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Stainless steel fasteners for high corrosion environments

Stainless steel fasteners for high corrosion environments
With the addition of molybdenum, A4 stainless (ASTM 316) is significantly more resistant to corrosion than the more popular A2 (ASTM 304) and very little more expensive. Although A4 stainless is often referred to as marine grade Challenge Europe have noticed an increasing need for this highly cost-effective grade to meet the demands of non-marine industries where equipment is subjected to more demanding service conditions. 
4th January 2019

Socket screws from stock or custom made

Socket screws from stock or custom made
  Challenge Europe, specialists in fasteners believe they are 'big' on socket screws, as they have big stock and big service to ensure UK manufacturers across the electro-mechanical industries can save costs and ensure problem-free production schedules.
17th December 2018

Rework and retro-fit service announcement

Rework and retro-fit service announcement
  Challenge Europe are finding an increasing requirement for rework and retro-fit projects – often involving changes to mechanical fastenings or the fitting of electronic components such as sensors
7th December 2018


Fastener stock and delivery service packages for manufacturers

Fastener stock and delivery service packages for manufacturers
Recognising that managing the supply chain for large numbers of small fasteners is a major administrative issue for specialist manufacturers, Challenge Europe have decided to end that so have developed a versatile stock and supply system to take much of the worry out of this process, all under the umbrella of their BS EN ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management certification.
27th November 2018

Action Can industrial products

Action Can industrial products
Challenge Europe serve central and eastern England with an ex-stock range of the well-known Action Can industrial consumables including industrial lubricants, cleaning sprays, foams and many related aerosols such as copper grease, cutting fluids, car cleaner, anti-static spray, welders anti-splatter spray, brake and clutch cleaner, glass cleaner, chain lube (also food grade), freeze spray, electrical control cleaner, isopropyl alcohol cleaner, corrosion inhibitors, stainless steel cleaner and many more.
13th November 2018

From rivets to pins and weld studs to all other fasteners

From rivets to pins and weld studs to all other fasteners
In the engineering lexicon rivets and pins are In the engineering lexicon rivets and pins are commonplace and are fundamental to location, for example by use of dowels or groove pins and slotted steel tension pins. Challenge Europe ex-stock delivery reflects the everyday usage of simple security fixings such as split cotter pins as well as the wide range of weld studs, self-clinching pins, brass threaded inserts and the many types of rivet in daily use. 
19th September 2018

Specialist washers and Dubo Rings offer mechanical protection

Specialist washers and Dubo Rings offer mechanical protection
Ex-stock specialist Washers and Dubo Rings from Challenge Europe aim to offer many benefits in terms of sealing, security, anti-vibration and mechanical protection. In addition they can normalise friction on torque sensitive applications, provide sound deadening and anti-corrosion by electro-galvanic insulation.
10th September 2018

Wide ex-stock offers support to manufacturing supply chains

Wide ex-stock offers support to manufacturing supply chains
  While many machine screws or bolts fit into a tapped thread within a larger component the versatility of these threaded fasteners is often exploited by using a nut which Challenge Europe stock in many variations and materials. Their wide ex-stock offering supports manufacturing supply chains - including nylon insert nuts.
22nd August 2018

Ex-stock socket screws and bolts in high grade materials

Ex-stock socket screws and bolts in high grade materials
Available ex-stock from Challenge Europe specialist threaded fasteners come in high grades of material and include socket screws for production, incorporating milled sides (cap heads) so they may be easily spun up by hand and of course with a recessed hex drive which enable machine feed and torqueing on the assembly line.
7th August 2018

Some advantages of modern mechanical fasteners

Some advantages of modern mechanical fasteners
In the modern world there are many issues coming to the fore such as the reduction of chemicals hazardous to your health (RoHS and REACH). In addition industry is continually being charged to reduce wastage and improve recyclability as well improve working environments, health and safety being key issues that most companies come across on a regular basis. Author: Kevin Moorcroft, M.D. at Challenge Europe Ltd
19th July 2018

Fastener security issues addressed

Fastener security issues addressed
When a manufacturer is considering security issues around fasteners, generally there are three aspects: The ability of the fastener to securely do its job and withstand problems such as vandalism. How secure will the fastener be in service, how will it seal or retain components and/or fluids? How confident can I be in my selection and my supply chain?
18th July 2018

A nuanced approach to manufacturing with bolts and fixings

A nuanced approach to manufacturing with bolts and fixings
The manufacturing sourcing and supply process today is more than ever concerned with supporting robust procedures to ensure reliable quality and performance at highly competitive prices. But the greatest concern is probably that of getting it wrong as this is often the greatest cost of all. Challenge Europe can help even with apparently simple threaded fasteners like flange bolts – used for speed and where people don’t want the inconvenience of a separate washer for load spreading or anti-vibration purposes.
16th July 2018

Fulfilling supply chain requirements of the manufacturing cycle

Fulfilling supply chain requirements of the manufacturing cycle
Challenge Europe believe that to reduce manufacturing component costs and cycle times you need to support all phases of the manufacturing process, from concept through design/development to mainline production. Managing Director, Kevin Moorcroft here explains how the company achieves this.  
9th May 2018

Threaded fasteners need ancillaries

Threaded fasteners need ancillaries
After many years, Challenge Europe have discovered that wherever threaded fasteners are used, then normally various ancillary products are often needed. For example, protection of the nut end of a bolt or screw with a plastic dome cap – or protection of the internal hex socket head from filling with dirt by use of a protective cap insert.
26th April 2018

Standard and custom specialist washers

Standard and custom specialist washers
  As long-time suppliers to the UK manufacturing industry, Challenge Europe is aware that every application is different – many production needs can be met from its extensive range of standard types but often a custom variant is required.
27th March 2018

Rivets make assembly quicker and cheaper

Rivets make assembly quicker and cheaper
A quick, simple, reliable and low cost ex-stock way to join sections of material – either similar – metal to metal, or dissimilar – metal to plastic is available in rivets from Challenge Europe. Blind rivets are stocked in depth by the expert team at Challenge Europe who aim to partner manufacturers through the design/development/production cycle with standard or custom specifications.
14th March 2018

The nuts reaching the parts threaded holes cannot reach

The nuts reaching the parts threaded holes cannot reach
Frequently the optimal solution where a screw or bolt is required is ex-stock from Challenge Europe. Not only do traditional nuts provide a simple and inexpensive alternative to a pre-tapped thread, but self-locking versions perform a function often not readily achieved with a tapped hole. 
28th February 2018

Engineering assembly with the bolts and studding for the job

Engineering assembly with the bolts and studding for the job
A full range of flange bolts/screws are stocked by Challenge Europe, which are quicker to use in many production environments than discrete bolt/washer assemblies – saving time and loss of components, plus making assembly operations much more convenient for engineers whatever their role, saving costs and enhancing quality.
13th February 2018

Socket screws and bolts form finer fastenings

Socket screws and bolts form finer fastenings
Forming the higher end of threaded fastening methodology in the manufacturing industry today, socket screws and bolts are freely available in high grades of materials such as 12.9 steel from Challenge Europe. Their circular head design and internal hex drive makes them particularly suitable for use in products with counter bored holes providing a flush or sub-flush assembly. They are also suitable for the automated assembly environment.
31st January 2018

Screws with confidence and support

Screws with confidence and support
Available in an extensive range of general and niche ex-stock products Screws from Challenge Europe each have their special features. Especially they come with the strong background support of the Challenge Europe team so useful to customers seeking just a bit more than simply placing an order without the benefit of guidance and support.
18th January 2018


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