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Southco – Introducing Counterbalance Hinge

Introducing Counterbalance Hinge

Safety stands out as a concern whether you’re working with any kind of commercial container or industrial equipment. When you lift the hinged lift off a compartment, you can’t risk it dropping down on your hands or head. Southco’s CounterBalance Modular Torsion Spring System addresses this issue when it assists in lifting force with positional stability. You still get the full range of motion during opening and closing, which makes operations safer and more reliable.

The CounterBalance Hinge minimizes the effort needed to raise and lower lids, doors, covers, and electromechanical equipment, and to keep them supported. It consists of the following components:

  • Cam Assembly controls the motion of the lid or door by managing how spring energy is released.
  • Counterbalance Torque Engine consists of the Cam Follower Arm that transfers the spring energy from the torsion rods to the cam assembly and the Internal Torsion Toads that twist to specific angles to counteract the weight of the lid or door.
  • Internal Torsion Rods twist (pre-load) to specific angles, counteracting the weight of the lid or door.
  • Anchor Mount joins the torque engine to the base of the unit.

When the lid or door moves, these parts work together to neutralize the weight of the lid by managing mechanical energy from the torsion spring and cams. You gain precise control as the spring technology counteracts downward force.

The Counterbalance Hinge is often used in the following applications:

  • Lab equipment
  • Architectural doors and panels
  • Cooking and food processing equipment
  • Military and armored vehicles
  • Gaming machines and kiosks

It enhances your work tasks by reducing lifting effort to almost nothing and can repeat its process up to 100,000 cycles. This technology is virtually maintenance-free because it requires no power source and resists temperatures from -37–107°C (-98-224°F).

Need more information about Southco Counterbalance Hinges? Contact us today at

November 27, 2020
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How You Can Improve Your Lightweight Products with MultiMaterial-Welding

All About MM-Welding

Transforming new ideas into real products takes knowledgeable skills, good materials, and, above all, the right tools to bring those ideas to fruition. While traditional bolting, welding, and riveting techniques offer proven results, the growing use of modern lightweight materials dictates a different approach with consideration towards product quality and production costs.

MM-Welding™ technology offers an innovative approach to fastening requirements for lightweight and multi-material designs. Using a combination of ultrasonic energy and thermoplastic elements, MM-Welding™ forms a friction-locked and form-fit bond in a variety of materials, from porous and sandwich materials to sheet metal structures, compression-molded components, and injection-molded parts.

Real-time production quality control is also made possible using MM-Welding™ SmartSolutions software. By harnessing the power of artificial intelligence and big data, SmartSolutions provides meaningful insight into the production chain. Cutting-edge simulation and development tools remove destructive testing from the equation.

Benefits of MM-Welding

MM-Welding™ technology offers a multitude of benefits for the modern production environment:

•    Faster than conventional fastening methods
•    Offers higher mechanical strength over conventional solutions
•    Eliminates gluing and pre-drilling from the production process
•    Provides greater flexibility and shape diversity
•    Offers integration into functional parts

MM-Welding™ allows for complete automation and simplification of the assembly system, resulting in faster and more economical production processes. With MM-Welding™ technology, you’ll see cost savings along the entire production chain.

MM-Welding Solutions

At the cornerstone of MM-Welding™ are the various forms used to join lightweight materials together. With a broad portfolio of innovative fastening solutions, MM-Welding™ can meet a vast range of fastening challenges.

•    LiteWWeight™ Pin – For sandwich materials
•    LiteWWeight™ Lotus – For non-woven materials
•    InWWerse™ Disc – Joining of non-compatible polymer parts
•    LiteWWeight™ Double Pin – For sandwich structures
•    LiteWWeight™ zEPP – For joining expanded polypropylene (EPP) foam parts

For more information on how you can leverage MM-Welding™ technology for your production processes, email us at

November 20, 2020
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Threaded Inserts and Their Uses

Threaded Inserts and Their Uses

Choosing the right fastener for the job plays a crucial role in how the final product turns out. When an application involves joining materials that are too soft or too thin, directly accepting self-tapping screws or bolts will cause damage to the base material. In this situation, threaded inserts make joining those materials possible. Once this type of fastener is installed, the internal threads of the insert are available to support screws, bolts, and other fasteners with male threading.

Threaded inserts aren’t just useful for workpieces made from soft or thin materials. These inserts are often used to replace existing threaded holes that have been stripped or are otherwise no longer suitable for securely holding threaded fasteners. Compared with self-tapping screws, screws and bolts with threaded inserts can handle higher axial and radial loads.

Threaded inserts were initially developed for the aerospace and aviation industries, where their main purpose was to secure deicers to airplane wings. Today, threaded inserts are used in a wide variety of industries and applications. For instance, wellnut threaded inserts are commonly used in the automotive industry to secure plastic and metal body parts. These inserts feature rubber flanges ideal for vibration reduction and creating a watertight seal.

You will also find threaded inserts made from corrosion-resistant materials such as brass and coated steel throughout the boatbuilding industry, mainly to secure boat hulls and trim to wooden and fiberglass bodies. Household appliances also rely on threaded inserts to keep circuit board controls and plastic covers in place. Threaded inserts are also commonly chosen for their durability, making them ideal for use in green energy construction applications. Outdoor solar panels and windmills rely on threaded inserts for their high strength and ease of installation.

The experts at Bossard are more than happy to discuss threaded inserts in greater detail. Contact us to find the right fasteners for your application at

November 13, 2020
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All About Converting Metric and Inch Fasteners

Converting metric and inch fasteners

Diversity in the fastener world isn’t just limited to hardware purposes. Fasteners also come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. For global manufacturers, location can mean the difference between using inch and metric measurements for fasteners and other components.

Inch fasteners are most used in the United States and Canada with their sizes and thread pitches denoted in fractional inches. This crucial difference in standards can pose a significant roadblock for manufacturers interested in entering global markets, given that metric fasteners are the de facto standard throughout the rest of the world. 

Many companies that are used to designing with inch fasteners may be reluctant to switch over to metric hardware, mainly for cost and productivity reasons. However, those planning to expand into global markets must eventually come to grips with metric fasteners. For traditional inch fastener users, the relatively simplified methods of measurement make it easy to get the hang of metric hardware.

Even among metric users, different standards can easily complicate the process of converting from one unit of measurement to another. These metric standards, including ANSI, DIN, CEN, and JIS, are like one another in many respects, but they are not entirely interchangeable. However, unified standards such as ISO 9000 are quickly gaining adoption among metric users.

Fortunately, our metric ↔ inch fasteners converter helps take much of the guesswork out of the conversion process. Our converter lets you verify your calculations, providing you with the best proposals while showcasing the differences in a clear and easy-to-understand form. At Bossard, we understand the work that goes into ensuring accuracy and flexibility when it comes to measurement conversion.

Visit our website and discover our online calculators for various applications. To learn more about our line of metric and inch fasteners, get in touch with us today at

November 06, 2020
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Rivets and Their Uses & Applications

Rivets and Their Uses

Of all the fastening solutions we offer at Bossard, rivets are the ones that have proven the most versatile. Rivets were used widely throughout the ages as a cost-effective and durable method of fastening. Even today, rivets are still the preferred option for applications that demand permanent assembly. Rivets are particularly capable of handling shear loads, but they can also support tension loads.

Rivets come in a surprising array of different types and designs for a broad spectrum of applications. Take blind rivets, for example. Also called “pop rivets” by many, blind rivets feature a mandrel that draws the blind end of the rivet inward. A device known as a riveter pulls the mandrel with internal jaws, while the riveter’s nosepiece pushes on the head of the rivet, causing the hollow shaft to deform and expand into the workpiece. The mandrel snaps off after the blind rivet is firmly secured into position. This feature differs from solid rivets that require a hammer and anvil[KT1] to flatten and expand the completely solid shaft.

Unlike traditional threaded fasteners, assemblers can install blind rivets without needing access to the back of the workpiece. Blind rivets are also used in high-strength applications, with one-piece lock bolt solutions offering similar shear and tensile strength to a comparably sized class 10.9 bolt.

The blind riveting process itself is usually 20% to 50% faster than torquing similar nuts and bolts, making them ideal for applications demanding high-speed installation. Rivet presenters and speed rivets can significantly reduce installation times, depending on the application.

Blind rivets excel in applications that require plastic-to-plastic or plastic-to-metal attachment. Using blind rivets with large rear bearing surfaces, assemblers can join thin sheet metals and weak or brittle plastics together without risking damage to any of the panels. You’ll also find rivets that feature rubber washers on the body or under the rivet head to stop water ingress in sealed applications.

Blind rivets are also ideal for assembly in applications where food safety is critical. Flush-breaking mandrels help blind rivets leave behind a completely flush surface[KT2] that prevents food or contaminants from gathering afterward, thereby meeting stringent NSF standards for cleanliness.

To learn more about how to use blind rivets, contact us today at

October 30, 2020
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How to Increase Manufacturing Efficiency with Bossard Expert Walk

How to Increase Manufacturing Efficiency with Bossard Expert Walk

Improvements in manufacturing efficiency are wherever you can find them, especially when your product relies on having the right kind of fasteners. A simple walk-through can reveal areas that are not only ripe for improvement, but also profitable to do so. This is where Bossard Expert Walk comes into play.

Based on Gemba walk, Walk-the-Line, and other industry-standard processes, Bossard Expert Walk gives you precise insight on what goes on in the manufacturing process while pinpointing areas for improvement.

Expert Walk begins with a walkthrough of your entire manufacturing process, conducted by one of our Bossard team members and accompanied by one or more front-line workers and engineers. Our Bossard representative performs an in-depth inspection of your assembly lines and workstations to optimize current processes and tools.

By optimizing fastener integration, Bossard Expert Walk brings increased productivity to the manufacturing process while offering quality improvements and a lower Total Cost of Ownership. Bossard offers three service packages that deliver varying levels of optimization:

•    Basic – Focused on Analysis, our experts perform an in-depth examination of the production line, verifying assembly processes and technology while estimating potential cost savings of any improvements based on Total Cost of Ownership
•    Advanced – In addition to performing basic services, our experts focus on Verification, verifying the potential for technical improvements while developing proposals for new and proven solutions. We’ll also provide a detailed technical report along with physical samples.
•    Superior – We build upon our basic and advanced services with Implementation, starting with an implementation plan that sets up the project team and priority goals. Our experts lead the implementation and R&D engineering during proposals, as well as on-site and off-site training.  Finding the right fastener solutions is just one part of making your manufacturing more efficient. Email us at and see for yourself how our Expert Walk can help deliver the results your company desires.

October 09, 2020
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9 Benefits of Bossard SmartLocker

9 Benefits of Bossard SmartLocker

At Bossard, we include several innovative solutions designed to make life in the production and manufacturing environments easier. SmartLocker is the latest in a long line of solutions aimed towards improving inventory management and fulfillment. Fully automated and controlled, SmartLocker lets you store your consumables and high-value items with confidence and efficiency. You’ll find plenty of benefits with SmartLocker:

  1. Full usage control per access
    SmartLocker’s weight sensors and advanced error-proof system ensure full-cycle control.
  2. Automated cost center allocation
    SmartLocker makes it easier to keep track of costs, resulting in reduced operating expenses and enhanced profitability.
  3. Reliable theft protection
    Items stored within the SmartLocker system are accessible only via RFID card recognition, thus providing an effective means of usage and access control. RFID-only access ensures that only authorized personnel are granted access to inventory within SmartLocker.
  4. Shortened order and delivery times
    SmartLocker’s inventory-tracking capabilities make it easier and faster to fulfill orders and replenish inventory.
  5. Easy to replenish as inventory repacking is not required
    SmartLocker uses state-of-the-art technology to make replenishing your inventory as effortless as possible.
  6. Clear doors for maximum visibility and accessibility
    SmartLocker showcases all stock via clear doors, making it easier to procure consumables quickly and without error.
  7. Increased efficiency
    Streamlined inventory methods like SmartLocker not only increase overall efficiency but also boost productivity.
  8. Complete process transparency
    SmartLocker regularly keeps you updated on inventory levels and user information through the ARIMS operation dashboard. Accessible via Web API, SmartLocker gives you the full picture when it comes to your inventory.
  9. Maintenance-free
    SmartLocker requires little to no maintenance – thereby eliminating both downtime and unexpected repair costs.

Bossard SmartLocker is just one of the ways we deliver Proven Productivity through smart product solutions and innovative technology. Email us at today and learn more about implementing SmartLocker or any of our other Smart Factory Logistics solutions in your factory.

October 02, 2020
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All About Total Cost of Ownership in Fastening (With Infographic!)

All About TCO in Fastening

At Bossard, every solution we create is designed to reduce costs. One crucial area that’s ripe for cost reduction is the total cost of ownership (TCO) in fastening. To better understand the TCO model, it’s helpful to understand how those costs come into play.

The Rule of 15-85

TCO Infographic

The rule of 15-85 is relatively easy to understand and even easier to visualize with the help of a simple infographic. In most cases, the fastener itself makes up just 15 percent of the total cost of ownership. These are the costs that are most visible in the fastening ecosystem.

However, the remaining 85 percent of the costs are hidden beneath the surface, hence the “iceberg” model. These costs include the development, design, and procurement of fastening solutions, along with their logistics and handling, ordering, storage, quality assurance, and assembly. 

These aspects make up most fastener costs. However, experience has shown that these costs, mainly in areas of logistics and engineering, can be reduced by 50 percent or more.

A Solution at Every Step   

At Bossard, we recognize the importance of reducing costs and increasing productivity at every phase. Our solutions tackle each step in the process, delivering enhanced value while reducing risk and increasing your ability to meet and surpass the competition. Those steps start at our warehouses, where we offer a selection of over 1,000,000 screws, nuts, rivets, washers, and other fasteners for a multitude of applications. 

•    Development and design – Bossard Expert Design provides support during the early stages of product design.
•    Procurement – Streamline your supplier base with our expert procurement services.
•    Logistics and handling –
Smart Factory Logistics makes your supply chain performance leaner and smarter.
•    Ordering and storage – With
ARIMS, our interactive supply chain platform, you’re in complete control of material flow, backed by intelligent analytics.
•    Quality assurance – Our engineering facilities boast the latest in modern measuring and testing, ensuring a quality product and reduced risks.
•    Pre-assembly and assembly – Bossard
Assembly Technology Expert services can help boost competitiveness by finding the right fastening solutions for your needs.

Want to learn more about total cost of ownership in fastening and how our solutions can help you reduce costs and save time? Email us at

September 25, 2020
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How Bossard Adds Value Beyond Fastener Distribution

An industrial rooftop

There are plenty of things that make the world go round, but it’s screws, nuts, and bolts that hold it all together. What you typically see on a day-to-day basis are the fasteners that make many of the products you create and use possible. What you don’t see, however, is what we at Bossard call the hidden potential of fastening. Our goal is to add value to our product line by helping our customers surface this hidden potential – unleashing and boosting their productivity as the goal.

It’s About Proven Productivity

Bossard’s approach towards Proven Productivity starts by analyzing the production process, from sourcing, design, engineering, and logistics to handling, ordering, quality inspection, stocking, and assembly. To our customers, productivity can mean saving money and/or enabling a lean process by reducing production times. Productivity can also mean engineering smart fastener solutions with fewer parts for easier assembly and reduced inventory or mapping out value streams to enable faster product development and beat competitors to market.

Helping our customers realize Proven Productivity doesn’t just end there. Our contributions to achieving higher productivity also include:

  •  Boosting customer competitiveness. At Bossard, our goal is to help customers create better, faster, more efficient, and more cost-effective solutions that fit their needs while outperforming the competition.
    •   Meeting key challenges in supply chain management. Whether it’s inflation, increasing energy and labor costs, or global competition, these key challenges can add pressure to productivity.
    •    Reducing costs via the TCO concept in fastening. Our solutions aim to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) in fastening.
    •    Reaffirming our commitment to quality. The quality of a single screw can have a tremendous impact on more than just the intended application.
    •    Staying ahead of the competition. Bossard Next Generation gives customers a competitive edge via design and process optimization.

Interested in seeing how our value-added solutions can increase your productivity and competitiveness? Email us at to learn more.

September 19, 2020
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Hardness Measuring Techniques and Application to Fasteners and Hardware

Hardness is defined as a material’s resistance to an indentation or permanent deformation. Hardness measurement techniques started with the advent of the automotive industry and have since spread across a broad range of industries. Hardness measurement also plays an essential role in fastener and hardware manufacturing, as these components must be manufactured with deliverable quality consistency and resist a certain level of deformation and indentation. 

Numerous industries have come to rely on hardness measuring techniques as part of their manufacturing controls. When it comes to fasteners and similar hardware, hardness testing offers an economical and non-destructive means of ensuring product quality throughout the manufacturing process. Hardness testing is also more straightforward and convenient when compared to tensile tests. Despite these advantages, hardness measuring techniques are not a standalone methodology. Such tests must be complemented with other application-related tests to completely fulfill fastener and hardware testing requirements.

Hardness measurement and the subject of hardness itself is a mature technology. Francis Khoo from the Bossard Expert Team explores both in greater detail in our professional white paper. The white paper touches on earlier hardness testing methods as well as preparation for hardness testing, including six crucial points to ensure consistent results. The white paper also explores hardness measuring techniques as applied to a variety of different fastener types and other hardware requiring hardness control.

Although the white paper discusses hardness measuring techniques and the application to fasteners, it does not touch upon dynamic hardness or compatibility between hardness and tensile strength, nor does it deal with hardness concerning tempering processes.

Download our white paper to learn more about hardness measuring techniques and their application to fasteners. If you have further questions about the white paper or simply want to learn more about Bossard’s extensive product line, email us at today.

September 11, 2020
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