Quality Assurance

Quality is deeply rooted in our company DNA. We were founded by a mechanical engineer in 1967. We were among the first in the industry to implement full product traceability (years before the Fastener Quality Act). We’ve been ISO quality registered since 1994, and we received our first A2LA lab accreditation in 1998. Today our tradition of quality continues with industry-leading systems that encompass the following concepts and resources:

ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949

To ensure strict product quality, we’ve built our corporate functions around the ISO 9001 standard. View our ISO 9001:2008 certificate.

ISO/TS 16949: 2009, in conjunction with ISO 9001: 2008, defines the quality management system in the production of automotive-related products. We are certified at our Fastenal Manufacturing – Loves Park location. View our ISO/TS 16949: 2009 certificate.

Unmatched Product Expertise

In addition to directing our internal Quality operations, Fastenal’s Quality and Engineering personnel participate in more than 40 committees within organizations such as ASTM, ASME, ISO, NACE, ASM, API, RCSC and SAE. We not only have a deep understanding of these standards, we play an active role in defining them.

Global Personnel and Infrastructure

Rather than relying on “middle men” or brokers, we operate our own fully-licensed trading company with locations in China, Taiwan, India, Malaysia and the Czech Republic. Our 200+ Asia-based sourcing, quality, procurement and logistics specialists work directly with our global manufacturing partners to drive our standards for quality and delivery.

State-of-the-Art Testing Labs

With a total of five ISO accredited (A2LA) labs worldwide and a multimillion-dollar investment in lab equipment, our product testing capabilities range from dimensional inspections to destructive and non-destructive evaluation. Learn more about our lab equipment and capabilities.

Stringent Supplier Selection, Testing and Monitoring

Fastenal has implemented numerous processes to ensure that only high-quality products enter into our supply chain. That includes on-site audits, multiple levels of product testing, and continuous supplier monitoring. Learn more.

Customer-Specific Quality Management Systems

Fastenal’s Quality team is ready to work with your company to establish a Quality Management System that is tailored around your specific requirements such as PPAPs, additional testing/inspection verification, and first article inspection. Learn more about how we can customize a program to support your needs.

Material Test Reports

A Material Test Report (MTR) is a lot/heat-specific document that includes the dimensional, chemical and mechanical test result of a fastener. MTRs are available on products identified in the Fastener Quality Act, which includes product that is through-hardened and grade-marked. Access our MTR Locator.

Fastenal Product Standards

Fastenal Product Standards are product specifications created by Fastenal which feature dimensional, mechanical, performance and material requirements along with any other applicable requirements such as RoHS compliancy, plating or coatings, listings such as UL or CSA, etc. Fastenal Product Standards are used in our purchasing process to ensure consistency, accuracy and quality. These documents are accessible via Fastenal.com on the individual part landing pages. View a sample of a Fastenal Product Standard.

CAD Drawings

Fastenal’s CAD drawings can be downloaded in a number of different formats to accommodate the various CAD software programs used by our customers. Additionally, each part has a two-dimensional sales drawing resembling a blue print. These drawings can be found on Fastenal.com on the applicable part landing pages. Visit our CAD Resource Center to learn more.

Material Declarations, Conflict Minerals, REACH and RoHS Mercury Free

The global market is becoming more transparent in terms of the composition of the materials used in both consumer and industrial products. Fastenal is keeping pace by providing deeper information for customers that require REACH and RoHS compliant products. Learn how we can support your Material Declaration, Conflict Minerals, REACH and RoHS Mercury Free needs.