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4 Supply Chain Solutions for Your Organization with Bossard

Supply Chain Solutions For Your Organization with Bossard

Improving your supply chain performance can increase your production efficiency while optimizing manufacturing and production. If you face some of the following common challenges, Bossard can provide supply chain management solutions through Smart Factory Logistics.

You have a good inventory management system in place, complete with a storage system but you want some automation.

SmartLabel consists of an intelligent label that attaches to any kind of storage bin. The E-paper display, which remains visible under all kinds of lighting conditions, shows configurable product information, real-time order status, order quantity, and delivery date. Touching a button on the label lets you release orders. A long battery life frees the SmartLabel from maintenance and its built-in wireless technology allows for communication with your inventory management system.

You need a way to store and manage inventory.

SmartBin flex refers to our bin that integrates a weight sensor at the bottom. It then wirelessly communicates stock levels and demand to other areas of your inventory management system. The unit operates individually, so it can go wherever it is needed: such as at the assembly line or work cell. This system reduces ordering and delivery times and encourages lean manufacturing without human intervention.

The SmartBin can also go on mobile trolleys that can communicate wirelessly and are battery-powered. You can then move the trolley to wherever your SmartBin collection is needed. For assembly lines and supermarkets, SmartBin Classic supports centralized and decentralized Kanban pools ranging from just a few grams per bin or up to 1,000 kilograms per pallet.

You want to isolate your high-value inventory with separate storage.

When you want to isolate valuable items and consumables from the rest of your inventory, you can store them in SmartLocker, which is essentially a cabinet with doors that can only be opened through an RFID card. It automatically keeps track of who is accessing what and tells you when inventory needs to be replenished. All information is wirelessly transmitted to ARIMS, Bossard’s Interactive Supply Chain Platform.

Your supply chain needs to be automated.

ARIMS, our exclusive supply chain management software, gives you control of your logistics by enabling you to actively manage inventory, track orders, and access intelligent analytics. Because it is cloud-based, you can access it from any point in your facility using Android or iOS devices, or at specific areas such as a manager’s office.

You can check orders, stock levels, and deliveries in real-time, and make immediate changes. You gain a complete overview of your items, orders, deliveries, and location, which you can analyze through graphs and reports that are easily exported.

This interactive supply chain platform lets you coordinate the flow of goods and materials, integrate all suppliers, and streamline your supplier base. You gain increased efficiency, full transparency, and data that is directly available at the point of use.

Want more information?

These are just some of the many solutions that can improve your productivity. If you have questions about any of these or want to implement them at your facility, please contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

 

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20% gain in efficiency with one rivet

Logistics costs reduction thanks to SmartBin

June 11, 2021
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What Is A Thread Rolling Screw?

What Is A Thread Rolling Screw

A thread rolling screw (TRS) is a type of threaded fastener that utilizes threads to reliably and securely fasten different materials. These types of screws create threads in the material by forcing the material outward. As a result, they are most popular in applications where you want to avoid loose chips that are typically created by thread-cutting screws.

What Are They?

Unlike traditional screws, thread rolling screws do not require a pre-tapped hole. As a member of the tapping screw family, these fasteners “roll” or form their own threads by displacing the material instead of removing it. The name “thread rolling screw” is typically reserved for self-tapping screws that have a coarse pitch and a standard machine screw thread form.

What’s the Difference Between a Standard Bolt and a Thread Rolling Screw?

While a standard bolt and thread rolling screw can appear to be similar, there are distinct differences. 

Standard M10 Metric Flange Screw

Flange Screw

Pictured above is a standard M10 metric flange screw. This type of screw can be threaded into a tapped hole or a mating nut. With this type of screw, make sure to recognize how the lead thread is rounded and uniform. 

Thread Rolling Screw

Thread Rolling Screw

The screws pictured above are both thread rolling screws and will create their own threads into the properly prepared light metal or steel. With thread rolling screws, it’s important to recognize the triangular shape to the point. You should also notice the distinct tapering of the first two to three threads.

The unique tapered lead threads and different shapes are instrumental in helping start rolling threads in the mating material. Although several different point styles can be used with thread rolling screws, they must all meet performance specifications in the corresponding fastener standards such as: 

Key Characteristics of Thread Rolling Screws

Thread rolling screws are typically case-hardened. This attribute allows them to create threads into ductile metals that may be up to twice their diameter. The surface hardness of the screw must be harder than the material it’s being threaded into. And thread rolling screws are not ideal for brittle materials, such as cast iron. 

Understanding the Fastener Hole

When using thread-forming fasteners, hole preparation is paramount. The hole size can vary based on the thickness and type of material. Because of this, it’s vital to refer to foundational literature, such as the chart below: 

Strength Characteristics

You can view this table and other technical literature on the technical section of our website at www.bossard.com.

When creating a pilot hole, the displacement of the material at the entrance of the hole must be taken into consideration. One tip is to add a countersink to the hole, so the bulge isn’t created upon thread forming. The creation of a bulge could result in the parts not seating flat against each other.  

Contact Bossard for Thread Rolling Screws

When deciding whether to use thread-rolling screws, it’s important to evaluate the needs of your application. And the engineers at Bossard offer decades of experience providing expert guidance in all matters involving fasteners and thread rolling screws. 

For more information on Thread Rolling Screws or any type of fasteners, check out www.bossard.com or contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

 

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June 04, 2021
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Valley Forge and Bolt Introduces High-Temperature Maxbolt

Bossard carries many products, such as bolts and screws, that work well for conventional applications, including industrial automation, automotive, rail, and robotics. However, applications exposed to high temperatures demand fasteners for high-temperature applications with greater mechanical and physical durability. To meet those more stringent requirements, we are proud to introduce High-Temperature Maxbolt™ from Valley Forge & Bolt.

Building on the Original

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because you may have already used the original Maxbolt Load Indicating Fastener System. This innovation introduced an accurate and durable analog gauge into the head of the bolt. The gauge monitors the load to minimize the potential premature wear and catastrophic joint failure that leads to expensive downtime.

The Maxbolt analog gauge contains a custom scale that shows the normal operating range of the bolt using either precise clamp load values or a green zone.

  • Technicians only have to glance at the gauge to discover when the proper load is reached.
  • During normal operations and in real-time, they can determine if the bolt is loosening or falling out of spec. They can then take steps to address the issue immediately instead of waiting for equipment to fail.

The entire system does away with torque charts and tightening patterns as well as dispenses with expensive strain gauges, ultrasonic machines, and torque-measuring devices.

Maxbolt fasteners do not require special tools. They work with conventional tightening and tensioning equipment. These advantages ultimately improve safety and increase savings by reducing maintenance.

The high-temperature fasteners are available in standard shapes and sizes, so they can be retrofitted into existing assemblies. To ensure that each fastener meets the tension requirements of your application, it is calibrated and tested to its proof load.

Working with High Temperatures

Because the load-monitoring gauge is sealed, the original Maxbolt tolerates submersion and harsh environments in temperatures ranging from -40 °F to 180 °F. In contrast, the High-Temperature Maxbolt withstands temperatures up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit.

Like the original, this latest version boasts an accuracy of +/-5%, is compliant with ASTM F2482, and operates under rapid thermal cycles or in prolonged high temperatures. The High-Temperature Maxbolt is also available in the standard diameters and grades of the original. It’s designed for such industries as metal and mineral refining, energy generation, metal forming, furnace manufacturing, and chemical processing.

“We know customers have been eager for a high-temperature version of Maxbolt® because they value the safety and time-savings it brings to their applications,” says James Brooks, head of engineering and business development for Valley Forge & Bolt. “We’re pleased that we have combined the right blend of materials and precision worthy of the Maxbolt® name.”

For more information about the Valley Forge and Bolt High-Temperature Maxbolt, reach out to us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

 

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Built-in Load Monitoring Revolutionizes Fastening Applications

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May 28, 2021
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All About Heyco® Electrical Products

All About Heyco

At Bossard, we’re proud to offer leading comprehensive cable mounting components from Heyco®. Although Heyco® was purchased by Penn Engineering in 2016, their innovative products have been utilized in manufacturing for several decades. Heyco®’s diverse product line includes fittings, bushings, grommets, plugs, power components, HEYware, and much more. Continue reading for an overview of the key Heyco® products and solutions we offer at Bossard. 

The HeyClip™ Push-In Fastener

HeyClip™ push-in fasteners are designed for easy and quick disassembly or assembly. The HeyClip™ push-in fastener is commonly used throughout the energy industry, such as in solar power, electricity, and electromagnetic applications. This versatile component offers a range of attractive features and benefits, including:

  • A clean and flawless appearance after installation
  • Expansion for securing fasteners
  • Multiple usages
  • Time and cost savings

The HeyClip™ line includes buttons, clips, snap rivets, and fastener plugs. 

Heyco®-Tite Cable Glands (Cordgrips)

Heyco®-Tite represents durability and high performance for gripping and protecting wires as well as cables for virtually any indoor or outdoor application. With the ability to withstand an array of conditions, the Heyco®-Tite cable glands can be used across an array of industries, including automation, facilities, energy, rail vehicles, robotics, as well as traffic and machine building.

The team at Bossard will work closely with you to match the best type and material for your specific application. We offer Heyco®-Tite cable glands in Nylon 6/6, nickel-plated brass, aluminum, and zinc-plated steel. A few key features of Heyco®-Tite wire protection products are:

  • Vibration resistance
  • Strain relief protection
  • Excellent resistance to corrosion

Also, Heyco®-Tite cable glands are a superior sealing element without the need for an extra O-ring. 

Nytye® Cable Ties 

Nytye® Cable Ties are available for a range of application requirements. Whether indoor or outdoor, these durable ties offer ample security with high-strength, locking teeth, notch-free, or double loop options. Nytye® cable ties are suitable for environments with corrosion, moisture, and high/low temperatures. A couple of key attributes of these cable ties are:

  • Time and cost-saving with a reliable one-piece design
  • Compliant with MS3367 and MIL-S-23190E

Contact the Bossard team today to learn more about Heyco products and the latest technology at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com

May 21, 2021
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What is Vendor Managed Inventory?

#4 Vendor Managed Inventory with Bossard

Modern industrial capacities and communications technologies make it possible for vendors to supply their clients with exactly what they need exactly when they need it. The ability to get crucial materials and parts to customers in a manner that virtually eliminates the need for long-term storage and related product loss is a must. Current communications technology enables vendor-managed inventory (VMI) to supply needed production items promptly that ensures continued efficiency while also reducing costs.

VMI Explained

Vendor-managed inventory offers a great deal of appeal to potential customers who need specific items at specific times during the production process. The best way for clients to ensure they have the materials needed to accomplish their goals is for a vendor to monitor the supply and replenish it before it runs out and halts production.

The vendor might be the manufacturer or a distributor of a particular item that the client needs to continue production. Many industrial operations have limited storage space and incur higher costs when storing large quantities of parts and materials that might not be needed right away. Instead of keeping those items on-site, a VMI program delivers them on time to ensure production continues. 

Benefits of Vendor Managed Inventory

A properly run VMI program reduces production and operating costs while enabling greater workplace efficiency. The vendor provides the initial items and monitors the supply using current technologies that provide real-time data on the client’s supply of goods. The lower costs make clients more competitive in their respective markets while also helping to improve product quality.

As production needs change over time, clients can inform their vendor partners of the changing needs and budgetary constraints. The vendors can either produce the items within the provided engineering specs or use them to locate the ideal products. Once secured and delivered, clients can use the new and improved materials to manufacture better products at more competitive prices. Advancements in smart technology will make already highly beneficial VMI systems even better while regularly streamlining the production process. 

Smart Factory Logistics

With Bossard’s exclusive Smart Factory Logistics systems and solutions, you can experience these benefits of VMI and achieve lean manufacturing within your factory. With options like SmartBin, SmartLabel, and more, we can manage your inventory automatically and make sure you have the products you need when you need them. Furthermore, with solutions like Supplier Consolidation Solution, Bossard can help you optimize your supplier base to create a more efficient supply chain.

Our interactive ARIMS platform also allows you to have full visibility into and control of your inventory levels and material flow. And with the ARIMS mobile app, you can access the information right from your factory floor.

For more information about our Smart Factory Logistics methodology, email us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com

May 14, 2021
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Case Study: Thread Forming Screws for Space Constrained Application

Thread Forming Screws

Small Changes Sometimes Upset Industrial Processes

Thermoplastic materials can produce a wide array of products that get used in industrial processes, including auto manufacturing. When an automaker wants to make a design change to an existing injection molding tool, there may be costly consequences.

This was exactly the case when an automotive client came to us a few months ago with a thread-forming fastener request for their PC+ABS thermoplastic assembly.

Not Enough Space for the Ideal Type of Screw

Since they had already made the tooling for their injection molding process, they wanted us to try and fit a screw into their existing design. The existing hole diameter was 5mm with space for an 8mm long screw. However, the recommended thread engagement length for this type of screw in thermoplastic materials was 10mm, or roughly twice the diameter. In addition, they had space constraints around the head of the screw. They needed us to find a solution and supply fasteners quickly for a rapid ramp-up.

Simulation Technology Reveals a Solution

To resolve the space constraint issues around the head of the screw, we considered using flat head screws. However, our simulation technology showed that switching to a Torx head screw with a round washer head was the only option suitable to achieve the performance requirements for their soft thermoplastic material.

Production Starts with Proper Parts in Place

Ultimately the customer did have to make minor changes to the existing boss, but once the design was finalized, we located inventory of the thread forming Torx screws quickly for prototypes and testing. Today we are supplying parts for production.

For more information about automotive fastener needs in thermoplastic materials, email us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com to speak with a Bossard engineer.

May 07, 2021
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Getting Smart with Southco Articulating Hinges

Southco – Articulating Hinges

Southco Articulating Hinges Handle Heavy Tasks

The hinge is an incredible mechanical device that makes it possible to move large objects easily. While hinges are most used on doors and cabinet covers, many industrial applications also make use of a variety of hinges, including articulating ones. An articulating hinge mostly sits tucked away out of sight until someone needs to open a door, panel, or another hinged object. That is when the articulating hinge demonstrates its superior technology.

How Articulating Hinge Internals Work

These hinges use an internal scissoring mechanism that completely hides the hinge in the closed position. A simple pin-and-pivot design leaves the hinges exposed and creates potentially dangerous pinch points that could injure fingers or other body parts. Exposed hinges also are subject to weathering and can be just plain unsightly. The Southco articulating hinge does away with the pin and pivoting action of traditional hinges while greatly improving function and potential uses.

Reliable and No Upkeep

The Southco articulating hinge features a flush-mount design that eliminates pinch points and tucks away out of sight very nicely. The aluminum alloy hinges resist rust and corrosion while providing exceptional strength. They come in natural aluminum or a flat black or flat silver powder coat for added durability and corrosion resistance. Southco latches help to secure the panels and doors that you can open and close with articulating hinges.

Constant-Torque Hinges Hold Things Steady

The Southco hinges come in either free-swinging or a range of constant torque articulating hinges. All varieties offer up to 180 degrees of rotation for an attached panel, door, or other items. The constant-torque hinges range from your choice of 12 pound-inch, 16 pound-inch, 20 pound-inch, and 24 pound-inch torque ratings. That is enough to hold a sizeable panel or door very still and in exactly the position you need.

The Southco articulating hinge delivers high strength and reliable performance in a custom package that works great on doors, tables, and any other traditionally hinged object.

For more information or to see how an articulating hinge could benefit your application, contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

April 30, 2021
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What Are the Basic Types of Bolts?

What Are The Basic Types of Bolts

Bolts are often the fastener of choice for applications requiring robust connections. At Bossard, we offer bolts with a wide variety of attributes, making it important to know which bolts are most effective for a particular application. This brief rundown highlights the common types of bolts and their most frequent applications.

Anchor Bolts – These bolts feature a thread on one end and a non-threaded L or split shape on the other end. Commonly used to secure materials and equipment to concrete and masonry.

Carriage Bolts – Commonly used for metal-to-wood or wood-to-wood fastening, these bolts feature a square neck undercut that keeps them from turning when tightened.

Elevator Bolts – Similar to carriage bolts, but with a thin, flat, or countersunk head. These bolts find use throughout the RV and camping industries, as well as in conveyor systems, elevators, and bucket lifts.

Eye Bolts – Used as connection points for rigging, anchoring, and hoisting applications.

Flange Bolts – Used to connect plumbing pipes and in the assembly of truck and bed frames.

Hex Bolts – A versatile bolt with a slim six-sided hexagonal head. Commonly used in a broad range of industries.

J-Bolts – A J-shaped bolt with a non-curved threaded section. Used for structural applications.

Lag Bolts – A self-piercing bolt that creates its own threads in wood timber and other soft materials.

Plow Bolts – Features a countersunk flat bolt head with a square neck undercut. Used in applications demanding a smooth top surface.

Shoulder Bolts – These bolts feature an unthreaded shank that lets pulleys, gears, and other rotating parts move freely.

Structural Bolts – Similar to hex bolts but with shorter thread lengths. Commonly used in bridge construction and other structural applications.

T-Bolts – Features a T-shaped head that’s easily held in place with a wrench or fitted into a slot.

Toggle Bolts – Known as a butterfly anchor thanks to its expanding wing nut, these bolts are popular for mounting heavy objects to plaster, drywall, and hollow masonry.

U-Bolts – Also known as bent bolts, these are commonly used to support liquid and gas pipework. U-bolts are also used in the automotive industry to support exhaust pipes and mufflers.

To learn more about the different types of bolts, their uses, and which types best suit your needs, contact Bossard at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

April 23, 2021
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FAQs About Fastener Stainless Steel Composition

Frequently Asked Questions About Fastener Stainless Steel Composition

FAQs About Fastener Stainless Steel Composition

If you have questions about fastener stainless steel composition, the team at Bossard is your one-stop center for reliable answers. We’ve fielded and answered some of the most frequently asked questions about fastener stainless steel composition. Continue reading to learn more and don’t hesitate to reach out to Bossard with any additional questions.

What Is Stainless Steel Made Of?  

Stainless steel is a family of reliable, iron-based alloys that are made up of at least 11.5% chromium as well as other elements, including:

  • Titanium
  • Nickel
  • Selenium
  • Molybdenum
  • Manganese
  • Sulfur
  • And more

The chromium is primarily responsible for corrosion resistance, while the other alloying elements can be used to bolster certain characteristics regarding fabricability, strength, and heat resistance. 

In total, there are over 60 different types of commercial stainless steel acknowledged by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) as basic varieties. In addition to those, there is a seemingly wide range of exclusive and special analysis stainless steel produced throughout the US. 

How Are Different Stainless Steels Identified?

The majority of AISI stainless steels utilize a system of numbers for identification, such as 400 Series. Simultaneously, they are identified by the United Numbering System. For instance, while AISI’s moniker may be Type 304 stainless steel, the UNS may identify it as Type S30400. All exclusive stainless-steel blends and special analysis blends are identified by trade names.

In general, there are five main groups of stainless steels:

  • Duplex stainless steel
  • Austenitic stainless steel
  • Precipitation hardening stainless steel
  • Martensitic stainless steel
  • Ferritic stainless steel

What Is the Most Popular Stainless-Steel Composition?

Most austenitic stainless steels are recognized as having excellent corrosion resistance. For instance, Type 304 stainless steels are highly popular and are the most frequently used material that can resist ordinary rusting. At the same time, it’s immune to dyestuffs, most organic chemicals, foodstuffs, sterilizing solutions, and a host of other chemicals. 

These stainless steels are used in many industries because they boast the ability to maintain product purity with minimal pollution. Some of the most common industries that use 304 stainless steel include:

  • Electronic chip industries
  • Food and beverage
  • Medicine

How Should I Choose the Best Stainless Steel for My Fastener or Application?

When it comes to choosing the best stainless steel, taking the all-purpose approach rarely works. You can, however, use the following chart to help narrow down your choice of stainless-steel materials based on the usually important dimension of corrosion resistance: 

CategoryTypeResistance to Corrosion
Austenitic316 Stainless SteelSuperior
Duplex2205 Stainless SteelSuperior
Austenitic304 Stainless SteelExcellent
Precipitation Hardened17-4 Stainless SteelExcellent
Ferritic430 Stainless SteelGood
Martensitic410 Stainless SteelFair

Above all, it’s imperative to choose your stainless-steel composition based on tests and trials performed under the actual working environment and conditions. 

Contact Bossard today at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com for assistance selecting the best stainless steel. 

April 16, 2021
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What Is A Smart Factory?

A traditional factory must order a fixed number of resources at a set schedule, making it less responsive to changes in the market. These resources then follow a static manufacturing route through individually controlled systems that do not share information, making it more difficult to determine how a change in one system affects the rest of the process.

A smart factory digitizes its systems, making it easier to connect manufacturing equipment, inventory bins, and management tools. Analyzing big data allows patterns and trends to be spotted. The analysis can actively change production by instantly altering the number of resources that have to be ordered and when it must arrive. Internet of Things (IoT) enable anyone to monitor the entire manufacturing process and to propagate changes from anywhere in the production chain from management to individual operators on the floor.

Bossard can streamline your production by transforming your facility into a smart factory. Our Smart Factory Logistics systems improve your supply chain performance by bringing you IoT technologies and easing IoT machine-to-machine communication. This results in leaner and more transparent processes that increase your competitive advantage.

Our systems optimize your B- and C-parts management with the SmartBin, a bin that constantly communicates its stock levels, and SmartLabel, which stores information such as order status and delivery date and can be placed on non-smart containers. Also available is SmartLocker, an intelligent storage unit that automates inventory control and access, making it a perfect solution for consumables and high value items.

You can manage these systems using ARIMS, our interactive supply chain platform. Through it, you can manage your inventory interactively, track orders, and make use of intelligent data. It includes the following components:

·      ARIMS Analytics lets you oversee all the pieces of your smart factory, including articles, locations, orders, and deliveries. You can visualize this data through graphs, tables, and reports.

·      ARIMS Interactive encourages you to directly submit change requests.

·      ARIMS Mobile puts all these functions on an Android or iOS device, so you have full control even when you’re on the factory floor.

 Wondering how you can implement the Internet of Things in manufacturing? Contact us today at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com to see how our Smart Factory Logistics systems can get you there.

April 02, 2021
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