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
Global Certified Fasteners Has What You Need Amid The Fastener Supply Chain Disruption Almost two years into the global pandemic, many fastener companies throughout the United States continue to face supply challenges. Global shipping delays that began during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic have persisted, even worsening in some areas due to parked shipping containers, closed factories and a lack of truck drivers. Like many industries, the industrial fastener industry is not immune to
When deciding which fasteners would be best to use for a project, there are several ways to decode their grade. All fasteners come with specific markings to help determine material, make, and grade. Some small size fasteners will not be graded with a specified strength, but larger size fasteners and specialized fasteners are meant to meet specific strength requirements. When replacing a graded fastener, use a replacement the same grade or higher. Recognizing Bolts By
A fastener drive is a set of shaped cavities and protrusions on the fastener head that allow for the use of a mating tool, such as a screwdriver, to apply torque. Understanding a drive’s purpose and the differences between drives will help you decide which style you should choose for your specific project. Slot This drive has a single horizontal indentation in the fastener head and is driven by a “common blade” or flat-bladed screwdriver.
Fasteners need to perform reliably in all applications. It’s important to be aware of the factors that can affect that performance, particularly in high heat situations. Utilizing the wrong fasteners under high heat can cause weakening, disintegration or even vaporization. Bolts can be made of a variety of materials, including carbon steel, alloy steel and stainless steel, but high-temperature applications call for iron, nickel and chromium-based alloys. This awareness of fastener selection for high-heat applications