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    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

    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 Austin Hardware® Sealants and Adhesives Blog Series: A Comprehensive Guide to Sealants and Adhesive Terminology

    Posted by David Plunkett on Nov 16, 2023 10:00:00 AM

    In the worlds of construction, manufacturing, and DIY projects, sealants and adhesives play an essential and pivotal role in ensuring structural integrity, preventing leaks, and bonding materials together. However, navigating the sea of sealant and adhesive terminology can be daunting. Understanding the terminology related to sealants and adhesives is essential for making informed decisions. To help you through the process, we have provided a comprehensive guide to some of this field’s most common terms and concepts.

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

    Join Austin Hardware® and ECK® expert Rich Nay for an insightful Q&A interview.

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Nov 9, 2023 1:32:06 PM


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    Topics: Austin Engineered Solutions™, Blog, eck

    Looking for a unique solution that stops the corrosion of metals in its tracks? Discover our patented formula, ECK by Austin Hardware®.

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Jun 2, 2023 9:45:00 AM

    When two different types of metals are joined together, a process called ELECTROLYSIS can occur. Also known as galvanic corrosion, electrolysis happens when two dissimilar metals are directly connected, causing the lesser of the two metals to corrode. For the process to occur, the two metals must also come into contact with a conductive electrolyte. Ultimately, this can result in damage to the joint, causing the metals to fail.

     Several factors contribute to electrolysis when joining dissimilar metals, including differences in electrical potential, composition, and exposure to moisture or other corrosive substances. Let's take a closer look at each of these factors and how they can impact the durability of the joint.

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    Topics: Austin Engineered Solutions™, eck

    An Explanation of Common Gas Springs: How Do They Work?

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on May 15, 2023 11:30:00 AM

    An Explanation of Common Gas Springs:  How Do They Work?

    Gas springs, also known as gas struts or gas lift supports, use compressed gas to provide smooth and controlled motion of lids, hatches, flaps, and more in many applications. Common examples include automotive hoods, furniture, medical equipment, and industrial machinery. 

    They work on the principle of the ideal gas law, which states that the pressure of a gas is directly proportional to its temperature and the number of molecules present in the container. 

    A typical gas spring consists of a piston rod and a cylinder filled with pressurized gas, usually nitrogen. When the gas spring is extended, the gas pressure inside the cylinder pushes the piston rod out. Conversely, when the gas spring is compressed, the gas pressure inside the cylinder decreases, allowing the piston rod to retract.

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    Topics: Austin Engineered Solutions™, Products (General), Genesis™

    A List of the Top Five Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your Vehicle.

    Posted by Allison Burns on Nov 30, 2022 10:30:00 AM

    Whether you're going off-road, off the grid, or off to work, you want to be sure your vehicle has the right gear for the day's adventure. We know how important it is to have a reliable, safe ride and one well-equipped for the day's journey- whatever that may be. You work hard, and your truck should work equally as hard for you.

    With the costs of fuel and products rising – you want to be sure your truck is in it for the long haul. Protecting your vehicle with the right products not only preserves the life of your truck but it gives you peace of mind. There are several easy ways to ensure your truck is in top shape. Most manufacturers have a recommended list of maintenance items at mileage intervals to help make sure your vehicle is working correctly and has a long life span.

    One of the best ways to take care of your vehicle is to stay up to date on routine maintenance – Staying up to date on recommended factory maintenance is crucial to the longevity of your vehicle. A preventative maintenance schedule keeps you from dealing with costly repairs down the line.

    A simple maintenance checklist will help you stay on track for repairs and maintenance for commercial vehicles, trucks, and vans, or your adventure vehicle or pickup truck. Below is a list of five easy things you can do to take care of your vehicle.

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    Topics: Austin Hardware® News, Austin Engineered Solutions™, trucks, work trucks

    Exciting Partnership: Austin Hardware x GorillaPro® Professional Grade Solutions.

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Nov 17, 2022 10:00:00 AM


    Austin Hardware® is a proud partner with H.B. Fuller and GorillaPro® Professional Grade products. Since 1960, Austin Hardware® has worked hard to secure hard-working solutions for the many different industries we serve. 

    We are excited about this new product offering from one of our most trusted partnerships. Read More below to see what GorillaPro® has to say about their products and how Austin Hardware can help provide the right solution for your industry!

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    Topics: Austin Hardware® News, Austin Engineered Solutions™, gorillapro

    Engineering Methodology for Product Improvement

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Nov 10, 2022 1:01:15 PM

    We're always looking for ways to improve our lives through the products we use. We seek products that make tasks easy, work better and faster, last longer, cost less, feel good to use, and make us feel good.

    In business, manufacturers look to add components to their end products that improve their customers' lives and solve problems, adding value and giving them a competitive advantage. But that search can be complicated as many affordable, readily available components are highly commoditized, making those unique, differentiating products a challenge to find.

    The answer could lie in the design of custom components that can solve your unique problem, help your end product stand out, and give you a competitive advantage. 

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    Topics: Austin Engineered Solutions™, Innovative Solutions, Trailers, Blog

    Austin Hardware's OEM and Custom Engineering Solutions for Your Business.

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Jun 2, 2022 9:30:00 AM


    Since 1960 (that's over sixty years!), we've worked hard to develop solutions for the many different industries we serve. What started as a small, family-owned business has grown into the business you see today, with 9 locations serving the U.S. and Canada. Today, Austin Hardware® is the go-to specialty hardware supplier of choice for top companies across dozens of industries. 

    Our dedication to quality and customer service goes a long way. We are MORE than just a supplier. We offer a variety of ways to serve your business besides specialty hardware. Not only can we function as your supplier for hardware solutions, but we have also become a trusted source for many OEMs for custom-engineered products. Keep reading to learn more... 

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    Topics: Austin Engineered Solutions™