How to Outsmart Your Competitors in New Product Development

#5 How to Outsmart Your Competitors in New Product Development

New product development (NPD) rewards you with an advantage when you introduce a new product or service to market or introduce an existing product to a new target market. Bossard helps you get the jump on your competitors with two offerings: Expert Design and Expert Assortment Analysis.

Expert Design

Bossard’s fastener know-how ranges from assembly methods to technical resources based on over 180 years of firsthand experience. Though these components may seem to have minor functions, they require demanding specifications. Our Expert Design can deliver the best product for your application and grant the following benefits.

  • Better in-place cost when you choose the right fastening solutions.
  • Lower production cost due to faster assembly processes.
  • Lower life-cycle cost by using a fastener of the right quality.

To achieve these goals, Expert Design provides a wide array of tools and knowledge:

  • Fastening Joint Design. Because we understand how the behavior and materials of your fastener can affect safety, lifespan, and costs, we can help you design a joint that meets your stringent requirements.
  • Calculation of Bolted Joint. By using advanced software for optimizing bolt connections, we rely on systematic steps to calculate bolted joints and create a design that makes full use of the bolt’s load-bearing capacity.
  • Joint Failure Analysis. A joint can fail because of the wrong design, incorrect preload, or wrong fastener. Analyzing the failed joint can determine the cause and eliminate it by implementing the right measures.
  • Online Calculators and Converters for fasteners that can be used by anyone involved in developing and assembling the bolted joints.
  • CAD Online Portal that supports your product design with static and animated 2D and 3D views.
  • Technical Information that includes standards, mechanical properties, tables, tolerances, and more.

Expert Assortment Analysis

Only 15 percent of the cost of using a fastener comes from the fastener itself. The other 85 percent covers logistics, procurement, assembly prep, and other activities. By reducing the number of different fasteners required in one product, you can streamline the Bill of Materials (BOM). Our Expert Assortment Analysis achieves this to provide the following benefits:

  • Eliminate unnecessary elements by looking for similar products that encourage substitution and make your production leaner.
  • Reduce the complexity of purchasing, storage, and assembly by defining the assortment you can pick from.
  • Increase productivity.

At Bossard, we offer different service packages:

  • BOM Analysis looks at your entire production line, especially the assembly technology that includes fastening elements, tooling, and assembly processes. Value Analysis estimates cost savings based on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
  • Advanced includes basic services plus the following verifications. Technical Verification develops proposals for new and proven solutions and delivers a technical report that details possible technical improvements. Presentation of Proposals reveals the results in a presentation that includes a report and physical samples,
  • Superior includes basic and advanced services plus implementation. During onsite or off-site implementations, we lead the R&D engineering team, set up the project team, and arrange the stacks.







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Become a Product Design Engineering Expert by Watching These 4 Videos

Become a Product Design Expert by Watching These 4 Videos

As a mechanical engineer, you strive to design and create a safe and effective product at the lowest possible cost. To help you do just that, Bossard offers several innovative solutions and technical resources. In addition to offering tailored fastening solutions, we also provide our clients with in-depth education and learning opportunities. Let’s take a closer look at four educational videos designed to help you become a better product design engineer and expert.

Expert Education

At Bossard, we are proud to share our extensive knowledge about product engineering and fasteners in our Expert Education courses and seminars.

These tailor-made training sessions are designed to answer a range of questions, such as:

  • Can you answer with certainty that the right tightening torque is currently being applied to your application’s bolts?
  • Is the preload in the fastening joints enough to withstand external forces?
  • Will the fastening joint be secure over the lifetime of the product?
  • How many times will an existing bolt be reused while maintaining the application?

In the end, the Expert Education e-learning module can help slash your total cost of production by up to 40%. This robust learning portal will help you develop in-depth knowledge about engineering principles, applications, fasteners, and assembly technology, and more. Through Expert Education, you’ll be empowered to quickly make fastener design decisions and expedite the mechanical design and production process in your organization.

Watch the initial Expert Education video to learn more.

Expert Assortment Analysis

The Expert Assortment Analysis is a cutting-edge process designed to save your firm time and money. This innovative solution is designed to create efficiencies by addressing concerns, such as:

  • Do you suspect you’re utilizing countless C-parts and have lost the overview?
  • Do you believe that your collection of fasteners includes unnecessary or redundant variations and elements?
  • Are you wondering about the potential cost and time savings that could’ve been gained if your C-parts would’ve been streamlined?

Through our Expert Assortment Analysis, we’ll help you eliminate unnecessary elements. We’ll look for similarities where substitutions are possible. We’ll reduce complexities in purchasing, warehouses, and assembly. We’ll define your assortment to pick from and show you how significant your savings can be.

Ready to learn more? Watch the foundational Expert Assortment Analysis video for more on how it works.

Hydrogen Embrittlement of Fasteners

Have you ever experienced a broken screw in one of your products? Unexpected failures of fasteners cause damages and high costs. One of the top reasons is hydrogen embrittlement.

Also known as hydrogen attack, hydrogen embrittlement is a process where the metal becomes brittle or fractures over the exposure of and diffusion of hydrogen through the metal. As you can imagine, hydrogen embrittlement is a very serious matter and can pose monumental problems to your product if overlooked. Fortunately, the team at Bossard Can help.

Watch our recent video that explains the ins and outs of hydrogen embrittlement of fasteners.

Expert Teardown

Sometimes you must work backward to see a product in a new light. And at Bossard, we offer an exceptional Expert Teardown service where will strategically disassemble your product into its single fasteners and parts. Carefully analyzing the interface complexity, our product engineers will examine every square inch to best find cost-saving potential, understand functionality, and discover reliability improvements.

Learn more about Bossard’s Expert Tear down and how it works.







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4 Go-To Technical Resources for Product Design

4 Go-To Technical Resources For Product Design

At Bossard, one of our core goals is to help improve the productivity of our customers. As a result, we have an unwavering focus on service development while investing in new processes that expand the supply of product solutions and expedite product delivery. To that end, we’ve compiled a robust suite of technical resources for product design and development. Read on to learn more and don’t hesitate to reach out to Bossard for more tailored solutions.

Product Design White Papers & Resources

Whether you’re looking for best practices in selecting a fastener finish, ways to prevent material fatigue, or other related topics, our library of white papers is a good place to start. These technical resources are ideal for product design engineers, product developers, mechanical engineers, students, and more:

  1. 7 tips to select your fastener finish is a white paper that discusses the six most-used coatings by exploring seven criteria.
  2. The importance of surface finish in stainless steel explains the importance of surface profile, polishing medium, and passivation on the corrosion resistance of stainless steel.
  3. Lightweight and the daily challenges of product design engineers is a technical resource that explains proven solutions for the challenge associated with additional hole requirements in lightweight construction.
  4. 7 criteria to prevent material fatigue is a technical white paper that explains how product design engineers should decide when dynamic loads are expected as well as the criteria fasteners should meet.
  5. Which fasteners need a heat treatment is a white paper that explains the important facts associated with the heat treatment of steels, aluminum, and non-ferrous alloys.

Read all Bossard white papers.

Access Bossard Technical Resources

At Bossard, we are committed to customized engineering solutions, excellence in all we do, and process-oriented consulting. All three of these attributes are key hallmarks of our services and products. And to highlight our commitment to you, we’ve compiled a generous list of helpful technical resources, including:

  1. Fastening Technology White Papers
  2. General Tolerances, Tables, Standards
  3. SI Units Systems
  4. Conversion Tables
  5. Designations of Different National Standards-Based on ISO
  6. Basic Tolerances and Tolerance Fields
  7. Definition of Mechanical Properties for Screws
  8. Screw Property Class 4.6 to 12.9
  9. Nuts Property Classes 04 to 12
  10. Set Screws Property Classes 14 H to 45 H
  11. Screws, Bolts, Nuts
  12. And much more

You can also find additional technical resources for:

  1. Electrical Engineering Product Design
  2. Operating and Control Elements
  3. Sealing and Flow Control Technology

Online Calculators & Converters

Bossard offers an array of converters and calculators for product design engineers, industrial designers, technicians, as well as students. Our key converters and calculators can be used in the development and assembly of bolted joints and fasteners. To meet a diverse range of needs, we’ve grouped our calculators and converters into specific categories:

  1. Online Converters are perfect for converting different units of measure, such as pressure, hardness, length, and more.
  2. Online Calculators for Production and Design are utilized for dimensioning and implementation in joint technology
  3. Online Calculators for Technical Design are used for designing and dimensioning in the joining technology.

The Mobile App

The Bossard mobile app features a host of tools in one, neat interface. You’ll have access to Geometric Calculators, Converters, and Mechanical Calculators.

  1. Visit iOS App Store
  2. Visit Google Play Store

CAD Online Portal

In addition to the previously mentioned technical resources, Bossard also offers a cutting-edge CAD (computer-aided design) Online Portal. This advanced design tool supports your product and a host of mechanical design choices with 2D and 3D views as well as animated solutions and extra smart features.

Visit our CAD Online Portal today.







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What Is the PPAP Process & What Are the Core Goals?

What Is the PPAP Process

As the international standards for quality in the manufacturing industry continue to increase, a growing number of industrial organizations are requiring suppliers to utilize the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP). Originating in the automotive industry, PPAP is a robust risk mitigation and identification procedure designed to demonstrate the ability to create a part or component via a reliable and repeatable process. PPAP helps improve communication between suppliers and customers with the goal of fewer revisions and turnbacks to the process or product. Continue reading to learn more about PPAP. 

What Is PPAP Process?

The PPAP (production part approval process) is used across aerospace and automotive industries. This process helps suppliers and manufacturers approve and communicate production designs as well as processes. The actual approval can occur before, during, as well as after manufacturing. 

As an output of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), PPAP was created to promote a clearer understanding of the requirements of suppliers and manufacturers. This standard helps make sure all processes utilized to create parts can be replicated to reproduce subsequent parts at a stated rate of production during routine runs. The automotive industry’s PPAP process flow is governed by the manual produced by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG).

What Is the PPAP Package?

PPAP is a collection of documents strategically collected in a single location. These documents can be stored digitally or in a binder and is usually called the “PPAP Package.” The PPAP package does require formal sign-off or certification by the supplier as well as sign-off or approval by the customer. This collection of documents usually includes:

  1. Design Records
  2. Authorized Engineering Change Documentation
  3. Engineering Approval from Customer
  4. Design-FMEA
  5. Flowchart of the Process
  6. Process-FMEA
  7. Control Plan
  8. Measurement System Analysis
  9. Dimensional Results
  10. Records of Material/Performance Tests
  11. Initial Process Studies
  12. Qualified Laboratory Documentation
  13. Appearance Approval Report
  14. Sample Production Parts
  15. Master Sample
  16. Checking Aids
  17. Customer Specific Requirements
  18. Part Submission Warrant (PSW)


What Are the Goals of the Production Part Approval Process?

To instill confidence in suppliers and their production processes, the measurements of the components are documented and utilized to complete different sheets of the PPAP. While each manufacturer can have its own PPAP requirements, the AIAG encourages the use of standard forms and common language to document the status of projects. The overarching goal of any Production Part Approval Process is to:

  1. Make sure the supplier has the capabilities to meet the quality and manufacturing requirements of the components provided to the customer.
  2. Deliver evidence the customer’s engineering design record and specification requirements are understood as well as fulfilled by the supplier. 
  3. Demonstrate the current manufacturing processes can consistently create the part that meets every requirement during the actual production run at the quoted rate of production of the manufacturing process. 

Contact the team at Bossard today at to learn how we can best support your PPAP process flow. 




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