Thermal expansion is a common problem in applications that are exposed to high temperatures or that use materials sensitive to temperature changes. The usual problem is that internal components become loose after external components expand due to an increase in operating temperatures causing unwanted movement, vibration, and noise within the application. Design engineers plan to avoid this situation by pre-loading components with spring elements that compensate for thermal expansion and fix the components tight in place, avoiding unwanted movement within the application.

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High-volume production drilling makes custom easy

ROCKY RIVER, OH—April 4, 2018–-Earnest Machine has added new equipment at its Rocky River, OH, facility that enables the company to do high-volume production and specialty drilling of holes from 3/64” to 13/32”. “Earnest has always offered low-volume drilling of parts,” said Al Shannon, manufacturing manager at Earnest Machine. “This new equipment opens up additional opportunities, enabling us to bring more drilling services in-house and allows us to take on higher volume runs of up to one million pieces.” Shannon noted that adding high-volume drilling capabilities equips Earnest Machine to offer one-stop shopping for customers who need specialty work, making custom jobs quick and easy. In addition to the ability to drill small diameter holes in small parts in large volumes, Earnest continues to offer hex head and socket head drilling up to 1-1/4” diameter; thread drilling up to 2” diameter; core drilling up to 2-3/4” deep and tapping up to 2-1/2” deep. “One of the common complaints in our industry is that machine shop work is rarely on time,” added Shannon. “At Earnest Machine, we track our shop metrics and our on-time delivery rate is 97.4%. That’s because everything we do is wrapped in the Earnest customer service experience, including the custom work in our shop. If it’s not a quality part, the job’s not complete.”

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Sherex Application Spotlight: Replacing Welded Hex Fasteners with Full Hex Rivet Nuts!

 

Sherex's engineering team worked with a manufacturer of agricultural equipment to significantly reduce their fastener and installation costs for several key joints.

The Challenge:
  • The OEM was experiencing low throughput rates and creating toxic emissions by utilising weld nuts.
The Solution:
  • Sherex's engineering team designed and produced a full hex rivet nut to be installed using the FLEX-5 rivet nut installation tool.
  • The new solution increased throughput by 50%, eliminated toxic emissions, AND provided a significant cost savings to the OEM.
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.

The Best Kept Secret

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Fastening Systems Engineered For Performance™
THE FASTENER FIX

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Earnest Machine will celebrate its 70th anniversary by sponsoring the inaugural Fastener Fair USA, which will take place April 11 and 12, 2018, at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, OH.

Fastener Fair USA is the premier industry event that brings together manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and end users in this fastener and joining technology exhibition. The show offers a first-hand look at the latest solutions and technology available in the marketplace, as well as networking and top-notch educational programs developed and delivered by industry experts.

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A Message From Sherex

Are you experiencing problems with tolerance stack? Having trouble with misalignment during joint servicing? Riv-Float Rivet Nuts are the answer! Using a patented floating inner nut design, Riv-Float provides fast and easy attachment points in off-center applications, reducing the risk of cross threading and spin out.

Riv-Float rivet nuts are an ideal replacement for riveted nut plates and cage nuts as they reduce installation time by requiring only one hole and can be installed blind. Riv-Float can also replace weld nuts, offering quicker, easier installation, and eliminating the possibility of weld spatter affecting threads and the need for costly ventilation systems. 
  

For applications with restricted backside clearance, Riv-Float Short provides the same solution to tolerance stack as Riv-Float with a reduced profile, allowing for blind installation in tight spaces. 

Riv-Float
 and Riv-Float Short can be installed with the Sherex Flex-5 installation tool with the use of a Riv-Float anvil.

Rotor Clip USA and Rotor Clip Ltd. are now formally certified to IATF 16949:2016, the new automotive standard replacing the previous one known as TS16949 .
 
Rotor Clip is proud to be among the first 50 companies in the world to pass the IATF 16949 audit.
 
The primary focus of the IATF 16949 standard is the development of a Quality Management System that stresses continuous improvement with the goal of preventing defects and waste throughout the supply chain. The key to this is risk assessment, driving the organization to learn from the many inputs it experiences such as customer complaints, internal and external audits and improvement efforts to provide better product and service to the customer.
 
Rotor Clip has instituted a number of specific changes to comply with the requirements and, more importantly, the spirit of the standard. These include installing digital gauges on certain processes to automatically output data for more efficient analysis; automating lab equipment maintenance to ensure testing is done on a timely basis so that customer shipments are not delayed; improving the production of our wire EDM machines by selecting premium brass wire to maximize available cutting time and produce tools quickly and efficiently.
 
View the certificate here

A Message From Sherex

Sherex Fastening Solutions, a global leader in engineered fasteners, tooling, and automation, is pleased to announce Pacific Warehouse Sales (PWS) as the Western Region Master Distributor for its TEC Series wedge locking washer product line.

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Advanced Cable Ties is proud to announce the release of a comprehensive full-line catalog to support our distributor growth efforts. This 35-page product bulletin highlights updated, easy-to-read product specifications and recent new product introductions including:

Nylon 12 Solar products
Heavy Duty Screw Mounts
Patented Cable Tie Removal Tools

Also featured in the new catalog is an updated color selection including 14 different colors in 7 different sizes. Advanced Cable Ties is known globally for the vibrancy and consistency of all available colors.
  
While we are pleased to present this update, we are committed to continued product expansion to support the growing demand for Advanced Cable Ties products. Our new product introduction schedule is filling in quickly. In the coming weeks, you will receive additional announcements of product innovations.

2017 was an extraordinary success for Advanced Cable Ties and 2018 is already shaping up to be another record-setting year. We appreciate your continued support and we value our long-standing partnerships and the new friends we make along the way.

To receive your copy of our new catalog, please contact customer service or your local sales representative.

Established in 1994, Advanced Cable Ties, Inc. is a privately owned, leading, full-line manufacturer of cable ties and wiring accessories proudly made in the USA.

A Message From Beacon Fasteners

Beacon Fasteners and Components is excited to announce that they have successfully completed the transition from the ISO 9001:2008 to the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System. Beacon’s drive and support from management and their operational staff paved the way to this achievement one year before the deadline.

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SPIROL is pleased to introduce a high performance line of Molded-in Inserts for Plastics manufactured from aluminum. The robust design of the Series 60 Blind-End and Series 61 Through-Hole Inserts consists of axial grooves to maximize torque

resistance, balanced with radial undercuts to achieve high-pull out force. These Molded-in Inserts are designed to be placed in the mold cavity prior to plastic injection, and offer exceptional performance due to unrestricted plastic flow into the retention features on the outside diameter of the Inserts.


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A Message From Sherex

We are pleased to announce that we have received QSLM approval (Qualified Suppliers List for Manufacturers) from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency for our NAS/MS rivet nuts produced in our Akron, OH facility. Manufacturers who gain this approval must satisfy stringent quality requirements, including: having a documented quality control program, maintaining lot identity through the manufacturing process, and using Statistical Process Control (SPC) on an ongoing basis.

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A Message From EFC International

EFC International Continues To “Redefine The World Of Distribution” By Launching A New Website Focused On Providing An Unparalleled Customer Experience.

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A Press Release From Hodell-Natco

Hodell-Natco Industries acquired Davco Fastener Company on December 1, 2017. The move was a strategic one that gives Hodell-Natco a stronger foothold in the OEM market. Kevin Reidl, President of Hodell-Natco, worked together with Dave Potts, President and Owner of Davco Fastener Company on this mutually-beneficial transaction.

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Fastening Systems Engineered For Performance™
THE FASTENER FIX
 
 
Sherex Akron
Sherex Akron has updated its phone system to better accommodate our valued customers. Please take note of the following new numbers:

Main Phone: (234) 205-1178
Ted Utlak: (234) 815-1036


We would also like to welcome Renee Bartel to the Sherex Akron Team as our new Office Administrator! Renee comes to us with years of experience at companies such as Fedex and First Energy and is excited to be working at Sherex. Renee will be the primary customer contact for Sherex Akron moving forward, and can be reached via the main Akron line or via her direct line at (234) 815-1038.

Contact Ted or Renee to discuss our MS/NAS rivet nuts and small batch production capabilities. Sherex Akron is AS9100 certified, and products are available with short lead times and low order quantities.


Cage Codes: 7EK30 and 4JQL4
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Brass Inserts
Looking for solutions for high strength attachments in plastics and composites? Sherex offers a wide range of standard and custom mold-in and self-tapping inserts for structural plastic attachments in metric and inch sizes.

The custom mold-in inserts pictured above are examples of specialty brass inserts that Sherex manufactures for customers in multiple industries, including automotive and construction equipment. Click the link below for more information.
Brass Inserts
International Fastener Expo 2017
Team Sherex had a blast at the International Fastener Expo in Las Vegas last month! Sherex President Adam Pratt received the Young Fastener Professional of the Year award for his contributions to the fastener industry.

Among Adam’s achievements are: leading the Sherex team in the development of innovative product lines including Riv-Float©, Full Hex, and Large Size rivet nuts and TEC Series wedge locking washers; spearheading efforts to establish manufacturing facilities in Taiwan and Akron, Ohio; and successfully acquiring and integrating the Disc-Lock company and product line.


Congratulations Adam on your achievement!

GOING SMALL IN A BIG WAY

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A Message From the Lab Materials Testing

We have some exciting news!

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