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1997 FIN – Greenslade’s Required Fastener Reference Manuals

1997 FIN – Greenslade’s Required Fastener Reference Manuals
February 04
00:00 2010

1997 FIN – Greenslade’s Required Fastener Reference Manuals

2010 Update: In 1997 Joe Greenslade recommended three reference books for fastener professionals. At the time he headed his own dimensional calibration company – Greenslade & Co. He was the author of articles on multiple technical subjects during his career, which has included positions at Camcar-Textron and Rockford Headed Products. He has also served on ASME B1 and B18, ASTM F16 and SAE. Greenslade helped with efforts for the U.S. Fastener Quality Act and the Aerospace Screw Thread Conformity Task Forces and been an A2LA board member.
In 2007 Greenslade sold his company and became the Industrial Fastener Institute’s director of technology.

Greenslade’s 1997 Recommendations:

June 27, 1997 FIN – 1. Fastener Standards. The granddaddy of fastener standards reference books was first published by the Industrial Fasteners Institute in 1941. The current 900-page sixth edition was last updated in 1988.

Indisputably the industry’s most comprehensive reference book, the 6.5 pound Fastener Standards includes ANSI/ASME, ASTM, SAE and IFI standards, and technical information on screw threads, material selection, joint design, platings and corrosion resistance.

The volume starts with the most basic definitions for a salesperson’s first morning on the job. There also is an illustrated glossary of terms for mechanical fasteners and an introduction to each type of fastener. For example, the 78-page section on tapping screws begins with a 10-page introduction followed by information on each form of tapping screw, provides details such as the formulas for head dimensions of tapping screws and ends with the recommended technique for measuring case depth.

For those wanting to advance beyond order-taking, Fastener Standards is a textbook. With chapters such as “Design of Bolted Joints – An Introduction.”

The purpose of such a reference manual is not to be read cover-to-cover. Fastener Standards, like a dictionary of encyclopedia, is designed to be there for whatever small part you need when you need it.
Editor’s Nnte: In 1997 Fastener Standards cost $89.95 plus shipping & handling.

2. What Every Engineer Should Know About Threaded Fasteners Materials & Design – By Alexander Blake
The back cover says the book “amounts to a bewildering array of knowledge.” But it is more readable than bewildering. Even the technical details, such as a table of mechanical details, such as a table of mechanical requirements for carbon steel externally threaded fasteners or the formulas for torque and preload, don’t make the book daunting for the fastener salesperson.

Though Greenslade selects this as one of three books for your reference library, unlike most technical publications What Every Engineer Should Know is “readable.”
The book also is also concise. The chapter on thread forms is just six pages. “The Effect of Thread Fit on Performance” is 2 1/2 pages. Titanium alloys are explained in less than 350 words.

The 40 chapters include definitions that entry-level employees can use as well as the trained salesperson who feels too advanced to ask a basic question but still needs the answer.
A sampling of the chapters: Selection of Materials, Practical Strength Limits, Materials for High Temperatures, Effects of Alloying Elements, Design Features of Nuts, Guidelines to Bolt & Nut Selection, Fasteners of Nonmetallic Materials, Behavior of Fasteners, Formulas for Torque & Preload and Comments on Quality Control.

The fastener book is the 18th in the What Every Engineer Should Know series of more than 20 subjects, edited by Williams Middendorf.
Blake is an engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

In his preface the author says his book “is set around the considerable body of materials and standards knowledge” developed by former IFI managing director Richard Belford.

The book published in 1986 by Marcel Dekker Inc., is available from the IFI. $50 US/Canada. $70 other countries (1997 prices).

3. Bossard Technical Training & Engineering.
The technical section of Bossard’s catalog includes metric conversion tables, a glossary of metric terms, nominal dimensions, ISO tolerances, metric threads, mechanical properties, chemical compositions, a comparison of U.S. standard grades and metric strength classes.

“It is the best source on DIN,” Greenslade said. “I use this book as the metric technical equivalent to the inch information in the IFI book. It is not just standards information. It contains a lot of very practical applications information in a very user-friendly format.”

Zug, Switzerland-based Bossard imports metric fasteners and technology to North and South America and provides the manual to assist customers in selecting metric products.

The Bossard catalog is not printed for general circulation. It is available to Bossard distributors and customers. ©1997/2010 Fastener Industry News

Related Links:

• Industrial Fasteners Institute

• Bossard

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