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    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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    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

    Utilizing Time Management is Essential for the Future of Your Business

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Jul 16, 2020 11:45:00 AM

    What is Time Management?

    Your most precious and limited resource is time. Learning effective time management is a valuable skill in and out of the workplace. Time management is essentially the way that you manage your time in business, life, and other aspects of your day today. If you’re busy or have a job where you fulfill a lot of different roles, time management might even be a more significant part of your life than you know it. We are all busy, but finding ways to improve your time management is important for your business and well-being. There are lots of reasons to improve your time management skills and methods that your business will significantly benefit from doing so.

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    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

    New Product From Austin Hardware®: The Ceiling IV Hanger for EMS Vehicles

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Jul 8, 2020 5:20:46 PM



    EMT’s and ambulance personnel are under tremendous pressure. They have to concentrate and react quickly to care for their patients, and they have to do it while trying to stay on their feet in a fast-moving vehicle.

    IV Bag Holder - Video 1


    A critical moment for EMT’s is when they need to change out IV bags. Most IV hangers used in ambulances today require the EMT to use two hands to thread the bag onto the hanger. The process of identifying the hanger then trying to quickly thread the bag onto a stiff clasp can rob them of critical seconds. Moreover, with no extra hand available to provide balance, they’re exposed to injuring themselves, coworkers, or even the patient in the event of a quick turn or sudden stop.

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    Topics: Innovative Solutions, Essential EMT

    Prototyping your Next Product with Austin Guaranteed Engineered Solutions™

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Jul 7, 2020 11:30:00 AM

    At Austin Hardware®, we are your source for research and development, design, manufacturing, and more. We have extensive custom engineering capabilities and pride ourselves on providing some of the best engineering solutions across the industry.

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    Topics: Austin Engineered Solutions™

    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