Port Delays Leave Cargo Ships Stranded off U.S. Pacific Gateways

Port Delays Leave Cargo Ships Stranded off U.S. Pacific Gateways

You need your ocean cargo ASAP. You know which container ship it’s on. What’s the chance that your ship arrives at the port on schedule? For the answer, flip a coin. Heads: The ship will dock on time. Tails: It’ll be late — possibly very late. A trade bottleneck born...
Steel Price Increases Affecting Supply Chain

Steel Price Increases Affecting Supply Chain

Steel prices have risen relentlessly since bottoming out last summer and hit new record highs in February. Steel Market Update (SMU) canvassed the market Feb. 8-9, and results revealed the benchmark price for hot-rolled steel at a new record high of $1,180/ton...
What Are Rivnuts?

What Are Rivnuts?

Rivnuts were originally developed in the late 1930s by the BF Goodrich Company and sold under the trademark RIVNUT®. They are also known as blind rivet nuts or threaded inserts. The makeup of a rivnut is one piece that is threaded internally which is able to be...
All Sizes of A4 / T316 Stainless Steel Rivets Now In Stock

All Sizes of A4 / T316 Stainless Steel Rivets Now In Stock

We are now stocking every size of our JBJ Series Open End Blind Rivets, these are made from A4 /T316 Stainless Steel material and we offer diameters 1/8″, 5/32″, 3/16″, and 1/4″. See our specific sizes below. A4 / T316 grade is austenitic,...
Types Of Stainless Steel: A2 vs A4 or 304 vs 316

Types Of Stainless Steel: A2 vs A4 or 304 vs 316

The simple answer is 304 contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel while 316 contains 16% chromium, 10% nickel and 2% molybdenum. The molybdenum is added to help resist corrosion to chlorides (like sea water and de-icing salts). Firstly though, lets define Stainless Steel:...
Container Shortage Increases Shipping Costs & Delays Shipments

Container Shortage Increases Shipping Costs & Delays Shipments

Container shipping rates from China to Southeast Asia are surging due to a shortage of transportation space in the Asian region, the result of an uneven distribution of containers to meet surging shipping demand from Asia to Europe and the U.S. Container shipping...
Why Are Airplanes Manufactured With Riveted Joints Instead of Welded?

Why Are Airplanes Manufactured With Riveted Joints Instead of Welded?

From the Airbus A330 to the Boeing 787, practically all commercial aircraft are manufactured with riveted joints instead of welded joints. With riveted joints, two components are connected using a fastener known as a rivet. There are different types of rivets,...
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