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Lean manufacturing is the process of cutting back on certain materials or speeding up certain processes to lower the overall cost of manufacturing. There can be key benefits to this approach to manufacturing, but it's important to move forward with a balanced view of lowering costs without compromising quality. This blog looks at that concept, but it also delves into other information related to the manufacturing and industrial fields. Ultimately, this blog is designed to help manufacturing professionals as well as B2B clients who purchase products or outsource processes to this field. If you have questions, I hope that you find the answers you need here.


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Advantages of Using Stainless Steel Fasteners When Building a Dock

by Mark Peters

If you're putting together a dock, you may want to use stainless steel fasteners instead of other types of hardware. Stainless steel resists corrosion more effectively than almost any other type of metal, and this type of metal has other advantages that make it ideal for a marine environment. Here's what you need to know.

Reduces Risk of Injuries

Unfortunately, when fasteners corrode, they can break. If you have a bunch of fasteners holding together a dock at a marina, and several of the fasteners break, that can compromise the integrity of your dock. If the dock collapses, people on it may get hurt. However, if you use stainless steel, you reduce this risk simply by eliminating the risk of corrosion.

Saves Money on Repairs

In most cases, you aren't likely to let the situation deteriorate to the point that your fasteners are so corroded that the dock falls apart. Instead, you're likely to notice the damage and call a repair person. While this is better than a situation where people are getting injured, it still isn't ideal. The cost of all those repairs can add up. If you want to save money on repairs in the long run, it's usually better to use stainless steel fasteners from the beginning.

Stops the Spread of Corrosion

As you may know, rust tends to spread. If your fasteners get rusty, that can spread to other metal components of your dock, and they may rust or wear down prematurely. With stainless steel fasteners, the rust won't start at the fasteners, and if it starts somewhere else, it isn't likely to spread to the fasteners.

Increases the Strength of Your Dock

In addition to being corrosion-resistant, stainless steel is also stronger than a lot of other metals. In particular, many people use copper for dock fasteners, and that tends to be softer than stainless steel. With steel, you get the strength you need to rely on your dock for years to come.

Can Be Customised

If you decide that you want stainless steel fasteners, you can buy screws, nuts and bolts that are already made, but you can also find a fabricator that can customise special fasteners for you. If you want something that isn't commercially available, this can be a great option. Similarly, if you find a fastener that works perfectly but that isn't made of stainless steel, you can ask the fabricators to create a stainless steel version of that for you.