Electronic & Electricals

How to Improve Manufacturing Throughput

How to Improve Manufacturing Throughput

A leaner and smarter factory can make you more successful in today’s fast-moving and highly competitive market. Bossard developed Smart Factory Logistics to manage your B- and C-parts, which in turn improves your productivity and positions your brand and your products ahead of your competition.

Topping our list of solutions for your production challenges is the ARIMS supply-chain collaborative platform. It acts as the central dashboard of Smart Factory Logistics by using intelligent analytics and intuitive features that you access using an easy-to-use interface. This product solution is easy to integrate into your business-to-business Enterprise Resource Planning by relying on real-time data for graphical analysis and reports.

Depending on your requirements, our hardware solutions work with ARIMs to help automate your logistics. They include SmartLabel, which can go on your existing containers and bins, or SmartBin, which is self-contained. These choices connect with ARIMS to recognize track demands, order refills, place orders, and provide delivery information in real-time and at the point of use.

Smart Factory Logistics provides the following benefits.

  1. Increased Agility: Advanced embedded sensor technology instantly recognizes fluctuations in manufacturing demand, so your supply chain can respond more quickly.
  2. Improved Predictability: By analyzing big data, ARIMS can discover useful patterns that make your supply chain more efficient and predictable.
  3. Leaner Processes: These processes reduce the cost of material handling and inventory holding while providing the most savings on order management cost and the highest availability.
  4. Maximum Flexibility: Smart Factory Logistics can easily be adapted to different manufacturing and production setups to give you maximum operational flexibility.
  5. Proven Productivity: Smart Factory Logistics Advisory contributes expert consulting services to sustain improvements in your productivity.

Do you want to get started using Smart Factory Logistics in your factory? Contact us today at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com for more information.

December 25, 2020
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7 Types of Cable Clamps

Cable Clamps

Organizing cables can be a nightmare if it’s not done right the first time. Cable clamps help ensure the work being done is kept neat and clean by providing an assortment of options based on the cable that is being installed. Clamps range from self-aligning, hinged locking, compression, stainless steel, steel cushion and vinyl coated. With several options readily available, it’s best to customize the clamp to the type of cable being implemented and the environment that the cable is being installed in.

Self-Aligning Clamps

Self-aligning clamps are designed with rounded edges to reduce the hazard of chafed cables. The style of the self-aligning clamp also safeguards the cables with the interlocking technology that mounts and secures the line so that it cannot separate from the brace.

Hinged Locking Clamps

Hinged locking clamps have a hinged design that locks in place while providing tension relief from the wires. These unique brackets also reduce vibration as they hold the cables securely in place.

Compression Cable Clamps

Compression cable clamps also operate on a hinge. Unlike the hinged locking clamps, the compression braces allow for the addition and removal of cables over time. These could be useful when implementation of future cables is expected.

Steel Cable Stays

Steel cable stays offer a quick and simple way to secure cables. These steel cable stays have an adhesive back support that offers a secure grip for cable installation.

Stainless Steel Cable Clamps

Stainless steel cable clamps were designed to tolerate tougher environments. Their corrosion resistant construction and thoughtfully stamped edges ensure a secure hold for cables. The style, much like the self-aligning clamps, also protects wires from deteriorating from friction.

Steel Cushion Clamps

Steel cushion clamps have an EPDM cushion that lines the inner workings of the clamp. This rubber lining absorbs vibrations and provides insulation for electrical wiring. These braces also resist erosion as part of its zinc electroplated make-up.

Vinyl Coated Clamps

Vinyl coated clamps offer more flexibility. There are two types: the steel clamp and the steel spring clamp. They both offer a grip and insulation through the vinyl construction. The softer steel offers the ability to manipulate the shape based on the wires that are being installed. It’s also worth noting that the spring clamps may show more favor to ribbon cables while still supporting rounded cables too. While these clamps fasten to the wall, their flexibility allows them to remain fastened as adjustments are made to the actual hold of the cables.

Not sure which cable clamp is best for your application? Contact us at ProvenProductivity@Bossard.com to speak with one of our engineers.

February 09, 2018
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Which Electromechanical Latch is Best for You?

Electromechanical latch

Have you ever considered while gaining access to a room, building, or vehicle, the interface behind the system? Soon there will be a transition from Mechanical Locking devices to Electronic Locking Devices. Below we will outline which Electromechanical Latches would suit best for certain situations.

Electromechanical Latches

Electric Slide Bolt: The Electric Slide Bolt is able to be used on a traditional door and can be mounted to the frame. It does not need to be mounted on the door itself. This EML system is perfect for small spaces such as drawers.

Electronic Rotary Latch: The Electronic Rotary Latch has high-strength rotary action and concealed “push-to-close” that is usable for many different types of applications, such as vending machines and supply cabinets.

Electronic Locking Swinghandle: The Electronic Swinghandle only unlocks upon receipt of valid electronic input to enable the manual action of the handle. This EML is mainly used for datacenter server cabinets.


Check out more about Electromechanical Latches at www.bossard.com. For more information, or if you have any questions please reach out to us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

December 29, 2017
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Why Do You Need to Protect from Electro-Static Discharge

ow to Protect from Electro

One of the many ways to grounding is protection from electro-static discharge. It only takes 15 volts for the damage to begin according to the Electrostatic Discharge Association.  This damages circuit board traces and weakens equipment, while degrading performance over time and shortening the life of the equipment. It is estimated that one third of all equipment failures are due to electro-static exchanges.

Bossard has many grounding products, which allows you to protect your circuit board and equipment. With regular maintenance and up keep, this will be one less thing you need to worry about.

Electro-static discharge may not seem like a big deal, but over time it can lead to damage to your circuit board. To protect yourself against electro-static discharge contact us at www.bossard.com. For more information, or if you have any questions please reach out to us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

December 15, 2017
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How to Keep Your Cables Secure

keep your cables secure

Keep your cables secure with clamps and clips, without the use of cable ties. The variety of different cables out there and their multitude of needs to be met, it is hard to differentiate which clamp or clip is the right one.

In different situations there is a clamp or clip for that. You can choose from materials like standard nylon, UV resistant, impact resistant, high temperature, and metal. Each one can also have an adhesive back or can be screw or rivet applied. You also have the choice of flat cable mounts, adjustable mounts or corrugated tubing holders.

Depending on the situation and the cable, Bossard has a clip or cable to meet your needs. To learn more about which clip or clamp is right for your cable visit us at www.bossard.com. For more information, or if you have any questions please reach out to us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

December 08, 2017
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Comparison of Bossard Smart Factory Logistics Systems

Comparison of Bossard Smart Factory Logistics Systems

Looking for a leaner and better process? Take a deeper look at Smart Factory Logistics from Bossard. Below, we break down some of our parts and services so you can decide what will be the most helpful for you and your business.

The idea behind the SmartBin part of Smart Factory Logistics is that we measure the amount of goods that you have to maximize ordering efficiency. You will be supplied with the correct amount of materials at the correct time. There are three different SmartBin options, so you can choose the ones that truly fit with your operation.

SmartBin Flex

This type of SmartBin is our most flexible option. The SmartBin Flex can be placed anywhere and it doesn’t even need a power connection. The Flex option transmits signals wirelessly for ultimate flexibility.

SmartBin Mobile

This SmartBin option will give you a mobile trolley equipped with SmartBin, making it the perfect option for changing work environments. The mobile trolleys have battery powered wireless communication.

SmartBin Classic

This option is the traditional SmartBin. It is perfect for non-mobile pools of your equipment. SmartBin can manage your parts whether they are a few grams per bin or 1,000 kg per pallet.

SmartLabel is an option for you if you cannot change or completely convert your existing system.


The SmartLabel can be added to any standard bin you may have, so it doesn’t require you to change anything about the way your factory currently runs. The idea behind SmartLabel is that it will be an easy way for you to reorder products because the label has all the information to help you order parts without confusion.

SmartCard is a flexible system for assembly line delivery. Check out the specifics below.


Similar to the SmartLabel, this technology is another that can be very easily implemented into what you do now. When an item is out of stock, you take the RFID card associated with it and you put the card into the electronic mailbox. Then with SmartCard, Bossard will replenish your product for you. This is slightly different from SmartLabel where you have to order the product yourself.

With Bossard’s Smart Factory Logistics, each bin has a label to properly identify your part or product. How you refill that product is dependent on which system you choose from below.

Bossard Code

With this system, data is recorded with a barcode reader and sent to Bossard. Then, Bossard takes care of the replenishment of your product for you.

Do you go through certain parts quite frequently? That is where Bossard’s 2Bin system comes in.

Bossard 2Bin

You can get two standard bins for all of your parts or whatever parts you need. These bins are arranged one behind the other, so when you use up the first one, you just start using the second one. In the meantime, Bossard will collect your empty bins and refill them at regular intervals.

There are various options and various levels of Bossard’s Smart Factory Logistics. You can start small or go big, but either way you will get the Proven Productivity from Bossard. If you have questions about which parts of Smart Factory Logistics will work best for you, contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

March 24, 2017
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RoHS Basics

What is RoHS

All companies who deal with the European Union market are required to follow certain guidelines. These guidelines, known as RoHS and WEEE, are meant to keep the environment clean by banning certain substances that are known to be hazardous to the environment and pollute landfills. These materials can be dangerous in terms of occupational exposure during manufacturing and recycling.

What is RoHS? RoHS is an acronym for the Restriction of the use of Hazardous Substances. All applicable products in the EU market after July 1, 2006 must pass RoHS compliance.

What is WEEE? WEEE is an acronym for Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment. It mandates the treatment, recovery and recycling of electric and electronic equipment. All applicable products in the EU market after August 13, 2006 must pass WEEE compliance and carry the “Wheelie Bin” sticker.

In other words, RoHS makes sure products are safe from production to usage, and WEEE completes the process of safety for the environment by regulating the waste and recycling methods.

Here is the complete list of substances that are banned: lead, cadmium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), mercury, hexavalent chromium, and polybrominated biphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants—in electronic and electric equipment

In compliance of these regulations, Bossard has its own “declaration of compliance” where we outline the materials that are used in our products. Below is an example of the materials and substances we use in assurance that we fully comply with regulations set forth by the European Union.

Materials: Steel, stainless steel, non-ferrous metals, and plastics (except flame retardant products).

Coating: None, blue/white/clear zinc and zinc alloy plated, zinc flake coatings without chromium (flZnnc), and hot dip galvanization.

For more information about the basics of RoHS and WEEE, we encourage you to contact us anytime at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

February 26, 2016
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