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    Posted in Fairs and exhibitions, Fastener distribution, Fasteners manufacturers on Jan 09, 2023

    The collection of applications to exhibit is going on expeditiously for the next edition of LAMIERA, the international exhibition dedicated to sheet metal forming and cutting machines and related technologies, scheduled to take place at fieramilano Rho from 10 to 13 May 2023.

    Promoted by UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE, the Italian machine tools, robots and automation systems manufacturers' association, and organised by CEU-CENTRO ESPOSIZIONI UCIMU, LAMIERA – the only trade show exclusively focused on the sector – will again take place in odd-numbered years.

    Considering the economic framework, which is still favourable despite some factors of uncertainty, LAMIERA is getting ready to receive positive feedback from the enterprises of the sector. Besides the foreign markets, they will have a very dynamic and receptive Italian market at their disposal, also thanks to the Government incentives in force until after 2023.

    After an extremely positive 2021, in the first six months of 2022, the Italian industry of the sector confirmed its growth trend, registering double-digit increases in the international trade data concerning the exchange of sheet metal forming and cutting machines.

    In particular, in the period January-June 2022, the world exports of sheet metal forming and cutting machine tools (laser, waterjet, plasma, etc.) reported a 12% upturn compared with the same period of 2021, totalling more than 8 billion euro. Worldwide imports also grew, by 16%, exceeding 6 billion euro. In this context, Italy highlighted highly satisfactory performances, confirming to be the second most important consumer market in the world in 2021 (latest available data).

    “Supported by the Government incentives 4.0, in effect for the whole year 2023 and afterwards - pointed out Alfredo Mariotti, general manager of UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE - domestic demand will certainly reward the exhibitors participating in LAMIERA”.

    The organisation secretariat is observing a great attention to this event, given not only by the “habitués”, the usual exhibitors, representing all major segments in the repertoire, but also by new enterprises, as well as by companies that have decided to exhibit again at LAMIERA after years of absence.

    “Confirmations, new entries and returns - added Alfredo Mariotti – show how significant the interest is in this event, which, edition after edition, has been stabilising its position as the only trade fair of reference for the sector in Italy and improving its appeal even to foreign operators, thus strengthening its image worldwide”.

    Machines, systems, equipment for sheet metal processing and cutting, tubes, sections, wires, metal structural work, presses, dies and moulds, welding, surface treatments and finishing, parts, components, accessories, tooling, fastener materials, technical and industrial subcontracting are some of the “traditional” technologies on show.

    Besides the large offering of machinery, plants and equipment for sheet metal processing and cutting, tubes, sections, wires, metal structural work, the exhibition will focus on 6 technological themes that have an increasingly crucial impact on the sector today. FABBRICAFUTURA/FACTORY OF THE FUTURE, dedicated to software and technologies for connectivity, data management, automation, robotics and digital systems applied to sheet metal processing; SALDATECH, offering an overview of the wide and diversified world of welding, one of the most important sheet-metal joining technologies; FASTENER INDUSTRY, presenting a proposal of screws, bolts, fastening and clamping systems; WORLD OF HEAT AND SURFACE TREATMENTS, hosting machines, systems, accessories and consumables centred on pre- and post-production treatments, for ferrous and non-ferrous materials, offering a complete overview of this segment that is continuously developing; METROLOGY & TESTING, focused on testing, measuring and quality-control systems and machines, which are essential for production in this field; BLECH ITALY SERVICE, technical subcontracting and services for the industry of the sector.

    In addition, as usual, LAMIERA will propose a full programme of in-depth cultural, thematic meetings arranged by the organisers and the exhibitors. The meetings will be hosted at LAMIALAMIERA, a real arena that will be set up within one of the exhibition halls to facilitate a free participation of the present operators.

    The trade show will take place in partial conjunction with Made in Steel, the exhibition dedicated to the production chain of steel, which will be held in the halls next to those occupied by LAMIERA, thus enabling operators and journalists to visit the two separate but complementary events on one business trip.

    Claudia Mastrogiuseppe

    External Relations and Press Office Manager


    Filippo Laonigro

    Technical Press Office


    Massimo Civello

    External Relations and Press Office


  • VALVE WORLD EXPO finally returns - successful restart for the international industrial valves and fittings summit in Düsseldorf

    Posted in Fairs and exhibitions, Fasteners manufacturers on Dec 16, 2022

    Whether LNG terminals, gas storage facilities, wind turbines, pipelines or water pipelines - no industrial sector functions without the use of industrial valves and fittings.

    Therefore, after a four-year absence, the international players of these key technologies were looking forward to their VALVE WORLD EXPO 2022 at Düsseldorf Fairgrounds again.

    388 exhibitors from 29 countries presented concentrated technological power over three days in exhibition halls 1 and 3. Innovative machines, plants, components, systems and pumps were shown on a net area of 12,000 square metres.

    "After two years of online meetings, we are just happy to have direct contact with customers and interested parties again. A generally positive mood was noticeable and many discussion partners are very happy that the valve family was finally able to meet again in person”, said a pleased Peter Wegjan, Sales Manager Special Ball Valves (Petro-) Chemical, Plant Engineering at Hartmann Valves .

    Many premieres such as Messe Düsseldorf's sustainability campaign with its ecoMetals Trails, the EXPO Forum as a jampacked, two-day conference format, the presentation of the Valve Stars Awards and a rousing exhibitor party complemented the lively events in the exhibition halls.

    The parallel international Valve World Conference, which was again organised by KCI in 2022 with around 70 lectures, seminars and workshops, attracted around 400 delegates to the conference rooms in Hall 1. In 2022, VALVE WORLD EXPO again fulfilled its role as an impulse generator and international meeting platform for an entire industry. 2 50% of respondents stated they had found current trends and information here.

    "From metre-high ball valves to tiny microvalves - everything the industry has to offer in terms of innovations for current challenges could be seen and experienced in our exhibition halls”, said a delighted Bernd Jablonowski, Executive Director of Messe Düsseldorf.

    After a four-year break, well-attended exhibition halls demonstrated just how important personal exchange is to players in the industry. Experts from the oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical, power plant technology, marine and offshore, water and wastewater management, automotive, mechanical engineering, pharmaceutical and medical industries all gathered information in Düsseldorf, proving that both the trade fair offering and demand for it have struck a chord in the current climate.

    "In our industry, people value the direct discussion about innovations, new products and processes that only an in-person trade fair can offer. In my opinion, presence trade fairs will continue to maintain their fixed place in the mix of B2B communication," explained Thomas Weisschuh, Head of Product Management and Innovations AS-Schneider Group confirming the successful course of the trade fair and added: "For the European region, VALVE WORLD EXPO is an important leading trade fair for industrial valves. This is where our industry meets all the important decisionmakers under one roof to find out about the technologies of the future."

    On three days of the fair, international trade visitors from over 80 countries came to Düsseldorf - at 79%, the proportion of decisionmakers was very high. In addition to users of valves and fittings, fittings manufacturers and the fittings trade, energy supply companies also gathered information at the trade fair.

    A high visitor presence from overseas, in particular from India, the USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and 3 from some North African states, shaped the events in the exhibition halls alongside many European visitors. 94% of the respondents plan to come to Düsseldorf again in two years. VALVE WORLD EXPO and the accompanying conference will then take place from 3 to 5 December 2024.

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  • Successful relaunch for the EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR in Cologne

    Posted in Fairs and exhibitions, Fastener distribution, Fasteners manufacturers on Oct 14, 2022

    +++ Around 25,000 visitors from 125 countries +++ Industry celebrates the trade fair’s relaunch after pandemic-related cancellations +++ Over 70 per cent of trade visitors travelled from outside Germany +++ Exhibitors praise high-quality contacts +++ Event’s results exceeded expectations +++


    After more than four years, the EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR 2022 has celebrated a successful comeback in Cologne. Around 1,400 exhibitors from 50 countries took advantage of the opportunity to present their products and innovations to the entire hardware industry again. The spectrum of products presented ranged from tools and accessories to building and DIY supplies all the way through to fasteners, fixings and fittings.

    After four successful days of trade fair activity, the EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR 2022 has closed its doors in Cologne. With around 25,000 trade visitors from 125 countries, the event returned after a 4.5-year enforced break and immediately confirmed its importance as the number one trade fair for the international hardware industry.

    “The sense of relief at finally being able to meet face to face again after such a long time and do business in person could be clearly felt among all our exhibitors and trade visitors throughout the entire trade fair,” said Oliver Frese, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH. “You had the feeling that a big family was getting together again after a long time apart.”

    “The trade fair was a success, especially in the context of the ongoing travel restrictions in Asia, the acute energy and raw materials crisis, and the geopolitical situation in many countries. The feedback from our exhibitors about the business contacts they’ve made is positive across the board. Clearly, companies made a strategic decision to attend the EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR – the decision makers were here,” commented Oliver Frese.

    EISEN Award 2022 powered by ZHH

    The coveted EISEN Award was presented once again at the first EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR after the pandemic. This time, Koelnmesse partnered with the German hardware trade association Zentralverband Hartwarenhandel (ZHH). From the more than 50 innovative products submitted, the expert jury selected the three prize winners of the EISEN Award 2022 powered by ZHH. The prize winners include the AluTec hammer by Picard. The carpenter’s hammer boasts a unique combination of aluminium and steel, which enables previously unachievable ergonomics. The second winning entry is the Go! SMART measuring tool by SOLA-Messwerkzeuge. At just 8 cm long, it brings the analogue and digital worlds together and fulfils the functions of a spirit level, an inclinometer and a protractor. Also among the EISEN Award winners for 2022 is ToughBuilt with its Scraper Utility Knife – the world’s first two-in-one. The patented knife allows users to switch between a utility knife and a scraper with the flick of a thumb.

    DIY Boulevard 2022

    In cooperation with the manufacturers’ association Haus & Garten, Koelnmesse presented its 56 DIY suppliers with an exhibition area covering a total length of 272 metres, which had been fully booked long before the opening of the event. The DIY Boulevard offered manufacturers the unique experience of being able to design the POS in line with their branding with an authentic display of their merchandise as well as the chance to make direct contact with end customers.

    eCommerce area

    The digital transformation does not stop at the hardware industry. The EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR has followed this development closely. With the eCommerce area, it provided the ideal platform for both finding and showcasing digital solutions. The spectrum of products and services ranged from shop systems and electronic payment systems to data storage and processing all the way through to search engine optimisation. The content of the eCommerce area was curated by major names including eBay, OTTO, DHL, Facebook and Shopware.

    What the industry’s saying about the EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair 2022

    John W. Herbert, General Secretary of the European DIY Retail Association (EDRA) and the Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN)

    “The EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair is the most important platform for our industry. It’s both a barometer of trends and a trendsetter. In other words, it’s the networking platform for the global hardware trade. I’m very happy to be in Cologne, meeting so many colleagues from all over the world.”

    Dr Peter Wüst, Managing Director of the German Retailers’ Association for Home Improvement, Building and Gardening (BHB e.V.)

    “I’m delighted to be at the EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair. The event is absolutely vital for maintaining business relationships face-to-face in this period of crisis. Despite the difficult times we find ourselves in, I’m picking up a sense of optimism about the future from the people I’ve been talking to.”

    Wolfgang J. Kirchhoff, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair

    The EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair Cologne is still the industry’s number-one event, where most of its innovations are presented. It’s the trade fair with the strongest international profile, even though many visitors and exhibitors from Asia have been unable to attend due to the pandemic.”

    Dietrich Alberts, Managing Director of GAH-Alberts

    “The EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair has earned its reputation as the industry’s leading trade fair over many years. Exhibitors and visitors know they can expect high quality across the board when they come here.” Stefano Spillere, General Manager of Telwin SpA “Telwin has been coming to the EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair for more than 30 years. For us, the trade fair is very important in terms of cultivating our network and maintaining contact with our international customers.

    Paul Samms, Director of Licensing at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

    “We’re over the moon to be back at the EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair after a break of more than four years. Our international customers have told us that they travelled to Cologne for the trade fair especially because of us. The EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair is the ideal place to tap into new areas of the market and find new retailers.”

    Ferdinand Munk, owner and Managing Director of MUNK Group

    “Of course, after the coronavirus pandemic, it’s great for the industry to get together again at the EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair. The number of contacts may not be as high as it used to be yet, but the quality is exceptional because the visitors are enthusiastic about returning to Cologne to maintain their business relationships in person.”

    Thomas Dammann, Managing Director of the Central Association of the Hardware Trade in Germany (ZHH e.V.)

    “The EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair is particularly important for the specialised trade because it provides the opportunity to maintain relationships with international contacts and establish new ones. The trade fair is a chance to get an overview of all the innovations and to be inspired by the other manufacturers.”

    Sven Wilde, Head of Marketing Communications at Wiha Werkzeuge GmbH

    “The EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair is the ideal opportunity for us to meet our international customers and show them our products and solutions. We’re very satisfied – even though the number of visitors to our stand was lower this year, we feel that the quality of the discussions has been even higher than usual.”

    Stefan Weigel, Executive Director/CMO at Wolfcraft

    “At Wolfcraft, we don’t just focus on the product. Instead, we look at the bigger picture in terms of sustainability and the customer journey as well as our products. The EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair is a great opportunity for me to explain this wide-ranging approach to visitors, so I’m very happy to be able to take advantage of this platform. It’s a source of potential that we, as suppliers of branded products, will continue to draw on in the future.”

    The next EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair Cologne will be held from 3 to 6 March 2024. Koelnmesse – industry trade fairs for the hardware sector:

    As a top international trade fair organiser, Koelnmesse is the global market leader in organising events for the hardware/ironware segment. It hosts the leading international event EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair Cologne at its trade fair grounds in Cologne, where Asia-Pacific Sourcing also showcases products, innovations and trends for homes and gardens from the Far East. In addition to the events at its Cologne headquarters, Koelnmesse is expanding its portfolio internationally in key markets: The China International Hardware Show in Shanghai, the International Hardware Fair Italy in Bergamo and the International Hardware Fair India in New Delhi are bespoke events and leading trade fairs for the region with international participation. They create the foundation for sustainable, international business for their participants and bring together supply and demand within the sector with a carefully targeted approach. Further information:

    Author: Judith Leyendecker

    Communications Manager

    Koelnmesse GmbH


    Posted in Industry 4.0, Innovation, Sustainability on Sep 30, 2022

    VMI: Productivity and Cost Reduction


    In a time of increasing supply chain instability and rising inflation, it’s crucial for businesses to reduce their spending and maximise efficiency. One way to do so is through the use of a VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory). The last few years have seen an increase in the popularity of VMIs, as businesses seek to reduce their number of suppliers and instead opt for streamlined and cost-effective organisation.

    As manufacturers ourselves, we’re constantly looking for improvements to our production process, so we understand the position our partners are in.

    What are the key benefits of Vendor Managed Inventory?

    A VMI ensures products are delivered to the right place at the right time through improved data visibility, resulting in improved productivity in addition to:

    Cost Reduction

    Current financial instability means that businesses are having to reassess their outgoings, and there are numerous financial benefits of using a VMI. Firstly, it reduces manpower needed by your business. In a supply chain, the parts themselves make up only 15% of the cost, while the human resources required to select, manage and process those parts cost 85%.

    In addition, using a VMI can simplify and reduce the cost of the ordering process, all while reducing your TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), as the vendor assumes the cost and associated risk of managing your supply chain. Partnering with a single vendor also diminishes possible excess spending by collating your parts into a single, automated order.

    Streamlined Production

    The current political climate is buckling global supply chains, so it’s more important than ever for businesses to control their stock levels and avoid waste. VMIs use various advanced technologies to automate both simple and complex processes, removing costly and unnecessary steps.

    A VMI service provider can also source products for you, from a diverse range of suppliers. Some experts suggest that the cost for a business to add in just ten extra suppliers every five years is more than $1 million, but a VMI handles that for you. Each part is then ordered, delivered, stored and replenished automatically, as and when you need it.

    Types of VMIs at Optimas

    Optimas has numerous VMI solutions for your business. Our systems use the latest technology to automate inventory replenishment, ensuring productivity and saving you money.

    JIT Systems

    Our JIT systems provide a secure, cloud-based platform that processes orders from any OptiTech VMI solution and allows you to access customised, real-time reports for greater transparency into your fastener inventory and consumption data.


    OptiScale uses the latest weighing technology to measure your inventory status in real-time, down to the part level quality in a bin. Embedded sensors monitor the weight capacity, automatically triggering orders based on pre-defined min/max levels and reorder/unit pack sizes. Stock levels can be accessed 24/7, and OptiScale can be configured into a bin, shelf or container.


    OptiRack uses advanced RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology to automate inventory replenishment. When an empty bin is placed on an RFID mat on the rack shelf, it detects the chip embedded in the bin label, and wirelessly triggers an order. OptiRack can be set up in any designated area, whether it be a supermarket, area rack or at the point of use.


    OptiZone uses advanced RFID technology to automate inventory replenishment. An RFID antenna points to a designated area, a pallet, cage, gaylord container or bulk area. When an empty bin is placed in that area, the antenna detects the RFID chip embedded in the bin label and then wirelessly triggers an order.


    OptiDrop uses RFID technology to automate inventory replenishment, but does so by scanning a unique card with an RFID embedded chip in a bin. When the bin is empty or low, simply remove the card and replace it inside the OptiDrop box to wirelessly trigger an order. OptiDrop can be placed at any location inside the plant.


    OptiBeam uses the latest scanning and barcode technology for easy inventory replenishment. Our cellular-enabled scanners allow both Optimas the customer to check inventory levels and send orders instantly. The scanner includes auditing software so you can search parts, validate bin location and set optimal reorder/unit pack sizes.

    Here at Optimas, we’re dedicated to efficient inventory management, and we’d be as invested in your success as you are. To find out more about our VMI solutions, or to speak to one of our experts, you can do so here. Consider working with us to lower your costs and streamline your supply chain.

    Author: International Optimas

  • V-Tex Wood Screw a Type of Screw for Hard Wood

    Posted in Fasteners manufacturers, Industry 4.0, Innovation on Aug 25, 2022

    Rexlen Corporation, which specializes in automotive, electronics, and mechanical fastener has recently taken another leap forward to a new industry sector.

    The recently released and patented “V-Tex Thread for Wood” (V-Tex) is Rexlen’s official entry announcement into the household & DIY markets.

    Distinctive Structure Featuring Excellent Functions

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    “V-Tex” wood screws offer three kinds of minor diameters, which (sorted by value from large to small) are cutting ribs, shank, and chip recesses. After its sharp-point drill drills into the material, the cutting ribs will twist off fibers to create a larger hole diameter and the special cutting teeth on threads will cut off wood fibers.

    Then, the chip recesses offer extra space for dust to reduce drilling resistance, facilitating the assembly/engagement/fastening of wood materials and revealing excellent functionality. “V-Tex” is a type of screw for hard wood featuring both cutting and quick drilling and fastening.

    3 Major Features of “V-Tex”


    • Low Driving Torque In a test using European hard wood, “V-Tex” features the driving torque lower than the other brands, giving users more labor-saving fastening experience.

    • Low Drilling Time Fastening can be completed within 0.72 second, which is almost on pair with other European leading brands in the same test. This will save a lot of drilling time and enhance work efficiency for users.

    • Strong Pull-Out Value Be it the pull-out force test or the tensile strength test, V-Tex wood screws have proven to function to the same levels as those of products made by other European leading manufacturers. After fastening is completed, it won’t become loose easily. It is not only easy to use, but can also be applied to maximize the work efficiency.

    Author: Koelnmesse – REXLEN CORPORATION


    Posted in Fairs and exhibitions, Hardware on Jul 18, 2022


    The International Hardware Fair Cologne launches satellite event

    The new event “powered by EISENWARENMESSE” will be held from 5-6 May 2023 at Fiera di Bergamo

    Koelnmesse brings the approved trade fair model of EISENWARENMESSE to Italy by launching International Hardware Fair Italy. The new international project for the European market will provide a "home" in odd years to the world of hardware, building, DIY, outdoor and gardening, safety, colour, electrical and industrial supplies. “Our decision to launch International Hardware Fair Italy is in line with our strategy to strengthen our global portfolio while responding to the growing demand in the Italian market” according to Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH.

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    Briefly, this is the commitment that the new event intends to maintain by alternating with the International Hardware Fair Cologne. The Italian event will adopt contents, style, philosophy, objectives and quality of the largest trade fair in the sector worldwide. This new format underlines the great attention of one of the world's most important trade fair organisers for Italy, which, beyond being a leading market, is certainly one of the most attractive location for events of European importance.

    The choice of the new location, Bergamo, meets the development and internationality requirements of the new event. It is easily accessible, in a strategic position in northern Italy and well connected to all of Europe.

    "For some time now, we have been collecting precise signals from the Italian and European markets for an event that will provide the many sectors mentioned with the necessary continuity of relationship with the market", comments Thomas Rosolia, CEO of Koelnmesse's Italian subsidiary. "We have chosen to put all our experience as exhibition organisers into an international exhibition that meets the real needs of the technical hardware, building and DIY sector. We will achieve this goal with the collaboration of institutional partners and leading production and distribution companies", adds Mr. Rosolia.

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    International Hardware Fair Italy will be targeting an extremely wide range of visitors: from traditional and professional hardware distributors to tool shops, from large-scale retailers and DIY brands to paint shops and building material retailers. Of course, manufacturers and importers, distributors and decision makers from the industry panel, the increasingly important e-commerce platforms, garden centres, buyers, industry and service companies, will all be present too. The exhibition is completed by a full calendar of side events: business meetings with major distributors, conferences, demo areas and training workshops to explore the topics and problems of fast-changing sectors.

    See you at International Hardware Fair Italy, 5-6 May 2023 Fiera di Bergamo

    Author: Koelnmesse – Hardware worldwide

    As an international top organiser of trade fairs, Koelnmesse is the global market leader for the product sections hardware/ironware divided up into the segments Tools, Industrial Supplies, Fasteners and Fixings, Fittings, Home Improvement as well as for the innovations of these industries. The leading trade fair EISENWARENMESSE - International Hardware Fair Cologne - as well as Asia-Pacific Sourcing in Cologne, the International Hardware Fair Italy in Milan and CIHS - China International Hardware Show in Shanghai/China - are exemplary for this.

  • How to prevent premature fastener failures with heat treatment

    Posted in Fasteners manufacturers, Industry 4.0, Innovation, Manufacturing technology on May 18, 2022


    Quality control of safety-critical parts

    Heat treatment is very important for automotive safety fasteners. It’s a delicate process which could be monitored by the modern Industry 4.0 technologies but still requires a final 100% analysis of each part before the shipment, in order to fulfill the automotive supply chain requirements.

    Heat Treatment Control is surely a kind of NDT (Non Destructive Testing) inspection on which Dimac invested important R&D energies during the past 3 years, reaching nowadays outstanding performances in terms of sorting rate and inspection accuracy.

    Partnering with the most important NDT device manufacturers for the HT detection, Dimac has renewed all the machines of the range with state of the art NDT Stations capable to perform this crucial control with the highest accuracy and productivity rate.

    The eddy current station scans the part by mean of 24 different frequencies to detect any minimum variation of the material structure, as well as to detect plating and surface coating problems in order to prevent any premature fastener failures.

    This type of control is mandatory for safety-critical parts belonging to the Power Train or to the brake system, or any application where fasteners are subject to constant vibration or exposed to corrosion.

    The man-machine interface of the Dimac application for HT detection is really user-friendly. The setup is intuitive, thanks to the multi frequency testing process made simple by a wizard procedure which easily recognizes and sort out any fastener with deviations from the expected signal envelope.

    A clear saving of time and costs

    The brand new generation glass rotary table machine Dimac mcv6 is the model getting more benefits – together with the best seller model mcv5 – from the application of the HT NDT technology in terms of savings of time and costs. The innovative eddy current station allows to sort a wide range of complex parts by hardness classes with high output rates.

    The HT station of the Dimac mcv5 and mcv6 uses two state of the art eddy current coil-probes: a reference probe at the operator’s workplace and a testing probe which is positioned above the glass table. The system provides instant results while running, allowing to process up to 300 parts/minute.

    The setup procedure is based on a teach-in process and requires boundary OK and NOK samples available at the operator’s place.

    The setup sequence could be summarized as follows:

    • the operator puts one OK sample into the reference coil-probe;
    • the eddy current device detects the magnetic permeability of that OK sample;
    • the operator enables the wizard procedure to record the reference data from the reference-coil probe;
    • the batch of parts to be sorted can be put in the feeding system;
    • the operator runs the sorting of a first quantity of 20÷30 pieces to teach-in the response of the testing-coil, then the machine is stopped;
    • the eddy current device compares the OK part reference data with the signal generated by the passage of the 30 pieces below the testing coil;
    • the wizard procedure and its algorithm calculate the envelope of the taught-in signals and sets automatically the sorting threshold values;
    • nothing else to do for the operator, he just has to press the START CYCLE button and run the sorting machine;

    however, the system allows the operator to adjust the threshold and improve the accuracy of the setup in case of need.

    The new concept cuts the time and costs of the 100% sorting process by making the operators’ tasks far more efficient, as well as by expediting the quality management job.

    Author: Dimac


    Posted in Fairs and exhibitions, Fastener distribution, Fastener suppliers, Fasteners manufacturers on Jan 24, 2022

    One-time postponement to the fall will ensure maximum participation from exhibitors and visitors including vital Asian sales and manufacturing markets “As the world’s leading trade fair for the hardware industry, our aim is to provide a comprehensive overview of the global market and bring together suppliers and buyers from all over the world. With this in mind, we together with the associations and exhibitors have decided to hold the EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR COLOGNE from 25 to 28 September 2022, instead of the originally scheduled dates of 6 to 9 March 2022,” announced Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse, Oliver Frese, in Cologne today.

    Since the pandemic situation continues to develop dynamically worldwide and strict travel restrictions are expected in March, especially for important Asian overseas markets, this scenario is a win-win for everyone: Exhibitors can plan for September with a longer lead time and look forward to the usual international audience, including from Asia. Visitors can look forward to a renowned group of participants and an attractive event programme shaped by a high number of exhibiting companies.

    “With the Anuga Food Fair and International Dental Show (IDS) in the fall, we proved that trade fairs with Koelnmesse’s hygiene and safety concept are once again possible at an international level and can be carried out safely for everyone. Furthermore, our customers were very pleased with the business activities at these events,” pointed out Oliver Frese. “However, certain industry-specific conditions must be in place in order to fully leverage the power of personal exchange at an international trade show. In the case of EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR COLOGNE, this power will be significantly greater in September thanks to the participation of the Asian market.”

    The Asian manufacturing and sales market plays an important role in the hardware industry. Many Asian countries have again identified Germany and large parts of Europe as a risk area due to the generally high incidence figures, and travelling from these countries will be difficult well until spring. Based on the experience from 2021 and as the global vaccination campaign progresses, the situation should look completely different in September 2022.

    The decision to postpone the EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR COLOGNE was therefore made independently of the situation of other spring trade fairs in Koelnmesse’s portfolio, which have considerably different exhibitor and visitor structures in some cases.

    Full support from the industry

    “The industry needs a strong EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR to build long-term success,” commented Wolfgang J. Kirchhoff, Chairman of the Advisory Board and Managing Director of Witte Tools. “If the conditions for this are better in September than in March, then postponing the date is the only logical and correct decision for the industry and the trade fair.”

    "The German tool industry is strongly export-oriented. We therefore need an internationally widely attended INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR and we are confident that we will achieve this goal with the postponement,” said Managing Director of the German association of tool manufacturers (FWI) Stefan Horst regarding the postponement.

    "First things first: we can continue to look forward to an INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR in 2022 and thus to an important instrument to prepare for the future in these turbulent times together as an industry. The postponement will enable all exhibiting companies to devote their full attention to the preparations for the fair after what is expected to be a hard winter," said Norbert Lindemann, Managing Director of Herstellerverband Haus & Garten e.V. (German Association of Home & Garden Manufacturers).

    “Trade fairs are the lifeline of our international business activities and play an immense role in helping the pandemic-battered global economy get back on its feet. The EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR is one of the events that we always recommend our members attend. The fact that we will have to wait to see each other in Cologne again in no way diminishes the anticipation,” says John Herbert, General Secretary of the European DIY Retail Association/Global Home Improvement Network (EDRA/GHIN) on behalf of the international DIY markets.

    March event is not a blueprint

    Planned for a long time and ready to go – top-class informative special exhibitions and theme platforms such as the eCommerce area featuring innovative, disruptive solutions and strategies for retailers in the areas of payment, shop systems, ERP, hosting, search engine optimisation and multichannel. The digital extension EISENWARENMESSE @home will be available in September also. “Nevertheless, we do not want to just take the plans for March and use them for September: The world simply changes too quickly,” said Matthias Becker, Director of EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR COLOGNE. “We will look at the current hot topics in the industry and adapt the plans accordingly.” Koelnmesse – industry trade fairs for the hardware sector: As a top international trade fair organiser, Koelnmesse is the global market leader in organising events for the hardware/ironware segment. It hosts the leading international event EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair Cologne at its trade fair grounds in Cologne, where Asia-Pacific Sourcing also showcases products, innovations and trends for homes and gardens from the Far East. In addition to the events at its Cologne headquarters, Koelnmesse is expanding its portfolio internationally in key markets: China International Hardware Show (CIHS) in Shanghai and Hardware Forum Italy in Milan are bespoke events and leading regional trade fairs. They create the foundation for sustainable, international business for their participants and bring together supply and demand within the sector with a carefully targeted approach.
    Further information:

    The next events:

    Hardware Forum Italy - The hardware expo and forum, Milano September 2022 China International Hardware Show - Leading Trade Fair for Tools, DIY and Building Hardware, Fasteners, Security Systems, Locks and Fittings, Shanghai 21.09. - 23.09.2022

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    Author: Judith Leyendecker Communications Manager


    Posted in Fastener distribution, Industry 4.0 on Nov 29, 2021


    Goebel GmbH announces a new and exciting partnership with Tower Fasteners EU Ltd as an official authorized distributor for all products & tooling.

    The two companies entered into an agreement that sees Tower Fasteners EU Ltd become an authorized distributor for Goebel GmbH product lines which consist of: Blind Rivets, Threaded Inserts, new G-Grip™ Stainless Lockbolt System, Self-Tapping/Drilling Screws, Sealing Washers, Drill Bits, Nut Drivers, Over-Center Toggle Latches, Hand & Power Tools, PPE Equipment, and many more innovative specialty products.

    “Goebel GmbH is pleased to partner with Tower Fasteners EU Ltd to distribute our blind fastening product lines, over-center latches, new G-Grip™ Stainless Lockbolt System, and other product lines throughout the Republic of Ireland. For over 50 years Tower Fasteners has been a leader in the field of fastener distribution and “C” class commodity inventory management systems. Their persistence about making sure it’s the right part, on time, every time supports their commitment to supply products from only the highest quality manufacturers; it is an integral part of their longevity and success in this business. Tower Fasteners EU Ltd is a great fit for our company’s vision and we are looking forward to working together for years to come.”, said Marcel Goebel, CEO of the Goebel Group.

    Derry Cronin, Key Account Manager was equally pleased stating. “From the very first day into the present time, Tower Fasteners continues to set the standard for innovation and excellence in fastener distribution. Tower Fasteners is committed to providing world class products and services the first time and every time. Each and every Tower employee shares the Shannon family's commitment to total customer satisfaction. Partnering with Goebel GmbH and distributing their innovative fastener solutions will help us provide our customers new products that will help streamline their manufacturing processes. Tower Fastener employees go above and beyond to help customers find solutions to their problems.”

    About Tower Fasteners

    Thomas J. Shannon founded Tower Fasteners in 1967 in Mineola, New York. Mr. Shannon's philosophy was a simple but powerful one: provide his customers with the products they needed, when they needed them, without fail. Because of Mr. Shannon's strong commitment to customer satisfaction, Tower Fasteners continued to grow year by year.

    The company relocated several times to larger facilities across Long Island. The first Tower distribution center, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which is now a sales office, was opened in 1975. In 1986, Tower designed and built its current corporate headquarters, in Holtsville, New York. Additional distribution centers in New England, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina, Mexico, and Texas are currently servicing Tower customers along the East Coast and Southwest of the United States, as well as in Mexico. In 2018, Tower Fasteners opened its first European distribution center in Dublin, Ireland. Tower Fasteners EU Ltd is located less than thirty minutes outside of Dublin’s city center and will serve as Tower’s European headquarters. Tower has grown from a one-person organization to a company that employs over 100 people in eight states. Today, Tower Fasteners is being managed by a second generation of Shannon's that have inherited Thomas J. Shannon's passion for, and commitment to, excellence. For more information visit

    About Goebel

    The Goebel Group is a family-run and internationally active business group of joining and assembly technology. Considered specialists in the development of innovative and high-quality joining elements and corresponding processing systems, their friendly and experienced staff, representatives, and distribution partners take care that customers are satisfied and actively support the entire supply chain as well as value chain. For more information visit

    Author: Goebel

  • SPIROL Receives 2020 General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award

    Posted in Industry 4.0, Innovation on Jul 19, 2021

    SPIROL is pleased to announce the receipt of the 2020 General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award. Two of SPIROL’s locations, SPIROL International Corporation in Danielson, CT, USA and SPIROL Industries Limited in Winsor, Ontario, Canada, each received notification of the awards on July 1, 2021. A Senior Supplier Quality Engineer at General Motors stated, “Suppliers who receive this award recognition have met or exceeded a very stringent set of quality performance criteria and have achieved the cross-functional support of the entire GM organization for the calendar year 2020.”

    SPIROL has received the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award every year since it was originally presented in 2012. According to a video presentation by General Motors’ top executives for Supplier Quality Development, “Each year, GM recognizes their top performing Supplier Manufacturing DUNS locations around the globe. This General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award is for those locations who consistently deliver quality products, on-time, and at-rate and with zero disruptions throughout the year.”

    SPIROL manufactures Coiled Spring Pins, Slotted Spring Pins, Solid Pins, Alignment Dowels & Bushings, Spacers, Compression Limiters, Inserts for Plastics, Disc Springs, Precision Metal Shims, Installation Technology and Vibratory Feeding Equipment. SPIROL supplies millions of engineered fastening components to General Motors’ assembly plants located around the world from several global stocking facilities.

    Tom Buchta, President of SPIROL Industries in Canada, said appreciatively “This award is a testament to our foundational belief in providing high quality product and exceptional service to our customers. SPIROL is committed to being a reliable supplier to General Motors, and we are proud to have received this prestigious award once again – especially during a turbulent year filled with so much uncertainty attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

    SPIROL Connecticut’s 2020 General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award Certification

    SPIROL Canada’s 2020 General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award Certification

    View SPIROL’s quality certifications at all of their global locations.

    SPIROL is a leading manufacturer of a diverse line of engineered components for fastening and joining. SPIROL can be found on 4 continents within the following 12 countries: Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Poland, South Korea, Spain, and the United States. Since 1948, SPIROL has been providing technical expertise in fastening, joining and assembly to the world's leading manufacturers.

    Author: Christie L. Jones