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Though it is often associated with computer devices, “hardware” is actually a term designating any type of physical component in a technological system. These components can come in the form of tools, equipment, or connective material holding a machine together. For example, latches, keys, and gears are all types of hardware, regardless of whether they are used in a mainframe or a doorframe. In addition, hardware may be constructed from a variety of materials, including metal or plastic. Hardware is also commonly used to connote military apparatuses, such as tanks, aircrafts, and missiles.


As technology develops, so does its nomenclature. While initially signifying the metal hinges and fittings used to assemble a wooden machine, hardware has evolved to include printed circuit boards, microprocessors, and LED interfaces. In industrial production, hardware also refers to basic but necessary items such as gaskets, lugs, knobs, chains, spacers, seals, and locks.

Guides

Explaining Screw and Nail Sizes
This article presents a very basic guide to standard screw and nail sizes, gauges and nomenclature.
Drywall Fastener Installation
The article outlines the proper methods for drywall fastener installations.
Evolution of the Hinge
This article presents a brief history of hinge usage throughout the ages, and how they have grown in necessity since the Industrial Revolution.
Fastener Material Selection
This overview of the various materials used in fastener production details the advantages and disadvantages of using steel, stainless steel, bronze, brass, and nylon for manufacturing fasteners.

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White Papers

How to Maximize Retention of Spring Pins
Highlighting that spring pins would provide reliable robust joints with excellent retention, this paper details about the uses and formation of spring pins along with its retention principle. It points that a portion of the pre-installed diameter could be recovered by the spring pins whenever they are unsupported by the host material, and also...
How to Properly Mate Compression Limiters and Threaded Inserts in Plastic Assemblies
Stating that compression limiter could avoid the stress relaxation in the mating component by reducing the frictional load, this paper discusses the technique behind the proper matting of compression limiters and threaded inserts in a plastic assembly. It highlights that in order to avoid jack-out in a joint, the inner diameter of the compression...
How to Choose Fasteners That Maximize Assembly Life
Stating that selecting a method that provides the highest quality joint with integrity over time at low cost would be a challenge for the design engineers, this paper explains how to choose a fastener that maximizes the assembly life. It briefly details about the constructional features of solid pins, slotted pins, and coiled spring pins along...
How to Improve Product Design and Manufacturability with the Coiled Spring Pin
Stating that examining not only the product design but also entire assembly process would help in achieving optimal low cost design, this paper presents cost reduction of individual components, along with preparation and assembling cost, are the best ways to reduce the overall cost of the assembly. It explains that coiled pin which is a...

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