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A Closer Look at Austenitic Stainless Steel

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Fastener Materials: A Closer Look at Austenitic Stainless Steel

When picking the fastener for your next project, you are going to want to consider the material it is made of. Many of our options include steel fasteners. The main options you have for steel are Low Carbon Steel, Medium Carbon Steel, Alloy Steel, Stainless Steel, or Austenitic Stainless Steel.

Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel is an alloy that combines carbon grades with chromium and nickel. To be Stainless Steel, the alloy must contain at least 10.5% chromium. Austenitic is a type of Stainless Steel. Let’s take a closer look at Austenitic Stainless Steel.

Austenitic Stainless Steel
Austenitic stainless steel has a chromium content between 15% and 20% and a nickel content between 5% and 19% and offers a higher degree of corrosion resistance than the other two types of stainless. The tensile strength of austenitic stainless steel varies between 72,000 psi and 115,000 psi (500 MPa to 800 MPa). 18-8 stainless steel is a type of austenitic stainless that contains approximately 18% chromium and 8% nickel. This group includes AISI grades 302, 303, 304, 304L, and 316.

Consider using Austenitic Stainless Steel in projects that need corrosion resistance or projects that involve exposure to high heat. Do you still have questions about fastener materials? Contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com and we can set you up with the fastening solution that will fit just right.


December 23, 2016
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A Closer Look at Stainless Steel

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Fastener Materials: A Closer Look at Stainless Steel

Should I use Stainless Steel for fastening in my next project? That’s a good question. Fasteners come in a variety of materials and it is important to consider your project before you decide what material to use for it.

Many fastening options involve steel. The main options you have for steel are Low Carbon Steel, Medium Carbon Steel, Alloy Steel, Stainless Steel, or Austenitic Stainless Steel. Let’s take a closer look at Stainless Steel.

Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is made up of alloy steels that contain a minimum of 10.5% chromium content. The presence of chromium creates an invisible surface film that resists oxidation and makes the metal corrosion resistant. If the surface is damaged, it rebuilds itself in the presence of oxygen. It is important to understand the self-healing process because stainless steel used in a low oxygen surrounding is susceptible to aggressive influences if the protective surface layer becomes damaged.

Stainless steel is divided into three classes: Austenitic, Martensitic and Ferritic.

Stainless Steel fasteners are a good option when you need a fastener with high corrosion resistance because these fasteners will not easily deteriorate. If you have questions about Stainless Steel fasteners or need help in deciding on a fastener, contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com. Our experts can help you get the materials you need for a successful project.


December 16, 2016
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A Closer Look at Alloy Steel

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Fastener Materials: A Closer Look at Alloy Steel

There are a lot of fastener options out there. When picking the fastener for your next project, you are going to want to consider the material it is made of. Many of our options include steel fasteners. The main options you have for steel are Low Carbon Steel, Medium Carbon Steel, Alloy Steel, Stainless Steel, or Austenitic Stainless Steel.

Carbon Steel
Low Carbon Steel, Medium Carbon Steel and Alloy Steel are all types of Carbon Steel. They are separated into these three groups because the mechanical properties of these fasteners are based on the amount of carbon in the fastener.

The vast majority of fasteners that are manufactured use carbon steel. This is because it is inexpensive, but also because it has a broad range of strength capabilities. Let’s take a closer look at one type of Carbon Steel: Alloy Steel.

Alloy Steel
Alloy steel is carbon steel that contains additives such as boron, manganese, chromium, silicon, etc. Additions of these elements improve the capacity of alloys to be heat treated to a wide range of strength and ductility combinations. However, the higher the strength the great the risk of hydrogen embrittlement if plated.

Alloy steels have a tensile strength in excess of 150,000 psi (1034 MPa).

SAE Grade 8 (metric class 10.9, 12.9) fasteners are made from alloy steel with AISI grades 4137, 4140, 4340, and 5140 falling into this category.

Still have some questions about fastener materials? Contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com if you have questions. We are here to make sure your projects go smoothly!


December 09, 2016
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A Closer Look at Medium Carbon Steel

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Fastener Materials: A Closer Look at Medium Carbon Steel

What is the best material to use as a fastening solution for your next project? There are a lot of things to consider when asking yourself that question because you have a lot of options.

Many of our options include steel fasteners. The main options you have for steel are Low Carbon Steel, Medium Carbon Steel, Alloy Steel, Stainless Steel, or Austenitic Stainless Steel. Each of these materials have benefits and drawbacks and certain situations in which they perform best.

Carbon Steel
The vast majority of fasteners that are manufactured use carbon steel. This is because it is inexpensive, but also because it has a broad range of strength capabilities. The mechanical properties of these fasteners are based on the amount of carbon in the fastener; that is why these fasteners are classified into one of three groups: low carbon steel, medium carbon steel or alloy steel. Let’s take a closer look at Medium Carbon Steel.

Medium Carbon Steel
Medium carbon steel has a carbon content between 0.25% and 0.65%. It can be easily heat treated for added strength with very low risk of Hydrogen Embrittlement after plating. It has a tensile strength between 100,000 psi and 120,000 psi (690 MPa to 830 MPa).

SAE Grade 5 (metric class 8.8) is generally made from medium carbon steel with AISI grades 1038, 1040, 1045, 1541, 5132, and 5135 falling into this category.

If you still can’t decide what material you want to use for a fastener, contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com. If you have any questions about finding the right fastener for your project, reach out because we are here to help!


December 02, 2016
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A Closer Look at Low Carbon Steel

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Fastener Materials: A Closer Look at Low Carbon Steel

When taking the first step into finding fastening solutions, your biggest consideration will be what type of material will be required for the application. The main options you have for steel are Low Carbon Steel, Medium Carbon Steel, Alloy Steel, Stainless Steel, or Austenitic Stainless Steel. Performance of each type will be dictated by the requirements of the application.

Carbon Steel
Carbon Steel is inexpensive and it has a broad range of capabilities. That is why the majority of fasteners use carbon steel.

The mechanical properties of these fasteners are based on the amount of carbon in the fastener; that is why these fasteners are classified into one of three groups: low carbon steel, medium carbon steel or alloy steel. Let’s take a closer look at Low Carbon Steel.

Low Carbon Steel
Low carbon steel contains less than 0.25% carbon. It is very ductile, easily machined and can be welded. The low percentage of carbon lends itself to lower strength. Tensile strength typically will range from 60,000 psi to 80,000 psi (410 MPa to 550 MPa).

SAE Grade 2 (metric class 4.6, 4.8, 5.8) is usually made from low carbon steel with AISI grades 1006, 1010, 1016, 1018, 1022 and 1035.

Low Carbon Steel is a common material to use in fasteners. There are many advantages to using it. However, there are also other options for fastener materials. Deciding on the perfect fastener can be a challenge, but we’re here to help! Contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com if you have any questions about finding the right fastener for your project.


November 18, 2016
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Functionality and Uses of ecosyn®-fix

ecosyn®-fix functionality

You may have heard of the ecosyn®-fix screws and their reliability and efficiency. Now let’s dive a little deeper into their functionality.

ecosyn®-fix combines a screw, a helical spring and a flat washer all into one fastening solution. This allows for it to achieve increased functionality and have many different applications. For example, the large diameter of the integrated washer is beneficial because it helps compensate for large tolerances. The integrated washer also minimizes pre-load loss. The reason the wide, smooth bearing area is beneficial is because it reduces the risk of damage to surface components, and it minimizes potential for corrosion.

The ecosyn®-fix screw has many applications because of its increased functionality. Some specific uses of ecosyn®-fix screws include:

  • Railway vehicles (e.g. covers, fittings)
  • System and apparatus engineering
  • Electronics and electronic appliances
  • Household appliances
  • Vehicle construction
  • Body and sheet metal applications

The ecosyn®-fix screw is proven to be productive, but what does that really mean? It means this fastening solution works and works well. It also means it improves your productivity and competitiveness. The ecosyn®-fix screw functions the way you need it to and it saves you time and money.

If you have any further questions about the ecosyn®-fix screw contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com. The proof is in the productivity, but you have to start by trying the product.


November 11, 2016
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How Smart is Your Factory? Do you have the ARIMS system?

ARIMS system with Bossard

At Bossard, we work to make your factory and company better and smarter. We have a Smart Factory Logistics system that pulls a bunch of elements together to make your factory run as smoothly as possible. We work to get you the materials you need when you need them so you can make products faster.

Our Smart Factory Logistics methodology helps you be more productive. One big part of this approach is our ARIMS system. This system helps us help you gain complete control of your production process. The ARIMS software is the operation dashboard of Smart Factory Logistics.

ARIMS helps you track your orders, manage your stock levels and view your analytics. This software is the brain behind our SmartBin systems. As you may know, our SmartBin system automates ordering parts by measuring and managing your stock in real-time; the ARIMS system is what makes all this possible.

Important features of the ARIMS system include:

  • B2B ERP integration ready
  • Real time data
  • Personalized dashboard
  • Graphical analysis and reports
  • Mobile app for smart devices
  • Operation dashboard
  • Interactive program management
  • Last-mile operation dashboard

If you are looking to increase the productivity of your factory, look no further. With Bossard, Smart Factory Logistics and our ARIMS system provide you with increased productivity, and it’s proven in the results. Contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com to start the conversation about improving your factory.

November 04, 2016
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Get a Leaner Process by Having Less Friction

Tribology with Bossard

You are always working toward a leaner production. It will save you time and money. When looking for that leaner production, materials, friction, lubrication, and wear should be something you consider.

This is because when creating a fastening joint, there is going to be friction involved. That friction is simply the interaction between contact surfaces of two bodies. When thinking about friction, tribology is something that needs to be considered.

Tribology is the science and technology of surfaces affecting each other in relative motion.

Tribology covers subjects like friction and wear as well as lubrication. Lubrication is a necessary part of assembling a joint and connecting elements because it helps achieve a reliable and quality connection. Lubrication is also important because it can help prevent screw breaks which can lead to unscheduled shut-downs in assembly operations.

When lubricating, you have the option of fluid lubricants or dry coats. Tribological dry coatings are anti-friction coatings used instead of fluid lubricants. These dry coatings, such as Bossard ecosyn®-lubric, are used on screws, nuts and washers and they create a smooth film that optimizes the friction conditions by evening out irregularities.

When you are working on developing the best mechanical technologies, tribology is an important consideration. You will also want to inspect your products regularly to check for safety-related screw connections. You will also want to consider using tribological coatings to improve your process.


October 28, 2016
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Can a Certain Fastener Make Your Life Easier?

ecosyn®-fix screw from Bossard

ecosyn®-fix screws give you reliability and efficiency so you can save time for your many other tasks. ecosyn®-fix can save you assembly time and management costs as well as give you reliability in your application. Let’s take a deeper look at how ecosyn®-fix screws do this.

Cost Savings
The reason ecosyn®-fix screws are used worldwide is because they truly do save you money. These screws were built to decrease preparation times and create a faster assembly. This is achieved because the ecosyn®-fix screw is one fastener instead of many; ecosyn®-fix combines a screw, a helical spring and a flat washer all into one fastening solution. This allows you to save money on materials by reducing your bill of materials, and also save significant amounts of time, reducing labor costs.

Reliability
With the ecosyn®-fix screw, you also get increased reliability. Your products will be able to hold up better and they will truly be something you can count on. One of the key aspects of this increased reliability is the integrated washer. This washer is shake-proof and vibration-resistant because it’s already attached to the screw. Other advantages of the integrated washer include reduced risk of crevice corrosion, optimum bearing area to cover elongated and large through holes and joint relaxation is compensated.

We work to develop solutions to some of the toughest fastening problems. Sometimes the problems are less about the fastener itself and more about cost and time savings. With the ecosyn®-fix screw you get both cost and time savings with one easy-to-use product. This product can help you fill in the gaps in your project easily and efficiently.

Contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com if you have any questions about the ecosyn®-fix screw or any of our other fastening solutions. We work to make your life easier, so let us know what you think of our solutions.


October 14, 2016
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Bossard Online Calculators

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Bossard takes pride in living up to our “Proven Productivity” name, which is why we have made the design process even easier for you. It can be difficult to start a project when measurements aren’t all universal. Our calculators and converters are designed for engineers, technicians, designers and students involved in the development and assembly of bolted joint.

Here on our website, we have various free calculators and converters for you to take advantage of. There are even more if you create a username and password.

With our online converters, you can convert different units of measure to make your design process quick and easy. Check out our calculators on our website, Bossard.com, and be sure to download the Bossard Fastener Calculator in the App Store.

There are three calculators available to you through our website and app.

Cost Savings Calculator – You can calculate direct savings by reducing the number of different fasteners. Check out our blog on TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and Fastening to learn more about the costs that go into engineering and producing fasteners.

Torque and Preload Calculator – It’s important to know the parameters to successfully work with screws and bolts. The calculations are essential in assembly and joints.

Thread Engagement Length Calculator – The proper design for nuts and bolts is crucial for successful results. Use this calculator to for concise measurements for through hole and blind hole fasteners.

Explore Bossard.com and find calculators for design and production, technical design, and online converters.

Trying to get the proper measurements for an upcoming project? Contact us anytime at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com with questions and concerns—we have you covered. We want to make sure our customers have the best experience with our products and services. For frequent updates and useful information about Bossard, please subscribe to our blog.


October 07, 2016
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