Howmet Telford Machinery Investment for Large Diameter Huck Lockbolts

Howmet Telford Machinery Investment for Large Diameter Huck® LockBolts®

"While many industries are facing uncertainty due to current economic conditions, Howmet Fastening Systems (HFS), Telford Industrial Fasteners operations has continued delivering solid performance and sustainable growth. Thanks to its bright outlook, Telford is making the single biggest machinery investment in its 37-year history with the installation of a SACMA 670AL header.
Impressively, the 670AL cold forging machine will be the first of its’ kind to be installed in the United Kingdom!

After recognising the growing interest in Europe for large diameter Huck® LockBolt® technology as a compelling alternative to welding and bolting, the investment will unlock unprecedented capability and capacity, enabling the HFS, Telford factory to supply key markets where large diameter fasteners are required. The new machine will enable the Telford factory to bring not only a wider range of large diameter LockBolt to market, but also more rapidly and responsively than ever before.

Manufactured in Italy by Milan based Sacma, the 670AL is a high-speed 33mm 6-station header with the capability of making parts at up to 80 pieces per minute in LockBolt diameters between 12mm (approx. ½”) and 30mm (approx. 1 ¼”). The machine will be used to produce the company’s Huck® LockBolt pins and collars, a range of two-piece vibration-proof fasteners typically used in safety critical applications in a variety of industries.

Jonathan Craven, Director of HFS, Telford Operations explains: “Our goal is to support companies in solving their fastening problems and saving them money, especially in the current economic conditions, and have seen growing interest in our Huck LockBolt technology as an alternative to welding, studs, and nuts & bolts. Our DIBt (Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik) approved range of grade 10.9 LockBolt offer maintenance free vibration resistant joints for the full-service life of the joint. Other benefits that LockBolts bring to the table include exceptionally fast and easy installations and an installed dynamic performance offering up to 5x greater fatigue life than conventional HV bolts.”

The installation of the 670AL is due to be completed in early 2023."

Specialists in the supply of Huck Fasteners, Star Fasteners are proud to be the UK’s largest Huck fastener distributor. Working with a diverse range of end users and distributors from across a number of industries.

Star Fasteners are also an accredited Huck tool service and repair centre; expert technical knowledge and a large tool hire fleet complements the service.
For more information call us on +44(0)115 932 4939 or email

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