Problem Solving – M12 x M10 x 55 Reducing Studs

reducing stud, shoulder stud, step stud

A customer recently came to us for help – they had a part with an M12 internal thread that needed connecting to a part that had been mistakenly manufactured with an M10 internal thread.

Part of an M12 bar was machined down to M10 using a CNC in our onsite workshop to create these M12 x M10 x 55 long reducing studs.

Alongside our extensive range of standard fasteners and fixings, we hold stocks of semi-finished blanks and also offer forging and machining to the customer’s exact specifications.

We can provide a 24-hour turnaround service for urgent requirements.

Contact us on 01942 520260 (Wigan) or 01698 826464 (Glasgow) and our experienced technical sales staff will be happy to help.

Special Bolt Manufacturing – M12 bolt with 55mm head

m12-bolt-55mm-head-special-manufacture

Here’s another example of our special bolt manufacturing capabilities!

A garden centre in Manchester was having problems with skateboarders skating down the sides of their concrete flower beds, causing damage to the flowers. A solution was needed that utilised the existing tapped holes.

The solution, after consultation with  our technical sales team, was an M12 fully threaded bolt (or setscrew, as they are commonly known) with a head that measured 55mm across flats, which was manufactured to the customer’s requirements in our onsite machine shop.

Our state of the art onsite manufacturing facilities enable us to produce special fasteners in Metric, UNC & UNF as well as the older British threadforms BA, BSF & BSW, in a wide range of materials and grades.

Contact our technical sales team – we can find a solution to meet your requirements!

Classic Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Restoration part 4

ferrari 365 on road

Driving was limited to local runs during the summer of 2010. The car was initially fairly easy to start from cold especially if the battery had been charged but needed to cool down once hot before it would restart.

Electrical investigation diagnosed a faulty alternator and a rewire was all that was needed to ensure an efficient charge which kept the battery healthy. This helped with the initial start from cold but once hot the start problem persisted.

Overall 2010 was a good year having passed the MOT and being able to drive on the roads.

ferrari 365 restoration

2011 trips became longer, up to 60 miles round trip, and up to to the legal maximum speed of 70mph.

Here are links to the articles in this series:

Part 6 -Bodywork, oil & water issues

Part 5 – Replacement door sills and exhaust

Part 4 – Alternator, driving on the roads

Part 3 – Engine, front wing, braking system, MOT

Part 2 – Car history

Part 1 – Introduction

Yet another happy customer!

We’ve just received another nice email message from a customer in the US complimenting us on our service!

‘Hi sales & shipping departments-

WOW! Things often don’t arrive this quickly from suppliers 100 miles away.
Couldn’t find Whitworth bolts anywhere in the US, in fact had not ever heard
of them until I needed two for the power feeder in our cabinet shop.

Thanks for the speedy service!’

We take great pride in providing excellent service to our customers, and always strive to improve. It’s great to be appreciated!

 

Thomas Smith Fasteners in Glasgow – Celebrating 25 Years

Celebrating 25 Years – Thomas Smith  Fasteners started with a small office & warehouse situated within Lanarkshire Bolt Ltd in Bertram Street, Burnbank.

Since the unfortunate  closure of Lanarkshire Bolt in 2002 the business re-located to 14 Forrest Street in Blantyre.

At the helm is Caroline MacLachlan, who has been involved since the start and is assisted by Sheila Park who has been with the business for nearly 23 years.

The Warehouse and Sales Counter have been supervised by Jamie Nicol for 18 years.    Accumulatively  there is a wealth of experience within the depot.

Over the years, the Business has grown from stocking a basic range of Bolts & Nuts to a complete range of Fixings & Fasteners in Stainless Steel and 10.9 High Tensile.

Focus on Customer requirements has increased the range to include Drills, Hacksaw Blades, Jubilee Clips & Abrasive Discs along with various Kits containing an  assortment of Screws etc.

With the support of our loyal customers we give thanks and look forward to many more years of service to the Industry.

 

Thomas Smith Fasteners – Bolts from Wigan to China

uk supplier exports fasteners to china

Thomas Smith Fasteners has recently experienced further export success by supplying imperial fasteners to China.

Manager Gary Stevens said: ‘We are pleased to receive orders from China & over the last few years we have exported to more than 40 countries worldwide. Recently we have found that we are getting more enquiries for British made products and with our manufacturing facilities on site we are able to supply to customer requirements with all the relevant certificates. This shows that overseas customers still have confidence in the high quality of British manufacture. The order we received from China was to replace all the old fasteners in a British made milling machine. The old bolts were BSW and BSF imperial threadforms which we could make within the specified delivery of 2 weeks’.

The company’s main sales base is in the Greater Manchester area. Thomas Smith Fasteners holds large stocks of metric & imperial fasteners, offering a 24-hour turnaround service with specials manufactured to order.

In-house Special Fastener Manufacture – Large Diameter Pins

120mm x 220mm Drilled Pin

Here’s another example of our in-house special fastener manufacturing capabilities, which shows that not all our fasteners are threaded.

These 106mm x 220mm drilled pins were produced using a CNC machine in our onsite machine shop.

special pin manufactured on cnc machine

The above picture shows the pin inside our CNC machine during the manufacturing process.  A hole is then drilled into the pin to accommodate an R Clip.  These fasteners were produced for a customer in the Excavation industry.

Alongside our huge range of standard, off the shelf fasteners and fixings, we have extensive fastener manufacturing capabilities and many years of experience in providing high quality fastener solutions.  Contact Gary, Stuart or Suzanne on 01942 520260 and we will be happy to discuss any requirements you may have.