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    The Austin Hardware® Fastener Blog Series: Learn More About Using Grooved Pins for Your Hardware Needs.

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

    A grooved pin is a solid pin, similar to a dowel, except with swaged grooves (or flutes) that run vertically. Ordinarily, there are three grooves that can vary in length. They can run the entire way down the pin to as little as just one-third the length.

    Applications:

    • Locking collars
    • Linkage or Hinge Pin
    • Valve T-handle
    • Spring anchor
    • Roller and Stop pins
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    Typically, sizes range from 1/16” to ½” in diameter, with lengths up to 3-3/4”. Grooved pins generally are used in friction fit holes, creating a connection that is almost as strong as a dowel with the added benefit of excellent vibration resistance.

    The primary functional difference between a grooved pin and a dowel is that, while displaced material of the swaged grooves increases the pin’s diameter, the grooves close when pressed into a hole. This makes grooved pins appreciably more pliable than dowels, resulting in pins that can be used in holes that may not be formed to an exact size or circular shape. Tolerances for a dowel are considerably tighter. Grooved pins can also be removed and reused more easily because of their enhanced pliability.

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    Topics: fasteners

    Frequently Asked Questions At Austin Hardware® 

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Sep 22, 2020 10:30:00 AM

    Who We Are 

    At Austin Hardware®, we serve over 8,500 customers, whom we like to consider as partners, and have thousands of hardware parts in stock. With 10 U.S. Locations, five regional call centers, and dozens of product experts, we have built Austin Hardware® for the customer needs of today. For the last 60 years, we have focused on quality service, quality hardware, and both product and industry expertise to assist our partners in reaching their goals. From vendor management to custom engineering, we provide value-added services that make a difference for our partners.  

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    The Austin Hardware® Fastener Blog Series: An Overview of Self-Clinching Nuts for Your Hardware Needs.

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

    In a previous post, we discussed in broad terms the basics of self-clinching fasteners. We noted that 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. They’re found in everything from household appliances and electronics to medical, telecom, and automotive equipment.

    The three primary forms of self-clinching fasteners are Nuts, Studs, and Standoffs. Standoffs are used most often in Printed Circuit Boards and electrical assemblies to protect the circuitry. Studs present a threaded fastener into the product allowing for the mounting of essential components. We’ll dive deeper into those two specific self-clinching fasteners in future posts.

    This blog is going to take a little closer look at self-clinching nuts. 

    Self-clinching nuts provide strong, load-bearing threads to accept bolts and screws in thin sheet metal applications. They’re typically pressed into the metal using a manual or hydraulic press and swage the surrounding metal, which makes them a strong and permanently affixed component.

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    Topics: fasteners

    Why Choose Austin Hardware® for Your Trailer Hardware Solutions?

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Aug 31, 2020 11:10:00 AM

    Did you know that Austin Hardware supplies hard-working hardware to some of the biggest trailer manufacturers in the business? With over 10 U.S. locations and 60 years of experience, we work with some of the best in the industry. We also have the products and knowledge to outfit many different types of trailers. From car haulers to horse trailers and everything in between, we have the hardware you need for your trailer. We also have a helpful team of experts willing to set up a time to discuss your business goals and unique set of needs. No matter what size your business, we have multiple teams of experts ready to work alongside your business as a partner to provide you with the best trailer related solutions in the industry.  

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    Topics: Trailers

    The Austin Hardware® Fastener Blog Series: Your Guide to Structural Fasteners.

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Aug 19, 2020 11:30:00 AM

     

    The meaning of the term "structural fastener" is somewhat ambiguous. Here's what it used to mean:

    As recently as a January 2020 article by ITA Fasteners, structural fasteners are described as being, "… characterized by strong, heavy-duty materials that facilitate the construction of structures employing steel to steel connections. They are an ideal choice … for connecting one metal structure to another." 

     

    While not inaccurate, according to Steave Klein, National Sales Manager for Fasteners at Austin Hardware®, "That phrasing comes from a time when steel was the strongest material available for construction and structural applications. In the modern world of today, while steel is still commonly used in all types of manufacturing, we also have many other materials, some of which are stronger than steel, and due to some of their other characteristics, better suited to certain load-bearing applications." 

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    Topics: fasteners

    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. 

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    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

    Austin Hardware's Complete Line of Solutions for the Marine Industry.

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Aug 3, 2020 11:30:00 AM

    Austin Hardware® understands the unique hardware needs of the marine industry. We carry top of the line stainless steel door and hatch hardware, deck hardware, vents, and a diverse line of other solutions. In addition, many parts are available with a corrosion-resistant electro-polished finish, a fundamental requirement in the marine industry. We've worked hard to source valuable and reliable hardware solutions for marine vessels of all shapes and sizes. Whether you're a boat owner or a boat manufacturer, you know the value of the right parts and products. Keeping a boat well equipped is essential as they undergo a lot of weathering and have to meet strict safety standards. As part of our promise to find solutions, we supply a variety of products for the marine industry.

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    Austin Hardware is Celebrating Our 60th Year in Business.

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Jul 31, 2020 11:00:00 AM

    This year, Austin Hardware® celebrates 60 years in business. What started as a small, family-owned business has bloomed into the success we see today with 10 U.S. locations and employees spread across the country. Our company's success is based on our roots to serve and provide quality parts and services while becoming a reliable partner in the industry.

    Our CEO Mark Dudenhoeffer says it best,"We believe that as a family-owned and operated business, we have an opportunity to invest in our people and our customers for the long term." Team Austin is built on family values, a customer-first attitude, and quality in all aspects of our business. In times like these, we know that's what matters most.

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