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Where Do Fasteners Come From?

Where Do Fasteners Come From?

Virtually every home and business workshop contains some version of a cigar box or old mayonnaise jar filled with loose screws, nuts, and bolts. Need a fastener for a project or a product? Just shake that container out on the workbench, rummage around,...

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Hardening and Tempering in the Fastener Industry

Hardening and Tempering in the Fastener Industry

Anyone who has dealt with various metals and alloys in tools, blades, fasteners, and other metal products has probably run across the terms hardening and tempering. But what exactly do these terms mean and how do they affect metal? To begin with, both of...

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The Advantages of a VMI Program

The Advantages of a VMI Program

Inventory is one of those necessary evils that every manufacturer seeks to control. The goal is to not sit on excess raw material, tying up large amounts of cash and space, but also not run short, halting production and losing time and money. Having the...

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Torquing Loads on Fasteners

Torquing Loads on Fasteners

So what exactly is torque? It’s defined as a twisting force that tends to cause rotation. When a socket is applied to a nut and turned down, the force rotates the bolt. As it tightens, the bolt has a tension stress acted upon it which stretches out the bolt.

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Looking Ahead: Future Fastener Technology

Looking Ahead: Future Fastener Technology

The fastener industry – like most industries – is not standing still. As science, materials, and manufacturing make great strides, fastener technology is keeping pace with them. These are exciting times. Today, the US fastener industry is a multi-billion dollar chunk...

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Nuts in the Fastener World

Nuts in the Fastener World

First, let’s have a quick refresher on the unique fastening ability of nuts and bolts. As we all know, a nut is a fastener featuring a threaded hole and is always used with a mating bolt to fasten a stack of parts together. The two components are held...

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