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Distributor's Link Magazine Winter 2023 / Vol 46 No 1


110 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK PIVOT POINT COMPLETES FACTORY EXPANSION from page 38 Says Dave Zimmermann, “It’s really very special to be a part of a thriving, fourth-generation family owned business. For this reason, we specifically held our Dedication Ceremony on what would have been Glayr Leitzke’s 100th birthday. When we raised that beautiful 30-foot by 60-foot American flag, it was a very powerful and emotional moment for all. As the flag raised, and “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood played, we were astonished when four bald eagles showed up out of nowhere and circled in the background until the flag reached the top.” Pivot Point’s products include Clevis Pins, Cotter Pins, Quick Release Pins and Devices, Locking Pins and Wire-Rope Lanyards; as well as several unique and highly popular proprietary items, including the SLIC Pin- a pin and cotter all in one. PIVOT POINT PENN ENGINEERING CHOOSING THE RIGHT FASTENER FOR CASTINGS AND SOFT METALS from page 40 Choosing Fasteners for Magnesium and Aluminum Castings The increase that PEM® has seen in requests for fastening solutions for Mg and Al castings drove the design and development of the new CastSert product, but there are many other options to consider for Mg and Al castings. Why Mg castings? Magnesium is the lightest of all structured materials but has excellent stiffness and strength-to-weight ratios. Additionally, it has outstanding EMI and RFI shielding properties, perfect for connectors and electrical housings. It is also utilized for medical and laboratory equipment to provide protection against other interfering signals in a hospital. Why Al castings? One of the most significant benefits of aluminum die casting is that it creates lighter parts – with more surface finishing options than other die cast alloys. Al can also withstand the highest operating temperatures of all the die cast alloys. Moreover, cast aluminum is versatile, corrosion-resistant, and retains high dimensional stability with thin walls. It can also be in almost any industry. In an effort to help both PEM® and non-PEM® customers make the best possible fastening choice for their applications, we offer FastenerClass master classes – a free series of courses in fastening technology. These classes can be experienced live or in a prerecorded environment and teach about foundational theory, best practices, application exploration, and other topics that can help attendees get ahead of their competition. Other classes in addition to “Choosing Fasteners for Magnesium and Aluminum Castings” include Intro to Self-Clinch Theory, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) vs. Broach, Innovation Solutions for Design, and many others. Details and registration are available at PENN ENGINEERING



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