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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

    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

    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

    Cables vs. Rods, Which is the Right Choice for Your Application?

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Apr 24, 2020 12:51:09 PM

    The two primary linkage options available for your multi-point latches are Rods and CablesEach offers a different set of advantages and disadvantages. 

    If you're debating which is right for your application, here's a breakdown of our findings. 

    Rods are more common in multi-point latch applications for several reasons, but primarily because of their durability. They are generally stronger and more durable than cables. Financially, while the cost of the raw materials for rods and cables is very close, rods tend to be more economical than a complete cable system. Cables systems require more components for assembly, thus making them more complex and costly to use. Many companies will form rods on their ownwhich also can help to keep costs down. 

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

    Practical Solutions: Austin Hardware®’s Flexi-Vent  

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Apr 13, 2020 11:00:00 AM


    It’s no secret that Austin Hardware® is in the business of offering solutions for your business, by creating custom-engineered products that are designed to be innovative, intuitive and perfect for a variety of industries. Through our quest to create innovative products, we were able to create the Flexi-Vent, Flexible Mounting Cowl Vent as a strong competitor in today’s market. We listened to our customers' needs about creating an innovative design that was practical as it was original. With the flexible cowl vent, we solved three major problems seen on the market and was able to provide a solution for a variety of applications and industries. Ready to learn more? Keep Reading below.

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    Topics: Innovative Solutions

    An Overview of Austin Hardware's Complete Line of Drawer Release Systems.  

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Apr 6, 2020 12:06:38 PM

    When it comes to Drawer Release Systems, there are a variety of ways you can incorporate them into your work truck, utility vehicle, or emergency vehicle. Drawer release systems are a great way to organize tools, emergency equipment, safety supplies, and more while keeping everything safely stored while the vehicle is in motion. These are just a few of the ways that you can use our products, but the possibilities are endless. There are many different types of drawer release systems and methods to be custom-fitted or designed for your specific needs.

    At Austin Hardware®, we have three different drawer release systems that are all designed with quality, performance, and strength in mind.  Each varies slightly for the different needs of our end users.  
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    Topics: Austin Engineered Solutions™, Products (General), Innovative Solutions

    LifeDefender™ Sets the Top Safety Standards With Innovative Designs.

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Dec 18, 2019 11:04:00 AM

    When it comes to safety, LifeDefender™ not only meets the industry standards, we helped to establish them. From our beginnings, we worked with a select group of emergency vehicle and ambulance manufacturers to set the toughest safety standards as well as design products that meet these standards. Our rigorous safety standards keep occupants inside emergency vehicles safe during transport. Austin Hardware's LifeDefender™ Cabinet Security Frames have been designed to provide a solution to meet the *SAE, CAAS GVS & NFPA safety standards. In addition to meeting strict safety standards, our frames are crash tested to ensure that the vehicle occupants, ems workers, and patients are safe during transport and in case of an accident.  

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    Topics: Austin Engineered Solutions™, Innovative Solutions, ambulances, Essential EMT