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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

The Evolution of Bolt Manufacturing
Like the screw, the bolt occupies an integral position in both industrial and everyday life. In fact, bolts and screws are used more than any other type of mechanical fastener, and they can be found in nearly every simple or complex machine
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.

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White Papers

ISO 80369 Standards on Small-Bore Tubing Connectors Inch Forward Toward Release
Highlighting the history, usage, application, and the drawback of Luer connectors used in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, this paper states that ISO 80369 Standards on Small-Bore Tubing Connectors Inch Forward are about to be released. Development of ISO 80369 standard is well explained along with general requirements of small-bore...
How to Properly Pin a Shaft and Hub Assembly
Stating ability to prevent hole damage and absorb wider hole tolerances as the benefits of a coiled spring pin while affixing a hub or gear to a shaft, this paper presents few design guidelines which help in achieving maximum strength of the pinned system by preventing damage to the assembly. A brief overview on the design considerations that are...
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...

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