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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

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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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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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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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.

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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