Category Archives: Hardware

Sandin Manufacturing: Premium Cable & Wire for Over 50 Years

Sandin Manufacturing has been in the cable and wire industry for over 50 years. We produce a variety of products to satisfy any need you may have, from aircraft cable to custom cable assemblies, you can count on us to deliver a product that executes to your specifications. Continue reading

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Lessons from the 2014 Invention Convention

Last spring I was asked by a friend to participate as a judge at the Invention Convention competition at the elementary school where she is a 3rd grade teacher. The students participating were in grades from 1-5 and were very excited to be a part of the event. The judges were members of the local community, school faculty and business partners. Continue reading

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Rope Swings

Growing up the house that I lived in had a huge tree in the back yard. The trunk had such a large circumference that it appeared to be three or four trees all transformed together. When I first saw the tree I thought that it would be the perfect kind of tree to hang a rope swing from, so I did just that. My father and I had gone to the hardware store and picked out a nice sturdy rope swing seat. We knew that we were going to need a really long rope to go with is as the point of the tree that we had selected to tie the rope from was very high up. As we talked to the sales man, he suggested that we purchase a nylon rope for our purposes of using rope for a rope swing. He backed his statement up by telling us the benefit of using nylon ropes against choosing another. Continue reading

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Rope is the Answer

At one time or another many of us have used some type of rope for any given activity. Whether it was for work, play, adventures or any other various activities we choose to use rope to help us along the way. Some activities that I have done that involve rope include jump rope, rock climbing, rope swing, tug of war, and water sports just to name a few. There are many different textures, styles, colors and coatings that many rope distributors have to offer. Depending on the different application the best rope can be chosen from a selection. Just a few types of rope by name are braided, twine, nylon, marine, cotton, elastic among many more. The colors in ropes are simply just for design and look and really serve no other purpose. Some ropes are multiple colors or contain flecks of color, which typically cost more. Continue reading

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Rope, Twine and the Many Options Available

When talking about rope, there are so many types that can fit into this category. There is marine rope, elastic cords, cotton rope, nylon rope, twine and more. Once you have the category of rope broken down, each of these subs can be broken down even further! They can be composed of slightly different materials, have different coatings, have varying sizes and more. Then there are items like twine. Twine is a word that can be used to categorize a variety of items. Often the word can be found being used interchangeably with thread, string and cord. Continue reading

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Rock Climbing and Other Hobbies

While I was able to go on a small indoor rock climbing course when I was younger, rock climbing outdoors has always been an activity that has interested me while terrifying me at the exact same time. I hope one day I am able to muster up the courage to try it, but being terrified of heights, I do not think that day will be any time soon. For those that do go however, they know that one of the most important parts, possibly the most important part is the tools that are used, specifically the ropes. When climbing and repelling up and down a mountainside, it is important to know that the tools that are being used can be fully depended on. Only the best tools, gadgets and ropes should be used in such situations. Continue reading

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Rope Options

When boating this past summer I can think back and remember on those days how much using ropes made the whole experience go smoothly. At every moment my friends and I were using a different type of rope whether is was used for fun, safety, or to protect the boat. As we arrived to the lake in the morning, the boat was tied up to the docks with dock line. This keeps the boat from floating away and close to the dock without having to use the anchor. We then used rope to go tubing to tie up the tube to the back of the boat. Continue reading

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For Traveling

When you are planning on moving, going on an adventure up north or possibly taking your boat to the beach, you might discover your car is much smaller than you once thought it was. While it is the perfect size for getting through the day to day, even a small weekend getaway, when it comes to transporting large items or extensive amounts of belongings, it can quickly become a tight fit. In these situations it is not rare to see people cramming everything possible into the trunk, and then, when it doesn’t close, strapping everything in with the use of bungee cords. Continue reading

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Ropes and Cordage

What would we do in life without ropes? I for one would be lost. My favorite spot, our hammock is composed of thick white rope, our boat is docked by rope and there is a rope handle on my favorite beach bag. My favorite type is the thick white marine rope, being an ocean lover, I just cannot help it. I love it for fences, bags, decorations and so much more. It is able to add the perfect nautical touch, making me think of the beach even if I am just in the backyard. Often, it is simply referred to as cordage, which can really incorporate rope, cords, lines and other twisted or braided fiber varieties. Continue reading

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Rope and More Rope

While talk of The Hunger Games has lessened lately, until the second movie is released next year, to those who read the books, it still comes up occasionally. For me, when I hear rope, I cannot help but briefly think of the sea-faring Finnick Odair who spent a good deal of time tying knots to prevent himself from going crazy. For him, it was something familiar, and a way to keep concentrated on something else instead of dreadful thoughts. Coming from a sea district, Finnick would have been exposed to many aspects of the marine industry. And a vital part of that industry is rope and learning to tie it into the perfect knots. Continue reading

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So Many Uses

Rope is used for all kinds of things. It can be seen in the backyard holding up a hammock, keeping a boat tied up to the dock, making an old fashioned rope swing or keeping items secure in the trunk when moving. When referring to the many types of rope, cords, lines and other varieties of braided fibers available, the term cordage is often used. Ropes are long fibers that have been twisted or braided together to form one single cord. The cord is typically strong and has high tensile strength allowing it to be dragged or used for various lifting tasks. Continue reading

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Bungee Jumping and Bungee Cords

One of my biggest fears in life is of heights. So, naturally, I have always wanted to go bungee jumping. Yes, I may nearly pass out before hand from fear, but after that, fear conquered. So hopefully in like ten years I will be ready to attempt it. Bungee cords are an elastic cord in which elastic strands make up the core. They are then covered in some type of braided material, often woven cotton, nylon or polypropylene. Continue reading

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Dorstener Wire Tech: Over 25 Years of Wire Mesh Excellence

Located in Spring, Texas, Dorstener Wire Tech is an experienced manufacturer of welded galvanized wire mesh and wire cloth products. Our parent company, Dorstener Drahtwerke, has been in business for more than 200 years, and we have over 25 years of our own experience in the wire mesh industry. With so much experience behind us, our ISO 9001:2008 certified company has developed unrivaled expertise in the field and a deep understanding of our customers’ needs. We fully utilize our experience to provide customers with superior products and services. Continue reading

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West Coast Brush Manufacturing: Leaders in Brush Quality and Service

Dedicated to personalized service and quality products, West Coast Brush Manufacturing is a leading manufacturer of custom and standard brushes. Since 1979, our company has continued to improve and develop new brush designs and manufacturing processes to bring the very best products to our customers. A few of our exceptional brush products include spiral brushes, radial end brushes, cup brushes, and artist brushes, and we offer a multitude of customization options and welcome special requirements. Our state-of-the-art machines allow us to produce a huge variety of products and, therefore, serve a diverse range of industries. Continue reading

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Industrial Brush Corporation: Superb Brush Design and Versatility

As an experienced and trusted brush manufacturer, Industrial Brush Corporation creates quality brushes for nearly any brush application. Designing and manufacturing the industries best brushes is our company’s specialty, and we offer a diverse selection of brush types including, but not limited to, strip brushes, spiral brushes, and split cylinder brushes. These brushes come in a variety of stock options, but our real bread and butter is special and custom brushes. With over 60 years of experience, our dedicated personnel have the expertise to determine and design the best brushes for our customers’ applications. Customers have learned to expect the very best customer service and the very best brush products. Continue reading

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LaDeau Manufacturing Corporation: Precision Industrial Hinges

LaDeau Manufacturing Corporation is a world class manufacturer of nearly all types of precision industrial hinges, including custom hinges, continuous hinges, and mil-spec hinges. Our woman-owned business was started in 1946 in Los Angeles, California. We started as a supplier of hinges to the post-war aircraft industry. As we got more requests from customers in other industries, the company began growing and branching out to other sectors. We are dedicated to manufacturing excellence and have a strong drive for innovation and continuous improvement. This dedication has led to our customer acceptance rate being 99.63%. Continue reading

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Parker Brush Co., Inc: Custom Brushes Made in the USA

Parker Brush Co., Inc. has over 40 years of experience in the industrial, custom, and standard brush industry. Our well-known and trusted company was established in 1959 in Santa Clara, California and now resides in Rocklin, California. Our company serves a large customer base that ranges from small independent companies to large Fortune 500 companies and everything in between. All our brushes, both standard and custom made, are manufactured in the USA. Our number one goal is to provide high quality products and exceptional customer service to all of our customers. Our company is capable of developing a brush for almost any application. Continue reading

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Choosing a Spring Manufacturer

Many companies and factories require the use of springs in production processes. Springs are used in nearly all equipment in a factory, including conveyor belts, packaging machines, manufacturing equipment, and more. Because of their prevalent use, the kind of springs that you use in your machines are important, especially if you are manufacturing a product that uses a lot of springs in the design. Continue reading

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Advantages of Plastic Springs

Springs are an important part of many machines, products, and processes. Without the use of springs, many of the products that we use today could not exist. Many of the springs used in today’s world are made of a variety of metals, such as steel, aluminum, brass, and nickel. However, sometimes a spring cannot be made from metal for a variety of reasons. Continue reading

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Springs in Action: Pie Manufacturing Machine

Stainless steel springs are the ideal spring to use in food production industries because stainless steel metal is resistant to corrosion and is easy to clean. Many industrial food production machines use stainless springs to complete simple processes, like controlling conveyor belts, stamping out dough, and controlling the movement of the food machines. At the end of the day, the operator can simply spray down the entire machine assembly with a cleaner and water to sanitize the unit and prepare it for the next day. The stainless steel springs and other stainless materials remain rust-free, and the machine can be used over and over. Continue reading

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