LOCTITE Threadlockers reinforce Australian agriculture

Australia’s robust farming and food products industries are bolstered by locally owned and operated plantations and homesteads that produce a bountiful year-round harvest.

From fresh fruits and vegetables; to nuts, seeds, and cotton; to corn, wheat, and a variety of staple grains, Australia is one of the most prominent cultivators and producers of agricultural goods in the world.

Behind the scenes of lush crops and harvested fresh foods, LOCTITE®’s liquid threadlockers have played a critical role in helping Australian farmers keep their equipment and machinery up and running and preventing downtime during critical times such as the cyclical planting and harvesting seasons.

Since world-renowned chemist and founder of LOCTITE Vernon Krieble first invented liquid threadlocker in the 1950’s, the practice of threadlocking fasteners to secure parts and components has become intrinsically linked to the farming industry, according to Motion’s category manager for Lubricants, Adhesives, Sealants and Chemicals, Michael Rowe.

“The most common problems with threaded assemblies on farming, agricultural equipment and machinery is loosening that occurs during operation. Although there are mechanical locking devices on the market, often these mechanical assemblies cannot maintain sufficient clamping force to lock a fastener in place,” says Michael.

“Threaded assemblies – such as double nuts, spring washers, tooth flanged bolts, and nylon insert nuts that hold important components in place – risk failure during operation when they must contend with the vibrational force, thermal expansion, fluctuating temperatures, bending and torque, and the ingress of external contaminants such as soil and fertilisers,” he explains.

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