Quality Practices

Cold Heading Materials

cold heading materials

When using cold heading, material selection for a cold-formed part is very important. High quality material is purchased per cold heading raw material specifications with strict requirements placed on vendors for material chemistry and surface defects. Initial cost for raw material may be greater, but the added expense up front is worth eliminating quality problems later on.


July 07, 2014
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Basics of the Cold Heading Process

Cold Heading Process Basics

There are two ways to make a bolt or screw out of a piece of round stock.  First, there is screw machining, that cuts excess metal away from a piece of bar stock until what remains is the shape you want. Thesefasteners start out with a bar stock size equal to the largest diameter of the fastener being made. This process produces a fastener with scrap material left over. The second method, cold heading, forces a piece of wire stock into the desired shape without removing any metal. When finished, the fastener will be produced without wasted material.


July 02, 2014
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Lean Manufacturing Principles

Manufacturing Principles

One goal at Bossard is to help our customers achieve lean manufacturing. There are many principles that need to be considered when looking to improve manufacturing in order to operate lean. All principles are important and must be understood by everyone involved in the manufacturing process in order to effectively implement lean manufacturing practices. When starting to look at how you can operate lean, there are a few basic principles to examine first. (more…)

June 18, 2014
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Bossard Named Best Performance Supplier

Best Performance Supplier

The world around us is all held together by screws, nuts and bolts. Bossard works hard to provide fastening solutions and superior inventory management solutions.

Working hard to provide our customers with a wide range of products and solutions, it is an honor to be recognized for excellence in what we do. Recently, Grundfos named Bossard one of their Best Performance Suppliers for 2013.


June 11, 2014
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Fastener Quality Practices

Verfahren zur Qualitätskontrolle von Verbindungselementen

There are many different quality requirements that our team takes into account before we recommend a fastener for a particular product. The first factor is the life expectancy of the product in which it will be used. It is important that the fasteners will hold up as long as the product in order to avoid productivity pitfalls with continuous replacements. Next, we examine finish requirements. Is there a corrosion factor at work? Material requirements are also closely considered because fastener strength is important. Temperature extremes are also a crucial component of material requirements because severe heat or cold can affect fastener performance. Also, will the joint be exposed to a corrosive environment? The more knowledge we have about what the fastener will have to withstand, the better position we’re in to make a suitable recommendation. (more…)

May 16, 2014
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