Step Bolts and the 5G Connection

What Step Bolts Have to do with 5G The world seems to be abuzz with talk of 5G technology, the next generation of mobile connectivity. A key step in bringing that technology to the masses is through an upgraded grid of 5G cell towers, which contain step bolts. These towers act as telecommunications sites with the potential to increase the speed of wireless signals by ten times the speed of 4G. This increased speed will […]

Maintaining the Power Grid

The power grid in the United States is complex, made up of generating stations, substations, transmission lines, as well as step-up and step-down transformers. Each of these is designed by the utility industry to fit within the larger power system, with the goal of moving power safely with as little loss over the greatest distance to the most people as possible. No easy task.  For example, consider just one part of the system: latticed transmission […]

Choosing The Right Bolts For Your Project

Choosing the Best Bolt According to Frederick E. Graves of The Scientific American, a refrigerator has 275 bolts, a fork-lift has 940, a car has 3,500, and a jet plane has 1.5 million. Essentially, the world is held together with bolts. But what is a bolt? Graves says it’s a “cylindrical, externally threaded fastener with a head.” Unlike a screw, though, a bolt is meant to be used with a nut rather than in tapped […]

Bolt and Screw Heads

Bolt and Screw Heads Anyone who is familiar with fasteners can tell you that there are almost unlimited options available. For each fastener type, there are many different shapes, sizes and materials that can be customized based on your unique needs. So, in this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most common types of bolt and screw heads and their uses. Common Types Pan Heads These are one of the most […]

Types of Washers For Every Application

Common Types of Washers Washers are typically used to help distribute the shock load of threaded fasteners. This prevents them from becoming damaged or unscrewed during normal operations. Washers are thin, usually disk-shaped plates with holes in the middle for workers to install fasteners through. They’re generally made of metal or plastic materials. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at three of the most common types of washers and some examples of each. […]