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    National Safety Month Tips – Workplace Safety Starts with Commitment and the Right Equipment.

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Jun 11, 2024 10:30:00 AM

    National Safety Month Tips – Workplace Safety Starts with Commitment and the Right Equipment

    Keeping our employees safe is a primary objective here at Austin Hardware, as we expect it to be with many companies. In recognition of June as National Safety Month, we will share some educational content to help you keep your employees safe.

    Safety in the workplace starts with a commitment. That commitment must come from both leadership (management) and employees. Management should demonstrate its commitment to safety through its actions, allocating resources to safety training and equipment and encouraging employees to report potential safety issues without fear of reprisal.

    Subsequently, employees need to show commitment through involvement. This includes forming committees to identify safety issues, volunteering for training, and helping to develop solutions.

    Emergency preparedness requires planning, training, and practice. Companies need to identify potential risks, invest in training, create a communication plan, and practice their plan through regular drills such as fire drills.

    Essential Products to Help Your Employees Stay Safe on the Job

    Equipment is a major part of a management team’s commitment to providing a safe working environment for employees. Here is a partial list of common items needed for a safe manufacturing environment.

    • - Anti-Slip Tape: Commercial grade, high-grit safety tapes for high traction that meet Prop 65, ADA, and OSHA standards.
    • - Back-Up Alarms: To notify passersby when a vehicle is moving in reverse.
    • - Conspicuity Tapes: Reflective conspicuity tapes for better nighttime visibility of your vehicle.
    • - Emergency Reflector Kits: To keep your drivers safe in the event of a vehicle breakdown.
    • - Fatigue-Reducing Floor Mat: A fatigue–reducing floor mat can relieve pressure on the knees and backs of your employees who stand for extended periods.
    • - Fire Extinguishers
    • - Safety Clothing: Gloves, hard hats, safety glasses, earplugs, and more to protect the personal safety of your employees.
    • - Ventilators: To condition the air and keep air quality safe in vehicles for drivers in every condition.

    Our Paint Shop Catalog contains many of our Safety products and a full line of MRO consumables.

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    Topics: Austin Engineered Solutions™, inventory management, Essential EMT, Safe Assist

    3 Easy Steps to Installing a Removable Panel

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Jun 6, 2024 12:37:21 PM

    Fabricators that work with removable panels need an efficient and reliable way to install them. However, the processes and hardware used significantly impact the end product. This post explains how to install a removable panel and select the proper hardware.

    Removable panels are used widely across many industries, including signage, marine, interior design, and public transportation. While these industries have unique application requirements, they do have one thing in common: By design, removable panels will be attached and reattached dozens or even hundreds of times. So, before you begin the installation, it’s crucial to identify hardware and mounting methods that are strong and durable enough to handle repeated installation.

    Step #1: Select Your Hardware

    When most people think of removable panels, the first thing that comes to mind is the panels themselves. But the signature feature of removable panels – the ability to remove them – comes from what you don’t see: the hardware.

    The success of a removable panel relies heavily on the strength and quality of the fastening system. So, before you begin installation, it’s worth taking the time to understand the hardware that makes it all possible.

    Plastic fasteners are most commonly used to mount removable panels. Their low price and availability have made them the go-to for this installation. However, several problems might occur with plastic fasteners. They offer low durability and will fatigue after prolonged use. Their longevity depends on the specific product, but as a rule, plastic fasteners will degrade, warp, or break after repeated removal of the panel. When this happens, the panels will be difficult to remove or reattach, and there’s a good chance all of the hardware will have to be replaced.

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    Topics: Innovative Solutions, fasteners, rv

    New Products to Protect the Health and Safety of Emergency Services Employees and their Patients

    Posted by Austin Hardware on May 28, 2024 10:30:00 AM

    The biggest challenges facing the EMS industry include staffing (finding the next generation of employees and retaining existing employees) and reducing stress. A 2023 EMS Trend Survey of more than 3,100 paramedics, EMTs, and EMS leaders has shed more light on these topics that are most concerning to emergency service professionals.

    The survey shows that EMS managers must prioritize their employees' mental and physical health and safety due to chronic understaffing and the demanding nature of the job, which are having a more significant impact than ever before.

    While the nature of the job will always create a stressful environment, managers need to look for small ways to reduce their employees' physical and mental stress. Improving how these critical care providers go about their day and finding logistical improvements can help. In turn, this will help to address the industry’s retention challenge along with leading to better patient outcomes.

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    Topics: Austin Engineered Solutions™, Essential EMT, ems solutions

    Guidelines for Selecting Paints, Coatings, Sealants, and Adhesives in Manufacturing Processes.

    Posted by Austin Hardware on May 23, 2024 10:30:00 AM


    Looking for guidelines for selecting paints, coatings, sealants, and adhesives in manufacturing processes?

    Paints, coatings, sealants, and adhesives are often overlooked but critical components of many manufacturing processes. These products provide protection, aesthetics, and functionality.

    Deciding which materials are appropriate for your application is vital to ensuring the quality and durability of your product while also complying with industry standards.

    Original equipment manufacturers in every industry, from builders of truck bodies, trailers, and emergency and specialty vehicles, to industrial equipment, require chemical products such as sealants, adhesives, paints, and much more.

    At Austin Hardware®, we offer these markets a wide selection and variety of options from leading brands. To help you make informed decisions, we've put together a FREE guide that outlines major considerations for chemical products.


    In this white paper, we’ll discuss four major considerations for manufacturers when choosing paints, coatings, sealants, and adhesives.
    • They include:
    - Application Requirements
    - Regulatory Requirements
    - Performance Characteristics
    - Supplier Reputation and Support

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    Topics: Case Studies, adhesives,sealants,chemicals

    Important Safety Tips to Prepare Your Business for Severe Weather Emergencies.

    Posted by Austin Hardware on May 7, 2024 10:00:00 AM

    OSHA requirement 1910.38 lays out a business’s obligations regarding emergency action plans. These plans must be in place to protect employees, including preparing for severe weather.

    Every plan needs to be customized to suit an individual business's specific needs and circumstances. However, here is a general overview of what you may need to consider when developing a plan for your business.

    One of the first things every business should do is form an emergency response team to be responsible for developing and implementing the company’s emergency action plan (EAP).

    Once established, this team should assess the risk of different severe weather events that are likely to apply to your business’s location. Specifically, an evaluation of the level of vulnerability to various types of weather hazards, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and blizzards.

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    Topics: Austin Hardware® News

    EPA Finalizes Ban on use of Methylene Chloride

    Posted by Austin Hardware on May 1, 2024 10:16:41 AM

    On April 30, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a ban on most uses of methylene chloride. The chemical has been found to cause various forms of cancer, including cancers of the liver, lungs, brain, and blood.

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    Topics: Austin Engineered Solutions™, adhesives,sealants,chemicals

    Your Complete Guide to Buying Blind Rivets

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Apr 25, 2024 1:04:02 PM

    Blind rivets have several advantages over other permanently installed fasteners, such as solid or semi-tubular rivets, clinch fasteners, and traditional nuts and bolts. Because they can be installed from one side of the application, their use is paramount when the back side of an application is limited or non-existent. This also makes them more cost-efficient and versatile than other types of fasteners.

    The Basic Elements of Blind Rivets


    There are four basic elements to a blind rivet:

    1. 1.  Material
    2. 2. Diameter
    3. 3. Grip Range
    4. 4. Head Style

    Blind rivets are available in a wide range of materials, diameters, grip ranges, and head styles, allowing them to be used in a wide array of applications. We will explore these elements further and discuss their significance in maximizing joint integrity.


    While most common blind rivets are available in aluminum, steel, and stainless steel, they are also available in copper, brass, and plastic. These softer rivets have become more common with the increased use of composite materials.

    A good rule of thumb when selecting a blind rivet is to use the same material rivet as the substrate into which it is being installed. If you are riveting sheets of steel together, use a steel rivet. The same goes for aluminum and stainless steel. This is important because, depending on the environment, using dissimilar metals may result in galvanic corrosion. In cases where this rule cannot be followed, consider using Eck Complete Corrosion Control, which you can learn more about HERE.

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    Topics: Vendor Managed Inventory, Austin Hardware® News, fasteners, Blind Rivets

    6 Reasons Sign and Display Manufacturers Should Use Sealants and Adhesives.

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Apr 24, 2024 10:00:00 AM

    Adhesives and sealants are indispensable in sign and display manufacturing for their bonding, sealing, and finishing capabilities, which contribute to the final products' structural integrity, aesthetic appeal, and durability.

    Here are 6 reasons why Sign/Display manufacturers should use sealants and adhesives.

    1. 1. Efficiency - When used to mount signs onto surfaces such as walls, windows, or vehicles, adhesives provide a reliable and permanent attachment method without the need for drilling or mechanical fasteners, which can damage the substrate or require additional finishing work.


    1. 2. Prolonged Life - Often exposed to outdoor elements such as sunlight, rain, and temperature fluctuations, sign and display manufacturers benefit from the weather-resistant properties of sealants and adhesives. They help maintain the sign’s structural integrity, prevent deterioration, and prolong its lifespan. Another important benefit is sealing edges and gaps to protect against moisture, dirt, and other environmental contaminants. This also improves longevity while enhancing the finished product’s appearance.


    1. 3. Design Flexibility - Adhesives allow for greater design flexibility by bonding dissimilar materials, including metals, plastics, glass, and composites, as well as complex shapes. This flexibility creates opportunities for innovative and unique designs that conventional fastening methods may not facilitate.
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    Topics: Austin Engineered Solutions™, adhesives,sealants,chemicals

    The Importance of High-Quality Adhesive Dispense Applicators.

    Posted by David Plunkett on Apr 9, 2024 10:00:00 AM

    High-quality adhesive dispense applicators are indispensable tools. They are crucial in ensuring precise and controlled adhesive application efficiency and compliance with safety regulations, leading to high customer satisfaction.

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    Topics: adhesives, adhesives,sealants,chemicals, 4TH GEN

    Commercial Van Ventilation and Why Air Conditioning Isn’t Enough

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Apr 3, 2024 10:00:00 AM

    Rotary ventilators are widely used in large fleets of commercial vans. They’re generally specified for three reasons:

    The first is to extract fumes or stale air from vans for driver and passenger comfort, health, and safety. This applies especially to vans carrying gas cylinders, inflammable liquids, chemicals, or other potentially harmful volatile substances.

    Another is to minimize condensation within vehicles. Cooled air inside a vehicle mixed with warmer, humid external air or vice versa can result in severe condensation, poor visibility, mold growth, and musty smells. Vehicles are especially prone to condensation:

    At the start of a workday
    When making frequent stops
    That are frequently stationary
    That store wet equipment inside

    Adequate ventilation significantly reduces the damage to equipment and goods inside the vehicle and the deterioration of the vehicle’s interior through water build-up and mold growth.

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    Topics: trucks, work trucks