FAQ and Application-Specific Variables to Consider


Q:   What is an Ergo-Clamp™?
A:   An easier-to-use, patented, heavy-duty captivated clamp designed to make vehicle / equipment assembly and maintenance faster, as well as eliminate the possibility of dropping / losing parts during those processes.

Q:   What is a Captivated Clamp?
A:   A clamp design where two parts are integrally joined, and physically unable to come apart during normal use.

Q;   What is the Iso-Cush System™?
A:   An easier-to-use, patented, cushion system that can be incorporated into Ergo-Clamps™, brackets and other parts to reduce or eliminate noise, vibration and resonance issues.

Q:   May I license the patent to make a particular part?
A:   Maybe. Franklin Fastener considers several factors, including geographic location and current distribution in reviewing your business case. Please contact us to discuss further details.

Q:   Will you modify your design to fit my application?
Q:   Can I use Ergo-Clamps™ to replace my current specified part?
A:   Yes. We want to provide the optimized product solution for your application, and our engineers are available to answer specific questions. Please contact us to discuss further details.


Q:   What are the variables I should consider when selecting / engineering a fastener solution?
A:   To determine a correct solution, at a minimum consider:

  • Application environment: variables such as temperature, fluid or corrosion resistance, supported weight, etc.
  • Type of material: metal choices include stainless steel, carbon steel, copper, alloys and plated.
  • Vinyl coating or cushion material: choices include EPDM, Neoprene, Silicone, FKM (Viton®), and more to suit specific applications.
  • Customer satisfaction and warranty costs: Are there unwanted noise or durability issues with the current specified part?

Q:   What is the temperature limit of vinyl coated clamps?
A:   Vinyl will generally soften and start to melt in application environments > 250°F. For higher temperatures, consider the cushion clamp or Ergo-Clamp™ solutions.

Q:   Can I get a sample part?
A:   Yes, existing sample parts are available upon request. For new product prototypes, we need to discuss some details – so contact us today to discuss your needs.

Q:   Are these parts made in the U.S.A.?
A:   Yes. Franklin Fastener proudly makes all products in Redford, Michigan, U.S.A.

Q:   Do we offer DIN (European) replacement clamps?
A:   Franklin Fastener does offer Made in the USA replacement cushion clamps for some styles – such as DIN 3016-1 and MBN 16016 (Mercedes).  Popular size DIN clamps made to order for your requirements, are available in six weeks or sooner.

Q:   Can you quote my design?
Q:   What 2-D/3-D file types can be submitted for quote?
A:   If you already have a solution in mind, we accept 2-D file types .DXF and .DWG, as well as 3-D file type .STP (STEP files), and will respond to your request within 48 hours.  If you need some ideas first, please contact us to help provide some clarity on the best possible solution.


Q:   What are your metal stamping capabilities?
A:   We use high-speed presses with capacity to 250 ton. Material thickness can be up to .250 in. (6.3 mm). Feed length up to 12 in. (305 mm). Stock width up to 16 in. (407 mm). We also offer in-house die design and build for high and low volume production, including insert tooling.

Q:   What is Insert Tooling?
A:   This tooling method lowers cost versus a conventional progressive die because the customer only pays for the insert(s) and not the entire Universal Die Set. This also allows for easier change-overs to run different parts, and is a very cost competitive solution for part volumes of 10,000-100,000 per year.

Q:   What are your fourslide / multislide capabilities?
A:   Stock tooling for standard parts produced from strip or wire. Stock width up to 3.38 in. (85 mm) and wire diameter up to .315 in. (8 mm) – both with infinite feed length. 75 ton press capacity for in-process embossing, coining and trimming.


Q:   Do you have MS and AS standard Military Clamps?
A:   Yes. Please click here to go to the Standard Parts Catalog.

Q:   What types of lines (e.g., fuel, brake, TOC, AC, hydraulic, et al) may require a resonance dampener? How can we tell in advance?
A:   Rigid and flexible lines require a dampener to avoid premature failure.

Q:   How can I tell if Franklin Fastener has already engineered a solution for my industry or specific application?
A:   You should always discuss your specifics with a Franklin Fastener design engineer to find, or optimize, the correct solution. A few of the products and applications we have addressed include:

  • Power Steering and Emission Related: Brackets and Clips
  • Fuel and other Fluid Applications: Patented Iso-Cush System™ Grommet Clamps
  • Tubes, hoses and wire harnesses: Cushioned Clamps
  • Recreational Vehicle and HVAC: Coated Clamps
  • Automotive Seats and Plating Industry: Wire Forms
  • Defense and Aerospace: Cushioned Clamps
  • Integrated Circuit Boards and Appliances: Spring Clips
  • Engines (Diesel, Gas, Hybrid) and Brake Systems: Special Washers

Q:   What is my question is not answered here?
A:   Please call us today at (800) 714-2172, or email your specifics to websales@franklinfastener.com


Q:   Are these parts made in the U.S.A.?
A:   Yes. Franklin Fastener proudly makes all products in Redford, Michigan, U.S.A.

Q:   Does Franklin Fastener have Quality Certifications?
A:   Yes. We are certified ISO 9001, as well as AS9100 for Aerospace, and TS 16949 for Automotive supply chains. You may view our current quality certifications here.

Q:   Can Franklin Fastener provide PPAP services and documentation?
A:   Yes. We are quite familiar with the Production Part Approval Process for Automotive industry customers, which is also similar to documentation and project management required in military, aerospace and nuclear industries.

Q:   Who coordinates supplier qualification visits or completes vendor paperwork?
A:   Please contact websales@franklinfastener.com to route supplier paperwork and qualification visit requests to the correct person.