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Finding the Right Metric Nut is No Easy Task

With all of the nuts in the world, it can be hard to figure out which one is right for your assembly. To help you along with selecting the proper product for your project, here’s a brief rundown of some of the most common metric nuts and their applications.

  1. Metric All Metal Nuts
    alll metalThese general purpose nuts are commonly found on cars, farming machinery, and in metal working industries. They’re very tough, reusable, and provide a solid connection.

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The Evolution & Use of Metric Kep Nuts

Some things have been around so long that it’s easy to forget that there was a time they didn’t exist. These items fill their need so easily and so completely that we can’t imagine a time when people had to get by using other means. One of these items is the “kep” nut. This nut has been around for nearly a century, and many assemblers couldn’t imagine life without it.

metric kep nutsA Little History
The kep nut was invented in 1923 by Shakeproof Screw and Nut Lock Company. The “kep” in kep-nut comes from the name Sha(kep)roof. Now owned by Illinois Tool Works (ITW), the kep nut revolutionized manufacturing and assembly just as assembly lines were taking off. Continue reading

The Different Metric Machine Screw Heads and Their Uses

metic machine screwWhen it comes to keeping things together, engineers, designers, and builders overwhelmingly choose metric machine screws. They’re in everything from kitchen cabinets to deep-space probes. Given the wide variety of things put together with metric machine screws, it’s no surprise that there is such a wide variety of metric screws to choose from. Learn about the different types of metric machine screws and when to use them.

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ISO 9001:2008 Certification: What it Means to You

The establishment of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is based on the need to facilitate international trade by promoting development of universal standards. Having been in place for over a decade now, the ISO 9001:2008 Certification is a universal method used by both customers and companies to control the quality of output.

ISO-Certified-Co-Logo-BlueIt is a framework of business management ensuring continued improvements in all aspects of the business. The external assessment on a regular basis ensures maintenance of these business practices.

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Metric Fastener Markings: What Do They Mean?

Most people would be amazed by the amount of information that can fit on the head of a bolt. As you may already know, information about the diameter, length, and thread pitch of a fastener can often be found on its head. However, there’s a lot of other information that manufacturers put on the head of a bolt that you may not know about. That information can make a big difference in the type of bolt you choose for your application. Here, we’ll look at some of the markings, and what they mean in terms of real-world applications

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How to Identify a Metric Screw Thread Call Out

Whether you’re a part-time hobbyist or a seasoned mechanic, there comes a time when you have an unidentified hole, bolt, or screw. To finish your assembly, you need to know exactly what size fastener you have, or what size fastener you need. The “guess and test” method can damage the threads on the fastener and in the hole. Worse yet, you could end up with something that seems to fit, but isn’t really the right size. When that happens, mechanical failure becomes a real risk.

Fortunately, screw thread callouts are a standardized system for determining the size, thread pitch, and length of a machine screw or hole. With this information, you can quickly get all of the information you need to ensure that your fastener fits perfectly into your assembly.

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Set Screws: From Door Knobs to Space Shuttles, What Are They and When Should You Use Them?

Set screws are one of those smaller metric fastener components that aren’t given as much attention as they deserve.

In spite of their lack of fame, they are available in a wide variety of different fabrications.  They are also used in a variety of different applications ranging from simple tasks such as installing a door knob, to more complex ones like working on a space shuttle.

Any time an object needs to be affixed to some sort of shaft, a set screw is likely to be utilized. However, given the wide variety of applications that use set screws, you want to make sure that you are using the right one for your specific application.

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Self-Checkout Systems in Beta Require Small Metric Fastener Quantities: No Problem!

Bill’s company designs self-checkout systems used in grocery stores.  He chooses Mr. Metric for his unique metric fastener needs because he requires unique and hard to find Self-Tapping Screws that can’t be found in other hardware stores.

Bill also has a great deal of trust when ordering metric fasteners from Mr. Metric. He knows that even in a time crunch, we’ll come through.

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Named One of the Top Workplaces in 2014 Bay Area

The TWP_BANG_Portrait_2014_AWBay Area News Group ranked Mountz, Inc., a parent company of Mr. Metric, as one of the top small businesses to work for in the Bay Area on its 2014 list.

The list of Bay Area Top Workplaces were published in Bay Area News Group publications-including the San Jose Mercury News, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the Oakland Tribune, and the Contra Costa Times-on Sunday, June 15, and is available online.

Mountz provides torque tool solutions along with Mr. Metric metric fasteners, to a variety of industries like aerospace, automotive, electronics, energy, medical, packaging and more.

Mr. Metric (a Mountz company) is the leading metric fastener specialist in North America. Well regarded as experts in metric, Mr. Metric is known for hard to find metric items at competitive prices.

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Benefits of Using Metric Fasteners Over Imperial

The debate over whether to use imperial or metric fasteners has been going on for well over a century. During that time, metric has consistently won out over imperial, even in the country that was responsible for creating the imperial system.

To understand why metric is the preferred system worldwide, it’s important to understand how each system works.

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