FTM 193 – the risks of plating socket screws

This edition of the Fastener Training Minute with Carmen Vertullo was originally published October, 19th 2023 as “Everything you ever wanted to know about blind rivets” during episode 193 of Fully Threaded Radio. Well hello everyone, and welcome to the Fastener Training Minute. This is Carmen Vertullo coming to you from Carver Labs in beautiful […]

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FDI September 2023

Written by R.W. Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 10/5/23 Key Takeaway: The seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) modestly retreated in September to a sub-50 reading at 48.5 after briefly reaching a neutral 50.0 in August. While August may have temporarily benefited from some pent-up demand following summer vacations, September […]

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FTM 192 – Thread-Cutting Taps, Part III

This edition of the Fastener Training Minute with Carmen Vertullo was originally published September, 21st 2023 as “How to choose the correct thread-cutting tap for cutting a thread into a hole. Part 3” during episode 192 of Fully Threaded Radio. Well hello everyone, this is Carmen Vertullo with your Fastener Training Minute,¬†coming to you from […]

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FDI August 2023

Written by R.W. Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 9/8/23 Key Takeaway: The seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) surged to a neutral reading of 50.0 compared to 40.7 in July. Respondents pointed to a rebound in demand as customers returned from summer vacations (which had pressured the July FDI). The […]

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FTM 191 – Drilling and tapping for inserts, Part II

This edition of the Fastener Training Minute with Carmen Vertullo was originally published August, 18th 2023 as “How do we choose the correct drill bits and taps if we are installing threaded inserts.” during episode 191 of Fully Threaded Radio. Well hello everyone, this is Carmen Vertullo with your Fastener Training Minute coming to you […]

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FDI July 2023

Written by R.W. Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 8/9/23 Key Takeaway: The seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) retreated to 40.7 compared to 45.6 in June. Respondents pointed to potential vacation/holiday noise and soft new orders (despite healthy quoting). The Forward-Looking Indicator (FLI) also regressed but very modestly off an […]

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FTM 190 – Drilling and tapping – Part I

This edition of the Fastener Training Minute with Carmen Vertullo was originally published July, 20th 2023 as “Everything you ever wanted to know about blind rivets” during episode 190 of Fully Threaded Radio. Well hi everyone, this is Carmen Vertullo and the Fastener Training Institute with he Fastener Training Minute coming to you from Carver […]

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FDI June 2023

Written by R.W. Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 7/12/23 Key Takeaway: The seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) rebounded slightly to 45.6 compared to 44.7 in May. Respondents pointed to increased quoting activity as the primary driver of the m/m improvement. The Forward-Looking Indicator (FLI) regressed slightly, moving further below […]

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FTM 189: Can we recover hydrogen embrittlement?

This edition of the Fastener Training Minute with Carmen Vertullo was originally published June, 22nd, 2023 as “Can you recover fasteners that have hydrogen embrittlement, and should you?” during episode 189 of Fully Threaded Radio. Well hi everybody, this is Carmen Vertullo with the Fastener Training Minute coming to you from the Fastener Training Institute […]

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FDI May

Written by R.W. Baird analyst David J. Manthey, CFA with Quinn Fredrickson, CFA 6/7/23 Key Takeaway: The seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) weakened further to 44.7 compared to 46.3 in April. Respondents pointed to declining new business opportunities and general softening in the economy as the driver of the m/m decline. The Forward-Looking Indicator […]

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