Quick Access Fastener vs a Traditional Screw?
The main advantages of a quick access fastener over a traditional screw are the reduced time and effort required operate it. Quick access fasteners typically require only a quarter-turn or other single-motion to release, allowing for quick and easy access to the component being secured. This can be particularly beneficial in applications where frequent access is required, such as in maintenance or repair scenarios. .
Another important advantage of quick access fasteners over screws is vibration resistance. This ensures panels remain secure, while traditional screws and lock washers may loosen over time due to vibration.
Quick access fasteners also provide a secure and reliable clamping force, with minimal risk of over-tightening or under-tightening. This can be a common issue when manually tightening a traditional screw.
In addition, quick access fasteners are available in a wide range of materials and sizes to meet various environmental and strength requirements. With flush-mounted and other low-profile designs providing a sleek and unobtrusive appearance while still maintaining a secure connection.
Life expectancy, or cycle life, is another crucial benefit. Is the part going to stand the test of time? For applications that require quick and frequent access, you need a part that can perform consistently over a long period of time. With the easy quarter turn motion, quick access fasteners can outperform a traditional screw’s cycle life.
The enhanced performance and benefits of quick access fasteners do have a price premium and may be a bit much for applications where only very occasional access is required. However, for applications requiring frequent access, quick access fasteners facilitate fast and easy operation while remaining secured to the panel, preventing fastener loss.
Ultimately, the choice between a quick access fastener and a traditional screw will depend on the specific requirements and constraints of the application. Factors to consider include the frequency of access required, vibration, the level of security needed, the space available for installation, and the budget for the project. In some cases, a combination of both quick access fasteners and traditional screws may be the best option to balance the benefits of each type of fastener.