FROM: Jade West, NAW Senior Vice President-Government Relations

New NAW “Legislative Issue Briefs” are now available, including updates on:

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What Are You Building?

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From Globalfastenernews.com

While there are no recorded incidents of fastener workers regarding the California Prop 65 chemicals and no suits in fastener workplaces, Carmen Vertullo suggested “looking at your company as a target for a lawsuit.” READ MORE

Sick of summer weather and moisture corroding your steel parts?

Check out this month's newsletter to see how Rotor Clip's exclusive zinc phosphate finishes offers maximum corrosion protection. Our dry phosphate and phosphate and oil finishes come standard, with no additional cost.

See why our phosphate finishes are specified for in countless applications, and call or email us for free samples or engineer consultations today. READ MORE

Disc-Lock Safety Wheel Nuts

Are you experiencing issues with loose wheel nuts? Our Disc-Lock safety wheel nuts prevent vibrational loosening Utilizing a patented 3 piece design, Disc-Lock safety wheel nuts secure wheels in heavy load and vibration applications, from trash trucks and buses to tractor trailers.
  • Available in sizes from 3/4 to 7/8 (M18-M22)
  • Easy to install with standard tools
  • No retightening needed after installation
  • Can be used with Class 10.9, Grade 8 bolts
  • Coated in GEOMET 321, providing up to 720 hours protection in salt spray testing (other coatings available upon request)
  • Vibration proof according to MIL-STD-1312-7

Do you use materials of multiple or variable thicknesses? If so, CPB and CPN rivet nuts may be the best solution for your application! CPB/CPN parts offer a large grip range, allowing them to be easily used in multiple different material thicknesses. Their large backside footprint provides increased pull out resistance. CPB/CPN parts are designed to be installed in soft materials like plastics without distorting the base material, an ideal solution for your lightweighting initiatives.
 
Sherex CPN and CPB rivet nuts come in sizes ranging from 8-32 to 5/16-18 (M5-M8), and are available in wedge head or trim head variants. CPB rivet nuts are pre-bulbed for ease of installation and can be installed with spin-spin tooling.




Sherex's engineering team designed the industry's largest rivet nut product line.

The Challenge:
  • The OEM was experiencing production bottlenecks and difficult in-field installations due to the use of a welded clip; the clip was frequently damaged during shipping or misaligned during welding.
The Solution:
  • Sherex created a large size rivet nut with an oversized thread for use with standard step bolts.
  • Utilizing the rivet nut solution, the manufacturer was able to laser cut holes into the pole, ensuring proper spacing and alignment of the holes.
  • The elimination of the welding process, the clip, and one of the hex nuts involved in the previous assembly sped up production and made installation a one hand operation, making it much safer and quicker.
The Sherex engineering team is available to assist you with your fastening challenges. Contact us at [email protected] or call 866-474-3739 for more information.
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Sherex Fastening Solutions, a global leader in engineered fasteners, tooling, and automation, is pleased to announce that their Sherex Taiwan production facility has received IATF 16949:2016 certification.

IATF 16949:2016, which establishes specific quality management system requirements for the automotive market, replaces ISO/TS 16949:2009. To gain accreditation, businesses must possess quality systems that focus on continuous improvement to prevent defects, and eleminate high variation and waste throughout the supply chain.

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Solid Pins are common fasteners used for aligning, joining, and assembling multiple components. Solid Pins are most useful where the clamp load of a bolt is not needed. They are also used for specific functions such as locating components, hinges, tamper-resistant designs, etc. READ MORE

FROM:
Jade West, Senior Vice President-Government Relations
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

NAW joins amicus brief on FLSA overtime rule:

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From Harvard Business Review

Presenting in a webinar — when you often don’t have access to visual cues about how the audience is responding — can sometimes feel disconcerting or awkward. Here are a few strategies to improve the experience for you and your audience. First, make use of the camera. Many professionals don’t like looking at themselves on camera, but that’s not a valid excuse when you consider how much more engaged listeners are when watching a real person talk to them. Next, an important corollary point: If you’re using the camera, you have to be mindful of visual aesthetics. Specifically, adjust your camera so that it’s giving a straight-on view of your face, and test out how your chosen backdrop appears to participants. It’s also a good idea to rehearse the mechanics of the webinar software you’re using. And finally, decide in advance how you’ll handle audience participation. READ MORE

FROM:
Jade West, Senior Vice President-Government Relations
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

This morning the Supreme Court handed down a decision in the Wayfair case overturning the Quill decision and – finally!! – allowing states to require out-of-state/online sellers to collect state sales taxes.   NAW joined Amicus briefs in this case, and it is a huge victory for our brick-and-mortar businesses.

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You certainly have choice of vendors when sourcing retaining rings, but not all retaining ring suppliers offer the same level of quality, expertise, and trust. Here are 5 points you should consider when choosing your next retaining ring supplier:

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EFC International, a leading supplier of engineered fasteners, with their corporate office in St. Louis, Missouri, continues to expand their global presence with the establishment of their office and warehouse in Mexico, EFC Global, S de RL de CV.

“Our recently established legal entity and operations in Mexico, including a warehouse in Querétaro, outside sales engineers, customer service and support staff in Mexico, enables EFC to enhance our service level in the region.  We’re able to respond more quickly and hold inventory in closer proximity to our customer base.  We also are positioned to act as a key channel partner into Mexico for our strategic partner suppliers.   With our locations in the United States, Mexico, Germany, China and South Korea, EFC truly has become a global leader in the supply of engineered fasteners and components.  EFC enables multi-national OEM customers and suppliers to utilize our services on multiple continents, taking advantage of our global network to mitigate supply chain risks and improve local service,” said Mary Becker, Vice President of North American Sales. 

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From Jamie Notter

I’ve been searching the web for a good definition of employee engagement, and I have to say, I’m disappointed. There are a LOT out there, though I think that is fine. It doesn’t need to be oversimplified into a single definition. And given the amount of money we spend trying to fix employee engagement every year, it doesn’t surprise me that everyone and their brother are trying to define it. READ MORE

Advance Components is now a master stocking distributor of Heyco® Solar Power Components. Heyco® is a worldwide leading manufacturer of wire management products and components. The Heyco® solar line of SunRunner® Clips, SunBundler® and Nytye® Cable Ties, and Liquid Tight Cordgrips set the standard for excellence and high performance in the solar industry.

“Heyco is excited to announce the recent addition of over 220,000 pieces of 28 different SKUs to Advance Components’ offering,” says Tom Marsden, Renewable Energies and Product Sales Manager. “Advance’s outstanding level of service and Heyco’s superior quality in products makes it a no-brainer when choosing a partner for your next solar job.”

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ROTOR CLIP OFFERS “RINGS ON WIRE (ROW)” TO HELP ELIMINATE PACKAGING HEADACHES.

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Fastening Systems Engineered For Performance™
THE FASTENER FIX


Looking for a powerful rivet nut installation tool? Sherex's FLEX-18 Spin-Pull Tool provides a pulling force of 18,000 pounds (80 kN) and up to 15mm (.591 inches) of available stroke. Features and benefits of this tool include:

  • Can install rivet nuts up to 3/4-10 (M16)
  • 2-3 second cycle time
  • Quick change mandrel design
  • Automatic reverse with manual reverse bypass
  • Lightweight handle 
  • Upgradeable to process monitoring

See the video below for a demonstration of the FLEX-18 Tool in action.




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From Entrepreneur

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From Inc

Every organization can reap the benefits of disruption. All you have to do is start thinking like an outsider. READ MORE

From Harvard Business Review

Knowing how to read between the lines and pick up on colleagues’ subtle social cues is a critical skill. After all, there’s often an explicit conversation happening in a meeting or around the water cooler — and a tacit one. The best way to take the temperature of a room is to pay attention to the people in it. Note who’s next to whom, who’s relaxed, who’s not, who’s standing, and who’s sitting. Look at their facial expressions, posture, and body language. Then try to make sense of what you’ve observed. Reflect on possible reasons for your colleagues’ emotional states. What’s happening in their lives and in their jobs? If the atmosphere feels tense, don’t let yourself be hijacked by negativity. Instead, shift the mood using humor or empathy. Keep an eye out for positive signals, too — the executive in the corner who’s smiling, for instance — and concentrate on those. READ MORE

ROCKY RIVER, OH—May 14, 2018–-Earnest Machine is now offering domestic hex nuts in response to increased demand for U.S.-made products.

“The federal Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 requires the use of domestically made products in transit projects that receive more than $100,000 in federal money,” said Patrick Ginnetti, marketing director for Earnest Machine. “As the country’s infrastructure ages, maintenance, and repair spending on transportation infrastructure continues to grow in the U.S., which means increased demand for products made here.”

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