Southco Global Product Manager Ben Goater explains: “The D8 range is a culmination of over 80 years experience of quarter-turn fastener technology and manufacture designed to offer a far more effective alternative to the screw. Over that time, our quarter-turn fasteners have served a wide range of industries including aerospace, automotive, industrial machines and enclosures. Primarily, the D8 version came about because we recognised the limitations of traditionally machined fasteners and the many advantages - including improved quality, reliability and feel – that the orientation of head feature to cam feature on a rolled fastener would bring to the quarter-turn quick access market.
“After significant investment of resource and leveraging extensive experience, it has taken us eight years to develop a technological solution that allows us to roll a cam form on a stud that is orientated to the head feature. To achieve this, our competitors traditionally machine studs. The Dzus D8 range is becoming increasingly popular in the industrial market place because of the significant benefits it offers to users – and it is offered at a lower price point than milled studs alternatives.”
The key features which make the D8 line a leading choice for a wide range of applications is its oriented head to cam feature. Other significant attributes include its precision fit, quick assembly, smooth feel and improved aesthetics, superior strength, improved ergonomics, and choice of stud sizes and receptacle styles. These include clip-on, self-clinching, front loaded, rivet-on, side mount, and front mount. In addition, the D8 has a better tolerance on varying panel/multi-panel thicknesses when compared with rival quarter-turn fasteners on the market.
The D8 is particularly popular for fastening access panels in the automotive, HVAC, lighting, enclosures and industrial machine sectors, and for motorcycle fairings applications. In the US, its main growth area is in the automotive sector. Furthermore, more and more Dzus D8 quarter-turn fasteners can be seen in the US on boxes housing fast food menu signs.
Ben Goater: “Undoubtedly, our ability to orientate the head feature to cam feature is the key catalyst to the success of the D8. It has enabled us to offer a much more reliable cam form than one that is machined. Traditional milled studs have the potential to generate cutter wear or cutter breakage whereas, when manufacturing a rolled stud, the machine incorporates a force monitor which not only stops the machine but also ejects the bad stud if anything goes wrong.
“As a leading global provider of engineered access hardware solutions, Southco has a highly skilled and experienced engineering resource to meet every customer need, whether it’s for a quarter turn fastener designed-in, modifications, or the use of Southco’s online configuration tool to spec in their specific needs.”
Southco’s D8 quarter-turn fasteners are just one line in an extensive range of Dzus fasteners which satisfy the demand of a broad range of requirements for quick access, high strength and economical performance. Each product line comes with its own set of matched receptacles for accurate, secure engagement and convenient mounting in a range of applications.