Adhesives and the Argo

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Adhesives

Recently, we were called out to a local repair facility for a project that involved an Argo 8×8 ATV.  These ATV’s are known for their durability and versatility, not to mention their ability to operate on land or in the water.

This particular Argo had developed a leak in its inner tub, caused by wear from the tracks rubbing the inside of the wheel well. The hole was a crescent-shaped scar on a rounded part of the tub.  This wasn’t going to be an easy patch job.  They contacted the dealer looking for a solution, but they dealer suggested a sheet metal patch, lots of silicone and rivets.  RIVETS!  They actually suggested making more holes in a machine that is subject to massive vibration.  The owner of the Argo felt this wasn’t a great option and felt it would only create more leaks (and headaches) down the road.

Part of the problem with this application is that the tub of the Argo is made of a type of plastic that is known to be difficult to bond.  Some versions of low density Polyethylene are nearly impossible to bond, and so repair shops often resort to “mechanical” fixes like rivets and silicone.  In this situation, the constant vibration of the machine could have caused the rivets to wear even larger holes in the plastic.  Furthermore, there was no guarantee that silicone would provide a long-lasting seal.

Naturally, they were looking for alternatives.

With the help of our technical experts at ASI, we identified the best adhesive to use on the tub of the Argo is our Maximum Performance 2:1 epoxy, the MP54420.  With its high viscosity formula and 20-30 minute fixture time, it has time to flow into large (and small) gaps, then cure to a hard but flexible finish.

IT GETS BETTER.

This solution gives them some great benefits:

  • We did not have to create more holes in the Argo.
  • We avoided the use of messy silicones, and did not have to cut or shape any sheet metal.
  • The total cost of the repair was less than $100 (including $60 for the re-usable dispensing gun)  and there was adhesive left over.
  • The machine is field-ready within hours.
  • One 50ml tube is enough for multiple repairs (depending on the size of the holes, of course)
  • This epoxy will last through extreme temperature ranges (-60F to +250F) once cured.

This particular project is not going to morph into large-scale business from this particular customer, but it does highlight an application that many might overlook.

Unique Solutions for Your Fastening Needs

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Inserts

Yardley Products‘ precision engineered threaded metal inserts are used in a variety of everyday objects. Seaside Casual Furniture, a 100-year old, family owned outdoor furniture company, knew Yardley Products could come up with a custom solution to their design problem.

Inserts are used to to make the assembly of these Adirondak chairs easy and quick.Seaside Casual is an industry leader when it comes to design and their customers were looking for a sleek, streamlined looking product.

The furniture company needed a custom solution to hide visible fasteners on their products which were bringing down the aesthetic value.

Click to learn more about how Yardley Products created and produced custom inserts to help the Seaside Casual design team.

Use our Contact Form get more information about how threaded inserts can improve build quality and the look of your product!

Draw Latches For Super Heavy Applications

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Draw Latches

EB-960-23

EB-960-23

With 8,000 lbs of holding force, the 960 Series draw latch is a monster!  If you’re looking for maximum strength, this might be for you!

More than just strength!

But this draw latch has more than strength.  It’s adjustable, has a comfy rubberized grip and features a secondary catch to prevent accidental opening.

For more information about your options for heavy-duty (or lighter duty) draw latches, use our handy Contact Form!

Gas Springs Now Available from Steeves Agencies

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Gas Springs, Uncategorized

Steeves Agencies carries a complete line of gas springs, lifts and dampers, with a wide assortment of end fittings and mounting brackets! With hundreds of available options, we can provide you with the exact spring, lift or damper to suit your specific application requirements.

Want to know more about our gas springs? Want to see a product catalog with all the available options? Click on the link to download a copy of our Gas Spring Catalog.

Do you have a different question? Need more information? Use our handy Contact Form to reach us and we’ll get back to you right away!

Not sure what size you need? Want some advice on picking the correct pressure? We can help there too! Just fill out our brief Application Information Form and we’ll do the legwork for you! Easy as that!

Gas Spring Application Information

Installing Yardley Inserts

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Inserts

Yardley Products, a manufacturer of precision engineered threaded metal inserts, is the industry leader in all types of threaded inserts.  From large threads to small in a wide range of materials and for a wide range of substrates, Yardley’s got you covered.  Designing the inserts into your product is easy, but what about installation?  Will you need special tools?  Will you need people with special skills?  These are important considerations when designing any type of fastener, latch, hinge or insert into your product.

Typically, metal inserts are installed with complex ultrasonic equipment that can put a wrench into your manufacturing budget and raise the price of production. The thermal press can do the same task easily and inexpensively for jobs such as prototyping, 3D printing, or low volume production. This solution costs less and is also smaller than most ultrasonic equipment, reducing the footprint in your facility.

Yardley Products is offering a major deal on their newest tool for installing inserts into thermoplastics. For a limited time, take $200 off your thermal press when you use the code Thermal200 at checkout! Shop now and save! The press is also versatile, suited for inserts of any size in practically any thermoplastic. With more than 24 million inserts in stock, Yardley offers corresponding 2D and 3D downloadable CAD drawings to spec out applications.

Do you have questions about inserts?  Want to know more about installation equipment?  Use our handy Contact Form to reach us!

 

New Compact Compression Latch from Southco

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Compression Latches, Products

Southco
New Product Announcement
New Compact Compression Latch Designed for Limited Spaces Southco’s new E3 VISE ACTION® Compression Latch series combines a high level of strength with a smaller design footprint for secure, vibration resistant latching in even the most challenging operating environments. The compact E3 Compression Latch easily fits into enclosures with space constraints and meets NEMA 4 and IP65 standards for water and dust protection.
  • Compact, shortened housing for limited space applications
  • Tested to European Standard EN45545 for fire resistance
  • Highly modular and configurable
  • Meets NEMA 4/IP65 standards
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We can help you with drawer slides!

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Drawer Slides, News

Accuride started out designing slides for the industrial and electromechanical market and has grown to become a global expert in the design, manufacture, and integration of movement solutions. This has earned Accuride products a reputation for quality and reliability. Their staff takes pride in guiding customers to the most effective and practical solution.

Accuride products are used to provide movement, positioning, and access in a vast range of applications across a broad spectrum of industries, including:

  • Automotive and transportation
  • Enclosures for data storage and communications
  • Mobile and static equipment and supply storage
  • Machinery and manufacturing
  • Emergency and utility vehicles
  • Industrial equipment and storage units
  • Medical equipment

Tried & True Performance

Our stringent testing procedures reflect the real-world conditions and include extensive cycle testing, salt spray and moisture exposure, slamming, vibration, and more to ensure continued dynamic performance under demanding conditions.

Special Attributes

We offer a large selection of slides with technology and features specifically designed to enhance industrial applications such as:

  • Weather-resistant and corrosion resistant finishes
  • Two-way travel for access from both sides of an installation
  • Lock-in & lock-out to secure slides in the open and closed positions
  • Soft close, self-closing, and touch release features
  • Corrosion resistant aluminum or stainless steel slides
  • Mounting options such as brackets or bayonet/pocket systems

Click here for more information about the features and components of Accuride slides.

If you’re looking for heavy-duty slides for industrial plant equipment or slides with compact cross sections to maximize space efficiency, Accuride can provide you with the ultimate solution.

Choices Galore

Although best known for ball bearing drawer slides, explore our Product Catalog to find out more about Accuride’s specialty solutions such as our linear motion slides and innovative electronic locking products.

NEW: The D7 Tech Line Quarter Turn Fastener

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Captive Fasteners

Southco
New Product Announcement
New Quarter-Turn Fastener Prevents Over Tightening Southco’s new DZUS® D9 Tech Line Quarter-Turn Fastener combines Southco’s proven quarter-turn and captive fastening technologies to create a next generation solution that provides consistent, reliable clamping force and quick access. The DZUS® D9 Tech Line Quarter-Turn Fastener features a captive, spring-loaded design and tool-free operation that prevents over tightening.
  • High-strength and high vibration resistance for demanding applications
  • Variety of stud lengths to accommodate varying panel thickness ranges
  • Tool-free operation that prevents over tightening
  • “Prism” colored fasteners to differentiate access points
  • Quarter-turn operation provides quick access
Learn more about Southco’s DZUS® D9 Tech Line Quarter-Turn Fastener
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Safety Should Be Easy!

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Products, Safety, Uncategorized

First Aid Kits

BE PREPARED!

Are you prepared for a workplace injury?  Did you know that every company is required to maintain at least a first-aid kit on hand at all times?  Did you also know that there are specific guidelines for the number of first-aid kits you need, based on the number of staff you have and the size of your facility?

We can help.

We can supply you with provincially approved First-Aid kits and any other workplace safety equipment you might need to comply with workplace safety requirements.  Whether you need medical kits, eye wash stations, safety equipment or refills for your existing consumables, we can help.

Want to learn more about the medical and safety equipment we can help you with? Call us today or use our handy Contact Form to reach us!

TOGGLE CLAMPS!

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Compression Latches, Latches

Toggle Clamp

Toggle Clamps (or Fixture Clamps) are used widely in jigs which are used to hold components in place for welding, gluing or finishing.  There are toggle clamps for any type of “holding” you might need to accomplish.

The clamp shown here (GG.AA070) is one of the smaller sized clamps, and it’s designed to hold an object down with as much as 1450N (325 lbs) of force! The larger version of this toggle clamp has a holding force of up to 8000N (1800 lbs).  Toggle clamps are designed for easy, trouble-free operation no matter the size of the latch or the holding force required.

Many toggle clamps require a clamping bolt (sold separately).  The bolt can be installed anywhere along the working arm of the latch.  Different types of bolts are available too.Clamping Bolts

Most of our toggle clamps are available in steel or stainless, but some are available in cast materials, for those applications that require extreme strength.

If you need more information about our Toggle Clamps, call us today or use our handy Contact Form to reach us!  We’re here to help.