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E-Z LOK to Exhibit New Metal Inserts at IMTS 2024, Booth 432123

Sharing a booth with its sister company TCI Precision Metals

E-Z LOK, a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic and wood will display its products during IMTS 2024, in Chicago, September 9-14 in Booth 432123.  The company will be co-located with its sister company TCI Precision Metals, a leading supplier of metal materials and near-net shapes to machine shops and fabricators.  Highlight of the show for E-Z LOK will be its new line of ultrasonic/heat-stake metal inserts and staking tools for plastics, which can be used for OEM builds as well as retrofits and even injection molding over core pins for creation of strong components with higher torque and pullout strength in use. 

Kyle Lindsly-Roach, Director of Sales & Marketing and Steve Schaeper

In addition, the full line of E-Z LOK threaded carbon inserts with factory-applied LOCTITE™ 204 adhesive coating will be displayed.  Once installed in a metal substrate for repair or added strength in an OEM application, the adhesive seals against liquids and gases to 6000 psi and can perform in temperatures up to 300°F.  These proprietary inserts were developed by the current owner Ben Belzer’s grandfather for the aerospace industry as an alternative to helical inserts. 

A new feature of the E-Z LOK website, www.ezlok.com is the CAD file, which allows an engineer to incorporate any of the thousands of E-Z LOK insert into a design.

Director of Sales & Marketing, Kyle Lindsly-Roach and a team of E-Z LOK engineers will attend the show, displaying the full line of E-Z LOK products. Emphasis will be placed on the company’s threaded inserts for metal, wood and plastic. Speaking about his hopes for the show, Lindsly-Roach said, “We are excited to be able to present our portfolio of products to a wide range of customers, including engineers, OEMs and distributors. We hope to be able to expand our customer base and the industries where our products are, as well as our existing supply chain partners in the OEM, fastener distributor and machine shops.”

Visit E-Z LOK at IMTS Booth 432123 during the show.

For more information, please contact: 

Kyle Lindsly-Roach, Director of Sales & Marketing
E-Z LOK
240 E. Rosecrans Ave
Gardena, CA 90248
USA
Phone: 310-323-5613 x221
klindsly@ezlok.com
www.ezlok.com 

E-Z LOK is a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic and wood. Inserts for metal include solid wall and helical wire-thread inserts, while inserts for plastic feature press-in and ultrasonic/heat stake designs. Those for wood are die cast zinc alloy hex drives for softwood and brass knife threads for hardwood. A variety of kits for the above inserts are available and feature installation tools, drill bits, etc.

E-Z LOK is a third-generation family owned and operated company. Founded in 1956, it primarily sells through local, regional and national industrial distributors, as well as direct to major OEM’s in a variety of end user market segments. 

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E-Z LOK to Exhibit at Fastener Fair

E-Z LOK, a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic and wood will display its products during Fastener Fair, May 22-23th at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Fastener Fair is North America’s premier trade show and conference for the fastener industry and its allied manufacturing sectors. It covers every facet of the industry from manufacturers to master distributors, equipment makers, processors, packagers, and end-users. Industries represented include advanced manufacturing, aerospace, agriculture and off-highway, appliances, automotive, construction, distribution and electronic/telecom. Additional industries are furniture, industrial machinery, maintenance, marine military and renewable energy.

The event provides a unique opportunity for attendees to network with peers, exchange ideas and establish new relationships. They can explore the latest products and technologies in the fastener industry and gain insights into emerging trends. Furthermore, expert-led sessions and workshops offer valuable insights into the latest industry developments, best practices and regulatory updates. Companies can source new suppliers, evaluate products/services and compare prices to make informed purchasing decisions. Lastly, Fastener Fair provides participants with the ability to enhance their professional skills, expand their knowledge base and stay abreast of industry trends and advancements.

Director of Sales & Marketing, Kyle Lindsly-Roach will be at the show, displaying the full line of E-Z LOK products. Emphasis will be placed on the company’s threaded inserts for metal, wood and plastic. Speaking about his hopes for the show, Lindsly-Roach said, “We are excited to be able to present our portfolio of products to a wide range of customers, including engineers, OEMs and distributors. We hope to be able to expand our customer base and industries our products are used in.”

Visit E-Z LOK at stand 542 during the show.

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For more information, please contact: 

Kyle Lindsly-Roach, Director of Sales & Marketing
E-Z LOK
240 E. Rosecrans Ave
Gardena, CA 90248
USA
Phone: 310-323-5613 x221
klindsly@ezlok.com
www.ezlok.com 

E-Z LOK is a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic and wood. Inserts for metal include solid wall and helical wire-thread inserts, while inserts for plastic feature press-in and ultrasonic/heat stake designs. Those for wood are die cast zinc alloy hex drives for softwood and brass knife threads for hardwood. A variety of kits for the above inserts are available and feature installation tools, drill bits, etc.

E-Z LOK is a third- generation family owned and operated company. Founded in 1956, it primarily sells through local, regional, and national industrial distributors.

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E-Z LOK Threaded Inserts for Hardwood

E-Z LOK, a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic and wood is now offering E-Z™ Knife brass and stainless steel threaded inserts for wood.

Suited for use in hardwoods like oak, cherry and maple, these inserts are ideal wherever assembly or disassembly could cause thread erosion or stripping. E-Z Knife™ threaded inserts use a proprietary external “knife” thread to slice into the wood and provide superior holding power.  They are most often machined out of brass when internal thread sizes range from #4 to ⅜ or M3 to M8. Notable features include superior hardwood holding power with sizes available in inch (coarse/fine) and metric. The inserts easily install with a bolt/jam nut or optional drive tool.

Brass inserts are ideal for furniture, cabinetry and partitions, while stainless steel is used in marine applications. Several industries including shipping containers, outdoor furniture and storm shutters use either.

E-Z™ Knife threaded inserts and thread repair kits provide an easy solution for adding machine threads to hard woods. They can also be used for softwood, but they are not recommended for plywood. A proprietary external thread for superior holding power is used by these inserts.

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CAD files on this product can be downloaded in over 100 file formats from the E-Z LOK website at https://www.ezlok.com/cad-downloads


For more information, please contact: 

Kyle Lindsly-Roach, Director of Sales & Marketing
E-Z LOK
240 E. Rosecrans Ave
Gardena, CA 90248
USA
Phone: 310-323-5613 x221
klindsly@ezlok.com
www.ezlok.com 

E-Z LOK is a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic and wood. Inserts for metal include solid wall and helical wire-thread inserts, while inserts for plastic feature press-in and ultrasonic/heat stake designs. Those for wood are die cast zinc alloy hex drives for soft wood and brass knife threads for hardwood. A variety of kits for the above inserts are available and feature installation tools, drill bits, etc.

E-Z LOK is a third-generation family owned and operated company. Founded in 1956, it primarily sells through local, regional, and national industrial distributors.

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E-Z Lok Threaded Press-in Inserts for Plastics

E-Z Lok, a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic and wood offers E-Z Press™ inserts.

Press-in Inserts are designed for post-molding installation in either thermoset plastics or thermoplastics. A slotted design with diamond-knurled OD allows for “cold” installation with optimum torque/pull-out resistance. When the E-Z Press™ insert is installed, it compresses slightly along the slot. As the fastener is threaded into place, the insert expands and the diamond knurl is pressed into the wall of the hole, securing the insert in place. 

Cold installation of threaded inserts reduces the costs of moldings and eliminates the need to “chase” threads after molding. Furthermore, they also help cut reject waste caused by misaligned and faulty inserts and assist in proper installation without a precise hole depth.

E-Z Press™ inserts are available in three styles: flush, flanged, and reverse slot. All three types press into place for fast, easy installation. Anything from a rubber mallet to an arbor press can be used for installation.

CAD files on this product can be downloaded in over 100 file formats from the E-Z Lok website at https://www.ezlok.com/cad-downloads

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For more information, please contact: 

Kyle Lindsly-Roach, Director of Sales & Marketing
E-Z Lok
240 E. Rosecrans Ave
Gardena, CA 90248
USA
Phone: 310-323-5613 x221
klindsly@ezlok.com
www.ezlok.com 

E-Z Lok is a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic and wood. Inserts for metal include solid wall and helical wire-thread inserts, while inserts for plastic feature press-in and ultrasonic/heat stake designs. Those for wood are die cast zinc alloy hex drives for soft wood and brass knife threads for hard wood. A variety of kits for the above inserts are available and feature installation tools, drill bits, etc.

E-Z Lok is a third- generation family owned and operated company. Founded in 1956, it primarily sells through local, regional, and national industrial distributors.

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E-Z Lok Helical Thread Inserts and Kits for Soft Metals

E-Z Lok, a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic and wood now offers E-Z Coil™ and thread repair kits.

Wire or helical coil threaded inserts quickly repair or reinforce tapped holes in soft metals. Made from 18-8 stainless steel wire, these helical coil inserts are corrosion resistant and can withstand temperatures up to 800°F. Furthermore, they offer corrosion resistance and protection from wearing and stripping.

E-Z Coil™ helical insert coils are manufactured by forming the stainless steel wire into a diamond shape and then winding it into a spring. Prior to installation, the insert diameters are larger than the tapped hole.  During installation, the insert diameter of the helical coil insert is reduced, allowing the insert to thread into the hole. Once properly installed, the radial pressure of the released insert holds the insert firmly in place. 

Thread Repair kits are available in both standard and economy, and in a variety of sizes. Each Economy E-Z Coil™ Thread Repair kit includes a set of inserts, an STI tap, and an installation tool.  The standard kit also includes a tang break tool and drill bit.

CAD files on this product can be downloaded in over 100 file formats from the E-Z Lok website at https://www.ezlok.com/cad-downloads


For more information, please contact: 

Kyle Lindsly-Roach, Director of Sales & Marketing
E-Z Lok
240 E. Rosecrans Ave
Gardena, CA 90248
USA
Phone: 310-323-5613 x221
klindsly@ezlok.com
www.ezlok.com 

E-Z Lok is a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic and wood. Inserts for metal include solid wall and helical wire-thread inserts, while inserts for plastic feature press-in and ultrasonic/heat stake designs. Those for wood are die cast zinc alloy hex drives for soft wood and brass knife threads for hard wood. A variety of kits for the above inserts are available and feature installation tools, drill bits, etc.

E-Z Lok is a third-generation family owned and operated company. Founded in 1956, it primarily sells through local, regional, and national industrial distributors.

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E-Z Lok Threaded Inserts and Kits for Metal

E-Z Lok, a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic and wood, now offers E-Z Lok ™ (Solid Wall) Threaded Inserts for metal; including both Assortment and Installation kits.

E-Z Lok ™ inserts are ideal for repairing or reinforcing threaded holes in soft metals such as: aluminum, magnesium and cast iron. External threads are standard size and pitch, so they can be installed with standard drills and taps. Solid wall threaded inserts are installed with a screwdriver, bolt/jam nut (except IC series) or optional power drive tool. 

These inserts will not back out or vibrate loose. The pre-applied, microencapsulated adhesive begins to set immediately upon installation and the newly installed insert is fastener-ready in 3-5 minutes. Despite their firm hold while in use, E-Z Lok™ (Solid Wall) threaded inserts for metal can be removed with a bolt extractor, which overcomes the resistance to torque-out produced by the adhesive. They can also be removed by heating the insert to a temperature above 300°F (149°C), at which point the adhesive will release.

E-Z Lok ™ inserts are available in Thin Wall, Standard Wall, Extra Heavy Wall, Screw Locking and Automotive designs. They are available in Carbon Steel and Stainless Steel.  Stainless steel threaded inserts are perfect for applications requiring additional corrosion resistance, as well as food, beverage and other clean-critical applications.

Assortment kits are equipped with inserts in a variety of sizes. They provide an easy-to-store solution for thread repair, giving maintenance teams added convenience. Installation kits are specifically designed to make threaded insert applications and repairs as simple as possible. These feature a drill, tap and installation tool.

CAD files on this product can be downloaded in over 100 file formats from the E-Z Lok website at https://www.ezlok.com/cad-downloads


For more information, please contact: 

Kyle Lindsly-Roach, Director of Sales & Marketing
E-Z Lok
240 E. Rosecrans Ave
Gardena, CA 90248
USA
Phone: 310-323-5613 x221
klindsly@ezlok.com
www.ezlok.com 

E-Z Lok is a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic and wood. Inserts for metal include solid wall and helical wire-thread inserts, while inserts for plastic feature press-in and ultrasonic/heat stake designs. Those for wood are die cast zinc alloy hex drives for soft wood and brass knife threads for hard wood. A variety of kits for the above inserts are available and feature installation tools, drill bits, etc.

E-Z Lok is a third-generation family owned and operated company. Founded in 1956, it primarily sells through local, regional, and national industrial distributors.

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E-Z Lok Threaded Insert CAD Models Now Available in Online Catalog

E-Z Lok, a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic and wood, has recently launched an online CAD library to showcase a wide selection of its products at https://www.ezlok.com/cad-downloads.

Built by CADENAS PARTsolutions, this catalog will streamline the design and specification process for engineers, MRO and OEMs by giving them on-demand access to threaded insert CAD models.

Prior to adding the 3D CAD models to their site, the company relied on its customers to create and share CAD files.  “We had 2D PDFs that we could make available, but no CAD files, said Kyle Lindsly-Roach, E-Z Lok Director of Sales & Marketing.  He added that CAD files are very valuable to engineers and that now they can pull the information directly from the website and obtain product specifications early in the design phase.

The online catalog allows viewers to access robust product information anytime, anywhere through the E-Z Lok website.  Customers can view 3D models and visualize the products as well as download PDF datasheets for quick information. Once a product is chosen, OEMs and other engineering buyers can download the CAD file in a variety of native and neutral formats.


For more information, please contact: 

Kyle Lindsly-Roach, Director of Sales & Marketing
E-Z Lok
240 E. Rosecrans Ave
Gardena, CA 90248
USA
Phone: 310-323-5613 x221
klindsly@ezlok.com
www.ezlok.com

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Lena Risse, Precision Toolmaker at Risse Tool Technology is the first ever winner in ANCA’s Inaugural Female Machinist Award

A master craftsperson and precision tool mechanic, Lena was the first female at her school to undertake this prestigious degree

As part of their esteemed Tool of the Year event, ANCA introduced an exclusive new category for Female Machinists. A panel of experienced professionals evaluated submissions using the following criteria:

  • Exceptional problem-solving skills to overcome challenges or obstacles during projects;
  • Innovative and effective tool design; and
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and find innovative solutions.

Johanna Boland, Strategy and Communications Manager at ANCA, expressed her pride on introducing the first ever Female Machinist of the Year award for ANCA. “Since joining this industry I have met and worked with some truly intelligent, driven female leaders. However, let’s face it, female machinists are not that common and encouraging diversity can only make our sector stronger and more successful.”

“Women considering a career in our industry need to see there are real and exciting pathways open to them. All the entrants are fantastic examples that ANCA has been proud to showcase and celebrate, taking a step further to increase the visibility of female machinists!”

The winner, Lena Risse from Risse Tool Technology in Germany demonstrates the passion and dedication of women in the industry. Having completed an apprenticeship as a precision tool mechanic, she was the first female in a decade in her region to pursue a specialist master’s degree in the field.

Lena advocates for process optimization in production and hopes to inspire more women to enter this profession by setting a positive example of how women can excel in precision tool manufacturing.

Lena said, “I think it’s very important to give women a stage in our industry. Of course, it’s great to win this competition, but I am also grateful that this platform now exists. I enjoy showing with my work that not only men can grind top tools, but in some situations it’s women who find the better solutions.”

“I am the first woman to take up the Master’s degree as a precision tool mechanic at my university, Jakob Preh School in Bad Neustadt an der Saale. Even in training, female classmates are a rarity and I am fighting to break down typical gender stereotypes. Through my work, I hope to encourage many women to dare to do an apprenticeship in the skilled trades so that the industry will continue to develop in the coming years thanks to the clever ideas of courageous women.”

Female Machinist Award

Winner: Lena Risse, Precision Toolmaker at Risse Tool Technology GmbH

Lena has completed an apprenticeship as a precision tool mechanic immediately after her high school graduation and is pursuing her master’s degree. She is particularly interested in the optimization of production processes and hopes to inspire more women to enter precision tool manufacturing.

Second place: Christina Diamantidis, Tool Grinder CNC, Fraisa GmbH

Christina has been working at Fraisa GmbH for 13 years with a total of 18 years of experience in the industry. Christina is highly qualified and displays a profound passion for the profession of tool grinding. Most notably Christina is currently involved in a groundbreaking project in collaboration with a university, aiming to optimize the re-tooling process through digitization and the use of artificial intelligence. This innovative approach underscores the growing recognition of AI in this industry and its significant role in the future.

Third place: Kajal Bharat Padwal, Senior Production Engineer at Hrithik Tools PVT LTD

Kajal has been working at Hrithik Tools PVT LTDfor six years, specializing in operating ANCA machines. One project Kajal delivered was to create superior wear resistance and extend tool life where she worked closely with abrasive manufacturers to develop specialized grinding wheels for high-speed steel tool grinding. Kajal stands out with exceptional qualifications, is a dedicated team player and approaches her work with great enthusiasm.

Fourth place: Ellen Robson, Renovo Solutions

Ellen is a talented grinder from the northeast of England with great enthusiasm and passion. She dedicates herself to crafting cutting tools and has accumulated four years of experience in this field. Ellen demonstrated outstanding skills and solution-oriented business mindset and is someone who tackles challenges and always looks beyond the horizon to find innovative solutions. She sees herself as a role model for other female grinders, and we thank Ellen for her outstanding application.


For further information, please contact:

Amanda Bakun
Marketing & Communications Manager – Americas
248-497-1168
amanda.bakun@anca.com

ANCA is a market leading manufacturer of CNC grinding machines. It was founded in 1974 in Melbourne, Australia where the company still has its global headquarters. ANCA has offices in the UK, Germany, China, Thailand, India, Japan, Brazil and the USA as well as a comprehensive network of representatives and agents worldwide.

ANCA CNC grinders are used for manufacturing precision cutting tools and components across a diverse range of competitive industries including cutting tool manufacture, automotive, aerospace, electronics and medical.

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E-Z Lok Introduces Ultrasonic Inserts and Heat Staking Kits for Thermoplastics

E-Z Lok, a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic and wood is now offering E-Z Sonic™ with Threaded Insert Assortment kits.

E-Z Sonic™ inserts are designed for post-molding installation in thermoplastic materials such as: acrylic, polypropylene and PVC.  Machined out of high-quality brass and available with both inch and metric threads, these inserts are durable enough for the toughest environments and versatile enough to meet the needs of any application. Designs include tapered and straight that can be installed either with an ultrasonic horn or a heat driver.  Additional features are superior torque and pull-out resistance, inch or metric threads, tapered design in single and double vane and straight design in flush or flanged configuration.

E-Z Sonic™ inserts

Straight inserts provide superior torque and pull-out resistance, while allowing for thinner boss walls. Flush inserts allow for installation even with or below the material surface. Flanged inserts are ideal for electrical connections or for additional pull-out resistance in reverse installations.  Furthermore, E-Z Sonic™ straight threaded ultrasonic inserts feature a lead-in pilot to facilitate installation. Machined out of brass, the inserts are available with internal threads from 2 in. to 3/8 in.

Tapered inserts are designed to reduce installation time, particularly in production runs, while maintaining outstanding performance characteristics. E-Z Sonic™ tapered ultrasonic inserts are machined out of brass and are available in single and double-vane lengths for maximum design flexibility. Internal threads from 2 to 3/8 in. and 2.5 mm to 6 mm are available.

Besides being ideal for post-molding installation in thermoplastics, the Heat Staking threaded insert assortment kits quickly add machine threads to 3D printed parts and prototypes.  Design engineers and hobbyists alike will find value in the variety of thread options available in the kits. Threaded inserts in the kits are available in tapered and straight designs, with imperial and metric threads.  Each kit includes 200 inserts and 5 installation tips for use with a soldering iron.


For more information, please contact: 

Kyle Lindsly-Roach, Director of Sales & Marketing
E-Z Lok
240 E. Rosecrans Ave
Gardena, CA 90248
USA
Phone: 310-323-5613 x221
klindsly@ezlok.com
www.ezlok.com 

E-Z Lok is a leading manufacturer and master distributor of threaded inserts for metal, plastic and wood. Inserts for metal include solid wall and helical wire-thread inserts, while inserts for plastic feature press-in and ultrasonic/heat stake designs. Those for wood are die cast zinc alloy hex drives for soft wood and brass knife threads for hard wood. A variety of kits for the above inserts are available and feature installation tools, drill bits, etc.

E-Z LOK is a third generation family owned and operated company. Founded in 1956, it primarily sells through local, regional, and national industrial distributors.

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