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A Closer Look at Alloy Steel

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Fastener Materials: A Closer Look at Alloy Steel

There are a lot of fastener options out there. When picking the fastener for your next project, you are going to want to consider the material it is made of. Many of our options include steel fasteners. The main options you have for steel are Low Carbon Steel, Medium Carbon Steel, Alloy Steel, Stainless Steel, or Austenitic Stainless Steel.

Carbon Steel
Low Carbon Steel, Medium Carbon Steel and Alloy Steel are all types of Carbon Steel. They are separated into these three groups because the mechanical properties of these fasteners are based on the amount of carbon in the fastener.

The vast majority of fasteners that are manufactured use carbon steel. This is because it is inexpensive, but also because it has a broad range of strength capabilities. Let’s take a closer look at one type of Carbon Steel: Alloy Steel.

Alloy Steel
Alloy steel is carbon steel that contains additives such as boron, manganese, chromium, silicon, etc. Additions of these elements improve the capacity of alloys to be heat treated to a wide range of strength and ductility combinations. However, the higher the strength the great the risk of hydrogen embrittlement if plated.

Alloy steels have a tensile strength in excess of 150,000 psi (1034 MPa).

SAE Grade 8 (metric class 10.9, 12.9) fasteners are made from alloy steel with AISI grades 4137, 4140, 4340, and 5140 falling into this category.

Still have some questions about fastener materials? Contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com if you have questions. We are here to make sure your projects go smoothly!

December 09, 2016
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A Closer Look at Medium Carbon Steel

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Fastener Materials: A Closer Look at Medium Carbon Steel

What is the best material to use as a fastening solution for your next project? There are a lot of things to consider when asking yourself that question because you have a lot of options.

Many of our options include steel fasteners. The main options you have for steel are Low Carbon Steel, Medium Carbon Steel, Alloy Steel, Stainless Steel, or Austenitic Stainless Steel. Each of these materials have benefits and drawbacks and certain situations in which they perform best.

Carbon Steel
The vast majority of fasteners that are manufactured use carbon steel. This is because it is inexpensive, but also because it has a broad range of strength capabilities. The mechanical properties of these fasteners are based on the amount of carbon in the fastener; that is why these fasteners are classified into one of three groups: low carbon steel, medium carbon steel or alloy steel. Let’s take a closer look at Medium Carbon Steel.

Medium Carbon Steel
Medium carbon steel has a carbon content between 0.25% and 0.65%. It can be easily heat treated for added strength with very low risk of Hydrogen Embrittlement after plating. It has a tensile strength between 100,000 psi and 120,000 psi (690 MPa to 830 MPa).

SAE Grade 5 (metric class 8.8) is generally made from medium carbon steel with AISI grades 1038, 1040, 1045, 1541, 5132, and 5135 falling into this category.

If you still can’t decide what material you want to use for a fastener, contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com. If you have any questions about finding the right fastener for your project, reach out because we are here to help!

December 02, 2016
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A Closer Look at Low Carbon Steel

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Fastener Materials: A Closer Look at Low Carbon Steel

When taking the first step into finding fastening solutions, your biggest consideration will be what type of material will be required for the application. The main options you have for steel are Low Carbon Steel, Medium Carbon Steel, Alloy Steel, Stainless Steel, or Austenitic Stainless Steel. Performance of each type will be dictated by the requirements of the application.

Carbon Steel
Carbon Steel is inexpensive and it has a broad range of capabilities. That is why the majority of fasteners use carbon steel.

The mechanical properties of these fasteners are based on the amount of carbon in the fastener; that is why these fasteners are classified into one of three groups: low carbon steel, medium carbon steel or alloy steel. Let’s take a closer look at Low Carbon Steel.

Low Carbon Steel
Low carbon steel contains less than 0.25% carbon. It is very ductile, easily machined and can be welded. The low percentage of carbon lends itself to lower strength. Tensile strength typically will range from 60,000 psi to 80,000 psi (410 MPa to 550 MPa).

SAE Grade 2 (metric class 4.6, 4.8, 5.8) is usually made from low carbon steel with AISI grades 1006, 1010, 1016, 1018, 1022 and 1035.

Low Carbon Steel is a common material to use in fasteners. There are many advantages to using it. However, there are also other options for fastener materials. Deciding on the perfect fastener can be a challenge, but we’re here to help! Contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com if you have any questions about finding the right fastener for your project.

November 18, 2016
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How Smart is Your Factory? Do you have the ARIMS system?

ARIMS system with Bossard

At Bossard, we work to make your factory and company better and smarter. We have a Smart Factory Logistics system that pulls a bunch of elements together to make your factory run as smoothly as possible. We work to get you the materials you need when you need them so you can make products faster.

Our Smart Factory Logistics methodology helps you be more productive. One big part of this approach is our ARIMS system. This system helps us help you gain complete control of your production process. The ARIMS software is the operation dashboard of Smart Factory Logistics.

ARIMS helps you track your orders, manage your stock levels and view your analytics. This software is the brain behind our SmartBin systems. As you may know, our SmartBin system automates ordering parts by measuring and managing your stock in real-time; the ARIMS system is what makes all this possible.

Important features of the ARIMS system include:

  • B2B ERP integration ready
  • Real time data
  • Personalized dashboard
  • Graphical analysis and reports
  • Mobile app for smart devices
  • Operation dashboard
  • Interactive program management
  • Last-mile operation dashboard

If you are looking to increase the productivity of your factory, look no further. With Bossard, Smart Factory Logistics and our ARIMS system provide you with increased productivity, and it’s proven in the results. Contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com to start the conversation about improving your factory.


November 04, 2016
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Can a Certain Fastener Make Your Life Easier?

ecosyn®-fix screw from Bossard

ecosyn®-fix screws give you reliability and efficiency so you can save time for your many other tasks. ecosyn®-fix can save you assembly time and management costs as well as give you reliability in your application. Let’s take a deeper look at how ecosyn®-fix screws do this.

Cost Savings
The reason ecosyn®-fix screws are used worldwide is because they truly do save you money. These screws were built to decrease preparation times and create a faster assembly. This is achieved because the ecosyn®-fix screw is one fastener instead of many; ecosyn®-fix combines a screw, a helical spring and a flat washer all into one fastening solution. This allows you to save money on materials by reducing your bill of materials, and also save significant amounts of time, reducing labor costs.

With the ecosyn®-fix screw, you also get increased reliability. Your products will be able to hold up better and they will truly be something you can count on. One of the key aspects of this increased reliability is the integrated washer. This washer is shake-proof and vibration-resistant because it’s already attached to the screw. Other advantages of the integrated washer include reduced risk of crevice corrosion, optimum bearing area to cover elongated and large through holes and joint relaxation is compensated.

We work to develop solutions to some of the toughest fastening problems. Sometimes the problems are less about the fastener itself and more about cost and time savings. With the ecosyn®-fix screw you get both cost and time savings with one easy-to-use product. This product can help you fill in the gaps in your project easily and efficiently.

Contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com if you have any questions about the ecosyn®-fix screw or any of our other fastening solutions. We work to make your life easier, so let us know what you think of our solutions.

October 14, 2016
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Bossard Online Calculators

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Bossard takes pride in living up to our “Proven Productivity” name, which is why we have made the design process even easier for you. It can be difficult to start a project when measurements aren’t all universal. Our calculators and converters are designed for engineers, technicians, designers and students involved in the development and assembly of bolted joint.

Here on our website, we have various free calculators and converters for you to take advantage of. There are even more if you create a username and password.

With our online converters, you can convert different units of measure to make your design process quick and easy. Check out our calculators on our website, Bossard.com, and be sure to download the Bossard Fastener Calculator in the App Store.

There are three calculators available to you through our website and app.

Cost Savings Calculator – You can calculate direct savings by reducing the number of different fasteners. Check out our blog on TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and Fastening to learn more about the costs that go into engineering and producing fasteners.

Torque and Preload Calculator – It’s important to know the parameters to successfully work with screws and bolts. The calculations are essential in assembly and joints.

Thread Engagement Length Calculator – The proper design for nuts and bolts is crucial for successful results. Use this calculator to for concise measurements for through hole and blind hole fasteners.

Explore Bossard.com and find calculators for design and production, technical design, and online converters.

Trying to get the proper measurements for an upcoming project? Contact us anytime at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com with questions and concerns—we have you covered. We want to make sure our customers have the best experience with our products and services. For frequent updates and useful information about Bossard, please subscribe to our blog.

October 07, 2016
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The 5 Immediate Benefits of Smart Factory Logistics

5 benefits of smart factory logistics

Simply put, the better and smarter your factory is, the more you will succeed in the market. That is why we have developed Smart Factory logistics, to help you improve your factory and get it where it needs to be. Smart Factory Logistics will create agile production in a fraction of the amount of time to save you money. Still not sure? Check out the benefits you will see immediately below!

  1. Leaner Process – Your process will become leaner because you will save on order management and reduce material handling cost.
  2. Maximum Flexibility – Smart Factory Logistics Systems are designed to be compatible with different manufacturing environments and setups, so we can prioritize your needs and your operations.
  3. Increased Agility – We use advance embedded sensors technology to recognize your manufacturing demands. This allows us to respond quickly and accurately to fill your needs.
  4. Improved Predictability – Our ARIMS application software helps us to uncover patterns so we can serve you better in the long run.
  5. Proven Productivity – We are focused on execution and results. To improve those, we have value-stream-mapping methodology to show our productivity improvement.

Smart Factory Logistics will benefit your factory immediately. The proof is in the productivity, but signing up is up to you. Contact us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com to start the conversation.

August 12, 2016
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Smart Factory Logistics

Bossard's Smart Factory Logistics

We want your factory to be as good as it can be. Your competition is always evolving. Are you? These days it is important to optimize your production so you can have a leaner and smarter factory and we can help. Bossard has new Smart Factory Logistics that can give you a competitive edge.

The Bossard Smart Factory Logistics methodology will help you become the best possible factory. This methodology focuses on handling your key challenges in the best way possible. We help you tackle problems like reducing overall costs while boosting productivity, or keeping track of market developments that affect your production.

Smart Factory Logistics is a service for managing your B- and C- parts; it helps you uncover hidden potential for productivity improvement. The best part? Your requirements will help determine our system. We want to customize a system that is tailored to what you need.

This system will focus on your needs, but it will also give you five immediate benefits. These benefits are a leaner process, maximum operation flexibility, increased supply chain agility, improved predictability and proven productivity.

We have systems like the fully automated and flexible SmartBin that automates the ordering process and saves you time and effort. We also have the informative SmartLabel that has real-time information to optimize your C-part management.

With our Smart Factory Logistics methodology, we can give you a smooth and seamless supply chain performance. We can help you get an edge on the competition and best of all, we will customize the system to you.

With Bossard, you know it works. Contact Bossard at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com if you have any questions about our Smart Factory Logistics methodology and how we can help you.

July 08, 2016
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How Bossard SmartBin Can Save You Time & Money

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In previous blog posts we’ve discussed Bossard SmartBin and how it can help with efficiency and convenience in your company. We’re bringing the subject up again because there’s another important aspect of this system to consider. Continue reading to learn about how Bossard SmartBin can save you both time and money.

At Bossard, we understand how valuable time and money really are. It’s our goal to help make your work flow as efficient as possible. That’s where Bossard SmartBin comes in.

But, just how is the SmartBin going to help save you time and money? Look at our list below:

  • continuous inventory monitoring by means of weight sensors
  • safe and reliable demand recognition
  • automatic ordering
  • automatic recognition of box refills
  • operate 24/7
  • inventory lists at the touch of a button
  • access to online platform (ARIMS)
  • transparent order and consumption statistics

These bins continuously monitor inventory with weight sensors. Once your stock gets to a certain level, it will automatically recognize that it’s ready for a refill and will go ahead and order. This maintenance-free program helps to enhance profitability by ensuring there are always products ready to be sold. However, it’s not just the profitability that is going to be enhanced. Since the SmartBin doesn’t need manual intervention, this saves employees time to work on core activities and help increase your efficiency.

Bossard Proven Productivity is dedicated to helping our customers through innovation and sharing our quality products. If you have further questions about the Bossard SmartBin and the SmartBin benefits, take a look at one of our additional blogs on the subject or email us at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

June 10, 2016
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Importance of the Right Design

the right design

There are just so many things that go into a project, and each aspect serves an important role in the strength of the finished product. When it comes to design, the smallest details can potentially alter the performance of the structure. Will it withstand any type of weather? Will it fall apart after its first use? How much torque can it handle before it needs maintenance? These are just a few of the questions to answer while going through your design process.

One important factor to consider is where your structure or product will be and how it will be used. You will need to know what type of wear it needs to endure in order to know how to create a strong enough product. The design should set it up to be reliable and long-lasting.

When it comes to making decisions regarding materials and parts to use, choose carefully, and make sure to do your research! Look at the product descriptions and pay attention to what they were made to do. A key to proper design is to use the right combination of fasteners, nuts, bolts, and washers.

Fastener selection can be more difficult than it sounds. Remember to carefully compare the size, shape, weight, length, etc. to achieve the perfect design for a useful product or structure.

Here at Bossard, we use the term “Proven Productivity” to describe our commitment to providing our customers with the right tools and solutions to be as successful as possible. Whether it be design or installation, we are dedicated to helping you along the way.

We would love to answer any questions you have about design and fastener selection. Explore our website and check out our blog posts to learn more about engineering solutions and our company! Contact us any time at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.

May 06, 2016
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