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Ford Europe - Front Suspension Attachment

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Automotive

Automobile Underbody Drive Train Support
Door Lock Attachment
Engine Torque Reaction Struct Bracket
Fender Rail Application
Ford Europe - Front Suspension Attachment
Front Brake Line Bracket to Vehicle Frame
Front Seat Belt Assembly
Front Seat to Seat Track
Front Stabilizer Plate Attachment
Hub and Bearing Assembly
Rear Axle Assembly
Steering Shaft
Tail Gate Strut Support Attachment
V6 Engine Timing Belt Cover Attachment

O.E.M.

Aluminum Heat Sink
Black & Decker Workmate Workbench
Cable TV Hardware
Clothes Washer / Clothes Dryer
Cookware Handle
Dishwasher Leg Leveling Assembly
Door Roller Adjusting Bracket
Faucet Stem Assembly
Hedge Trimmer Blade
Hewlett-Packard 7350 Printer
Indoor and Outdoor Bleachers
Luggage
Paint Scraper Handle to Blade Assembly
Refrigerator Handle
Relay Valve Assembly
String Trimmer
Two-Cycle Outboard Motor

Background

Initial joint consisted of a standard machine screw into an oversize flanged weld nut with a stainless steel locking helicoil insert. The use of these joint components resulted in 12% of all model vehicles being repaired off-line due to cross threading.

Solution

The four standard machine screws, oversized flanged weld nuts and stainless steel locking helicoil inserts were replaced with four M12 DUO-TAPTITE CORFLEX-I fasteners, and 4 steel nuts.

Customer Benefit

Since DUO-TAPTITE fasteners form their own threads, all incidences of cross-threading were eliminated and even though the DUO-TAPTITE CORFLEX-I fasteners themselves were more expensive than the standard machine screws, the joint component cost was reduced by over $1.00 per vehicle. This was due to the elimination of the oversized flanged weld nuts, helicoil inserts, hand-starting of the fasteners and rectification costs, resulting in a minimum annualized savings of $600,000. The use of DUO-TAPTITE fasteners also improved ease of assembly, increased vibration resistance, provided 100% joint integrity, lowered the body frame assembly cost and provided more accurate jigging of the nut plate to the body frame.