevated (in incremental amounts) from any metal surface in proximity, to preserve the integrity of the circuit path.
None of the parts described above is larger than an almond, yet without them, the machines in which they’re found might lose efficiency, or perhaps not even work at all. Which is why in manufacturing, there is no unimportant component. Refernce materials: www.alliance-express.com
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