Anchors are more than just a colossal metal object used to moor a vessel to the sea bottom, they can also be used on a smaller scale as a fastener within a machine. In industrial applications, anchors are used as a way to distribute a load when a structural element is connected to a non-structural element. Mechanical anchors come in many forms, but they often look like a threaded bolt with a nut and/or washer fastened to one end. One simple example is the use of anchors to hang a painting. Choosing the right anchor for an application is critical to ensuring a secure hold and avoiding potential damage. In this article, we will be discussing the major types of anchors to choose from, as well as some factors to consider when making your choice.There are many types of anchors on the market that are designed to fit many different functions. Some like wedge anchors, caulk in anchors, and wedge bolt anchors are better suited for heavy duty operations, such as with concrete and other masonry. Most anchors have a self-locking mechanism of some kind, like expansion sleeves, external threading, and expandable flanges, with some requiring extra materials to safely install like caulk in anchors. However, other anchors, such as sleeve, drive pin, drop in, tapper, and wall anchors, are better suited for light to medium duty applications or with softer mounting material.
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