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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring Issue 2015 / Vol 38 No2

46 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S

46 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK Anthony Di Maio Anthony E. Di Maio attended Wentworth Institute and Northeastern University. In 1962 he started working with Blind Fasteners as Vice-President of Engineering & Manufacturing for two blind rivet manufacturers. He has been Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) and is still involved in the writing of IFI specifications. In 1991, he started ADM Engineering and is working with Fastener Manufacturers developing new fasteners and special machinery. He can be reached at ADM Engineering, 6 Hermon Ave., Haverhill, MA 01832; phone and fax 978-521-0277; e-mail: tdimaio@verizon.net. 2014 WAS THE YEAR FOR BLIND RIVETS The year 2014 was an important and active year for blind rivets. I received an increase of blind rivet questions and applications. There was an increase in the use of blind rivets and I saw an increase volume of blind rivets usages and sales of 8%. The sales activity was high in sales, usages and innovations. Closed-End Blind Rivets The application of sealant to blind rivets increased the blind rivet usages in liquid and gas applications. The closed-end blind rivet with the application of sealant increased the use of closed-end blind rivets in water and gas tight applications. SEALANT successfully solved water leaks on truck roofs and sides when lights and other objects are riveted to truck bodies. These closed-end blind rivets with sealant are being used in canoes and other water recreational floating objects. Other applications are storm doors and windows. Gas is applied between the two panes of glass and the closed-end blind rivet with sealant has solved all gas leaking problems. The sealant is available in different degrees of hardness and the proper hardness for your blind rivet application is very easy to determine. Household appliances such as dish washers and laundry washing machines now use closed-end blind rivets with sealant. Threaded Inserts Threaded inserts have also advanced in design and use. 360 o SEALANT FIGURE 1 The closed-end blind rivet is water and gas tight through the center of the rivet body because the rivet body is closed on the upset side. Sealant applied to the barrel side of the flange now makes the holes that the closed-end blind rivet is set in water and gas tight because the sealant seals the holes in the work piece when the closed-nut blind rivet is set. Closed-end blind rivets with sealant have 360 o LOCKING NYLON PATCH FIGURE 2 CONTRIBUTOR ARTICLE CONTINUED ON PAGE 160

THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK 47 Cable Tie Express a leading supplier of cable ties and associated wire management items, recently announced the winners of their 2014 Sales Agent Sales Contest. Capturing top honors was Atlas Industry Marketing with Alan Lindahl heading the Agency. Atlas Industry Marketing currently covers Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. Char Cooper, President of Cable Tie Express, commented when presenting this award recently, “The professionalism and dedication of Alan Lindahl has been consistent throughout the years and we truly recognize his excellent performance in the field. The strong, loyal, and growing relationships he develops with both his customers and principals are certainly to be commended. We are honored to be represented by Alan in the fastener industry.” The second place award went to All American Systems, Inc., an agency located in Naperville, IL, and covering Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska. Steve Urhausen, Mike Felty, Andrew Urhausen, and Laura Nash make up the All American Systems team. Rick Dexter and Doug Brown of Dexter and Associates who cover Ohio, Kentucky, and Western Pennsylvania, rounded out the podium with a third place award for the annual contest. Cable Tie Express is also pleased to welcome Matt Lawrence as an Inside Sales Administrator. Matt, a graduate of Indiana University and member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, majored in Kinesiology. As an avid golfer and sports-fanatic, Matt now also focuses his energies on developing and strengthening strong customer relationships. Cable Tie Express President, Char Cooper, recently commented, “In his few months as part of the Cable Tie Express team, Matt has become a solid player in living the commitment to our brand “tying service to quality”. With a smile that beams across the phone, Matt reflects an eagerness and determination to service every customer down to the smallest detail. We’re proud to have Matt in this front line position in working with our customers.” For further information, contact Cable Tie Express, Inc., 15470 Endeavor Drive, Noblesville, IN 46060. Tel: 1-888-603-1233, Fax: 1-800-395-1233, Email: sales@cabletieexpress.com or visit us online at www.cabletieexpress.com.

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