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  1. Essentra Components clear up EPDM vs. Silicone confusion with free guide
    31 July 2019

    Responding to customer feedback, Essentra Components offer a simple guide to help clear up confusion over the use of EPDM vs. Silicone. So, what is the difference and when should one be used over the other?

    The Essentra Components guide – available to download free at www.essentracomponents.com/en-gb/news/product-resources - covers the basics, similarities, pros and cons of each material with simple tables of performance, compatibility and common usages.  For example, explaining the popularity of EPDM the guides explains:

    EPDM has a stable, saturated polymer backbone structure, which gives the material its advantages. Of all the rubbers, EPDM is the most water resistant, which is why it’s so popular for outdoor applications and is often used as a roofing material. EPDM stands up to harsh weather conditions such as sleet and snow. Another reason for its use outdoors, particularly in construction, is its excellent resistance to abrasions and tears and ability to stand up to the degrading effects of weathering, ozone and UV ray exposure.

    EPDM also offers good electrical resistivity. Its chemical properties make it especially suitable for electrical insulation and gaskets. It resists polar solvents, and not just water, but also acids, alkalies, and phosphate esters. EDPM does a great job of withstanding steam and low and high temperatures, though silicone can take on even higher temperatures. The material has a low compression set, so it won’t lose much resilience over prolonged pressure.

    For silicone we find that it is food safe and an incredibly versatile material, thanks to its chemistry and the many ways that it can be modified. Consequently, it offers vast possibilities.

    Perhaps the most appealing characteristic of silicone is its ability to take on extremely high temperatures, which is why it’s especially popular for masking applications. Manufacturers will all give different melting points based on their experience and own criteria, but generally silicone can stand up to 232°C/ 450°F. Compare that to EPDM’s 148°C/300°F.

    Examples of typical applications serve to illustrate key features of the industrial environment concerned and reasons for choosing either material. These include HVAC, enclosures, automotive, masking, construction, electronics, industrial, consumer appliances and cable management.

    The final section of the guide gives a brief overview of how EPDM and Silicone compares with other rubbers, which include: natural rubber, SBR, NBR, neoprene.

    Further information on Essentra Components products can be found on the Essentra Components website – www.essentracomponents.com, or contact sales@essentracomponents.com. Follow them on social media: https://facebook.com/essentracomponents/, www.linkedin.com/company/essentra https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD-2g7tiLiKxsDptdC79BNQ

     

    Essentra Components clear up EPDM vs. Silicone confusion with free guide
  2. Pipe & Flange Protection – A Quick Buyers Guide from Essentra Components
    23 July 2019

    For the oil, gas and utilities industry, pipe, flange and thread protection are essential and it’s not just contamination during and after storage we have to worry about, but damage during manufacturing treatments and transport. Without the right solutions, you could be looking at high costs to repair or even replace for example drill and oil-well pipes. Essentra Components can help customers avoid those problems with the solutions the industry needs.

    Their guide includes Pipe and Flange solutions, Raised Face and Full Face flange protection, Pipe plugs and Pipe caps.

    The free guide – download here https://www.essentracomponents.com/en-gb/news/guides - walks its reader through styles, features, materials and specifications of standard ex-stock and custom components with a glossary of relevant industry terms.

     

    Further information on Essentra Components products can be found on the Essentra Components website – www.essentracomponents.com, or contact sales@essentracomponents.com. 

    Pipe & Flange Protection – A Quick Buyers Guide from Essentra Components
  3. Essentra Components offer guidance in rotary latch selection
    24 June 2019

    Ubiquitous in the car, truck and specialist vehicle industry, rotary latches make easy work of securing and remotely opening vehicle panels. They’re more typically used in applications involving bonnet, boot lid or storage compartments, e.g. on coaches, emergency vehicles or caravans etc. In these everyday situations we rely on comfortable, reliable manual operation to provide security and accessibility. Essentra Components point out that at the design stage it is important to consider the three elements individually, as well as in combination.

    While compact-sized, light-duty latches might be ideal for anything from self-service equipment, to kiosks, postal terminals or even vending machines. A stronger latch, meanwhile, may be required to open doors on a larger piece of off-highway equipment. This could include construction or farm vehicles, for example.

    Providing convenient and easy remote opening the rotary latch is made up of:

    1.            The rotary latch itself.

    2.            The actuator (the interface with user).

    3.            The cable which connects the two, with the component’s most common use ensuring easy opening of a car bonnet.

    For example, single stage latches provide a secure way of closing a panel or door - this is the most common type of rotary latch where only one rotor will engage the striker. A double rotor, on the other hand, offers greater strength, making it ideal for higher loadings and to prevent false latching conditions, thus providing increased safety and increased security. Minimising the possibility of a door accidentally opening or not completely closing, the two-stage latch can prove crucial for specific projects.

    One of the most common uses of a two-stage latch is for vehicle doors where even if the door isn’t closed completely, it will still latch and won’t open. Often coming with a built-in rubber bumper to trap the striker between bumper and the rotor, this kind of latch can eradicate vibration and noise as a result of the application’s standard operation. On top of this if the door isn’t completely closed, which will lead to it rattling and vibrating, this can easily be remedied by giving an extra push to ensure the latch is completely engaged.

    Selecting the right actuator depends on if it will be used outside or inside the application, with interior applications utilising finger pull/paddle operation. Push buttons are also an option for interior applications, thanks to the fact that they provide a flush surface, but sleek, economical T-handles can also be considered, with multiple key code options available for almost all types. Manufactured from a range of materials, actuators can be made up of plastic, aluminium die cast, zinc or stainless steel. There may also be a need for a larger design to account for gloved hands in industrial environments.

    If the application in question is vulnerable to vandalism or theft – if, for example, it’s being used in an enhanced security application – an electromechanical access device should be considered. This is simply a key mechanism connected to an internal electronic actuator, which will allow for greater security. The benefits of electromechanical devices include the fact that they can often remotely monitor and control a user’s credentials, as well as creating an accurate, digital record of access. This can then be utilised when demonstrating the component’s compliance with industry-accredited associations.

    The role of the cable is to transfer the mechanical input from an operator via the actuator to the rotary latch. Bare and coated cables are the common options with the later more commonly used in ‘line of sight’ applications. This type of cable is generally coated in vinyl which is more aesthetically-pleasing than their bare counterparts. On top of that, they protect the cable ensuring longevity and thus improved safety in situations such as on RV storage compartments where the actuator would be designed into the centre of the panel.

    On rotary latches which can be triggered directly, via push buttons or lever-style actuators, no connected cable or rod is needed. Instead, a rubber-cover trigger will mitigate any noise between the latch and actuator also allowing for smoother operation and a simplified installation.

    Where corrosion resistance is an issue then a stainless-steel cable should be selected for its corrosion-resistance, greater strength, minimal stretch characteristics and ability to move and flex - inside an acetal liner integrated into the jacketed cable. This ensures the cable runs smoothly where it turns around curves or through bulkheads. Cable end fittings available usually include an eyelet, ball fitting or bare cable so that engineers can always find the right attachment for the job.

    Clearly the options are many and varied so consulting with the specialist team at a mainstream supplier such as Essentra Components is always a good idea to optimise the price/performance mix of an application.

    Further information on Essentra Components products can be found on the Essentra Components website – www.essentracomponents.com, or contact sales@essentracomponents.com. Follow them on social media: https://facebook.com/essentracomponents/, www.linkedin.com/company/essentra https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD-2g7tiLiKxsDptdC79BNQ            

    Essentra Components offer guidance in rotary latch selection
  4. Essentra Components at Automechanika, Birmingham NEC, 4th-6th June 2019, Hall 20, Stand F95
    31 May 2019

    As a leading manufacturer of small essential components for the automotive manufacturing industry such as protective plastic caps, plugs, fasteners, access hardware, cable management and more, Essentra Components will be featuring their specialist package of automotive focused items which make life easier for the automotive and transport engineer.

    Across the range of over 30,000 products are items for the manufacture of powertrains, fuel systems, HVAC, steering, interiors, body/chassis, brakes and electrical – from shipping plugs to fasteners, tapes to twist ties.

    With an eye very much on the electric vehicle market, Essentra Components have a package of EV charging components to simplify production of charging infrastructure such as charging stations which demand particular public facing safety and function considerations. Essentra Components are dedicated to working with vehicle and charging station manufacturers from concept through 3D sampling, prototyping and production.

    Design and production engineers are encouraged to bring their projects to discuss with Essentra Components in person at Automechanika, stand F95.

    Further information on Essentra Components products can be found on the Essentra Components website – www.essentracomponents.com, or contact sales@essentracomponents.com. Follow them on social media: https://facebook.com/essentracomponents/, www.linkedin.com/company/essentra https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD-2g7tiLiKxsDptdC79BNQ

    Essentra Components at Automechanika, Birmingham NEC, 4th-6th June 2019, Hall 20, Stand F95
  5. Essentra Components announce EV charging station hardware package
    20 May 2019

    One of the newest and most significant trends on our streets today is the growth in Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations.

    OPEC has raised its forecast for the size of the EV fleet in 2040 from 140 million units to 250 million. This near doubling of the predicted market signals a massive opportunity for manufacturers of these EV charging stations and is exactly where Essentra Components can help, no matter what stage your product is at, whether you’re refining your design or prototyping. Their expert advice, extensive range, consistent quality and custom solutions can make all the difference.

    The fastest Rapid charging stations can charge the vehicle battery in under 8 minutes which involves dangerously high voltages and requires surge and override protection to protect the equipment, the vehicle and the users while Cloud connectivity is now an essential requirement to enable smart charging which allows full management of the charger to set preferences and maximise use of self-generated or off-peak energy.

    They also need contactless RFID payment systems and an intuitive human machine interface – and of course aesthetics are key to promote a modern look and feel to keep users engaged and attract new users.

    Electric Vehicle charging stations have strict requirements that can be addressed through the design and manufacturing process. Domestic or commercial charging stations must be user friendly, easy to install and safe to supply higher voltages than are usually found in the home or office environment. Increasingly found in the street or in shopping outlets, public EV charging stations need weather proof IP ratings and to be vandal resistant so as to prevent damage and public safety issues.

    The Essentra Components range addresses many of the issues inherent in EV charge station design and production, e.g. with cable glands, conduit and clips which ensure smooth assembly to keep wires and cables tidy to reduce the risk of damage from overheating. Gasketing which ensures dust and watertight seals for weather resistance and to reduce radiated emissions. Components such as anti-corrosion stainless steel concealed hinges provide aesthetics and durability and Nylon fasteners can reduce unwanted electrical conductivity. Aesthetically pleasing swing handles and locks provide high strength security with ergonomic finish and ease of use. Accessories such as pilot lights and emergency stop buttons prevent incidents and increase confidence of safety, coupled with fan sets, assemblies and other items which provide protection and mounting for small DC and AC fans suitable for pedestal and rapid chargers.

    Essentra Components know how electric car charging stations work and supply components for all different types of EV charging stations from electric car home charging stations to smart charging and high voltage rapid charging stations.

    Essentra Components work with the top 15 global tier-one automotive suppliers, providing the highest standards in service and quality. Their credentials also include working with 70% of the world’s top 100 global manufacturers.

    Essentra Components capability in developing new products for new industries is reflected in a typical customer comment from Bob Siegwald, Burgaflex Executive Vice President, “From concept to production, Essentra was able to smoothly manage all project requirements to come up with the perfect solution. Essentra was so easy to deal with, providing samples and 3D prototypes throughout the project”.

    Further information on Essentra Components products can be found on the Essentra Components website – www.essentracomponents.com, or contact sales@essentracomponents.com. Follow them on social media: https://facebook.com/essentracomponents/, www.linkedin.com/company/essentra https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD-2g7tiLiKxsDptdC79BNQ

    Essentra Components announce EV charging station hardware package
  6. Essentra Components provide custom locking solution for Vestel Smartboards
    2 May 2019

    Vestel is a leading global manufacturer of household and B2B appliances and devices so when responding to a national tender from the Ministry of Education to install Smartboards in schools in Turkey, Essentra Components were delighted to support Vestel by providing a custom locking solution to ensure the safety and security of the product and its users.

    Vestel was awarded the contract by the Ministry of Education to supply their Smartboards in 350,000 class rooms in both primary and secondary schools across the region. After installation, Vestel received a number of reports that the Smartboards were being damaged by sliding whiteboards that could be moved across, concealing the Smartboard screen. As students could easily move the whiteboard revealing the Smartboard behind, the use of the whiteboards was unregulated and access to the internet was also unrestricted. The resulting damage to the LCD screens rendered the Smartboards unusable, and led to the schools having to pay for costly repairs.

    Essentra Components fully understood the reputational issues raised and provided Vestel with an effective and permanent locking system to prevent the free movement of the sliding whiteboards. By securing the whiteboard in place the solution would also restrict unauthorised use of the Smartboards, protecting both the equipment and the students. Essentra’s R&D experts worked closely with Vestel to provide a full and in-depth design and prototyping service, producing a range of 3D CAD and 3D printed samples. The company was then able to thoroughly test the effectiveness of each locking system prototype, the results of which enabled Essentra to further enhance the lock by modifying the prototype and improving the locking pin strength and ensuring that the catch was able to rotate 180 degrees.

    Commented Serdar Esme – Mechanical Technician Manager: “The design and prototyping process was absolutely key to the success of this project. At each stage of the design, 3D printing and development, the support provided by Essentra’s experts was second to none.”

    The positive outcome through dedicated design, prototyping and development that Essentra Components experts were able to provide left Vestel with a robust and secure custom solution to meet their specific requirements.

    In addition to enhanced safety and security, by restricting access to the Smartboard the lifetime of the product has been significantly increased alleviating any cost incurred for repairs.

    A significant additional benefit has been the improvement to student focus and productivity now that they are unable to misue the boards for unauthorised internet access.

    A win/win/win – longer use, more effective use and lower costs.

    Explained Taylan Bedelci – Mechanical Engineer: “Thanks to the robust and reliable build of the locking systems provided by Essentra, misuse of the sliding whiteboards in schools has been totally eliminated, which in turn has protected the Smartboards.”

    Further information on Essentra Components products can be found on the Essentra Components website – www.essentracomponents.com, or contact sales@essentracomponents.com. Follow them on social media: https://facebook.com/essentracomponents/, www.linkedin.com/company/essentra https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD-2g7tiLiKxsDptdC79BNQ

    Essentra Components provide custom locking solution for Vestel Smartboards
  7. Following recent acquisition, Essentra Components launch 1000 plus new products and new catalogue
    24 April 2019

    Following the acquisition of Micro Plastics in 2017, Essentra Components acquired Nolato Hertila AB in 2018 to increase their product offering to 35,000 products available – 75% of which are manufactured under the Essentra brand covering fasteners, caps and plugs, access hardware, cable management and feet.

    The new Essentra Components catalogue contains over 1,000 new items in 10 key areas with now over 1 billion parts available ex-stock to aid manufacturing and installation-based industries from electronics to vehicles, HVAC to hydraulics.

    New Essentra Components products are exemplified by the Parallel Protection Plug in LDPE to protect connectors and ensure a clean finish – moulded with a tab for easy application and removal.

    Hinge bearing protection is offered by the low-density polyethylene and polypropylene plugs for hinge bearings and swivel joints.

    In similar vein we see the new threaded Blasting Plug range which is especially designed for blast cleaning and wet painting applications where it excludes grit and ensures minimal paint shadow on assemblies. The plugs incorporate a screwdriver slot for ease of application and removal.

    Focusing again on cleanliness in assembly and installation is the new Quick-Fit Connector LDPE yellow protection plug to SAE J2044 for fuel system quick connectors, which combines a tight internal fit with flange protection and an easy-pull central tab.

    Following recent acquisition, Essentra Components launch 1000 plus new products and new catalogue
  8. Access Hardware Guide from Essentra Components
    26 March 2019

    The Essentra Components series of guides now includes their new issue covering Access Hardware solutions to keep equipment secure. The guide is available as a free download at www.essentracomponents.com/en-gb/news/guides/a-quick-guide-to-access-hardware.

    The guide covers access solutions from security to noise reduction in industrial applications such as building outdoor cabinets, generators, machinery, electrical cabinets and HVAC units where there are lots of factors to take into consideration. When it comes to access hardware, security and material choice are key - this guide is designed to give readers an introduction to the differences and effects of modifications in material, specification and customisable features to add depending on requirements.

    Topics covered include quarter-turn and cam locks – since cabinets can be susceptible to tampering and ingress of dirt or liquids. IP65 rated locks offer protection with unrivalled ease of motion and functionality, providing peace of mind for enclosure builders and their customers while cam locks offer added security in sensitive applications with options for keys to prevent tampering – keeping cabinets fully operational.

    Regarding hinges often a full, restricted or controlled range of door motion is required when accessing an enclosure or cabinet. Using the right hinge can provide maximum accessibility for end users, while easy opening latches and catches are important in maintaining ease of access and saving time in a busy environment.

    Hinges, latches, catches and locks are usually found together with gaskets – for when cabinets are needed to prevent ingress of dust or water – or to isolate noise and vibration in industrial environments.

    The Essentra Components Access Hardware Guide is available free from www.essentracomponents.com/en-gb/news/guides/a-quick-guide-to-access-hardware

     

    Access Hardware Guide from Essentra Components
  9. Custom 3-point locking from Essentra Components for RACK Data Cabinets installations
    12 March 2019

    EAE Elektroteknik A.S. is a member of the EAE Group which was established in 1995 to manufacture Low Voltage Electrical Enclosures under the E-Kabin brand. When EAE faced growing customer demands to increase the productivity and efficiency of its data cabinet locking system, Essentra Components developed the existing product into a new single movement locking solution, solving EAE’s customers valuable time and providing improved product satisfaction.

    EAE prides itself in providing robust and functional solutions that effectively meet the needs of its customers, their RACK Data Cabinets are no exception. These cabinets previously featured a 3-point locking system however, due to customer demand, the company decided to develop a more efficient single movement system that would increase functionality whilst still maintaining security.

    Having provided EAE with previous standard locking systems, Essentra Components was perfectly placed to supply an enhanced product to EAE. Working closely at every stage of development and discussing the specification of the product ensured the most efficient solution was provided.

    The most important criteria was for the locking system to be linear, which would allow the door to be opened in one movement using a multipoint locking system, but without the need for a gearbox. This meant the lock could be set and opened in one fluid movement saving valuable time for EAE’s customers.

    Using its specialist 3D printing capabilities Essentra Components delivered a number of 3D prototypes as well as a fully working version, enabling EAE to wholly test the product in application. Any modifications were quickly identified and adapted so that the solution could be quickly delivered to EAE, accelerating the launch of their RACK Data Cabinets to market.

    Ersun Çakmak – E-Kabin R&D Manager at EAE Elektroteknik pointed out that “Not only did Essentra ensure that the product significantly increased ease of use and enhanced productivity for our customers, but they were even able to re-purpose existing components. This meant not only were our customers happy, but the lock came at no extra cost to us.”

    The outcome produced significant advantages on many fronts – primarily of course the new design fully met the requirement for quicker, easier opening/closing of the cabinet door. The push-button handle access with lift handle enables opening or closing to be operated in a single fluid movement. No fiddling with catches and keys, just push and flick to open, push and click to close.

    Cost improvements came because Essentra Component’s custom solution specialists were able to incorporate some existing components into the new product reducing EAE’s investment in new tooling moulds. This simplified design and use of existing components enabled substantial cost savings.

    Naturally, the new solution was designed to fit the same ‘cut-out area’ as the previous locking system, meaning EAE did not need to change the design of their RACK Data Cabinets to fit the new solution. Alongside these operational improvements, the custom solutions team were also able to make improvements to other features of the lock, such as the material. The body is now made completely from a robust zinc composite providing an added layer of security.

    Ersun Çakmak explained that “Essentra Components and EAE have a long-standing relationship of over 15 years. By delivering this adapted linear locking system Essentra ensured that we were able to meet the requirements of our customers, significantly improving their productivity and efficiency.”

    Essentra Components continues to build on this flourishing relationship by offering ongoing support. Essentra Component’s forward-thinking R&D team are now in a position to work closely with EAE driving innovation through development of new Access Solutions.

    Further information on Essentra Components products can be found on the Essentra Components website – www.essentracomponents.com, or contact sales@essentracomponents.com. Follow them on social media: https://facebook.com/essentracomponents/, www.linkedin.com/company/essentra https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD-2g7tiLiKxsDptdC79BNQ

    Custom 3-point locking from Essentra Components for RACK Data Cabinets installations
  10. When is a screw not a screw?
    27 February 2019

    The latest technological innovations reach a wide variety of industries and components, even revolutionising the humble screw. Many industries now require that fasteners have increased strength, resistance to extreme temperatures, smoother surfaces and lower friction.

    Essentra Components understand their customers fastener requirements cover a vast array of industries, from space shuttles to freezers. As a result, they can provide fasteners in a wide range of sizes and materials but it’s the coating on the fastener where the innovation is found. The coating can make a fastening significantly stronger, smoother or more resistant than a regular screw.

    Coated fasteners are a requirement for specialised machinery and for processes that involve extreme conditions like waste management, or even space travel. Coated fasteners can withstand the harsh industrial processes, meaning that they do not require regular maintenance and replacement, which can delay and disrupt production, or compromise the quality of a product.

    So, what are the fasteners typically coated in? Well the choice of coating logically depends on the product requirements and the environment that the product is going to be used in. Coatings typically consist of Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), Xylan or Halar.

    Halar ECTFE as a coating can be made transparent It has different grades which can be used dependent on the project requirements, for example, it can be applied as a powder or a fluid.

    PTFE works well under high temperatures and low friction and is also resistant to corrosive materials. This means that it’s a good choice when parts need to be cleaned using specialised industrial cleaners.

    Xylan is a plastic alloy. Like PTFE it offers fasteners resistance to extreme temperatures. It also reduces friction for smoother application and removal if required. This material also makes the component resistant to salt-water, chemicals and the elements. Xylan also benefit fits from good adhesion to most surfaces.- it will stick to practically any material, whereas PTFE occasionally will not. It can also be applied in an extremely thin film over the component which offers a smoother surface.

    Coated fasteners have a protective shield against temperatures, conditions, friction and chemicals. This gives these fasteners a high fire safety rating, making coated fasteners a safer option for many industrial processes.

    Further information on Essentra Components products can be found on the Essentra Components website – www.essentracomponents.com, or contact sales@essentracomponents.com. Follow them on social media: https://facebook.com/essentracomponents/, www.linkedin.com/company/essentra https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD-2g7tiLiKxsDptdC79BNQ

    When is a screw not a screw?
  11. Plastic vs. metal fasteners
    18 February 2019

    Metal is the most common material used to create fastening solutions, however plastic fasteners offer a different and often more appropriate set of characteristics. Notably, they’re used in space – for example the Hubble Telescope and International Space Station are held together using plastic fasteners.

    On a more terrestrial level, plastic fasteners can offer significant advantages over their metallic counterparts for earth-based projects.

    Materially speaking we are aware that generally metal fasteners corrode and develop rust over time, especially when exposed to moisture or salty conditions. Corrosion, of course, leads to degradation, so if it’s corrosion-resistant fasteners you need, then often you want plastic. If your product will face salt-water conditions, consider fasteners made from PVC, Isoplast or PET which also give you high strength to weight ratio, don’t absorb water, and withstand chemicals and corrosive substances such as diesel fuel and petrol.

    Plastic is resistant to UV rays. That being said, some plastics do absorb UV rays and develop free radicals that corrode, so if UV protection is important, opt for fasteners made from polyimides or FEP.

    Plastic fasteners are ideal for electrical or electronic applications where non-conductivity of heat or electricity may be a critical property.

    Plastics can cost less - plastic clips weigh less than metal brackets and for many industries such as automotive manufacturing this means improved performance and efficiency. This is just one reason the automotive industry often favours plastic fasteners; another is that plastic screws and bolts can cost less than metal fasteners. Plastic is simply a lower-cost material and when you’re mass producing assemblies and this can amount to substantial savings over time.

    Plastic is extremely versatile with the ability to mould into complex shapes in any colour you want. Metal, usually requires secondary processes – for instance, cutting or stamping, drilling and cleaning processes where oil has to be removed to allow the product to be coated.

    A good rule of thumb when deciding between plastic and metal fasteners is to think about your application. If environmental, thermal, weight, chemical or electrical properties need to be considered there are probably good reasons to go with plastic fasteners.

    Further information on Essentra Components products can be found on the Essentra Components website – www.essentracomponents.com, or contact sales@essentracomponents.com. Follow them on social media: https://facebook.com/essentracomponents/, www.linkedin.com/company/essentra https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD-2g7tiLiKxsDptdC79BNQ

    Plastic vs. metal fasteners
  12. Custom protective caps from Essentra Components cut costs, reduce waste and enhance customer reputation
    31 January 2019

    As world-leading manufacturers and catalogue suppliers of ex-stock protective caps, Essentra Components were invited by international hose and hose assembly experts Burgaflex to assist with a custom solution for an important new project.

    Burgaflex is a global player in hydraulic and air-conditioning fittings and tubing for the automotive, heavy truck, agricultural machinery and off-road equipment markets with a continuing relationship with Essentra Components. So when their US Corporation needed to protect a new product range during shipment for a multi-million-dollar launch, Essentra Components responded with an application-specific cap that kept these high-quality goods safe.

    Burgaflex’s core values of quality, precision and excellent customer service help to maintain extremely high standards of production. The air conditioning hose assemblies they manufacture for major OEMs are no exception. Such assemblies previously used rubber caps for protection whilst shipping but these caps had been found to regularly dislodge, causing product damage, contamination, replacement costs and customer dissatisfaction.

    Essentra Components took the 9 fittings of the mating applications from Burgaflex and went to work designing a range of specialist protective caps to reduce dissatisfaction and save on cost. To ensure the success of the Burgaflex launch, initial 3D prototypes were created, bringing the designs to life followed by extensive testing, submission of drawings and additional cap samples.

    The result was the delivery of 9 different custom clear caps that sealed the O-ring groove, thread and hose from debris and moisture – Essentra Components recommended LDPE, a harder, denser material for stronger protection and effective shock absorption. The caps’ clear colour allowed Burgaflex to see the O-ring, ensuring it was fitted correctly while an integral retention feature provided extra security during shipping.

    Commented Bob Siegwald, Burgaflex Executive Vice President: “From concept to production, Essentra Components was able to smoothly manage all project requirements to come up with the perfect solution.”

    It was clear that Essentra Components and Burgaflex’s strong partnership throughout the project made the entire process smooth. This resulted in the ideal solution being delivered on time, providing cost savings through damage prevention in transit, eliminating rejections and cutting product re-supply costs. A further improvement came in productivity as custom caps were manufactured with reduced waste and delivered on-time in-full, to work seamlessly with Burgaflex’s lean business model. Cost-effective tool cavitation also ensured minimised wear and increased production output – leading to reassurance of Burgaflex’s quality and service reputation to their customer.

    Explained Bog Siegwald “Essentra Components was so easy to deal with, providing samples and 3D prototypes throughout the project.”

    Now, as a strategic partner, Essentra Components continues to support Burgaflex. Through knowledge and understanding of Burgaflex’s needs, Essentra Components are able to estimate their annual usage, ensuring stock is on hand when they need it – saving costs, saving time, supporting their reputation.                                                                                                                             

    Further information on Essentra Components products can be found on the Essentra Components website – www.essentracomponents.com, or contact sales@essentracomponents.com. Follow them on social media: https://facebook.com/essentracomponents/, www.linkedin.com/company/essentra https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD-2g7tiLiKxsDptdC79BNQ

    Custom protective caps from Essentra Components cut costs, reduce waste and enhance customer reputation
  13. Essentra Components opens new Dublin Office
    15 January 2019

    Essentra Components, leading global manufacturer and supplier of essential components for electrical, mechanical and many other industries, recently opened a new sales office in Glasnevin Dublin. Run by a highly qualified local team, the facility has been specifically established to serve the Irish market and is dedicated to meeting the increasing needs of local customers for fasteners, access hardware, caps, plugs, cable management, adhesives, sealants, tapes, bearings, power transmission products, clamps and workholding, cutting and machining equipment, feet, castors and glides, furniture components, knobs/handles/grips, PCB/electronic components, pneumatic and hydraulic products, security seals, tooling and positioning components.

    The launch sees Essentra Components’ entire UK range expand into the Irish market to fulfil growing customer needs. Driven by demand, this expansion means that orders placed by customers in Ireland by 5pm will be shipped the same day for next working day delivery.

    The new office and website will enable Essentra Components to be more agile and improve turnaround times to better serve the Irish market. This launch is part of Essentra Components’ “hassle free customer service,” which will make it easier for customers to place orders and meet demands.

    Scott Fawcett, Divisional Managing Director of Essentra Components, said: “The launch of Essentra Components’ services in Ireland marks a strategic milestone in our growth strategy, it emphasises both the existing and potential opportunity that the Irish market has to offer.

    “Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and by expanding into Ireland, we will be able to better serve local customers, strengthening the efficiency of our “hassle free” processes and making it easier for customers. We’re greatly looking forward to the next chapter in Essentra Components’ development and to warmly welcoming our new Irish employees.”

    Contact the Essentra Components Irish office.

    Essentra Components opens new Dublin Office
  14. New from Essentra Components – stainless steel concealed hinge for prominent enclosure doors
    20 December 2018

    New from Essentra Components – heavy-duty concealed hinge in stainless steel intended for specialist panel builders and design engineers. The 90mm long concealed hinge is a ready fit for prominent enclosure doors on larger panels within standard 24.5mm returns and makes door removal simple by virtue of an easily removable hinge pin. Simple installation and subsequent door removal save engineers time and money while enabling quicker maintenance procedures.

    Robust construction in stainless steel means that this hinge is suited to outdoor applications where increased strength and corrosion resistance are important. These conditions are especially prevalent on stainless steel cabinets for electrical panels, HVAC, telecoms or similar external installations where it is important to be able to remove heavy doors for convenient access when maintenance is required.

    Further information on Essentra Components products can be found on the Essentra Components website – www.essentracomponents.com, or contact sales@essentracomponents.com.

    New from Essentra Components – stainless steel concealed hinge for prominent enclosure doors
  15. New Essentra Components “Guides to Circuit Board Hardware”
    11 December 2018

    Essentra Components have produced two new guides for electronics design and production engineers to assist in the selection and use of PCB hardware components. By sharing their expertise in component technologies Essentra Components short-cut the search process and save time in the development cycle.

    Their application guide to “Circuit Board Hardware” covers the use of spacers, component mounts, PCB supports, card guides, insulators and standoffs for applications such as consumer electronics, electrical cabinets, white goods and office machinery. Hex spacers, LED mounts and reverse mounted board supports are especially relevant to the consumer electronics arena, while supports, card guides and spacers are favourites for electrical cabinets. White goods and office equipment components are illustrated with a touch control spacer, a blind hole circuit board support and a metric low voltage insulator, as well as a hex threaded standoff ideal for these applications.

    Coupled with this comes the Essentra Components “Buyers Guide to Circuit Board Hardware” which covers an introduction to the broad sweep of spacers, standoffs, supports, card guides and LED hardware available on the market that cater to a variety of type, feature, material, specification and suitability requirements.

    The guides also address what to think about when considering PCB substrate and space limitations – the relative merits of plastic and metal, followed by considerations on the many types of mounting styles.

    These guides can be downloaded free at www.essentracomponents.com/en-gb/news/guides.

    Further information on Essentra Components products can be found on the Essentra Components website – www.essentracomponents.com, or contact sales@essentracomponents.com. 

    New Essentra Components “Guides to Circuit Board Hardware”
  16. New stainless steel IP69K 440 series Hygienic Compression Lock from Essentra Components
    29 November 2018

    The new stainless steel 440 series hygienic compression lock from Essentra Components combines the essentials of clean design, such as the protruding special driver (and key) which eliminates cavities so that the unit is dirt resistant and easy to clean, with the added security of gasket sealing and the anti-vibration performance of 6mm of compression. This lock is ideal for food processing or medical applications, or for external use, particularly in multiple wash-down situations. The 440 series with AISI 316 housing achieves IP69K - protecting against close range high pressure, high temperature spray due to its extra secure clamping effect. Both standard grip range and adjustable grip range versions are available hygiene tested to GS-NV 6:2015/2 and vibration/shock tested to DIN EN 61373 category 1-B.

    Further information on Essentra Components products can be found on the Essentra Components website – www.essentracomponents.com. Follow them on social media: https://facebook.com/essentracomponents/, www.linkedin.com/company/essentra, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD-2g7tiLiKxsDptdC79BNQ            

    New stainless steel IP69K 440 series Hygienic Compression Lock from Essentra Components
  17. New Guides to fastener selection from Essentra Components
    20 November 2018

    Fastener types and applications are the foci of two new guides from fast delivery catalogue specialists Essentra Components, they are aimed at engineers and buyers researching new fastener supplies and looking to benefit from Essentra Components’ in-depth understanding of these products.

    Need a quick update on benefits, features, materials and types of fastener? Then popular solutions of screws, bolts and rivets are there. Need some inspiration with a new application? Then again Essentra Components can show what is used in electronics, automotive, retail/furniture and industrial machinery with guidance on plastic materials, covering heat stability, tensile strength, chemical resistance and UV resistance which are of value in the selection of suitable fasteners.

    Essentra Components guides are available for free download from www.essentracomponents.com/en-gb/news/guides as are free CAD downloads. Metal and plastic fasteners may be ordered for next day delivery from www.essentracomponents.com/en-gb/ who also supply free samples of many items on request.

    As a manufacturer themselves Essentra Components are in a position to discuss both custom requirements for product specifications and to aid customers in exploring their own manufacturing styles, e.g. scheduled deliveries etc.

    Further information on Essentra Components products can be found on the Essentra Components website – www.essentracomponents.com. Follow them on social media: https://facebook.com/essentracomponents/, www.linkedin.com/company/essentra

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    New Guides to fastener selection from Essentra Components
  18. Essentra Components save time, save costs and simplify supply for Tecumseh
    8 November 2018

    Tecumseh Products Company is a global manufacturer of hermetic compressors for air conditioning and refrigeration products to suit various industries, from retail to transport. Over time their French manufacturing subsidiary had accumulated multiple component suppliers but none of the relationships were particularly strong, leaving Tecumseh dissatisfied. Working with so many suppliers also meant higher process costs than were necessary. Tecumseh France also wanted to save valuable inventory space but working with so many different suppliers made planning difficult. Tecumseh realised there had to be a more efficient way to source commodity parts, a way that would save time, space and money.

    Calling on their wide portfolio of stock and fast delivery products, Essentra were able to work with the buying department at Tecumseh to understand their needs. Essentra’s vast range of components was exactly what Tecumseh required, along with ready access to free samples so that they could ensure what they ordered was exactly to specification.

    With Essentra, they were able to consolidate their procurement process from six suppliers to one and take advantage of just-in-time ordering.

    Explained Jerome Erba – Industrial Buyer at Tecumseh “Essentra Components broad range allowed us to gain key production efficiencies. We were able to reduce of the number of cable glands used by 66%.”

    The new arrangement led to cost savings in a hassle-free process whereby Tecumseh can source their cable glands, locks, cable management and more from one place, making the process far more efficient and cost effective. The flexibility of just-in-time ordering means Tecumseh can now save inventory space and simply order parts as and when needed, along with increased speed of assembly.

    Moving forward, Essentra provides expert help and continues to advise sub-contractors on product development. Commitment to new product introductions also ensures Tecumseh’s products continue to innovate.

    Ongoing support from Essentra means that their stock agreement saves Tecumseh valuable space, while a close relationship has been forged with Tecumseh’s sub-contractors, helping ensure superior products are brought to market. Essentra Components and Tecumseh have a unique relationship of their own, demonstrating the possibilities of what two forward-thinking companies can do who put innovation and their customers at the heart of everything they do.

    As Jerome Erba put it “The wide range and service from Essentra Components meant it was a simple decision to reduce our supplier base, which has made the whole buying process much more efficient.”

    Further information on Essentra Components products can be found on the Essentra Components website – www.essentracomponents.com. Follow them on social media: https://facebook.com/essentracomponents/, www.linkedin.com/company/essentra, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD-2g7tiLiKxsDptdC79BNQ           

    Essentra Components save time, save costs and simplify supply for Tecumseh
  19. New Electrical Cable Terminals – quality and speed from Essentra Components
    5 November 2018

    A new range of high quality, low cost terminals is now available from Essentra Components as part of their new Electrical Catalogue listing. High conductivity and long life crimp joints are quickly formed using a crimping tool on both uninsulated or polyamide insulated options listed. Available styles include spade terminals and cord end terminals in sizes from 1.3mm to 8.5mm core dia. Applications include electrical installation, domestic appliances, heating industry, automotive industry, cabinet and panel building where ensuring a complete and secure connection is essential.

    Essentra Components cable terminals for manufacturers and contractors are part of their one-stop-shop, fast delivery from stock service – and may be evaluated for production/installation with free samples on request.

    The new Essentra Components Electrical catalogue is available to request and more information on the cable terminal range may be found at www.essentracomponents.com/en-gb/fibre-wire-cable-management.

    Further information on Essentra Components products can be found on the Essentra Components website – www.essentracomponents.com or contact sales@essentracomponents.com. Follow them on social media: https://facebook.com/essentracomponents/, www.linkedin.com/company/essentra, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD-2g7tiLiKxsDptdC79BNQ

    New Electrical Cable Terminals – quality and speed from Essentra Components