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4 Online Bossard Resources You Can Access Anywhere

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The global threat of COVID-19 continues to transform the way we interact with the world at large. The need for social distancing and other stringent precautions has driven many of our customers to adopt work-at-home for much of their workforce.

Employees at our customers working from home may not be able to access the same portfolio of resources they may have at the office. With that in mind, Bossard offers four powerful online resources you can explore and use for your engineering and design needs.

Technical Resources

You will find a wealth of technical information on our fastener technology, from conversion tables and hardness comparisons to general tolerances and mechanical properties for various fastener designs.

White Papers

Fasteners may seem simple, but the engineering and technology behind them is vastly complex. Bossard’s team of seasoned experts on fastener design and engineering have put together numerous white papers with thoroughly detailed, in-depth information on various fastener topics. Whether you want to know more about surface treatments for fasteners or how heat treatment affects mechanical strength and corrosion resistance, you will find that knowledge and more by checking out our white papers.

CAD Design Suite

To better guide your purchasing decisions, Bossard’s advanced CAD design tool provides 2-D, 3-D, and animated representations of our product catalog. You will also find additional smart features to further support your product and design choices.

Online Calculators

Bossard’s online calculators and converters make it easier for engineers, designers, technicians, and students to quickly convert different units of measure and perform other calculations. You can even download our online calculators and converters to your compatible Android or iOS smartphone in the form of a convenient app, putting a powerful tool at your fingertips no matter where you go. Explore Bossard’s online resources and email us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com with any questions, or for more information.

July 10, 2020
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Internal Logistics and the Importance of Last Mile Management

An advanced industrial setting

How your enterprise manages its logistics determines its success and profitability. External logistics, or the flow of materials and final goods from production to the marketplace, is a well-understood concept that most people grasp.

Internal logistics also involves the flow of goods and materials. But as the name implies, said flow is managed internally to replenish work cells within the production center. Internal logistics deals with how goods and materials are stored, distributed and managed in-house, with accountability, trackability and, visibility key goals.

Material replenishment is the key to maintaining efficient production processes, especially those that take advantage of the milk run / water spider. Last Mile Management provides an elegant solution for internal logistics, providing a clear pathway for effective supply chain management.

How Bossard Optimizes the Last Mile

Bossard’s Last Mile Management incorporates many beneficial features that help optimize typical internal logistics flows, from electric demand requests and mobile apps that encourage a paperless environment to customizable route planning that reduces unnecessary movements throughout the replenishment phase.

Using Bossard’s interactive supply chain platform ARIMS, Bossard Last Mile Management automates demand requests at the work cell, allowing materials to be efficiently picked at central storage locations from a digital picking list. An optimized route plan allows the milk run / water spider to effectively and reliably replenish work cells with shorter and less time-consuming paths.

The result is high reliability, optimized material flow and streamlined movements in internal logistics. Reduced order and delivery times also promote increased efficiency, plus real-time consumption data becomes available for each work cell. Bossard’s Last Mile Optimization also allows for flexibility in reconfigurations, providing an evergreen solution regardless of the logistics scenario.

Contact your local Bossard representative today at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com and optimize your Last Mile.

 

July 03, 2020
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The Quick Guide to Supply Chain Logistics

A worker observers a supply chain

Supply chain is the activity and process of sourcing the necessary components or raw materials required by a business to produce a service or product and deliver it to customers. At Bossard, we offer comprehensive logistics services that are critical to an efficient and reliable supply chain. Let’s take a closer look at a quick guide to supply chain logistics and how Bossard’s solutions can help create efficiencies and improve productivity.

Planning

The first step of the supply chain should involve comprehensive strategizing, including market research, cost projections, viability, projected profit margins, manpower, etc. During this phase, all resources should be planned and managed to meet the demand for the service or product. And if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. It’s imperative to devote enough time to the planning phase to achieve long-term benefits. You should also determine which metrics should be used to measure the efficiency of the supply chain and ensure it meets enterprise goals. 

Sourcing

Your suppliers are an irreplaceable link in the supply chain. Without the ability to efficiently and effectively source the raw materials or parts you need, your product or service is destined for the wayside. Your supplier should be able to supply good quality resources and products that are on time and within the budget. The experts at Bossard are proven to check all the boxes and more. 

Inventory

Inventory management, movement, and storage sit at the heart of supply chain relationships. Most of the activity involved in managing a relationship hinges on the purchase, transfer, and management of inventory. Organizations must:

  • Meet downstream customer demands that are almost impossible to forecast with accuracy and precision. 
  • Deal with suppliers upstream and maintaining a sufficient supply of materials and goods. 

Bossard’s Smart Factory Logistics systems can help strike the ever-elusive balance between meeting customer demands and reducing your total cost of ownership by taking care of B- and C-parts management. 

Transportation

Often called delivery or logistics, the transportation stage involves coordinating customer orders, scheduling delivery, load dispatch, customer invoicing, and payment receipt. This step relies on vehicles to deliver products to customers. 

Returning

As a supplier, you’ll need a flexible and responsive network to receive excess, defected, or unwanted products. For instance, products that are excess or unwanted may be redirected to a warehouse for sale. On the other hand, a defective product may be scrapped or reworked. In either case, it’s imperative to have a reliable and robust network for returns. 

How Can Bossard Help with Supply Chain Management?

At Bossard, we offer an array of solutions designed to add value to your supply chain by helping you overcome key challenges.  Our Smart Factory Logistics is tailored and engineered to meet the specific needs of your business. Enhanced by custom solutions and innovative systems, Bossard’s Smart Factory Logistics incorporates the Internet of Things to your factory and facilitates machine-to-machine communication. You can focus on your core competencies, while the Bossard team focuses on making your C-parts management system leaner and more transparent. 

Contact Bossard today at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com to learn more about how we can help improve productivity and enhance your supply chain. 

June 26, 2020
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Industrial Revolution: Before and After

A 20th century industrial landscape

The terms “Industry 3.0” and “Industry 4.0” are quite common in manufacturing circles with the latter representing the next evolution in manufacturing. How Industry 4.0 relates to Industry 3.0 and its impact on production processes is the key topic in today’s blog post. 

Before Industry 4.0

So far, there have been four major revolutions in industrial output, starting with the first industrial revolution in the 18th century and the advent of water and steam as a revolutionizing force in mechanical production. The second industrial revolution of the 19th century brought electricity as the driving force behind mass production via the assembly line. The third industrial revolution, also known as Industry 3.0, harnessed advances in Information Technology and electronics to drive automate processes

Each Industrial Revolution followed with it an escalation in automation, culminating in the current state of autonomy. While the automated processes of Industry 3.0 operate largely without human input, they still rely on human controllers to facilitate certain functions essential for continued production. 

The Age of Industry 4.0

The fourth industrial revolution or “Industry 4.0” brings with it a quantum leap in automation and connectivity. By harnessing artificial intelligence, cloud computing, advanced robotics and other smart technologies capable of exchanging and interpreting big data, Industry 4.0 aims to transform manufacturing processes, resulting in reduced costs, increased productivity and improvements in efficiency.  

So, how can Industry 4.0 take your business to the next level? Bossard’s Smart Factory Logistics harnesses the Industrial Internet of Things to create a seamless, streamlined supply chain and logistics solution for your enterprise. With solutions like ARIMS and its ability to help you manage material flow in real-time, Smart Factory Logistics offers a clear roadmap for transforming your manufacturing processes. You can also count on Bossard’s team of seasoned specialists to customize and optimize your systems based on your specific needs. Contact us today at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com and learn how Bossard’s Smart Factory Logistics can deliver impressive results for your company.

June 19, 2020
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How Are Fasteners Made?

As a global leader in modern fastening technology, Bossard takes pride in perfecting its high-quality product solutions for your applications. While the Bossard product portfolio runs the gamut from multifunctional screws to self-clinching fasteners, these products are typically made using one of three methods: machining, cold forming, and hot forging.

Machining

Machining is the method of choice for creating non-standard fasteners in small quantities. The process starts with a round or hex bar placed on a lathe. Throughout the machining process, the required thread and shank geometry is machined from the bar while additional steps, including threading, drilling, and slotting, are taken to create the final product.

The machining process allows manufacturers to create precise fasteners with complex geometry and tight tolerances. The process is also time-consuming and wastes a lot of material, making it unsuitable for high-volume production.

Cold Forming

The most common method of creating standard fasteners is the cold forming process. This method starts with a coil of wire which is straightened and sheared to the appropriate length. The resulting blanks are then fed into a bolt maker and extruded through a series of dies, creating the proper geometry for the fasteners. The fastener heads are then shaped using a series of progressive dies while the external threads are formed on the shank using roll dies. 

Speed and reduced waste are two major advantages of the cold forming process. Manufacturers can produce thousands of parts per hour while minimizing costs associated with material waste. But the machines involved in the cold forming process take considerable time to set up, making small production runs unfeasible due to time and cost constraints.

Hot Forging

Hot forging is the go-to method for producing fasteners that can’t be produced via cold forming or machining, including fasteners with very large diameters or lengths. In this process, bar stock is partially heated to very high temperatures and then fed into a press that forms the head shape in one die. This process is often expensive and time-consuming, which is why it’s typically reserved for creating oversized parts. Have other questions about how fasteners are made? Contact us today at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com for more information.

June 12, 2020
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Can I Reuse Fasteners?

A stack of fasteners from Bossard

One of the most common questions we hear at Bossard involves fastener reuse. While there are plenty of applications and scenarios where reusing existing fasteners makes sense, the answer isn’t always as straightforward. Depending on their application, fasteners can experience a broad range of external loads, making reuse an issue that requires careful consideration.

Simple Guidelines for Reuse

One major factor that determines a fastener’s reusability is its function. Before making your decision, consider these important questions:

  • Will a joint failure pose any danger to people?
  • Will a joint failure incur any significant costs?

If you’ve answered “yes” to either question, then you’re better off replacing the fastener in question instead of reusing it. Critical applications often require fasteners to carry a specific load achieved by a measured torque. Any damage to the threads or the surface finish could change the load amount transferred to the fastener when torqued to a specific value.

Contamination caused by dirt and debris or external lubrication can also change the specific loading, which could also result in problems later. Under these circumstances, using new fasteners prevents these issues from occurring by ensuring the fastener can achieve its proper loading.

If you’ve answered “no” to both questions mentioned above, then it’s possible to reuse the fastener in question. Before you reuse any fasteners, make sure the mating surfaces are clean and free of any damage or contamination before reinstallation. Always reinstall fasteners according to the manufacturer’s instructions, if applicable.

Common Cases for Fastener Reuse

Fastener reuse isn’t out of the ordinary for many applications. Take automobiles, for instance. Lug nuts are regularly reused on vehicle wheels without any ill effects. But this use case only works if they’re re-torqued properly according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For instance, lug nuts often require re-tightening to the proper torque specification after 50 miles of driving.

To learn more about fastener reuse or if you have any more questions, get in touch with us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

June 05, 2020
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The Pros and Cons of Digitalization

A worker organizers products

Digitalization, or the use of technology to improve how work gets done, may be the wave of the future. But at Bossard, we understand how the process can be fraught with challenges and uncertainty. To make informed decisions about this path, check out its pros and cons.

Digitalization Pros

Digitalization offers the following benefits:

  • Increased Productivity. While digitalization centralizes data, it allows retrieval from any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone in your plant. Information goes to where your employees need it and exports to other applications for analysis, which can provide better insights. Your workers don’t have to go searching for what they need and entering it many times into different physical locations, which can cause errors. The result is efficiency, time savings, and better productivity.
  • Better Customer Experience. With your customers spending more and more time in the digital space, it makes sense to offer them seamless access to the same information that you have. Purchasing becomes easier for them and you when your employee intervention becomes unnecessary. You also analyze your customers’ digital patterns to offer them experiences tailored to their needs.
  • Optimized Supply Chain. Digitalization optimizes your supply chain by reducing the time it takes to fulfill customer requests and request restocking. Leaner manufacturing reduces your time to market.

Digitalization Cons

The following are some of the challenges of Digitalization:

  • Implementation. Investing in digitalization takes plenty of time and money. But you can mitigate the effort by digitizing one area at a time step-by-step rather than transforming everything at once. You will still see immediate benefits even if you take a piecemeal approach.
  • Employee Uncertainty. Your employees may be eager to embrace the advantages of digitalization, but they may be uncertain about how they will learn the necessary skills. Through our digital tools, Bossard can customize its training to each employee’s learning style and give them the support they need to succeed.

Want more information or help on digitalization for your organization? Please contact us today at provenproductivity@bossard.com.

May 22, 2020
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What is the difference between tensile strength and yield strength?

A bolt is held

Two of the terms you encounter when considering fasteners are tensile strength and yield strength. Both reveal the strength of the fastener. But, despite the similarities of these terms, they are not interchangeable. We at Bossard want to explain the differences, so you can make an informed decision when choosing fasteners.

  • You don’t want a fastener that is too weak for your application.
  • But you also don’t want a fastener that is too strong because you’re spending extra money on strength that you don’t need.

Why is a fastener like a spring?

A fastener like a bolt behaves in the same way as a spring.

  • When you use a fastener to clamp down two components, they act as a compression spring.
  • Meanwhile, the bolt acts as a tension spring and stretches when you apply force to it.

If you do not overload the bolt, it springs back to its original length when you release the load. But, if you overload the bolt beyond its yield point, it does not return to its original shape and suffers permanent deformity.

Coming to terms

The point before which the fastener fractures indicates the tensile strength. You want to focus on this number when choosing fasteners that must sustain huge forces.

Yield strength generally comprises 80 or 90 percent of tensile strength. Yield indicates the point at which the fastener starts deforming. A useful way to determine the yield strength of a bolt based on its tensile strength is to examine its property class.

  • Property class of 10.9: The 9 after the decimal point shows that the yield strength comprises 90 percent of tensile strength.
  • Property class of 8.8: The 8 after the decimal points shows that yield strength comprises 80 percent of tensile strength.

Proof Load

A third term that’s often associated with fasteners is proof load. Proof load is the maximum load you can apply to a fastener before it permanently deforms. For Bossard fasteners, you can find the values for tensile strength, yield strength, and proof load in the technical section of our website.

For more information about tensile strength and yield strength, contact us at provenproductivity@bossard.com today.

May 15, 2020
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Features of the Accuride® 9300 Series

Premium ball bearing slides

Bossard is proud to present premium ball-bearing slides crafted by Accuride® International. These high-quality, engineered products work efficiently with a wide range of inventory control applications ranging from storage onboard vehicles in transit to stationary storage cabinets. The 9300 series, forged for heavy-duty movement solutions, has the following features:

  • RoHS compliant
  • Accommodates heavy duty loads rated up to 600 pounds with lengths up to 60 inches and widths of 42 inches
  • Options available to lock in place open (lock-in) or lock closed (lock-out)
  • Disengage the slides that lock with a simple press of a tab when you want to open or close the drawer
  • Offers convenient access to all your drawers contents with the full-extension three-member design
  • Non-disconnecting design
  • Mounts flat or on the side for maximum flexibility in your design
  • Shock absorbing silencing bumper smooths and refines movement while lowering impact noise when closing the drawer
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

We offer the following 9300 models:

  • 9301E: This slide handles mobile loads up to 360 pounds and stationary loads up to 600 pounds. This slide does not lock in or out unless you add the optional Accuride® CBHANDLE Kit.  AWI and BHMA compliant.   
  • 9307E: This slide features a front latch lock-out that keeps drawers and trays in an open position for extended access over time. The enhanced spring and lever design improves reliability with repeated use.
  • 9308E: To secure vehicle compartments in an opened or closed position this slide also integrates a lock-out feature, as well as a lock-in feature to ensure drawers stay closed during transit.
  • 9308-E5: This two-slide set consists of the 9308E with its lock-in and lock-out feature and the 9301E.
  • 9322E: Created with pocket and bayonet mounting, providing tool-less installation. For non-locking motion.
  • 9328E: Also featuring pocket and bayonet mounting for easy installation, this slider locks in and out through a front-latch release.

For more information about the Accuride 9300 Series, email us at provenproductivity@bossard.com today.

May 01, 2020
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Comparing and Contrasting SmartBin Flex and SmartLabel

An employee sorts through Bossard washers

If you’re looking for a way to automatically track your stock or install a smart inventory system, Bossard would like to introduce our SmartBin Flex and SmartLabel options. Both can increase your efficiency and enhance your profitability.

Differences

The SmartBin Flex connects a bin to a weight sensor, forming an independent entity used anywhere in your facility. It works well if you do not have a storage system set up for your stock or are thinking of changing your current system to something else.

By using weight sensors, the SmartBin Flex automatically tracks the stock inside the bin at any time, day or night. When the stock runs out, it can automatically place orders for more stock without any manual intervention, which makes your process leaner.

The SmartLabel is an intelligent label that attaches to every kind of storage container. It’s ideal if you’re already using a storage system that you’re comfortable with and want to attach an automated process to it.

The label shows such information as product name and ID number. Because it uses e-paper technology, the label is easy to read under all lighting conditions. When the container becomes empty or when they deem it necessary, users can press a button on the label to order more stock. The label then shows real-time order status, quantity, and delivery date.

Similar Benefits

Both smart systems offer similar benefits:

  • Integrates with Smart Factory Logistics.
  • Streamlines the ordering process.
  • Lowers your total cost of ownership by being virtually maintenance-free.
  • Increases efficiency, allowing more time for your core activities, which enhances profitability.
  • Works wirelessly at the point of use.
  • Provides real-time information updates.
  • Manages orders seamlessly, giving you full control of the cycle.
  • Consolidates control, ordering, and delivery.
  • Replenishes stock at the point of use.
  • Integrates with ARIMS, our interactive web-based platform that automates your material flow.

Want to know more about how either system or both can work for your business? Then please contact us today at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

April 24, 2020
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