Recent Posts by Mike Eichinger

 
Mike is the COO of Bay Fastening Systems.

Multi-Grip Rivets vs Standard Grip Rivets—The Pros and Cons of Each

Above all, the rivets used on projects must be reliable and enduring. A fastener that fails can lead to more problems, so ensuring you have the right hardware for the job—and then doing the job right—is imperative.

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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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7 Reasons to Use HuckBolts® Over Welds

At one time, welding was the most reliable and common way to secure joints in load-bearing structures that endure high levels of vibration. However, in most industrial applications today, welding isn’t practical—or safe. This is where swaged-on, direct-tension lockbolts, such as HuckBolts®, meet the demand.

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5 Tips for Uses and Installation of Rivet Nuts

With some projects, finding a fastener that works with thin or brittle materials can seem impossible. This is where rivet nuts, which are also known as a blind nuts, blind rivet nuts, or threaded inserts, come in. A variation on the standard rivet, the rivet nut has a tubular round, splined, square, or hexagonal body that is internally threaded and counterbored. As a blind fastener, the rivet nut is installed in instances where only one side of the workpiece is accessible, making it incredibly versatile.

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4 Tips for Using Steel Structural Blind Bolts

With many heavy duty, industrial applications, regular fasteners usually don’t make sense. For jobs where one side of the workpiece is unreachable or where welding isn’t an option, steel structural blind bolts are the perfect permanent and secure solution.

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The Uses and Advantages of Using Key Locking Inserts

Whether you’re fixing an oversized or misplaced hole or need to complete a repair on original equipment (OEM), key locking inserts are the ideal fastener for repairing damaged threads.

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Vibration-Resistant Fasteners: Advantages of the Huck 360® Powerbolt

From snowmobiles to rail joints, excavators to farm equipment, vibration can lead to costly—and sometimes dangerous—fastener failures. The key to maintaining installation integrity? The Huck 360® powerbolt, which is the most impressive vibration-resistant fastener on the market today.

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Advantages of Steel Blind Rivets and Their Common Applications

With their impressive formability, strength, and durability, steel rivets are one of the most common—and long-lasting—fastening materials on the market. According to Assembly magazine, they’re also one of the oldest blind rivets: “The first steel blind rivets were developed for use in the auto industry during the Great Depression.”

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Common Uses for Helical Inserts and Why You Need Them

If you want to increase the integrity of your application, repair a stripped thread, or are working with light or soft materials, make sure you’re using helical inserts.

Helical inserts are a coiled wire insert that is installed in order to create internal screw threads for accepting a fastener, essentially serving as a thread repair solution with endless applications. The diameter of the insert is wider than the tapped hole, so it compresses as it’s inserted, creating a safe and secure application that retains locking torque over numerous assemblies. Even in environments with severe vibration or varying temperature conditions, helical inserts offer strong, permanent threading.

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The Difference Between Open and Closed End Blind Rivets and Their Uses

Whether you’re installing an LED sign or repairing a boat, knowing the differences between open- and closed-end rivets is vital. Here are some of the crucial differences to be aware of so you can pick the right blind rivets for your job.

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