Alcoa Fastening Systems: AFS launch Recoil Tangless wire thread insert

January 28, 2014

Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS) has announced the launch of its new Recoil® Tangless® wire thread insert.

With no tang to break off following installation the insert is ideal in situations where the counting of displaced tangs is mandatory or where loose tangs could potentially damage the finished product. In addition, its bi-directional design helps eliminate the time required to check insert orientation prior to installation, therefore significantly reducing assembly time.

Available in a variety of materials and finishes as either self-locking or free-running form, selection includes metric sizes M3, M4, M5, M6, M8 and M10, in bulk or strip-feed reels. A M2.5 will also be on the market shortly. In addition, a full range of manual, hand pre winder, electric and air tools complement the Recoil Tangless wire thread insert line to accommodate various types, speeds and volumes of installation.

Commenting on the new product Jay Sahadew, marketing manager at AFS, said: “Developed based on the demand from customers requiring an insert with no tang, the Recoil Tangless insert will not only save installation time but also provide assurance to safety-critical applications such as engine manufacturing or consumer electronics, where the tang could potentially cause a short circuit in electronic components or other computerised equipment.  It is easy to use – simply drill, tap and install – and can also be removed or adjusted with ease. As well as manufacture and supply, comprehensive technical information and advice on the use of Recoil Tangless products is available to all of our customers from project inception through to post installation support.”

David Ross, managing director at Glasgow based AFS reseller ABT Machine Tools, said: “We received very positive comments about Recoil Tangless from a leading automotive industry customer and as a result we will be introducing the product to other sectors during 2014. It is an innovative and well-designed insert which has massive potential.”

Recoil Tangless inserts are available to purchase direct from AFS or through its authorised resellers and distributors, a list of which is available at  The AFS Recoil team can be contacted on freephone 0800 019 8180 (UK) and 00441952 290011 (Europe) or by email

Picture: The new Recoil Tangless insert.¹

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¹Tangless® is a registered trademark of Advanex Inc.

About Alcoa Fastening Systems
Alcoa Fastening Systems, a business unit of Alcoa, is a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of fastening systems including specialty fasteners, fluid fittings, assembly components, and installation systems for aerospace and industrial applications. Headquartered in Torrance, California, the company has over 6,800 employees at 32 manufacturing and distribution/logistics locations in 11 countries.

Among the products offered by the AFS industrial division are the internationally successful brands Huck-Spin®, Camloc®, Recoil®, Keensert®, Simmonds® and SNEP®. The Huck fastening elements from AFS are used among others in private cars, trailers, commercial vehicle construction and railway carriages. The heavy-duty systems were designed to solve problems due to extreme tension and vibration between joined materials. They provide high stability and facilitate more lightweight, stronger and more durable structures. The Huck family includes small and large diameter lockbolts, medium and heavy-duty blind rivets and accompanying installation tooling. The product range based on Lou Huck’s original drawing of the first lockbolt made 50 years ago, and now known worldwide as a HuckBolt®, has been continually improved.

About Alcoa
A global leader in lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defence vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and today, our 60,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum products. For more information, visit, follow @Alcoa on Twitter at and follow us on Facebook at

For more information Alcoa Fastening Systems, contact:
Jay Sahadew, marketing manager
Tel: +44 1952 204607

For more information about ABT Machine Tools, contact:
David Ross, managing director
Tel: 0141 958 1955

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Recoil Tangless