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    How to Use Our Convenient Online Search Tools to Find Sealants & Adhesives.

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Aug 17, 2020 10:30:00 AM

    Sealants and Adhesives Online Tools

    Applications for sealants and adhesives vary greatly. Consequently, whether you’re an OEM, repair facility, or at-home DIYer, there’s an almost limitless variety of products available. This large number of choices allows for there to be a product that perfectly fits your needs. Unfortunately, weeding through all of those choices can be challenging. 

    Look no further!  

    To help you make the right choice, Austin Hardware® has added an in-depth and highly detailed filtering system to the Sealants and Adhesives pages) of our website.

     

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    Topics: adhesives, adhesives,sealants,chemicals

    The Austin Hardware® Fastener Blog Series: Your Guide to Solid Rivets.

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Aug 13, 2020 11:30:00 AM

    A Wikipedia citing notes that, “Solid rivets are one of the oldest and most reliable types of fasteners, having been found in archaeological findings dating back to the Bronze Age.” According to ThomasNet, Solid rivets “With their full-bodied design, solid rivets represent the strongest of the rivet varieties and, installed red-hot, were the rivets employed in structural-steel buildings and the like before bolted- and welded-joint techniques supplanted them.” Solid rivets are one of the strongest permanent fasteners and are commonly used in applications where safety and reliability are of the utmost importance. This is why they are used frequently in the aircraft and auto industries.

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    Topics: fasteners

    The Austin Hardware® Fastener Blog Series: Using Bolts for a Variety of Applications.

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Aug 7, 2020 10:30:00 AM

    Like most fasteners, bolts are available in a wide variety of styles and materials to meet the needs of a world of applications. In the industrial world, carbon and alloy steel bolts are used most often. Steel bolts can be divided into two major categories: High Strength Structural and Common.

    Steel bolts are rated and specified by numerous certifying bodies, but the two primary associations in the United States are ASTM International (formerly American Society for Testing and Materials) and the SAE International (formerly Society for Automotive Engineers). ASTM standards for bolts and fasteners pertain primarily to construction applications, while SAE deals with machinery and automotive applications as well as those for original equipment manufacturing.

    High Strength Structural Steel Bolts are typically used to join steel structures in construction. They’re mostly composed of quenched or tempered steel and have a minimum tensile strength of 120 ksi for use in structural connections. Examples are ASTM rated A325 and A490, Types 1 and 3 structural hex bolts.

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    Topics: Innovative Solutions, fasteners

    The Austin Hardware® Fastener Blog Series: Learn More About Retaining Rings and Clips

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Jul 28, 2020 11:30:00 AM

    Retaining rings can be an alternative to traditional threaded fasteners for holding components in a housing or on a shaft. They’re installed inside a housing or bore, or into a groove on a shaft to create a shoulder which retains an assembly.

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    Topics: fasteners

    New Product: Polycarbonate Protective Panels From Austin Hardware®.

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Jul 20, 2020 11:00:00 AM

     

    Companies are looking for ways to safely allow employees to return to the workplace as businesses open back up amid the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the primary modes of transmission of COVID-19 is via airborne droplets.

    A simple solution to mitigate the transmission of these droplets is to place a physical barrier between employees working in an office environment. Placing a partition at individual workstations, and other key areas throughout the business can help to insulate workers from the potentially virus-carrying particulates emitted by others.  

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    Topics: Austin Engineered Solutions™, Polycarbonatepanels, Essential EMT

    The Austin Hardware® Fastener Blog Series: An Overview of Washer Hardware Options.

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Jul 13, 2020 11:30:00 AM

    Washers are another critical member of the wide world of fasteners. They’re certainly not sexy and can be overlooked at times. However, they play a crucial role in the function and longevity of the majority of products using mechanical fasteners. Like most fasteners, there are many different types and sub-types, with the application ultimately driving the appropriate selection.

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    Topics: Products (General), fasteners

    The Austin Hardware® Fasteners Series Blogs: Pins & Their Uses.

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Jun 30, 2020 12:00:00 PM

    Industrial Pins are an essential type of fastener with many uses. They are designed to resist shear and torsional forces. 

    Engineering360 defines industrial pins as “… varieties of fastening hardware meant to couple, align, mount, assemble or penetrate two workpieces. The operation of the pin depends on design and employment…” 

    Roll-formed metal is commonly used in the manufacture of industrial pins for purposes of strength, precision, and functionality. The types of metal used run the gamut- hardened and unhardened steel, stainless steel, brass, Monel®, aluminum, and titanium are all fashioned into industrial pins. Plastic, as well as wood, typically used in furniture because they can be sanded, stained, and painted for decorative purposes, are also common materials used in the production of fastening pins. 

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    Topics: Innovative Solutions, fasteners

    The Austin Hardware® Fastener Blog Series: Learn More About Using Nails

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Jun 23, 2020 11:30:00 AM

    If you’re in the construction or woodworking business, you’re using nails every day. Homeowners often find themselves looking for just the right nail for their DIY projects. Even the core customers of Austin Hardware®, which are in the transportation and metal fabrication businesses, industries in which nails are not a predominant fastener, find the occasional need for nails for different projects such as constructing shipping containers for their products. 

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    Topics: Vendor Managed Inventory, inventory management, fasteners

    The Austin Hardware® Fasteners Series Blogs: All About Clinch Fasteners

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Jun 18, 2020 11:30:00 AM

    Clinch or self-clinching fasteners are typically used for metal assemblies that may be too thin for tapping or in applications where it’s not feasible to employ stamped or extruded threads.

    Self-clinching fasteners are found in household appliances, electronics, medical equipment, telecom equipment, automotive and transportation markets, and many other industrial applications.

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    Topics: Products (General), fasteners

    Several of the Most Common Rear Trailer Door Hinge Problems Solved.

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Jun 10, 2020 11:30:00 AM


    Enclosed trailer and horse trailer manufacturers, which are fabricated from aluminum in particular, often have trouble with 3-piece rear door and ramp door hinge alignment.

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    It takes a precise measurement and careful hands to align most standard 3-piece rear and ramp door hinges correctly due to the challenge of laying the hinge flat for welding or bolting. This can add an inordinate amount of time to the assembly process. Additionally, while most assemblers get close, even a slightly misaligned hinge can adversely affect its durability and longevity. These are two critical expectations for buyers of high-end aluminum trailers.

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    Topics: Austin Engineered Solutions™, Hinges, Trailers