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What to Know About Fastener Certification and Compliance

Fasteners play a critical role in holding your assembly together and can affect many aspects of your product lifecycle.  Joint strength, manufacturability, performance in various environments and even maintenance over the assemblies lifespan are all factors directly impacted by fasteners.  Unfortunately, fastener performance is affected by its quality of raw material, manufacturing and even plating.  To that end, many manufacturers rely on fastener certs and proof of compliance to ensure a fastener defect does not become a defect of your whole assembly. 

Importance of Fastener Certification and Validation

The following fastener conformance, tests and reports can be requested to ensure quality of your manufacturing and enforce standards.

The Fastener Quality Act

(FQA) in the United States makes it illegal to falsely represent fasteners’ chemical and mechanical properties by misrepresenting or altering certificates of conformance, material test reports, inspection reports, and all records attesting to a fastener’s characteristics and performance. Originally meant as a sweeping reform to combat an influx of inferior, mis-marked and counterfeit parts during the 1980’s, the act is now limited to hardened and grade-marked high strength fasteners.

Restriction of Hazardous Substances

Commonly known as RoHS – is a European directive adopted in 2003 that prohibits using hazardous heavy metals in manufacturing components for industrial and commercial use. These include metals such as mercury, lead, hexavalent chromium, and cadmium, in addition to thermoplastic resins like polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), phthalates (DEHP), and polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), etc.

The Registration Evaluation Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals

(REACH) regulation is another European initiative launched in 2006 with the aim of restriction certain chemicals and substances in manufacturing. This regulation was enacted to protect the environment and everyday consumers from harmful substances and noxious chemicals.

CoC – Certificate of Conformance (or Compliance)

The fastener manufacturer provides a CoC to ensure the fastener meets industry or customer specifications.

MTR – Material Test Report (also known as – Inspection Report, Test Report, Chem-Phys Report)

A Material Test Report – often referred to simply as a “Mill” Test – is a document that attests to a given material’s mechanical and chemical properties. It is viewed as a quality document or certified record that the material and part meet the required specifications.  

Plating Certification

A plating certification – or plating cert – states that the plating process successfully applied a coating or layer of metal to a given surface, helping to protect it against corrosion, scratches, and extreme environments.

ISIR – Initial Sample Inspection Report

An ISIR report is a critical part of following established initial sampling processes. These processes are sometimes required by customers and are used to validate the fastener’s quality and use in production.  

PPAP – Production Part Approval Process

A standard requirement in the automotive and aerospace industry, the Production Part Approval Process is a procedure listing 18 steps to ensure repeatability, conformity, and consistency in fastener manufacturing.

DFARS Compliance: The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement

DFARS compliance is an absolute must for defense contractors. Compliance provides guidelines and restrictions governing raw material selection to minimize dependence on foreign material sources.

Going beyond the standard – Full-Service Quality Solutions From Bossard

In addition to providing fastener certs and manufacturer declarations, Bossard can provide customized quality assurance with our Expert Test Services.

Dedicated towards the testing of mechanical fasteners, our ISO/IEC 17025 accredited test laboratories are staffed with qualified engineers and state-of-the-art test equipment.  If you require failure analysis or independent confirmation of product quality, Bossard Expert Test Services can provide you with a sound basis for making informed decisions regarding your fasteners and ensure high quality products.




January 27, 2023
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Importance of Choosing The Right Fastener for Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA)

The Next Big Thing in the Product Design Process

Selecting the best fastener for your application can be tough. To make matters worse, not all fasteners are created equally. Choosing the correct fastener design, finish or material type can make all the difference in assembling a quality product.  As such, it’s imperative to choose the right fastener as early on in the design process as possible and this sentiment outlines the notion of Design for Manufacturing (DFM). Let’s take a closer look at the importance of choosing the right fastener and why DFM principles can serve as a guiding light in the journey. 

What Is Design for Manufacturing?

Design for Manufacturing or Design for Manufacturing and Assembly involves optimizing the design of a product for efficiency in assembly, cost and quality.  To embrace DFM, you must engineer or design in a component or bolted joint with these principles in mind during the product’s design stage.

The alternative is to design the product and then choose the fastener. This less efficient practice can lead to inefficient assembly, weak joints or the necessity of special fasteners, which are not readily available or common. Using special fasteners can also:

  • Greatly increase the cost of production
  • Reduce the lifespan of the product
  • Cause product malfunctions
  • Lead to product performance issues

Implementing Design for Manufacturing and Assembly Principles in Fastener Selection

Design for Manufacturing and Assembly should occur early in the development of a product during the design phase. When using this discipline, manufacturing will become efficient and cost effective, since choosing the right fasteners can later define the assembly process and reduce tooling.   While the exact DFM workflow can be tailored to the unique application and part being designed, a few general DFM principles are:

  • Design fasteners and objects for fast and efficient assembly.
  • Work to standardize components and materials to save money.
  • Achieve design simplicity by reducing the number of parts and complications.
  • Minimize the number of manufacturing operations required on fasteners during assembly.

Why Are DFM Principles Important in Fastener Selection?

Design For Manufacturing represents the evolution of product design and can be leveraged to produce products more economically and at higher quality.  No other component in the assembly process can have as broad of an impact on your DFM as choosing the right fastener.  A few key benefits and reasons why fastener selection should be a core focus of your DFM planning:

  • More cost-effective production.
  • Faster time-to-market.
  • Reduction of the product development process.
  • Production will be up to speed quicker.
  • Components can be combined to reduce assembly steps and the number of parts.
  • It detects and removes faults or mistakes.
  • Delivers a higher quality of the product because the design can be enhanced and refined at each stage.
  • It can create a safer working environment.

Contact Bossard for Fastener Selection Assistance 

Fasteners are engineered to hold two parts together. With this in mind, it’s best to avoid adding “higher responsibilities” to simple fasteners and work to achieve design simplicity. A few additional basic rules for choosing the best fasteners are:

  • Fasteners must always be equal to, or better than, the assembled parts.
  • Bolted joints may never be points of weakness.
  • Assembled fasteners should always be controllable as well as exchangeable.

In the end, making fasteners a top priority in the design process by embracing Design for Manufacturing and Assembly principles can unlock all of the aforementioned benefits and more.  Want to implement DFM for your assembly and don’t know where to start?  Bossard’s Assembly Technology Expert Services and Engineers are available to help.

For help with choosing the right fastener for you or if you have other questions about fastener technology, contact us at


December 09, 2022
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4 Key Types of EMI/RF Shielding Solutions for Electronic Applications

EV Powertrain

Anytime electromagnetic waves are flowing, your most important devices and the lives of those who rely on them could be at risk. Electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency (RF) interference are both types of interference that can be extremely hazardous to the performance of electronic equipment. To prevent this, the experienced engineers of Bossard offer coordinated systems that can help establish and amplify your EMI defenses. 

We offer a vast range of EMI/RF gaskets and shielding products from industry-leading brands. Because we offer experience in an array of industries, including Electric Vehicle, Aerospace, and Telecom, we can help protect your electronic devices with a wide selection of metal gaskets, absorbers, sealing gaskets, and even fabric over foam conductive shielding. Let’s take a closer look at some of our most popular solutions. 

A Full Line of EMI & RF Absorbers

Absorbers are magnetically loaded sheets that boast a high loss at specific frequencies. Easy on any budget and fully customizable, most RF absorbers fight reflectively using lightweight and flexible polyurethane foam. Bossard offers a full line of broadband microwave absorbers designed for both military applications and commercial applications. Our microwave absorbers are often used in:

  • Antenna systems
  • Railroad and Mass Transit
  • Medical Equipment
  • Electronic cabinets
  • Electric Vehicle
  • Avionics
  • And more

Browse all EMI/RF absorbers.

EMI Shielding & EMI Gaskets

While EMI gaskets were previously reserved for radio communication and military equipment, they are now found in an array of electronic equipment. Most notably in the emerging EV market where densely packed electronics and sensors need to be protected from crosstalk.  EMI gaskets function by creating a conductive path along seams and other openings in an electronic enclosure. The covering works to block possible differences across the shield surface and establishes a smooth flow of current.

In the most simple sense, EMI gaskets plug all holes in a piece of equipment to prevent electromagnetic signals from interfering with the operation. At Bossard, our EMI gaskets are ideal as all-purpose contact strips for electrical enclosures. Best of all, EMI gaskets do not require adhesives and fasteners. 

Explore all EMI shielding and EMI gaskets.

Foam-over-Fabric Gaskets

Foam-over-fabric (FoF) EMI gaskets boast high shielding attenuation and conductivity. FoF gaskets are perfectly suitable for applications that require low compression force. The FoF profiles are offered in a UL 94V0 flame retardant iteration that boasts a high level of shear resistance and abrasion resistance.

Common applications for FoF EMI gaskets include grounding and shielding automotive electronic equipment seams and apertures. At Bossard, we offer a vast range of different shapes and thicknesses of FoF gaskets to meet any design need. Custom shapes and sizes can be engineered to meet the unique requirements of the application, along with the addition of special-purpose pressure-sensitive adhesives and more.

Learn more about foam-over-fabric gaskets

EMI/RF Sealing Gaskets

As the name suggests, the most important function of EMI/RF sealing gaskets is sealing. These gaskets are designed to protect a vast range of electronics from electromagnetic interference. And certain models of EMI/RF sealing gaskets can even establish a liquid-tight seal. In either case, sealing gaskets are available in a vast range of types and styles, including:

  1. Push-On Sealing Gasket by Essentra
  2. The stainless steel Liquid Tight Sealing Gasket by Thomas & Betts

Learn more about different Sealing Gaskets.

Contact Bossard Today

Proper EMI design considerations are vital for almost any electronic device. There are a myriad of EMI sources and receptors in the broader environment in which the device must operate. Fortunately, the engineering experts at Bossard can help. We offer decades of experience in engineering and helping manufacturers mitigate the harmful impacts of EMI and RF interference with their respective devices. 

Contact Bossard today to amplify your EMI/RF interference protection. 




August 12, 2022
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Fastener Head Style

Fastener Head

When you start looking for fastening solutions at Bossard, you’ll notice that we carry a diverse variety of screws and bolts. One way to distinguish one from the other is through the type of head that they have. The following are some of the most common styles. While head styles do have a specific purpose in creating a mechanical joint, you can find out which is most appropriate for your assembly by contacting your local Bossard agent.

Countersunk Screw Heads

If a screw has angles under the head, it demands countersinking to prevent the wood from splitting during drilling or other force. Countersunk screw heads include the following:

  • Flatheads sit flush against the surface of the material being screwed, which makes for a cleaner appearance and prevents anything from being caught on them. If you’re fastening wood or plastic laminate components, a screw cover hides the head completely.
  • Roundheads, which are also called raised screw heads, use angles similar to that of flat heads, so they require countersinking. Their domed heads look decorative, so they are used where appearance is important, such as for switch covers. Roundheads that are designed for a socket drive are called button heads.
  • Bugle heads reduce damage to material by spreading the joint stress over a broader surface than flatheads. They’re used mostly for plasterboard, wood decking, and drywall. They are self-drilling, which means they compress the surrounding drywall and paper to create a countersunk hole during drilling.

Both flat and round heads generally demand a pilot hole, which is a small hole drilled to guide the main screw in.

Non-Countersunk Screw Heads

Non-countersunk screw heads are the most common type and have flat surfaces under the head, which avoids countersinking. They are fully exposed above the surface of the material being screwed.

  • Domed heads have a rounded head that adds aesthetic appeal to a product.
  • Button heads also have a round design but are used with socket-driven screws and Torx drive recesses.
  • Pan heads are the most common type of flat-bottomed screw. They are versatile enough to substitute for other round styles.
  • Fillister heads use a slightly rounded top with a small diameter on high cylindrical sides. Their higher profile requires a deeper drive slot than round or pan head screws.
  • Truss heads are wider and slightly rounded to produce a lower profile and larger bearing surface. They are useful for sheet metal joints.
  • Hex heads allow for more torque and demand a socket or wrench for installation.
  • Socket cap heads require socket drive recesses for flush installation against the surface. They deliver a smooth appearance despite being non-countersunk.
  • Square heads are found in bolts and screws. They require a wrench for installation.

Bolt Heads

Some bolt heads have shapes that are similar to screw heads, such as flat, round, truss, and hex. Unique types include the carriage bolt, which uses a rounded dome with a square underside, anchor bolts, which do not contain a head, and J and U bolts, which look like their namesakes.




August 05, 2022
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ATE Expert Walk

Bossard Expert Walk

Value Stream Mapping is a powerful tool for identifying opportunities to improve your production line.  ATE Expert Walk by Bossard can examine your C-parts in the assembly process to optimize the methods, tools, fasteners, and workstations that you depend on during production.


Bossard adds value by delivering the right fastener for your product. To that end, our ATE Expert Walk rewards you with the following measurable benefits:

  • Reduce the cost of assembly. By using the right fasteners, you save time and money and create better products. Leaner production eliminates waste.
  • Optimize your processes. You’ll take advantage of missed opportunities as you discover more efficient ways to assemble your products. Our methods help foster continuous improvement.
  • Improves the Total Cost of Ownership. By revealing the hidden costs of your C-parts ecosystem Bossard can help you lower your cost of production.
  • Improves quality. You’ll discover how the correct fasteners improve the quality of your product.
  • Increases productivity. The right fastener can have a significant impact on tooling and assembly processes.

How It Works

ATE Expert Walk looks at every component of your assembly process from start to finish. We examine your workflow, observe its individual processes, and evaluate its effectiveness. We then determine where we can improve efficiency, cost, safety, and speed.

The actual steps involved depend on which of Bossard’s three service packages you choose.


The Basic Package covers Production Line and Value Analyses. We examine your entire production line systematically and verify your assembly workflow, which includes the assembly process, tooling, and fasteners. You gain valuable insight into the workflow of your facility. We also estimate the cost savings based on the Total Cost of Ownership.


The Advanced Package includes the Basic services but adds Verification. Technical Verification checks the technical improvements while developing solution proposals. The Presentation of Proposals then reveals the results, complete with physical samples.


The Superior Package adds implementation to the previously described services. The Implementation Plan sets up the team and project priorities, Lead Implementation guides the R&D engineering team during the implementation process, and Implementation Review incorporates training both on- and off-site.

Other ATE Services

Our Expert Walk is just one module from the following Assembly Technology Expert services, which are designed to boost your productivity.

  • Expert Education teaches you the essentials of fastening through e-learning and seminars.
  • Expert Teardown disassembles your product to analyze its complexity and functions.
  • Expert Design provides a range of tools and information to help you create your best product.
  • Expert Assortment Analysis looks for ways to streamline the elements needed for production to reduce complexity, speed assembly, and minimize cost.
  • Expert Test Services ensures that your products meet your quality requirements through the use of accredited procedures, certified equipment, and extensive laboratory experience.

If you have any questions about these modules, ATE Expert Walk, or want to implement it for your facility, please contact your local Bossard Agent.




July 29, 2022
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3 Undeniable Ways Bossard’s Kitting Increases Manufacturing Efficiency

Bossard Kitting

Implementing kitting services can open the door to a vast range of benefits for warehouses and manufacturing facilities. Kitting — also referred to as bundling — is a process of combining finished goods or inventory items into individual stock keeping units (SKUs). There are two broad categories of kitting:

  • Product kitting is where finished goods that make up a new product are bundled together.
  • Material kitting explains when items used in the manufacturing process are bundled together. 

In either case, kitting can help streamline processes, simplify inventory management, optimize floor production, and help your warehouse move closer toward lean manufacturing. Let’s take a closer look at some of the top efficiency gains our clients experience with our kitting services. 

Maximize Limited Warehouse Floor Space

No matter the size of your warehouse, one thing is for certain — space is at a premium. And when you implement Bossard’s kitting services in your lean manufacturing environment, saving space is one of the most prevalent benefits. By strategically moving component inventory, kitting allows you to dedicate more space to production. 

As a part of the kitting process, Bossard — a leading third-party logistics provider — takes responsibility for storing the manufacturer’s parts. This immediately allows more space for production, granting your workers more space and improving safety. Kitting also mitigates expensive manufacturing storage space that was previously necessary for storing different components. And when manufacturers save on storage space, they will refrain from utilizing unnecessary packaging and generating trash, which are each the antithesis to lean manufacturing. 

Improve Productivity with Kitting

Anytime parts are not kitted, assemblers will have to waste time searching through your inventory, request to pull parts, and then log their usage. Whether off-site or on-site, curated and pre-sorted kits can lead to time savings and reduced labor costs by ensuring the right parts are easily accessible when needed. When the kitting is combined with managed inventory, these two processes allow suppliers to make sure products are readily available to support daily production. More so, it allows suppliers to retain ownership of inventory until it is required. As a bonus, when items are shipped in a kit, they are less likely to experience order fulfillment errors.

Increase Volume and Improve Assembly Speed

Kitting allows parts and components to be bulk processed vs individually when every order arrives. And when manufacturers outsource this functionality, it will almost immediately equate to savings in money and time. While the outbound side of the inventory is where most inventory-based companies generate the most profit, it’s most likely the most labor-intensive. Kitting can lead to increased volume and faster assembly by ensuring parts are delivered to the point of use, which saves manufacturers time on the line. 

Contact Bossard for Expert Kitting Services

At Bossard, our experienced logistics and warehouse staff are equipped with state-of-the-art tools and unrivaled expertise to efficiently handle all of your warehouse C-part kitting and assembly needs. We offer decades of experience helping facilities unlock the countless benefits of kitting. And when you partner with Bossard, we will work to unlock all of the benefits that kitting services can offer your facility. 

Contact Bossard today for expert kitting services. 




July 22, 2022
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Fastener Finish: Platings and Coatings for Fasteners

Fastener Finish

The finish, or coating, is just as important as the design when you want your fasteners to last for the life of your product. If you want more information on the description below, please contact your local Bossard agent.

Factors to Consider

When you’re trying to decide on the correct finish, consider the following factors.

·         Safety. Improperly applied finish may make the fastener fail. A common failure point that can be introduced by finish is hydrogen embrittlement. Embrittlement reduces ductility and load-bearing because the metal absorbs too much hydrogen during the plating process. Choosing a dip-spin coating or Bossard’s ecosyn® tribological dry coating over using an electroplated finish can alleviate this risk.

·         Corrosion Protection. How long will the finish last based on its operating environment? The fastener requires a stronger coating if it endures very severe conditions that include saline solutions, cleaners, moisture, and collisions that produce abrasions, scratching, and denting.

·         Resistance to Handling Damage. How frequently will workers handle or use tools on the fastener? A softer and more brittle finish demands more care during handling and assembly.

·         Criticality of the Joint. What happens to the entire assembly if a joint becomes loose? Some finishes do not have known friction values. Avoid those finishes for fasteners on joints with consistent and repeatable clamp loads.

·         Functionality. Fasteners with small diameters and threads that have internal recess drives may leave too much coating material in the recesses or threads if the wrong finish is used.

·         Cost. Exotic coatings will increase the price of the fastener and the total cost of production.

·         Availability. Is the finish you want readily available? Or will it have to be special-ordered, which demands a greater lead time and more expense?

Common Finishes

If cost or time is a concern, rely on the following fastener coatings, which are easily available.

·         Electrodeposited (Commercial) Zinc. This finish is inexpensive, works under mild to moderate conditions, and is moderately resistant to handling damage. It has no problems with recess fill or threads. However, its friction is harder to control and it risks hydrogen embrittlement at high strengths.

·         Electrodeposited Zinc Nickel. This finish functions well under severe to very severe conditions and has good resistance to handling damage. It is also free of issues with recess fill or threads but has a high cost, difficult-to-control friction, and is not as available as commercial zinc. The chances for hydrogen embrittlement are lower but still existent.

·         Mechanical Zinc. With no hydrogen embrittlement risk, this finish features moderate resistance to handling damage and mild to moderate corrosion. It is not recommended for threads because of poor coverage in recesses and holes. The cost is medium to high while availability ranges from medium to low.

·         Zinc Flake. Hydrogen embrittlement is not a risk for this finish that protects against severe to very severe corrosion and has high friction control. It is moderately resistant to handling damage but is not recommended for any fasteners with an internal drive. The cost is moderate.

·         Hot Dip Galvanized. Protecting against severe to very severe corrosion, this moderately-priced coating has excellent handling-damage resistance and moderate cost. However, friction is difficult to control and it is not recommended for threads less than M8 or with an internal drive. The risk for hydrogen embrittlement is low.

·         Epoxy Electrocoat. This coating has no hydrogen embrittlement risk, works under severe to very severe conditions, is moderately resistant to handling damage, and is excellent at controlling friction. It has no problems with recess fill or threads at M4 or more. But it is pricey.


·         Tribological Dry Coatings. A solution for mechanically stressed fastening elements and components, such as screws, nuts and washers. The coating is a non-electrolytically applied thin layer with integrated lubrication properties and additional corrosion protection.

July 08, 2022
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Multifunctional fasteners: Bossard Selection

At Bossard, we believe in the spirit of constant innovation and smart ideas when it comes to satisfying our customers.  Introducing the Bossard Selection, a group of multifunctional fasteners carefully chosen by our experts to help you carry out your assembly with more speed, reliability, quality, and economy.

Multifunctionality Enhances Productivity

What sets the Bossard Selection apart from any other group of fasteners is the care and consideration put into their selection. Each product combines several fastening elements into one pre assembled fastener.  The end result is efficient fasteners that optimize your assembly in numerous ways.

Here’s what sets the Bossard Selection apart from any other group of fasteners:

  • Multifunctional in the application – Our multifunction fasteners are incredibly versatile, making them an ideal fit for any application no matter what your needs are.
  • Fewer individual pieces – Multifunctional captive screw assemblies also means fewer fasteners needed to accomplish a particular process.
  • Shorter throughput time – Less parts to source, gather and move.
  • Faster and safer assembly – With our fasteners, each process takes less time and less risk to complete.
  • Reduced installation time – A simpler installation process also means less time needed for each process.  Optimized drive heads, captive washers and enhanced drilling capability saves you time at assembly.
  • Increased productivity – Our multifunctional fasteners make the assembly process more efficient and, most importantly, more productive.

The benefits don’t just end there. With our multifunctional fasteners, reduction of product can provide over 30% rationalisation potential in the entire value chain of each fastening.

Worldwide Availability

Another way the Bossard Selection sets itself apart from other products is through ready availability. Our international procurement ensures that every product featured in the Bossard Selection is available from stock. Not only do you get security of supply, but you’ll also enjoy the significant cost reductions and improved planning that comes of it. This is how we leverage our decades of experience in the global procurement and purchasing of fastening products.

Available Multi-functional Fastening Solutions

  • ecosyn®-fix – Shake-proof and vibration-proof, these economical screws provide reduced assembly time and material management costs by integrating a spring washer into the head, all while providing extra security for a broad range of applications.
  • ecosyn®-drill / ecosyn®-MRX – Self-drilling direct screwing fasteners for applications involving aluminum, steel plates, and corrosion-resistant thinwall sheets. Offers high drilling performance. Available in zinc plated blue or stainless steel.
  • Hexalobular (6 Lobe) socket – Designed to evenly distribute torque forces, resulting in a low rate of wear and optimum power transmission for longer tool life.  Available for many different head types, hexalobular can reduce your investment in tooling.
  • Innovation – Simple, yet effective. The ideal fasteners for ensuring reliable and creative assembly with a selection of low head and captive washer screws.

Exclusively from Bossard

“Proven Productivity” is more than just a promise – it’s a fact evinced by providing our customers with products that increase their productivity. At Bossard, we fulfill that promise using exclusive products with unique features that are well-suited to our customers’ needs. You won’t find the Bossard Selection anywhere else.


To learn more about the Bossard Selection or any of our other product solutions, reach out to us at




June 10, 2022
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3 Smart Ways to Achieve Smarter Manufacturing Profitability


No matter the product being produced, it’s imperative to find ways to streamline production and manufacturing processes. Doing so can lead to improved speed of production, faster speed to market, increased cost savings, improved product quality, as well as higher customer satisfaction and loyalty levels. Simply put, it makes dollars and sense to seek out continuous improvement throughout your manufacturing processes. Let’s take a closer look at three smart ways to achieve smarter manufacturing. 

Make a SMART Analysis of Your Current Workflows

It’s impossible to move from A to B — unless you know where A is. This means all improvements toward achieving smarter manufacturing begins with benchmarking and analyzing your current workflows. Here are general steps you can use to get started:

  1. People. Do you have the right people with the right skills in the right place? More so, have you defined Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, and Time-Related (SMART) goals? 
  2. Process. How long has it been since you’ve mapped out and evaluated your processes? Where did you identify obstacles and bottlenecks?
  3. Technology and Tools. How well maintained is your equipment? Do you utilize the most relevant tech to meet business-critical applications? And how easy is it for you to modify these processes? 

Implement a Smart Factory Logistics System

In the age of smartphones, smart TVs, smart doorbells, and everything else, now is the perfect time to optimize your warehouse and supply chain with Smart Factory Logistics. Empowered by the Internet of Things, Smart Factory Logistics enables your computers and machines to communicate in real-time. At Bossard, we offer both software and physical systems to automate your C-parts supply chain to help you work smarter. Our Smart Factory Logistics system is comprised of the following core components.


As the name suggests, SmartLabels are intelligent, connected modular labels that can be affixed to your existing storage units designed to hold stock. Once programmed, a plethora of information can be seamlessly communicated to other components via the SmartLable Cloud:

  • Name
  • ID numbers
  • Delivery date
  • Real-time order status
  • And more

 Each label uses an e-paper display and can last up to five years. In addition, an easy-to-use button on the label triggers ordering.  


The SmartBin is a stand-alone container that features integrated weight sensors. These sensors are responsible for continuously monitoring stock levels through the SmartBin cloud. If inventory drops to the point of reordering, it will automatically send the order through to Bossard. All order items will be consolidated into a single shipment and sent to the point of use or dock. 


If you have valuable or restricted inventory, the SmartLocker restricts access to those who have the proper RFID card. With the SmartLocker, ordering is also automatic .

Use Smarter Analytics

ARIMS is a cloud-based, digital, interactive platform that links all Bossard Smart Factory Logistics systems together to improve lean management and increase supply chain transparency. It allows you to access the platform via computer or through the mobile app from your personal smartphone or tablet. And once access is gained, you’ll have the ability to perform and manage an array of functions — whether you’re on the factory floor or at your desk.

ARIMS places volumes of data and accessibility at your fingertips. You can analyze your deliveries, orders, locations, and articles in real-time by leveraging easy-to-understand: 

  • Tables,
  • Graphs
  • Reports

In addition, ARIMS allows you to customize system options, submit change requests, view previous and current changes.

Ready to learn more? Contact the assembly technology experts at Bossard. 




June 03, 2022
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Two Customer Success Stories: How Bossard Adds Value

Expert Walk

Success comes in many forms, but when you partner with Bossard for fastening solutions and manufacturing expertise, success comes in all forms. And you don’t have to take our word for it! Simply ask any of our clients for their own success stories. Let’s take a quick look at how clients partnered with Bossard for success. 

Tailor-Made Solutions Drive Excellent Results

Since 1866, Borgers has been associated with engineering premium textile components. Johann Borgers GmbH mainly focuses on delivering custom solutions for commercial vehicles and automobiles. The manufacturer produces coverings and absorbers for trunk loading floors, sidewalls, rear window shelves, as well a host of other essential components. No matter the application, each component depends on reliable fastening solutions. The spectrum of materials employed ranges from:

  • Thermoplastic carriers
  • Duroplastic carriers
  • Polyurethane films
  • Needle felts
  • Genuine leather applications
  • And more

But when introduced to Bossard’s new MM-Welding technology, they immediately recognized the potential for real economic benefits. 

Bossard’s New MM-Welding Technology Is a Perfect Fit

The MM-Welding technology utilizes ultrasonic vibration to push thermoplastic fasteners through the top layer of porous sandwich materials without any preliminary processing or drilling. The friction between the component and fastener surface morphs the surface of the fastener into the connecting material. Due to the hardness of the material, the fastener manages to retain its shape and can be immediately loaded following the connection process. 

Mark Maibom, Industrial Engineer Expert, Johann Borgers GmbH explains, “The MM-Welding® technology appeared to be tailor-made for us since so many of our products are based on the porous PUR sandwich components for which the process was developed.” Because utilizing this innovative solution only takes a second, Bossard’s MM-Welding technology was an instant improvement and led to efficiencies. 

Previous conventional joining methods always required extra work and came with limitations. Specifically, the team at Borgers had to pre-process and post-process the drill hole; or they were required to factor in longer drying times and longer hardening times. With Bossard’s MM-Welding technology, the team projects significant cost savings in the future.  

Garo Poland’s Success Story Is Highlighted by a 33% Reduction in Inventory 

Garo Poland is the biggest manufacture of electric vehicle charging systems in Northern Europe. Specializing in electrical installations and systems, this innovative firm is committed to lean management and innovation. And for several years, Garo has turned to Bossard for our SmartBin logistics systems to help achieve it’s lean manufacturing goals.

Our cutting-edge material management solutions have been instrumental in driving efficiencies in their production process. To help facilitate lean management at Garo, seven locations are equipped with Bossard SmartBin Systems that oversee more than 900 order items. With an average of 22,700 fastening solutions being processed every day, processes must be under control. And Bossard’s interactive supply chain platform —ARIMS— material management is more predictable and leaner. 

ARIMS Is the Best Inventory Management Software

With the goal of a fully efficient operation, the right material must be at the right place every time. And Bossard’s ARIMS platform helps ensure the right C-parts are available when needed. Enhanced by cloud technology associated with the ARIMS platform, the generation and sorting of procurement orders are optimized.

In addition, SmartOrdering with ARIMS provides a myriad of demand forecasts and improved procurement processes for supply chain optimization. Ordering and delivering processes can be consistently optimized by leveraging historical data and artificial intelligence. The automated process helps limit employee workload and leads to time savings.

Supply Chain Optimization Reduces Inventory by 33%


One of the key tell-tale signs of success for Garo is that they have been able to reduce inventories by a masterful 33%. This means that less capital is tied up, and they can rededicate resources to driving their core competencies — including innovation potential. 




May 27, 2022
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