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The Role of Fasteners in Sustainability

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Sustainability has become an increasingly important issue in manufacturing as the global community seeks to reduce its carbon footprint and protect the environment. One aspect of sustainability often overlooked is the choice of fasteners used in manufacturing.  Fasteners such as bolts, screws, and nuts are essential components of many products, and choosing environmentally friendly options can have a significant impact on the sustainability of the manufacturing process.

Ensuring your suppliers are in compliance with RoHS/REACH is a good baseline start to bringing sustainability to your manufacturing.  RoHS bans the use of certain substances used in the making of electrical and electronic equipment such as lead, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium.  REACH places responsibility on the industry to be transparent on its use of chemicals in manufacturing and report the properties of chemical substances to a central database.  Bossard is actively working with our manufacturers to offer products that are in compliance with the European Union Environmental Directive and constantly monitor environmental RoHS/REACH directives.

One option for sustainable fasteners is to choose environmentally friendly coatings and fastener finish.  A clean and environmentally friendly coating Bossard offers is a line of Tribological dry-coated fasteners.  This type of coating is a non-electrolytically applied thin layer with integrated lubrication properties, protection against contact corrosion, and no risk of hydrogen embrittlement further saving on the potential for waste.

Additionally, it is essential to consider the end-of-life of fasteners when choosing environmentally friendly options. Fasteners that can be easily disassembled and reused or recycled are preferable to those that are difficult to disassemble or cannot be recycled.  For example, stainless steel fasteners are a great choice to consider due to corrosion resistance, no additional finish requirement as well as ease of recycling.

Finally, choosing fasteners that are locally sourced can reduce the environmental impact of transportation. Sourcing fasteners from local suppliers reduces the distance that the products need to be transported, reducing carbon emissions and fuel consumption.

In addition, tracking usage over time by using big data and real-time analytics can also aid in procurement on an optimized schedule further reducing energy overhead in transport or storage.  Analytics can also eliminate wastage due to excess inventory.  Bossard’s ARIMs platform and Smart Factory Logistics can provide you with the data to optimize your C-parts procurement plan and aid in sustainability efforts.

In conclusion, choosing environmentally friendly fasteners is an easy way to make a significant impact on the sustainability of the manufacturing process. By choosing fasteners made from durable materials, prioritizing disassembly and recyclability, smart procurement planning, and sourcing locally, manufacturers can take an important step towards a more sustainable future.




April 28, 2023
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The Hidden Cost of Fasteners

Fastener TCO and the 15/85 rule

You may be familiar with the concept of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), but did you know you can apply a TCO model to fasteners?  Savvy decision makers apply TCO to analyze the hidden cost of equipment or services beyond the initial purchase price.  You can also apply this model  to reveal the direct and indirect cost of fastening in your manufacturing.

Bossard’s 15/85 rule is a concept used to estimate the total cost of ownership (TCO) of fasteners. The rule suggests that the cost of the fastener itself accounts for only 15% of the total cost, while the remaining 85% is due to indirect costs associated with the fastener.

The Rule of 15/85 Explained

The 15% cost includes the purchase price of the fastener, transportation costs, and any other direct costs associated with the acquisition of the fastener.

The remaining 85% of the cost includes indirect costs such as assembly time, installation costs, quality control, engineering, internal handling, and inventory management costs. These indirect costs are often hidden or overlooked, but they can have a significant impact on the overall cost of your assembly.

By taking into account both the direct and indirect costs, Bossard’s 15/85 rule highlights the importance of selecting fasteners not only on purchase price but also functionality (the ability to simplify a bolted-joint problem), high quality and reliability, ease of installation in assembly, and partnering with a value-add partner such as Bossard to help you tackle your indirect cost to reduce the overall cost of ownership.

Bossard’s Full-Service Solution

At Bossard, we take a holistic, full-service approach to helping our customers find the right fastening solution and improve productivity, all the while helping you to reduce your fastener TCO.  The following range of Assembly Technology Expert and Smart Factory Logistics services can help you tackle that hidden 85%.

  • Development and Design: Bossard’s Expert Design Service helps customers at the forefront of new product design and development by providing critical consulting and engineering insight into the ideal fastening solution.
  • Procurement: Having the right fastener at the right time reduces inventory counts and costs. Our customers rely upon the Bossard team to help identify the right fastening solution from a rolling inventory of over 200,000 different product SKUs.
  • Logistics and Handling: Bossard’s Smart Factory Logistics help companies manage their inventory in real-time with Smart Bins and Smart Labels in the warehouse and at point-of-use.  Helping you minimize waste, lower excessive inventory counts, and reduce downtime.
  • Ordering and Storage: Our interactive supply chain platform (ARIMS) improves customer supply chain efficiency and predictability with real-time analytics, metrics, and data.  Bring demand planning to your C-parts and have inventory when you need it.
  • Quality Assurance / Testing: Bossard can support your Quality Assurance and Design Engineers through its worldwide network of Bossard ISO/IEC 17025-accredited test laboratories. Every state-of-the-art Bossard test laboratory has the most accurate measuring and testing equipment to assure customers are meeting standards and specifications.
  • Kitting and Assembly: Bossard offers light assembly, labeling and kitting services that help manufacturers speed up and optimize assembly.

Partner with Bossard to tackle the visible and invisible cost of fasteners in your manufacturing through supply chain optimization, engineering, expert test services, and global reach and reduce your TCO in fastening.

If you need help reducing your TCO or need some expert guidance on fastening solutions, contact us now.


March 24, 2023
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Mechanical Engineering Calculators you Need to Add to Your Toolbox

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Your choice of fastener has a big impact on Design for Manufacturability and bolted joint design. Fastener selection requires careful planning to avoid product failure and manage quality and cost of your assembly.  With Bossard’s readily-available inventory of over 200,000 different screws, nuts, washers, pins, rivets, threaded inserts, screws, clip fasteners, surface bonding fasteners, clinching solutions, and multiple other industrial accessories, taking advantage of the Bossard tools and calculators below can help you choose the right one.

As a mechanical engineer, you have a lot to consider in your design.  Material to be joined, Clamp load, Stress, Temperature, Shear, Torque, Coefficient of friction, Corrosion – Solving any of these design problems can be made a lot easier using multiple Bossard calculators and converters. These ready-made tools are heavily relied upon by engineers, technicians, designers, project managers, and students and are outlined below.

Bossard Online Converters

The following Bossard online converters are used to convert various units of measure.

  • Length Converter: This converter accesses upwards of 68 different units of measure and converts inches, centimeters, meters, miles, KMs, feet, yards, etc.
  • Torque Converter: Calibrated torque wrenches are essential in some industries. This tool converts different torque values such as kilonewton meter, newton meter, newton centimeter, kilogram-force meter, once force inch, etc.
  • Pressure Converter: Bossard’s pressure converter converts various pressure units such as PSI, bar, millibar, pascal, ton/square foot, pound/square foot, etc.
  • Force Converter: Another simple-to-use converter that can convert newton, meganewton, kilonewton, dyne, kilogram-force, ounce force, etc.
  • Metric to Inch Fastener Converter: Ideal solution for converting metric to inch fastener forces.
  • Hardness Converter: Ideal tool for hardness-to-hardness measurement (Rockwell, Brinell, Vickers) and hardness-to-tensile strength conversion of cast iron and low-alloy steels.

Online Calculators for Design/Production

Bossard offers a comprehensive line of online calculators for technical design and production requirements.

  • Metric Thread Profile Calculator: This calculator is based on ISO 965-1:1998, ISO 68-1:1998, and ASME B1.13M-2005, allowing you to calculate metric thread geometry.
  • Pilot Hole Design for Metric Thread Formers: DIN 7500:2009 calculator for calculating hole size for metric thread forming screws.
  • Selection of Material and Coatings for Corrosion Protection: Ideal for any situation where choosing protective coatings is critical to corrosion protection.
  • Drill Hole Size for Tapped Threads: Instantly calculates the proper tap drill size for screws.
  • Pilot Hole Design for Tapping Screws: Calculates the ideal hole diameter for tapping screws.
  • Pilot Hole Design for ecosyn®-Plast: Calculator determines boss geometry for thermoplastic resin types for ecosyn®-plast.
  • Tolerances for Shafts and Holes: Easily calculate hole and shaft tolerances.

Online Calculators for Technical Design

  • Estimation of Bolt Size and Property Class: Calculator to determine the required diameter and property class.
  • Disc Spring Calculator: DIN-2093 Calculator for disc springs with geometry, values, and properties.
  • Cost Savings Calculator: Insightful tool allows you to calculate activity costs and uncover potential savings.
  • Thread Engagement Length Calculator: Simple calculator for calculating thread engagement for blind-hole and through-hole to determine sufficient thread engagement length.
  • Torque and Preload With Nut Factor: Uses basic formula of T = D*K*F to calculate tightening torque and preload with nut factor for screws (inches).
  • Torque and Preload with Nut Factor and Tool Accuracy – Inch: Allows you to calculate tightening torque and preload using the formula T = D*K*F mean.
  • Torque and Preload with Nut Factor and Tool Accuracy – Metric: Same tool as above but in metric.
  • Torque and Preload with Friction Scatter: Calculator based on VDI 2230: 2014 that calculates tightening torque for hex and socket head screws.
  • Torque and Preload for Customized Geometry and Material: Another calculator based on VDI 2230:2014. This one calculates pressure, preload, and tightening torque for socket head and countersunk screws by accounting for multiple head shapes, materials reduced, chanks, and hole champers.
  • Torque and Preload Calculator: Yet another calculator incorporating VDI 2230:2014, capable of calculating tightening torque, surface pressure, and preload values for head and socket head screws.

Each of these tools is accessible to all and free to use under the terms as set forth under Imprint. If you need any guidance, help, or have questions about a new project of yours, contact us today and speak with a Bossard Assembly Technology Expert.




February 24, 2023
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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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