ASME announces that the new ASME B18.24 Part Identifying Number (PIN) Code System Standard for B18 Fasteners and the ASME B18 Digital Fastener Library is now available in both print and digital (CAD-enabled) versions.
This ASME B18 standard provides users and customers with the ability to specify and identify all ASME B18 fastener products using a single 18-digit PIN code system. The standard, together with the interrelated cross referenced ASTM F16 fastener product standards, provide complete dimensional, physical, mechanical, and performance specifications for inch and metric B18 fasteners and includes quality assurance and packaging requirements for government, commercial and industrial fastener usage.
Approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and adopted by the U.S. Department of Defense, the ASME B18.24 PIN system is a self-contained code, which covers 788 unique B18 fastener types from 72 ASME B18 source documents. The PIN code system is fully parametric, uniform across all fastener types, and is intended as a digital alternative to the traditional plain text fastener product callout prescribed in the "Designation" or "Ordering" section of the applicable source document.
In addition to the new standard, ASME will offer the ASME B18 Digital Fastener Library. Developed utilizing technology from PARTsolutions, LLC in a team effort between ASME, ParaCAD Technology Co. and PARTsolutions, the library provides a parametric, graphical interface for design engineers to create and retrieve ASME B18 PINs.
Retrieved PINs can be output to text, web, or as 2-D and 3-D native CAD part files. The library supports nearly 100 percent of the native CAD systems commercially available worldwide, with direct integration to AutoCAD®, Autodesk Inventor®, Pro/ENGINEER®, CATIA®, Solid Edge®, SolidWorks®, NX® and many others. It also supports neutral CAD and graphics formats, such as JPEG, IGES, DXF, SAT, STEP, TIFF and others. The 18-digit B18.24 PIN is also ideally suited for use as a CAD part filename in any mechanical CAD/CAM software program. For enterprise users, the ASME B18 Digital Fastener Library also integrates with enterprise ERP and PLM systems like SAP® and SMARTEAM®. The "just in time" access to standard fasteners is ideal for customers in single or multiple-CAD design environments. For information on ordering the ASME B18 Digital Fastener Library, please contact PARTsolutions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (513) 453-0453. To order ASME B18.24-2004, please contact ASME at (800) THE-ASME or via email at email@example.com.
The new ASME B18.24 standard supersedes ASME B18.24.1 (1996), ASME B18.24.2 (1998) and ASME B18.24.3 (1998).