Socket Set Machine Screws – An Effective Solution for Commercial Applications
Socket set machine screws are one of the screw types that come under the category of socket products. Socket set screws are designed with a hex or an allen wrench drive. Socket set screws are basically designed for applications that utilize gears, sprockets, shafts, and pulleys. They are particularly made for components that are designed for compression loading. They basically create the compression load, which creates the locking action in a component.
Socket set machine screws are known for their high tensile strength, and are perfectly suitable for commercial applications. They can be constructed using a variety of materials, which adds to their versatility. Some of the commonly used materials are:
- ABS CPVC Delrin
- Nylon 6/6 PTFE (Kel-F) PEE
- PEEK-UHP- PFA
- Rexolite 1422
- Isoplast (ECTFE)
Many manufacturers also use the thermoplastic Kynar (PVDF) to enhance the screw???s accuracy in a machining application. Socket set screws can also be constructed in numerous sizes, depending on the customer???s requirement. General sizes range from 4-40 to 1-8, though some manufacturers can design the screws in larger sizes.Types of Socket Set Machine Screws
High and medium volume socket set machine screws are generally differentiated by their point configurations. It goes without saying that each point configuration is designed for specific applications. A few common types of point configurations are mentioned below:
Cup Point Design: This the most common configuration used in applications. The point is basically constructed in the shape of a knurled cup. Compared to standard points, the knurled cup point latches onto the shaft more easily, thus providing a stronger locking action.
Flat Points: This configuration can be described as the opposite of the knurled cup point. It is basically designed for simpler application where there is a less amount of compression load and the points are not required to dig into the shaft.
Cone Point: This is also known as the half dog point. The cone shaped point construction is for easy placement in a pulley where there is a small slot. Placing the cone point socket screw will provide easier locking.
Socket set machine screws are an effective solution for applications that require locking mechanisms.