Using the right fasteners

Choosing the correct fastener can make or break your next DIY project. Depending on what material you are using, you will want to choose the right fastener for the job. The right fastener selection will allow you to complete your … Read More

What’s the Difference Between Buffing and Polishing

Buffing and polishing are two common finishing processes used in the manufacturing industry. They both involve smoothing the surface of a workpiece to improve its aesthetics as well as its physical properties. Unbeknownst to many people, however, buffing and polishing … Read More

How Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) Works

Manufacturing companies use a variety of techniques to alter and improve the properties of raw materials. Some of these techniques are basic, consisting of nothing more than exposure to heat, whereas others are more complex. Hot isostatic pressing (HIP) falls … Read More

Why Screws Pop Out of Drywall (and How to Prevent It)

When installing drywall, construction companies and contractors use screws to secure the drywall panels to studs. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for these screws to come out. Even if a screw was originally installed deep into the drywall, it may loosen … Read More

Types of fastener corrosion

We all want to minimize fastener corrosion, right? Insulation, proper coatings, and paint can help seal fasteners to prevent rust and other corrosion. It’s important to choose the right materials and make sure the pressure and applications are correct. Here … Read More

Partially vs Fully Threaded Screws: What’s the Difference?

All screws are designed with external threading so that they can be driven into an object or surface. On the shaft of a typical screw, you’ll see helical grooves. Known as external threading, these grooves essentially dig material out of … Read More

What Is the Metalworking Process Clinching?

Have you heard of clinching? It’s used extensively in the metalworking industry to join two or more pieces of sheet metal without the use of fasteners, heat or adhesives. With clinching, special tools are used to lock”multiple pieces of sheet … Read More