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Unevenness of the floor can lead to difficulty in placing and using furniture, and shorten its life span.

To address this problem, Fortaps has come up with screw-on end caps, which offer much better results than the leveling feet currently available on the market.

If you want to know more about screw-on end caps, their features and the progress they have made at Fortaps, make sure to check out this blog.

What are screw-on end caps?

Leveling feet are the components currently used to level out the different heights of furniture legs, which are mainly caused by poor leveling or unevenness of the floor. In this way, they serve both to counterbalance the impact and disruptive vibrations, and to distribute all the weight between the legs to keep them vertical. They are mainly used for tables, cupboards and shelves.

To achieve this result and to prevent the furniture from losing its life span or tipping over, the leveling feet are equipped with screw-on end caps. These are inserted into the metal tube that would rest on the floor. However, at Fortaps we identified a problem and developed our own system to address it.

Fortaps screw-on end caps development

The majority of the screw-on caps available in DIY stores have a metal nut inside that screws onto the leg. After review by our technical team, we came to the conclusion that, for several reasons, this system could be improved, and we started developing a more effective solution for furniture and metal structures.

The results of this research are as follows:

  • Leveling feet tend to break easily, due to the tilt caused by the threaded ends not fitting properly on the tube.
  • The metal nut itself does not ensure the strength of the structure, and the thread is only a few millimeters thick, which may not be enough to support the weight of the furniture and what is placed on it.
  • Because of this, the screw ends tend to break, and the leg ends up sinking into them. The result is a completely unbalanced furniture.

Fortaps’ solutions to this problem were to reduce the diameters of the tube to ensure verticality, to incorporate thick reinforcing ribs throughout the structure of the component, and to cold thread the component directly, so that the threading could reach the entire height of the component and thus prevent the foot from tipping.

Characteristics of Fortaps screw-on end caps

With the identified problems to be solved and the objectives in mind, Fortaps already has high quality screw-on end caps; solid parts injected in virgin HDPE (high density polyethylene) that fit perfectly on the pipe.

In order to avoid significant differences in their diameter, several references are available in our end caps catalog, each one tailored to a different tube thickness. In addition, the flexible fins have been minimized as much as possible. As for cold threading, it has been demonstrated that this methodology offers the same resistance as metal inserts and allows the thread to be much longer.

To achieve this successful result, at Fortaps we are committed to the highest level of conception, design and manufacturing, since our standards require us to comply with all current regulations; the development of a product that adapts to the needs of our customers; a selection of non-toxic polyethylene raw materials (peld, pehd, pa6. 6, abs, sbs/sebs), which excludes PVC for sustainability reasons; the use of our own molds with calibrated steels; the implementation of the latest technologies in computerized mechanization and process control for continuous improvement.

For more information about our products, please contact us.

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