What Is a Mechanical Extension Spring?

Springs are used in a wide variety of commercial and consumer applications. You can find them in machines, furniture, fixtures, electronics and more. While all springs serve as an energy storage device, though, they are available in different types. One … Read More

Short-Arm vs Long-Arm Hex Keys

Not all fasteners have a traditional Philips- or flat-head drive recess. Some of them have a hexagonal drive recess. With a hexagonal drive recess, you won’t be able to install them using a traditional screwdriver, nor will you be able … Read More

Spring vs Ball Plungers: What’s the Difference?

Plungers are often used to secure and position workpieces. You can find them in furniture and machines. Plungers feature a ball or pin that sinks into the plunger’s body under the pressure of a load. While all plungers use this … Read More

How to Choose a Hydraulic Clamp

Some clamps offer a higher level of security and stability for the objects with which they are used than others. In terms of clamping force, few compare to hydraulic clamps. Hydraulic clamps feature oil-filled passages that, when pressurized, clamp down … Read More

What Are Magnetic Catches?

Magnetic catches are used in a wide range of applications. You can find them on doors, cabinets, vehicles, electronic enclosures and more. Even if you’re unfamiliar with them, you’ve probably used a magnetic catch before. What are magnetic catches exactly? … Read More

What Is a Stair-Climbing Hand Truck?

Hand trucks are commonly used to move and handle materials in the workplace. Also known as dollies, they feature an L-shaped frame with handles on the top and wheels on the bottom. After placing a load on the bottom of … Read More

Comparing the Different Types of Anchor Bolts

An anchor bolt is a unique type of fastener that’s designed to secure an object or structural component to a concrete surface. They don’t feature the same long shank with a flat tip as other bolts. Rather, anchor bolts feature … Read More

The Beginner’s Guide to Toggle Clamps

In the manufacturing industry, workpieces often require the use of a toggle clamp. It will secure the workpiece so that it remains stationary while being worked on. Manufacturing companies can then cut and drill the workpiece without worrying about it … Read More

Grab Hooks vs Slip Hooks: What’s the Difference?

Lifting hooks are frequently used to hoist and raise heavy objects. They are secured to the end of a chain or rope that’s connected to a crane. When the crane rises, so will the lifting hook as well as the … Read More