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bigHead® releases Core range Technical Guide

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Bossard understands how hard it is to predict whether a fastener will perform properly under load when you work with composites. You must make educated guesses or run time-consuming trials to determine how much load a bonded or embedded fastener can handle, or how it can fail.

Fortunately, bigHead® offers a core range of 156 products. This complete range of fasteners is designed for both bonded and embedded applications, forged from carbon or 316 stainless steel, and available in small, medium, or large sizes.

More importantly, the bigHead® core range comes with a technical guide that makes it easier to identify critical design considerations in your composite application and select the proper bigHead® fastener for the joint. This guide puts the following needed information within easy reach:

  • Performance data that includes size, weight, and maximum tensile load for each of the three head types.
  • Product range, such as the threaded collar or threaded stud, their available lengths, and examples of their product coding.
  • Flexible process integration options such as post-process installation, or co-process integration.
  • Critical considerations during design and assembly include the gaps between adjoining components, clearance holes in adjoining components, and the thread friction coefficient and/or modifiers.

Want more technical information about assembly methods in composite applications? Contact us today at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

March 27, 2020
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Proven Productivity’s Top 5 Blog Posts of 2019

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At the beginning of the new year is a great time to look back at some of Bossard’s top blog posts. Check this list out to see if your favorites made it. You can also catch up with some of the top topics that you may have missed.

Why Fasteners Fail: How to Prevent Vibrational Loosening

Most fasteners provide peace of mind because they never loosen. They only have to endure static or external loading, which is erratic and does not exceed the forces that hold things together.

But there are also joints that suffer cyclical loading that, in some cases, happen at high-frequency cycles. Such loads produce vibrations that may loosen fasteners.

To minimize or eliminate vibrational loosening, the most obvious solution is to remove the source of the vibration. Another includes adding friction to threaded components. A final option is to increase friction to bearing surfaces.

7 Factors to Keep in Mind When Selecting a Fastener Finish

Do not overlook the importance of finish in a fastener, which requires that you consider the following factors:

  • How safe is the finish for the fastened joint?
  • What is the expected service life of the finish, especially when protecting against corrosion?
  • Do nicks, scrapes, and handling affect the finish?
  • Will the assembly fail if the joint becomes loose? What are the consequences of such failure?
  • Does the finish prevent assembly by filling in recesses or threads?
  • How readily available is the finish?
  • Is the finish cost-effective for the assembly?

Bossard’s SmartLocker Solution

When you need to automate your inventory control system, SmartLocker impresses as a valuable addition to your methods. It’s designed to be dependable and maintenance-free. It works well for common consumables and high-value items by monitoring your stock.

For maximum security, the doors unlock only with an RFID card. When you take out an item, the system keeps track of stock levels and users. It then tells you when items need replenishing, which gives you more control over inventory data and minimizing order and delivery times.

The ABCs of Interior Railcar Fasteners & Accessories

Bossard offers a variety of fasteners designed to attach seats, folding tables, grab poles, and other components to subway cars, light-rail vehicles, and railcars. These fasteners are made of materials that withstand the strain of daily use.

These fasteners, made with soft and composite materials, ensure that your railcar interiors look sleek and clean. They can mount with adhesive or embed in the application. Many of our offerings come in different colors so that they blend into whatever decorating scheme you choose.

What Are the Best Fasteners for Railcar Body Applications?

Railcar body products demand quick and easy installation, top-quality materials that resist corrosion, and a commitment to high safety standards. Bossard realizes that there is no room for error. That is why we deliver long-lasting fasteners that withstand high temperatures, vibrations, and corrosion.

Examples of our products include slotted self-locking nuts that retain clamp loads in extreme conditions and are reusable. Our lock bolts encourage the automatic and quick installation and our grounding studs need only a battery-powered tool for simple installation. Although they deliver enormous clamping force, our tensioner nuts demand only hand tools for simple and safe tightening.

Want more information about any of these topics? Reach out to Bossard at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com!

March 20, 2020
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Built-in Load Monitoring Revolutionizes Fastening Applications

Although fasteners may form the smallest parts of your application, their failure can produce enormous problems. In critical industries like mining, processing, and energy production, joint failure can lead to work interruptions, employee downtime, equipment breakdowns, structural collapse, injury, and death.

Even though replacing problematic bolts can cost thousands of dollars at a time and cause expensive work shutdowns, businesses have gotten used to such costly changeovers, sometimes daily. Bossard is introducing a new product that helps end these complications.

The Maxbolt Load Indicating Fastener™, patented by Valley Forge & Bolt, reduces the potential for catastrophic joint failures through sophisticated technology. It contains an accurate and durable load-monitoring device.

Technicians know immediately the load placed on a bolt by looking at custom Maxbolt labels that show either desired operating ranges using a green zone or precise load values. No clumsy external measuring devices are necessary because the load indicators are on the fastener itself. If the clamping load falls out of spec, the tech addresses the issue now, instead of waiting for surprise equipment failure in the future.

Measurements based on tension eliminate the inaccuracies of torque control. Even inexperienced assemblers can put together complex joints that contain uniform clamp loads within +/-5% of design specs. Maxbolts ensure the best initial conditions even before the assembly is in service.

Once in service, Maxbolts can warn of initial relaxation and subsequent loosening as they are happening. A quick glance confirms the load status of a fastener. This constant monitoring provides ultimate reliability and safety in a bolted joint. You’ll always know how a fastener is holding up to its load stresses. This adds to the safety and reliability of an assembly.

Industries that can benefit from this technology include mining, oil and gas, steel, rail, petrochemicals, and nuclear. Valley Forge & Bolt has documented at least one customer that has saved $20 million by switching to Maxbolts.

If you want to know more about how the Maxbolt Load Indicating Fastener™ can revolutionize your applications, please contact us today at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

March 13, 2020
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A Brief History of Bossard

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Bossard has an interesting international history that stretches back almost 200 years.

The Early Years

In 1831, Franz Kaspar Bossard-Kolin had a small problem. The family’s Swiss silk trade business, which had started 75 years earlier, wasn’t going so well. War, dry spells, and environmental issues were taking their toll. So, fresh from his stint as a French National Guard officer who stormed the Bastille, Franz decided to open an iron and steel shop on Kolinplatz in Zug, Switzerland. This shop flourished as the town’s local hardware shop, supplying everything from screws to tools.

Regional Growth

Despite the shortages caused by World War II, Bossard prospered in the 1930s and 1940s, particularly because of the demand for sophisticated engineering products and fasteners grew. The company expanded its offerings with a focus on tools, fittings, and screws. The distribution network grew to meet the needs of a customer base that was moving from an agricultural to an industrial base, particularly in Switzerland.

Global Expansion

In the 1970s and 1980s, the growth of international markets expanded the company across Switzerland. Many businesses throughout the country started to choose Bossard as their supplier because of its international connections. The company went public in 1987 and is currently traded on the Swiss Stock Exchange.

The recession of the early 1990s prompted the company to focus on fastening technologies by selling off its units involved in handicrafts, fittings, and tools. In 2012, Bossard acquired the fastening division of the KVT Koenig Group. KVT Fastening specialized in high-quality fastening and sealing applications throughout German-speaking countries.

Today

Bossard remains proud of its rich heritage and unique global footprint. Our headquarters have since moved from Kolinplatz but is still located in Zug, Switzerland. We encompass 77 locations that include China, India, France, Japan, Australia, South Africa, and the United States. We have 31 logistics centers, 14 application engineering labs, and 2,500 employees. Our international experience enables us to meet your supply needs with high-quality and safe products wherever you are.

To see how our global company with a rich history can help you, email us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

March 06, 2020
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3 Bossard Resources to Help You Save Money & Increase Efficiency

Bossard Mobile

When you need information about our extensive line of fasteners or are looking for answers to your assembly questions, the best thing you can do is contact your local Bossard contact. We can then discuss your concerns in detail and offer solutions tailored to your needs.

But we also know that you sometimes need information right now or are too busy to take the time for a consultation. You can still get the help you need by checking out our convenient online resources. All offer complimentary unlimited access, but some may require that you register for free.

Online Calculators and Converters for Fasteners

If you’re an engineer, technician, designer, or student that researches, develops, or assembles bolted joints, you can take advantage of these online tools:

  • Converters for transforming among different units such as force, pressure, hardness, torque, and length.
  • Geometric calculators for the dimensions needed when implementing joining solutions.
  • Mechanical calculators for the dimensions needed when designing joining technologies.

We also offer an app that you can download to your compatible device that contains many of these resources. The app is available on the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store.

Savings through Smart Factory Logistics

Bossard’s Smart Factory Logistics methodology introduces innovative systems and custom solutions based on the Internet of Things. Designed to optimize your supply chain for smarter performance, it’s easy enough to say that our implementation will save you money. But you can also calculate your potential savings if you modify your logistics system.

Our Potential Savings worksheet asks you to enter information about your current situation, such as the number of articles, deliveries, and suppliers, and the cost basis of your operating procedures. It then encourages you to put in the changes you would like in the future. Your estimated potential savings calculates as a percentage. You can use this worksheet as a starting point when talking to your local Bossard contact.

Technical Resources

When you need in-depth information, check out our Technical Resources, which gathers white papers, diagrams, tables, and other documents related to fastening technology and assembly solutions.

For information about how Bossard can assist you, contact us now at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

February 28, 2020
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4 Reasons Why Using a Global Fastener Distributor Can Benefit You

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You may know Bossard as a distributor of fastening elements and product solutions and a provider of logistics and engineering services. But we are also a global company that can offer you advantages that aren’t available for enterprises that only work on a local or national scale.

1.   Global Reach

Because manufacturing is becoming more globalized, only a supply network that spans nations can react to your needs more efficiently. Bossard boasts 77 locations, 41 logistics centers, and 14 application labs around the world. Our 2,500 employees stand ready to service your concerns wherever they are.

2.   Greater Resources

We’re not confined to one location when it comes to accessing materials and supplies. When issues arise in one area, such as disruptions related to materials, weather, or labor, we can sidestep them by going somewhere else. We gain access to new materials and resources as soon as they’re available without waiting for them to reach our shores. This enables us to bring you quick solutions that grant you faster access to your markets and customers.

3.   Larger Pool of Talent

Our employees form our most valuable assets. And we can draw them from a bigger pool of international talent. It’s not unusual for our work teams to consist of colleagues from around the world. We’ve discovered that having diverse backgrounds, experiences, and knowledge often contributes to better manufacturing solutions. What may be an unusual and unsolvable problem in one culture may already be old hat in another culture.

4.   Global Knowledge

Do you know what it takes to create products that are usable in India? What standards do you have to meet to enter the German market? How do assembly lines in China handle supply delays? Bossard can answer those questions because we have offices and experts in all those locations and more. And we’re willing to pass along our expertise to you so that you can succeed globally.

For more information about Bossard and how we can help you globally, contact us today at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

February 21, 2020
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6 Principles of Lean Manufacturing

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Bossard’s commitment is to help you achieve lean manufacturing at your facility so that you can save time and money and maximize productivity. To reach this goal requires that you follow six basic principles.

Waste Elimination

Eliminating waste is a key principle of lean manufacturing. This requires that you identify work that adds no value and delete it from your workflow to reduce spending and time. Manufacturing waste consists of the following:

  • Unnecessary motion
  • Wasted inventory
  • Overproduction
  • Over-processing
  • Defective production
  • Unnecessary wait time
  • Transportation waste

Continuous Improvement

You must continually improve all areas of your business, including production, to achieve lean manufacturing. If you stop, the progress that you attain may not only slow and stop but may also disappear as new challenges arise. One way to ensure continuous improvement is to constantly create goals that everyone needs to reach.

Level Production

Producing the same amount each day makes material ordering and scheduling easier. It demands that you balance both the history of customer ordering and forecasting how much you can produce to meet those orders.

Just-in-Time Production

By working with level production, just-in-time production creates the exact number of goods needed when they’re needed. Because you’re only creating and transporting what’s required, you eliminate unnecessary movement and supplies to save money and time.

Built-in Quality

Build quality into every step of the process from order fulfillment to product design, packaging, and shipping. You can then cut down on the wasted costs and time needed to deal with errors and quality control.

Employee Respect

Implementation of these principles can’t happen without looking at the employees needed to make them happen. You must respect the workers and value what they do through constant communication and useful feedback. They will then respect the company and show commitment to any principles and goals that you implement.

Want to learn more about lean manufacturing and how your business can practice its principles with the help of Bossard? Please contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

February 14, 2020
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Optimize Your Material Flow with Last Mile Management and Autonomous Mobile Robots

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When you need to move supplies from a central storage location to an individual work cell, Bossard can help with Last Mile Management and autonomous mobile robots. This solution saves time with your material flow by relying on paperless and intuitive instructions, shorter paths, and full transparency when replenishing supplies.

How Last Mile Management Works

Bossard implements Last Mile Management with autonomous mobile robots as follows:

  1. The work cell demands materials either automatically or because someone makes a request using a mobile device or desktop system.
  2. ARIMS, which is Bossard’s inventory management software, receives the request and adds it to the digital picking list.
  3. Use the digital picking list to locate and pick the material at the warehouse, supermarket, or other central storage location.
  4. After placing the needed materials in an autonomous mobile robot, it receives a route plan to replenish the work cell. To complete the delivery of materials, the robot then goes to the work cell automatically using an optimized and paperless path, which saves time. Other than possibly moving materials to and from the robot, no human intervention is necessary.

Benefits

Last Mile Management with autonomous mobile robots offers the following benefits:

  • Fewer movements in internal logistics because of the optimized material flow.
  • Real-time and transparent data on how much and what types of material usage at each work cell. Analysis of the data can occur at any time.
  • Improved efficiency because of nearly instantaneous order placement and shorter deliveries that are semi-automated.
  • The use of autonomous mobile robots can distribute the storage area and work cells anywhere that the robots can reach. This allows for flexibility when configuring assembly and work areas.

Want to know more about how Last Mile Management can improve your material flow with autonomous mobile robots? Please contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

February 07, 2020
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You Should Be Taking Advantage of Industry 4.0: Here’s Why

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You may have heard the term Industry 4.0 bandied about in the media about factories and production lines like yours. You’re wondering how it affects your processes and whether you can take advantage of it to improve your productivity. At Bossard, we’re here to help.

What is Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 stands for the next trend in manufacturing. The first industrial revolution or Industry 1.0 happened in the 18th century when waterpower revolutionized mechanical production. Then came Industry 2.0, which relied on electrical machines and the division of labor. Industry 3.0, which is where we are today, automates production with IT and electronics.

We’re now heading into Industry 4.0, which focuses on smart factories with automated production and smart technologies that exchange data among devices. This trend includes the Internet of Things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, sophisticated sensors, and advanced robotics. Like the ones before it, this latest industrial revolution promises to increase efficiency, lower cost, and improve productivity.

Taking Advantage

Businesses that are well-positioned for Industry 4.0 share four characteristics: interoperability, decentralized decision-making, technical help, and information transparency. Bossard’s Smart Factory Logistics can help your enterprise achieve these characteristics with the following solutions:

  • ARIMS is an interactive platform that helps you manage your material flow. ARIMS consists of Analytics that gives you a summary of your entire process through graphs and reports, Interactive to submit change requests and Mobile that lets you use your device to control all ARIMS functions. The result is full transparency of B- and C-parts and interoperability through machine-to-machine communication.
  • Hardware systems like SmartBin, SmartLabel, SmartLocker, and SmartCard that can instantly communicate inventory levels and product information and have replenishment orders delivered instantly to the point of use without having to go through a central decision-maker.
  • Expert support from Bossard specialists who can design, maintain, and optimize your systems based on your goals. We can customize our solutions to fit your needs and offer more consulting services, as needed.

We also offer more services for implementing Industry 4.0 at your facility including Last Mile Management, ERP Integration, and the Supplier Consolidation Solution. Get more information by sending us an email at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

January 31, 2020
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Why Supplier Consolidation Solution? 8 Benefits to Improve Your Inventory Management

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Are you looking for a better way to manage your inventory, so that you can simplify administration, enhance visibility, maximize control, and reduce costs? The Supplier Consolidation Solution by Bossard may be your reliable, efficient, and seamless answer. It gives your business the following eight benefits.

1. A leaner process with more efficient procurement. By monitoring stock levels with full or partial automation, they can trigger replenishment orders automatically. This minimizes the procurement steps and can reduce or eliminate employee effort to produce a leaner process.

2. Significant reduction of administrative effort. Human involvement and record-keeping become unnecessary when supply orders are automatically generated, sent to a supplier or proposed to your ERP, and shipped.

3. Higher delivery performance and reliability. The use of smart systems reduces errors, saves time, and eliminates wasted effort, resulting in greater reliability and better performance.

4. Reduced inventory. Automatically tracking stock levels, replenishment orders, and deliveries let you work with lower inventory levels. You won’t have to devote space to storing extra inventory just because you may need them sometime.

5. Increased efficiency. You minimize the transactions and time needed to track, identify, order, and ship needed supplies, which makes for a more efficient process.

6. More time to focus on core activities. By spending less time managing your inventory, you can focus more of your time on the core activities of running your business and increasing productivity.

7. Highest supply guarantee. Using an automated inventory management solution virtually guarantees that you’ll have the correct supplies with the highest quality available when you need it.

8. Reduction in the cost of ownership. All these time-saving strategies and efficient transactions lessen capital commitment and lower process costs. This leads to a lower Total Cost of Ownership, which enhances your profitability.

If you have any questions about the Supplier Consolidation Solution and how we can implement it for your enterprise, please contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

January 24, 2020
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