Grommets, Eyelets, Hole Plugs, and Ring Snaps Have Countless Uses in Small Business Product Manufacturing

You are surrounded by Stimpson products. The hundreds of thousands of small yet essential metal pieces are everywhere. Often they are in plain view and doing their job, like holding up a banner at the local farmer’s market or filling in a knockout hole in an electrical outlet, or allowing you to fan out a thick booklet of color swatches.…

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Stimpson Hole Plugs – The Styles Explained

Stimpson offers several styles of hole plugs: standard, electrical knockout, tubing.  Plugs may come in a variety of materials, including steel, carbon steel, brass, and stainless steel.  Most are made in one material only, but a few may be available in two or more.

Steel, carbon steel and brass hole plugs can be plated with zinc, nickel or other finishes for the purposes of corrosion protection and/or appearance.…

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The Eyelet and Grommet Setting Process Explained

It is difficult to verbally convey exactly what happens when an eyelet or grommet is set, so provided below is a step-by-step graphical representation of the process.

The drawScreen Shot 2014-06-12 at 4.25.47 PMing to the right illustrates the relative positions of the components in the setting process; the gray rectangle representing the material into which the eyelet is being set, the yellow disc being the washer (if used), and the black, irregular shape being the setting tool.…

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What Is the Difference Between an Eyelet and a Grommet?


The difference between eyelets and grommets is actually a subtle one.  The ratio between flange diameter and hole size tends to be a bit larger in grommets, allowing their larger flanges to grip more surface area on the material into which they are set.

For more information on eyelet and grommet measurement and terminology, please read this article.…

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Choosing the Ideal Finish For Your Stimpson Product

Many Stimpson customers choose to add a finish to the parts we supply.  Finishes are often purchased through Stimpson as an additional option on orders, though some customers choose to finish the parts themselves after receiving the goods.

Though the finishes listed below do tend to inhibit corrosion and oxidation in real-world environments, they are considered “decorative”.…

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Popular Metal Types for Stimpson Fasteners


Metal choices are often made on the basis of their respective qualities as detailed below, and less on aesthetic concerns.  Though there are often differences in appearance between the silver-colored metals, they are often subtle and may differ depending upon natural variances in the product obtained from our raw material vendors.…

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