UNC UNF unified inch fasteners unc unf unrc unrf
When we consider the supply of Unc and Unf threaded fasteners we automatically look to USA manufacterers and distributors to supply.
Both the UK and Europe have specialist suppliers of Unified products to American spacifications with inventory available off the shelf.
Many of these companies also have the ability to import Unc Unf fastener products from the USA in both steel and stainless steel or have the volume to take them directly from Asian sources.
William Sellers a history
Americans experienced the same problems as the British with the lack of thread standardization. The challenge was taken up by William Sellers,of an eminent family of American technicians.
In 1864, a committee of the Franklin Institute recommended the adoption of Seller’s system of screw threads.
The thread form became known as the “Franklin thread,” but was more commonly called “Seller's thread,” later as the “United States Standard Thread.” and today as the "Unified thread".
The main difference between Seller's thread form and Whitworth's is that the tops and bottoms of the threads (the crests and roots) are flattened. The Sellers flattened root was a bad choice. Such angular joins in metal concentrate stress, and the process of manufacture results in high stresses at the roots of threads anyway. The result is cracks and broken fasteners.
This problem was not so noticeable in Seller’s day thread roots tend to be rounded anyway as the tools that make the bolts become worn.
Round roots are now the norm in the USA and the thread is described are UNRC, UNRF the “R” for round root.
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