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How Bossard Adds Value Beyond Fastener Distribution

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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 ProvenProductivity@bossard.com 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 ProvenProductivity@bossard.com today.
 

September 11, 2020
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Lead as an Additive: Consequences and Alternatives

Lead as an additive

As a highly versatile metal, lead has seen a vast array of uses throughout the ages. Even today, lead is still used in a variety of manufacturing processes to fulfill material requirements. Machine keys, plugs, and pins used for machining operations often feature lead as an instrumental component in their manufacture, for instance. Even in cases where lead is not intentionally added to materials, the heavy metal may still be present, albeit in very small amounts. 

Recycled metals may also contain trace amounts of lead, leading to fasteners and other materials not intended for machining operations to feature lead in very small concentrations. Since most fastener standards are not focused on the end-product’s exact material composition and with other factors affecting material selection, including geometric shape and desired mechanical properties, residual lead content has minimal negative impact given the product requirements.

For fasteners and other components where lead is not added intentionally into the chosen material, the material certificate may not mention the presence of the heavy metal. While there is a low chance of such materials containing lead in concentrations of 0.1 percent or more by weight, only extensive testing can determine for certain the presence of lead in such amounts.

In a recent professional white paper, Bossard’s team of experts led by Peter Witzke explore the usage of lead as an addition to metals. The white paper not only goes in-depth into the history of lead usage but also the types of metals that either incorporate lead as part of the material composition or feature lead in small concentrations. Witzke also discusses the availability and recovery of lead, along with alternatives to lead and how the presence of lead affects Bossard’s line of fasteners and other metallic products.

Download the full white paper now to learn more!

September 04, 2020
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Get Vision in Times of Crisis with Bossard

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Amid the uncertainty associated with COVID-19 and the constraints created because of social distancing policies, it is more important than ever for manufacturing firms to find ways to scale business, cut costs, and create efficiencies. To achieve this goal, the savviest manufacturing firms tend to take an inside-out approach. And the team at Bossard can help by transforming your internal production capabilities and creating efficiencies along the way. We encourage you to reach out to our team today to learn more about how we can help. In the meantime, feel free to visit our webinar registration page to register for our next webinar and/or live event

Join Live or On-Demand — You Decide What Works Best for You

When it comes to increasing your knowledge base and driving efficiency, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. What works well for one may not be ideal for another person. Because of this, Bossard offers both live and on-demand access to a volume of helpful webinars. In either case, we will work to make it an interactive experience. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and get answers. Also, we have created a myriad of different insights, blogs, and research papers that are especially valuable for home offices during times of social distancing.  

Improve Production Capabilities with Smart Factory Logistics

At Bossard, our solutions are engineered to offer a superior vision in times of crisis with Smart Factory Logistics. With Smart Factory Logistics, we will work with you to optimize your production and manufacturing as true drivers for growth. The smarter and leaner your factory, the larger your sustainable advantage. We will show you how to transform your production efficiency to achieve seamless and smooth supply chain performance. 

With custom solutions and innovative systems, the team at Bossard brings cutting-edge capabilities and the Internet of Things to your factory. In doing so, we will facilitate machine-to-machine communication. When you partner with Bossard, you can focus more closely on your core competencies while we make your C-parts management more transparent, efficient, and leaner.  

Watch our Webinar, Visions in times of crisis: Optimize your internal logistics with industry 4.0, now!

August 28, 2020
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Hydrogen Embrittlement: The Silent Killer of Fasteners

Fasteners

Unexpected fastener failure can catch anyone off-guard, especially after a product has been assembled and/or shipped to customers. One of the most common types of damage involves hydrogen embrittlement, a phenomenon that weakens and eventually destroys fasteners from within, leading to sudden breakages that not only compromise the products and structures they secure but also prove costly to rectify.

There is nothing new about hydrogen embrittlement. Experts uncovered the phenomenon as far back as 1875, but such failures remain poorly understood among many. The nature of hydrogen embrittlement also makes it nearly impossible to detect via in-process control or through outbound quality checks, since embrittlement develops long after fastener manufacture.

It is no wonder that hydrogen embrittlement, also known as hydrogen attack, is considered the silent killer of fasteners and other metal products.  

Types of Hydrogen Embrittlement

Hydrogen embrittlement comes in two forms:

•    Environmental hydrogen embrittlement – Caused by hydrogen externally introduced to the fastener, usually through corrosion, while the fastener is under a high-tensile load. Constant exposure to saltwater or acidic rainwater can factor into embrittlement and eventual fastener failure.
•    Internal hydrogen embrittlement – Caused by the introduction of residual hydrogen during the manufacturing process. Certain cleaning and plating processes can introduce free hydrogen atoms into the fastener, setting the stage for embrittlement after manufacture.

Hydrogen embrittlement affects a broad range of metals and alloys, but the phenomenon is typically associated with carbon and alloy steels. Failures due to hydrogen embrittlement typically occur only when the fastener is placed under tensile stress.

Prevention and Relief Choosing an appropriate surface treatment that does not introduce hydrogen during the plating process can help prevent internal hydrogen embrittlement. The Bossard Expert Team’s own Peter Witze authored a white paper that goes further in-depth about hydrogen embrittlement, including critical values of hydrogen concentration and procedures to inspect fasteners for hydrogen embrittlement. Download the white paper here.

August 21, 2020
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POP® VGrip™

A rolled mandrel

There are three basic requirements for fastening technology that apply to just about every industry:

  1. On the one hand, the fastening and joining function should be guaranteed over the entire service life of the product.
  2. On the other hand, a simple and safe processing method is essential during production.
  3. And finally, the solutions should be cost-effective and yet of high quality

With fastening solutions from the field of blind rivet technology, we offer fasteners that meet all three requirements and also offer additional advantages:

  • One sided access
    • One of the main arguments in favour of blind rivets is that the process only requires one-sided access. Compact tools are available for this purpose. This is a huge benefit because fastening solutions normally are requiring two-sided access, their integration is reduced to work on individual parts or involves considerable set-up costs.
  • Different materials can be joined together (mixed materials, plastics, sandwiches etc.)
    • Plastic parts
    • CRP materials
    • Aluminium
    • Magnesium
    • High density steels
    • Sandwich panels
    • Prepainted sheets
    • Etc.
  • Different material thicknesses can be joined with only one rivet
  • No special qualifications required
  • No thermal load on the workpieces to be joined
  • No cooling or curing time required
  • No hazardous smoke

The first blind rivet was developed and manufactured in 1934 by “George Tucker Eyelet” in Birmingham, England. What was initially developed as a fastener exclusively for the aerospace industry was soon used in other industries due to its efficient processability and the advantage of one-sided access.

The POP® blind rivet was born.

The KVT-Fastening Group played a major role in the market launch of the POP® blind rivet at the beginning of the 1960s and today has extensive expertise in the field of blind riveting technology. A great deal has happened since then in the development of blind rivets. The latest development in the POP® brand range is the POP® VGrip™. The advantages of this new development are as unique as they are numerous.

  • Homogeneous closing head
    • An important feature of the VGrip™ blind rivet is the closing head design. During the setting process, the sleeve material is moved radially outwards, resulting in a disc-shaped closing head. In addition, the mandrel head does not dip into the rivet sleeve, which is not the case with conventional multi-range blind rivets.
    • VGrip blind rivet
    • This special feature enables the POP® VGrip™ to distribute tensile forces over a considerably larger area on the side of the closing head (see following diagram). As a result, the VGrip™ can absorb higher tensile forces than a conventional multi-grip rivet. In addition, due to the greater load distribution, thinner or fragile sheets can be fastened to the closing head side/blind side without damaging or deforming them.
  • Increased grip range
    • Conventional blind rivets are designed to cover a small specific grip range (application thickness) of components to be joined. For example, four different blind rivets with different grip ranges must be used for different application thicknesses from 1.5 to 6.0 mm. In order to reduce this complexity, the POP® VGrip™ allows a grip range from 1.5 to 6.0 mm to be processed with only one rivet (see diagram below). Thus, four different rivet types are replaced by only one type of rivet.
  • In general, conventional multi-grip blind rivets work according to the same system and cover the same grip range. However, in comparison to VGrip™ multi-grip rivets within the same grip range do not always form a uniform closing head and can therefore not always absorb the full forces. With certain grip ranges, the closing head cannot form completely, which leads to a slight radial expansion. There is a risk that the connection will be axially loaded (see picture below)
  • Controlled bearing stress
  • A hole soffit of the rivet sleeve may be desirable, for example, if the bore holes have to be aligned with each other or if it is to be prevented that the components slide sideways towards each other. However, radial expansion is undesirable if it damages the components or if the rivet sleeve material presses between the components to be joined and expands them. (see picture below).
    • At VGrip™ in the standard configuration, the rivet sleeve can expand radially to maximize the clamp length range. To limit the radial expansion, the rivet body can be additionally embossed. The workpieces are pulled together securely and the hole soffit force of the components to be joined is reduced.
  • High clamping force
    • Based on a modified riveting process, POP® VGrip™ has the ability to close gaps between the joined parts. This simplifies e.g. the work of the workers in production, because they do not necessarily have to close the smaller gaps between two materials to be joined before the riveting process. The VGrip™ with its strong clamping force securely joins the materials and closes the gaps (see graphic below)
  • Residual mandrel locking
    • Everyone knows it, the clatter of a loose residual mandrel. There are various reasons why the remaining mandrel must not fall out after installation of the blind rivet. On the one hand it reduces the value of a product if something rattles inside, on the other hand it can be relevant to safety, for example in electrical engineering applications, that it must not fall into the interior of the application in order to avoid causing a short circuit.
    • With conventional blind rivets, the remaining mandrel is held in the rivet solely by the bead on the rivet head and the deformation on the rivet head. However, the remaining mandrel is not securely locked, e.g. if there are higher tolerances at the mandrel head and at the rivet sleeve, the remaining mandrel can fall out unhindered under vibration or impact effects.
  • Due to its design/special mandrel geometry, the POP® VGrip™ features a mandrel locking system which secures the remaining mandrel even in highly vibrating applications and thus prevents it from falling out (see below picture)
  • Rolled mandrel
    • To increase the service life of the jaws of the riveting tool, the mandrel is rolled in the tension area.
  • Special introduction phase
    • A bevel at the mandrel head facilitates the insertion of the rivet into the rivet hole and thus shortens the processing time.

Interested?

Under the following link you can take a look at our current POP® blind rivet assortment and learn more about the POP® brand.

Rivet Technology

Or watch a video about the advantages of the VGrip™ system on Youtube under the following link.

Do you still have open questions about our POP® brand products or about other products in the riveting technology sector? Then write to us: ProvenProductivity@bossard.com

August 14, 2020
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Bossard’s Quality Commitment

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At Bossard, we continuously strive to achieve the highest levels of quality when it comes to our products and processes. Our customers count on us to deliver fasteners that are not only long-lasting but also safe.

Our commitment to high quality begins with a comprehensive series of steps to ensure that every product not only meets our uncompromising standards but also the stringent requirements and standards your company demands.

Selecting the Right Material

Choosing the right raw material is crucial for creating a quality fastener. While fasteners can be made from pure iron, adding carbon at the foundry vastly increases their strength, especially after undergoing heat treatment. We ensure our suppliers carefully consider fastener materials to ensure a strong and reliable product for a broad range of demanding applications.

Choosing Optimum Protection

Fasteners undergo heat treatment to increase their strength and provide long-lasting performance for demanding applications. In many cases, heat treatment is the only way for fasteners to achieve the mechanical properties our customers demand. Corrosion protection is also crucial for avoiding fastener failures due to rust and other forms of corrosion. By working with Bossard from the beginning of the product design process, we can help you carefully select the optimum protection needed for your fasteners and their intended applications.

Expert Testing

At our ten accredited test laboratories located throughout Europe, Asia, and America, Bossard uses state-of-the-art measuring and testing equipment to ensure that every product meets our elevated standards for quality assurance and production quality. The result is a global supplier you can trust to support your manufacturing operations with the flawless quality expected.

For more information about Bossard and our quality commitment, contact us today at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

August 07, 2020
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Benefits of Incorporating Digitization in Your Factory

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Adopting new ways of doing things always comes with some form of anxiety, especially when it involves changing the way your organization operates drastically. As technology marches forward, so does the need to remain competitive in an ever-changing environment. But change does not always have to be frightening. Take digitalization, for instance. Incorporating digitized processes into your production facility offers numerous benefits that ultimately make digitalization worth the effort.

Improved Productivity and Efficiency

Improvements in overall productivity and efficiency are one of the key benefits that digitalization offers. That means taking advantage of technologies that help streamline factory processes wherever possible. Bossard’s SmartBin technology takes B- and C-part management into the digital realm by providing a seamless method of monitoring and controlling materials movement. Using integrated weight sensors and wireless technology, SmartBin allows for automatic materials replenishment even at the point of use, eliminating wait times and unnecessary goods movements.

Improved Supply Chain Management

Digitalization can also help your supply chain become more transparent and flexible – a necessary trait for any factory willing to remain competitive in today’s fast-paced operational climate. Bossard’s Smart Factory Logistics is the perfect starting point for making your factory leaner and smarter. Smart Factory Logistics offers a portfolio of smart solutions designed to streamline every part of the supply chain, from intelligent labeling systems that deliver real-time order status and delivery dates to Kanban cards incorporating the latest in RFID technology for assembly line delivery. Bossard also offers custom solutions that can be tailored to fit your unique use cases.

Greater Cost Savings

Digitizing your factory also makes it more cost-effective to operate in the long run. By streamlining factory processes, gaining insights through data collected at various points of the entire supply chain, and promoting a more efficient workforce, digitalization helps lower costs while letting your factory gain a competitive edge.

Ready to move forward with digitalization with the help of our Smart Factory Logistics and SmartBin technology? Contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com today!

July 31, 2020
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How to Make Your Supply Chain More Transparent & Flexible

Employees review the supply chain

Knowledge is power but knowing how your supply chain truly operates requires making every part of it visible to the naked eye. The competitive business climate also demands that any supply chain worth its weight in volume also be able to adapt and respond to fast-paced changes, especially those that promise a competitive advantage for first movers. 

Transparency and flexibility in the supply chain offer a host of advantages but getting there has been historically proven to be a stumbling block for many companies. In addition to tighter collaboration with key suppliers and partners and promoting strategic leaders, making the supply chain more transparent and flexible also demands innovative process management and monitoring. This is where ARIMS comes into play. 

How ARIMS Works

Nestled at the core of Bossard’s Smart Factory Logistics, ARIMS offers a cloud-based solution for transparent and flexible supply chain management. ARIMS enables effective visualization and interactive management of inventory and intelligent analytics, giving you a complete view of the supply chain. 

ARIMS utilizes three main functions to provide a clearer picture of your supply chain and make it capable of adapting to fast-changing trends – ARIMS Analytics, ARIMS Interactive, and ARIMS Mobile.

ARIMS Analytics lets you see the big picture, providing you with analytics, graphs, reports, and data that can be used to gain a clear view of the supply chain. ARIMS Analytics takes advantage of big data to provide you with real-time data that can be easily visualized and exported for further analysis. ARIMS Interactive puts you in control of your material flow by letting you directly submit change requests, review previous changes, and change system parameters.

ARIMS Mobile puts the power of the interactive platform in your pocket, allowing you to check orders and view critical information via a smartphone app. Available for iOS and Android devices, ARIMS Mobile gives you a transparent view of the supply chain, even from the production floor.

Interested in transforming your supply chain with ARIMS? Contact us today at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

July 24, 2020
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How You Can Automate Your Supply Chain with Bossard SmartBin

Organized Bossard products

A complex supply chain demands an efficient solution. Through automation, companies can streamline procurement and other complex supply chain tasks, eliminating wait times while enhancing productivity across the board. Bossard SmartBin gives your company an effective solution for efficiently automating your supply chain.

At its heart, the Bossard SmartBin system consists of bins securely attached to specially designed weight sensors, all connected via a wireless uplink. With the aid of Bossard ARIMS software, SmartBin continuously monitors current stock levels. When stock levels reach a predefined minimum, SmartBin automatically orders the materials needed for successful replenishment – all without the need for human intervention.

Bossard offers several variations of SmartBin to best fit your processes, ranging from truly mobile solutions to applications for large part or high-volume needs:

SmartBin flex – SmartBin flex offers unparalleled versatility for a variety of assembly environments. No power connections are necessary, and each bin can be placed where it is needed most. Materials can be sent straight to the point of use, making excessive goods movement and lengthy wait times a thing of the past.

SmartBin mobile – The ideal solution for assembly environments involving fast-paced and constantly-changing work environments, as well as the integration of large objects. SmartBin mobile uses mobile trolleys outfitted with a wireless uplink and a battery for on-the-go power, enabling workers to transport materials directly to the point of use.

SmartBin classic – Ideal for both centralized and decentralized Kanban pools, SmartBin classic gives you maximized procurement flexibility, from small parts weighing as little as a few grams per bin to large parts weighing up to 1,000 kilograms per pallet. SmartBin classic can also manage high volumes with relative ease.

See our video for a thorough breakdown of how Bossard SmartBin works and how it can benefit your supply chain.

To learn more about how Bossard SmartBin can automate your supply chain, contact us today at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

July 17, 2020
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