ing where to do business. Partnering with a manufacturer that is willing to be a secondary
warehouse and drop-ship unusual or specialty orders is a key when developing a fastener
The Right Tool
While a lot of fastener styles have been around for years or even decades, new Smart Anchors from Powers are changing the market. They require 50 percent less pressure when
installing, and when the job is completed, an inspector can visually see if they have been
set in full. As opposed to the old style of anchors, where there was no way to truly tell if
they were set properly, these new Smart Anchors help eliminate potential fastener failure.
This issue can be fairly universal. Tom Wallek is the General Manager at Set It Fast Setting Tools, a company that he started to address a problem in the construction fastener
business, and he agrees that failures can be catastrophic. “I believe distributors should
choose products that the end user desires. That is not always done in the fastener business,” says Wallek. Wallek saw the need to create specialty tools to aid in the installation
of the common drop-in and wedge anchors in concrete construction.
Wallek says that installation tools can cut time and risky installation techniques for the
industry. Specialty tools for installation – when paired with some of these most advanced
fasteners on the market – are upping the efficiency and safety bar for the industry. In
order to keep this trend moving forward, Wallek notes that distributors need to not only
carry the fasteners themselves, but the tools to get the job done efficiently and safely.
“A broadly based line that helps the contractor with all elements of the use of the fastener is essential,” says Wallek.