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    Mike is the COO of Bay Fastening Systems.

    Essential Definition: What is a Blind Bolt?


    What Is a Blind Bolt?

    A blind bolt is a structural fastener that delivers more strength and adaptability than a typical rivet or weld. They were developed to forge a strong connection where conventional rivets or hex bolts were hard to fit or just couldn’t do the job.


     

    When you need a structural fastener that delivers more strength and adaptability than a typical rivet or weld, there is nothing like a blind bolt.

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    How to Choose the Right Threaded Insert for the Job

    Whenever you are working with fasteners, you want to be sure you have a strong, durable rivet or bolt that is suited to the job. Blind threaded inserts are among the most versatile types of fasteners, and there are thousands of types from which to choose. Choosing the right threaded insert depends on the nature of the materials you are working with and the application.

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    The Blind Bolt Fasteners You Need for Different Applications (Such as Aerospace)

    A blind bolt fastener is a structural fastener that offers greater strength and adaptability than a weld or rivet. The term “blind” bolt comes from the fact that you can only see one side of the workpiece when you apply these fasteners. Using pre-drilled holes, you can fasten two pieces together without having to access the other side.

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    How to Install a Helicoil® Insert

    When you think of industrial fasteners, you usually think of bolts, screws, lockbolts, rivets, and the like. An underappreciated form of fastener is the helical coil thread insert, also known as a helically wound or helicoil insert, which is used to create a threaded surface inside drilled holes. It is easy to install a helicoil insert with the proper tools, and once installed, a helicoil insert can deliver lasting, reliable service even with soft materials.

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    Which Threaded Inserts are Best for Metal vs. Plastic?

    Threaded inserts are one of the most versatile types of fasteners and can be used in any material that needs to accept a threaded bolt. As with other types of fasteners, threaded inserts come in various configurations, designs, and materials to accommodate different types of jobs. There is a big difference between the types of threaded inserts used to add threaded fasteners to metal and those needed to add threaded fasteners to plastic because the characteristics of the work materials are so different.

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    How to Identify the Best Rivet Guns for Your Application

    No matter what type of assembly or manufacturing job you have, chances are you use rivets. Rivets continue to prove themselves to be among the most versatile fasteners with designs for a wide range of applications. Of course, rivets only deliver their promised performance if they are installed properly. That’s why understanding which rivet gun to use for the job is vitally important.

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    Our Recommended Specialty Fastener Types for Common Applications

    Not all fasteners are created equal. A different type of fastener is available for every type of application you can think of, and choosing the right fastener for the job ensures a lasting and trouble-free joint. The question is, which of the myriad fastener types is appropriate for each task?

    Here are four of the most common applications that require fasteners and the best types of fasteners for each one.

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    Reviewing the Different Types of Threaded Inserts Available

    Threaded inserts are one of the most versatile types of fasteners available, partly because they are available in so many different types and materials. When you need to create a lasting bond in a thin, soft, or brittle material, threaded inserts are your best option.

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    5 Benefits to Working with a Top Speciality Engineered Fastener Supplier

    It doesn’t matter what type of business you operate; you need materials and supplies, and that means you also need suppliers. If you are in manufacturing, fabrication, construction, repairs, or any of a host of other industries that require industrial fasteners, then you need a reliable fastener supplier who can provide cost-effective fasteners to meet your needs. However, there is more to being a top-notch fastener supplier than shipping rivets and blind bolts.

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    How to Choose the Right Vibration-Resistant Fastener

    Fasteners are designed for all sorts of applications, from heavy-duty construction to mounting a circuit board, and there are almost as many fastener designs as there are applications. The toughest and most secure fasteners have to be used in rugged applications, such as engine mounts, rail cars, factory equipment, cars, or anywhere that constant shaking would loosen most nuts and bolts. Vibration-resistant fasteners are specifically designed to be especially resilient for these applications, but to prevent a joint from failing, you have to know how to choose the right vibration-resistant fastener.

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