This month includes the 10 year anniversary for the founding of two great advances in the fastener industry.
October 10 marks the day in 2006 that Traveling Salesman started his fastener industry blog Fastenerblog.net that has been the go-to blog for interesting industry news and discussion ever since.
October 16 is 10 years since FastenersClearingHouse.com brought fastener search into the 21st century. They posted yesterday on FastenerBlog with some of the history of the search tool’s founding, including a link to this article from Link magazine. I remember that article. Those gold lock washers in the photo burned my eyes as I knew that not only had someone already beaten me to the punch by starting a great fastener industry blog, but now these sons of a gun had ruthlessly stolen my idea for getting fastener search out of big clunky books on a shelf and onto the Net. Of course, it turns out that not only did it take people who were ready and willing to do the work and put themselves out there, but TS, Brian and Eric have all shown that they have the tools and they have the talent to do it right.
Congratulations on ten years, and thank you for moving some important things from “ought’a be” to “is” in our industry!
Check out episode 108 of Fully Threaded Radio
Check it out at this instructable
He is Dan Goldwater. Somehow not surprisingly, he is a co-founder of Instructables.
I liked Traveling Salesman’s blog post about Twitter – or more importantly – about what causes people to not even try Twitter and other new tools, so much that I started a comment to the post and ended up hitting the 3000 character limit. I figured that since I did all of the four-finger typing to get it done, I might as well post it here and give this blog some new juice. So even though you should have read his blog already, and hopefully saw my comment, here it is to fill space on screwcrew.com
“I won’t be at Vegas, so I will be following on Twitter. In the meantime, I feel a rant coming on.
The network economy we are in now will make it so that either fastener people adopt new tools and technologies (like Twitter and many others), or tech savvy “outsiders” will enter our industry and make it happen themselves – without us. Having over 25 years in the industry, I know how important experience is, but we have to realize that the information that it took us 10, 20 or 30 years to accumulate in our fastener brains is ALL out there on the web for the taking. A company that has the tech part nailed down and wants to use it to make money in the fastener industry can climb a big section of the learning curve pretty quickly, and start changing things in spite of us. This year I finally read a book by Kevin Kelly called New Rules for the New Economy. It came out in 1998! and there are two spooky things about it. 1-He is eerily accurate in his predictions about changes in the way our economy functions. 2-The fastener industry might as well be back in 1998 (maybe 1999) as far as its general use of technology. Read it and you’ll see what I mean. He offers a free pdf version here
No it’s not free because it’s a piece of crap, it’s free because he has moved ahead and now wants the messages in that book to spread as easily as possible. Think about how much we fastener people count as value-added services that could be well replaced by a good website or clever app. No, not all things, but many. We get anxious about shrinking margins, but that is not happening because we have angered the fastener gods. It is happening because, since about the time we all got fax machines, we have had to do steadily less grunt work in order to find somebody who needs a bolt, get them to buy it from us, and get the bolt into their hands at the right time. And the process will continue to get simpler. Just a few years ago I wrote somewhere about how fastener salespeople can’t just go around handing out catalogs and shaking hands any more. I got some push back even then. Today, do you think there is a worthwhile catalog that can’t be found on the web in 20 seconds and bookmarked in a browser instead of taking up space on a huge shelf in a buyer’s office? Sure some buyers loved having that huge shelf of catalogs behind their desk. It made them feel important and they even pulled one off the shelf and used it once in a while. But now that shelf full of huge green Thomas Registers and binders full of the hopefully-current edition of catalogs, would be a symbol of what we need to change – what is going to change.
If we all read this book and find even a few ways to apply its ideas to our industry, we just might be able to stay in it instead of seeing it move to Amazon.com. Or maybe it still will move to Amazon.com, but some of us will get to go along.” 😉
photo by Dan Paluska
An artist – I believe in Germany – has made a spectacular city skyline out of fasteners. This clip is just a taste of it. Click on it to see the whole thing on flickr, and then maybe leave some nice comments there for her.
Wouldn’t it be better in this new age if we all stopped pricing things per hundred (per c) and per thousand (per M) and just price them per each so our computers don’t get confused? And do we still need per pound when scales and manufacturing methods are so accurate?
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