Securing electrical components: How fasteners can be used for security

Fasteners being used in a playground

The global climate has changed considerably over the last few decades in regards to the way that we work, integrate, communicate and travel. The development of mass air travel, smartphones and other pieces of technology has completely transformed the way in which we operate our daily lives.  Whilst these innovations have become crucial assets in our global society, an undeniable new set of risks and dangers have evolved alongside these modernizations in technology and the expansion of globalisation, which have to be considered in manufacturing. Thieves, vandals and securing safety-critical components (such as on an passenger aircraft) are some examples as to why security fasteners are now becoming integral in product design.   Manufacturers of technology have to be aware of these risks and produce products that seek to reduce any potential dangers to users or by those with immoral intensions. Within these design considerations, security fasteners have taken a primary role.  As they come in all shapes and sizes, security fasteners are designed in accordance with new technology developments, usually for a specific product design.  At their most basic level, they provide a fastener function, keeping the product components together and helping to ensure that they work effectively and efficiently. However, they are different to traditional fasteners as they must have additional security features to prevent removal of the component.  It’s crucial that security fasteners must be tamper-resistant and vandal-proof, in order to maintain the functionality of the product they are contained with, regardless of the environment it is operating in, as they are often securing expensive or function-critical electrical components. This is accomplished by designing technology into the fasteners that prevent anyone from undoing the fastening without specialist equipment, or training. An example of this would be that on some designs, the outward shape of the screw may be very different to its actual shape within the product.  Security fasteners could be designed to have increased frictional resistance with the bolt, preventing any rotation and thus preventing the nut from loosening. Available in a range of sizes, these fasteners can be used across product types and variations and be adjusted to specific environments or requirements. By implementing security and tamper-resistant engineering right at the beginning of the product development phase, we can ensure we are doing all we can to contribute to a safer and more secure world.