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    Your Complete Guide to Fastener Nuts, A New Austin Hardware® Two-Part Blog Series, Pt.2.

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Sep 13, 2021 10:00:00 AM

    In a previous post, we discussed many of the different types of standard fastening nuts. In this edition, we’ll talk about locknuts. The major difference between standard nuts and locknuts is standard nuts consist simply of a threaded hole, while locknuts are designed to prevent loosening when exposed to vibration. As with standard nuts, there are many different variations of locknuts from which to choose. We’ll take a look at some of the more popular locknuts here. 

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    Topics: Products (General), fasteners, Blog

    The Austin Hardware® Guide to Blind Rivets, Part Four

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on May 18, 2021 10:00:00 AM

    This is Part 4 of a 4-part series on Blind Rivets

    In the first three parts of our series on blind rivets, we discussed the history of blind rivets; the most important factors to maximize joint integrity (grip range, hole size, material, and installation tooling); rivet selection (material, diameter, grip range, head style), and the most common types of blind rivets (drive-pin and break-stem; open-end, closed-end, self-plugging). To review any of those posts, please click on any of these links.

    In this final installation, we’ll break down some other variations of blind rivets. There are many different styles of blind rivets for specific applications, including different types of structural blind rivets.

    Structural blind rivets are required for applications requiring higher load and vibration tolerances. They have higher shear and pull-out strength than standard blind rivets. Many offer a wide grip range, while most have exceptional clamping force. While they’re not quite a replacement for a blind bolt, such as the Huck BOM, or heavy hex bolt, they are a great option when a standard blind rivet just won’t suffice.

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    Topics: Products (General), fasteners

    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

    The Austin Hardware® Fasteners Series Blogs: All About Clinch Fasteners

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Jun 18, 2020 11:30:00 AM

    Clinch or 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.

    Self-clinching fasteners are found in household appliances, electronics, medical equipment, telecom equipment, automotive and transportation markets, and many other industrial applications.

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    Topics: Products (General), fasteners

    The Top Three Ways to Use Handles For Your Next DIY Home Project.

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Jun 16, 2020 11:30:00 AM

    When it comes to DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects, you probably have a lot of questions about how to source the right products, and how you are going to execute your visions in real life. At Austin Hardware®, we are in the business of securing and providing solutions for our many different types of customers, including those who are DIY enthusiasts or home repair beginners. When it comes to finding the right hardware for your next project, you want to know you are sourcing quality, reliable goods for your business. Also, you want to know that the strength rating, materials, and design are the right choice for your project. Here are three of the biggest ways to use handles or other hardware for your next home repair or DIY project. 

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    Topics: Latches, Products (General)

    New Solutions For Critical Industries: The B Lift From Austin Hardware®

    Posted by Austin Hardware on Apr 28, 2020 11:33:00 AM

     

    Austin Hardware® is a leading supplier for critical industries including life-saving devices for ambulances, ems, and other emergency vehicles. We are proud to offer the B Lift hydraulic bariatric power lift as part of our complete line of solutions for life-saving industries. We truly believe that this is a beneficial and innovative product, that will save lives, and make the jobs of our important first responders easier, and more efficient. Not only does our product provide safety solutions, but it is also durable, strength tested, and made in the U.S. with quality parts and craftsmanship. The average EMS response time is 14-16 minutes, meaning that each minute is crucial, we aim to maximize the time that emergency medical technicians can focus on response time while providing a safe way to accomplish that. Providing quicker response times for emergency medical care, as well as enhancing patient care is important to providing the best solutions for safety. 

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    Topics: Products (General), ambulances, b-lift, Essential EMT

    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

    How to Choose the Right Handles for Your Truck Body.

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Apr 7, 2020 11:30:00 AM

    There are many different types of truck bodies. To name a few, there are:  

    • Utility/Service Truck Bodies and Vans 
    • Panel Top/Canopy Body 
    • Crane Body – designed to support cranes for heavy lifting on a job site 
    • Custom Body 
    • Dump Body 
    • Platform Body 
    • Stake Body 
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    Topics: Latches, Products (General)

    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

    How to Know Which Type of Handle is Right for Your Recreational Vehicle.

    Posted by Rob Dell'Elmo on Mar 23, 2020 11:30:00 AM

    Whether it’s a Class A motor home, an ice-fishing trailer, or a pop-up camper, the RV you’re driving sports a variety of different types of handles, both inside and outside the vehicle.

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    Topics: Products (General)