NASA Spinoff Database: A Faster Fastener

NASA Center: Marshall Space Flight Center
Public Release Year: 2000
Reference Number: MSFC-SO-124
Category: Industrial Productivity/Manufacturing Technology
Origin: In-space Assembly Research/pathfinder

A licensing agreement between Marshall Space Flight Center and M&A Screw and Machineworks has brought the quick connect nut to the commercial market. Originally designed as part of a project seeking in-space assembly techniques, the quick connect nut is secured around a bolt merely by pushing it onto the bolt and giving it a single twist. Applications for the nuts include oil drilling platforms, mining industry, and other practices that rely on speedy assembly for success.

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Page Number in Published book: 75
Manufacturer: M&A Screw and Machine Works

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