Choosing a Non-Magnetic Fastener

Non-Magnetic Materials and Their Uses Titanium Titanium is solid and durable metal. Because of its strength and non-magnetic qualities, titanium is the preferred material for fasteners in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. In addition, titanium is frequently used on equipment that enters the MRI area, including gurneys, stretchers and surgery tools. Aluminum Aluminum is a ceramic. In addition to being non-magnetic, aluminum is extremely lightweight. Therefore, aluminum is ideal for projects and builds in which […]

A Guide To High-Performance Coatings 

Fasteners, garage floors, marine equipment, automotive designs. What do these all have in common? The need for high-performance coatings. High-performance coatings are a type of material poured over or sprayed onto structures and devices. Many different high-performance coatings exist, and their application is specific to different industries and uses. Here, we explore different aspects of high-performance coatings, including who uses them, different types of coatings and why you should use them in certain fastener applications. […]

Choosing a Fasteners Supplier

If you’ve ever worked in any sort of carpentry, manufacturing, or construction business, you know that fasteners are an essential component to almost every project. In the United States alone, there are thousands of businesses that provide fasteners, and it can be tough to know who to trust to do the best possible job for you. At Global Certified Fasteners, we want you to have the utmost confidence in our company and products.  Let’s discuss […]

Knowing Your Lock Nuts

Lock nuts, sometimes referred to as stiff nuts, are a special type of nut that don’t loosen when exposed to vibrations. Unlike traditional nuts, which have a basic threaded hole, lock nuts have a unique design that allows them to withstand vibrations. Before lock nuts were invented in the 1930s, companies would simply use two nuts in applications where vibrations occurred, doubling manufacturing costs. The invention of lock nuts provided a more cost-effective solution, reducing […]

COO Michael Petrie

10 Minutes With Michael Petrie, Our COO

Global Certified Fasteners, located in Maywood, Illinois, has been providing value-added fastener solutions to OEMs and distributors for more than 50 years. Join us as we get to know Michael Petrie, Global Certified’s Chief Operating Officer.  How did you end up in this industry? Detail your path to Global Certified Fasteners, what you do here, and how long you’ve been with GCF. Like most, I was searching for a career that not only fit but […]