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    Recent Posts by Mike Eichinger

     
    Mike is the COO of Bay Fastening Systems.

    The Pros and Cons of Using a Cordless Rivet Gun

    Each tower of the Golden Gate Bridge contains 600,000 rivets. That number translates into an incredible amount of work before the invention of the cordless rivet gun. Even with modern technology, the number would be impressive—a testament to how vision and hard work can lead to something great.

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    Questions You Should Be Asking Potential Fastener Suppliers

    You’ve narrowed down your fastener specifications—but now you are wondering, “Which supplier should I use?”

    Having a supplier who truly knows the industry is crucial. You need a supplier who can source the right products from top manufacturers and who provides knowledgeable, high-quality customer service. In order to find out if you are talking with the right supplier, start by asking questions about a variety of topics.

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    [Infographic] How to Identify the Best Rivet Guns for Your Application

    When selecting a rivet gun, you have different designs and manufacturers to choose from, which makes it even harder to find the right tool.

    Review our infographic on the three steps for choosing the best rivet gun for your needs.

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    Key Things You Need to Know When Using a Huck Bolt

    Throughout the history of mechanical construction, there has always been a need for a completely permanent fastening system—one that essentially becomes a part of the piece on which it is used. Welding two objects together is one such fastening method, but it requires expert installers using high temperatures, gases, and heavy protective equipment, all of which make it difficult to accomplish, especially in hard-to-reach locations.

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    The Bay Supply Story

    Putting our customers first has made Bay Supply the authorized master distributor for so many of the top brands in engineered fastening systems and tools. Take that customer-first philosophy and add more than a half-century of industry knowledge and technological leadership to drive the company forward.

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    Why Threaded Inserts for Metal Will Enhance Your Application

    If you’re working with thin materials and need a strong, durable fastener that is removable and reusable, blind threaded inserts are the solution. Not only are they incredibly easy to install, but they’ll also enhance your application by ensuring production efficiency and durability.

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    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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