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NAS & MS Inserts from KATO

Need Wire Thread Inserts That Meet Military & Aerospace Standards?

Look no further than KATO!

KATO offers a large variety of wire thread inserts that meet Military Standard (MS) and National Aerospace Standard (NAS) specifications. Often referred to as heli-coil (helicoil) or helical inserts, wire thread inserts are formed from coiled wire and provide a cost effective solution for increasing thread strength or repairing damaged threads. KATO manufacturers both tanged and tangless inserts available in free-running (non-locking) and locking configurations.

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Product Spotlight: KATO Linear Torque Arm

Introducing the Linear Torque Arm

KATO Fastening Systems recently announced the launch of the all new KATO Linear Torque Arm. The linear torque arm is designed to install tangless or tanged threaded inserts using any KATO electric driver or air tool (with optional air tool kit). The Linear Torque Arm offers an unprecedented smoothness of linear and rotational movements as it absorbs the torque reaction inherent with power installation tools.

Features & Benefits

  • Keeps the installation tool perpendicular to the work surface
  • Reduces RMI (Repetitive Motion Injury) and CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) while boosting production
  • Prevents cross threading and side load, prolonging the life of installation mandrels
  • Maneuvers smoothly as the arm absorbs torque reactions from electric and pneumatic tools
  • Torque capacity of 177 in-lbf (20 Nm)
  • And more…

the KATO Linear Torque Arm is fully compatible with KATO strip-feed packaged tangless inserts, and KATO prewinder electric tools (2KPE series).  

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Manufacturer Profile: KATO

KATO: Manufacturer of Tangless Inserts

KATO Fastening Systems is a leading manufacturer of threaded inserts known for their invention of the bi-directional tangless threaded insert. Founded in 1997, KATO provides a full line of tanged and tangless inserts, insert tools, hinges, and thread repair kits. KATO manufactures equivalent inserts to HeliCoil and Recoil and can often provide cost savings and shorter lead times compared to their competitors.  KATO also produces inserts certified to military specifications.

KATO Mil-Spec Insert Series

  • NAS1130
  • MS122
  • MS124
  • MS21209C
  • MS21209F

Advantages of KATO Tangless Inserts

Tangless inserts have the same fit, form, and function as tanged inserts but with a couple key advantages. One, tangless inserts reduce the possibility of Foreign Object Debris (FOD) from loose tangs which can cause damage to machinery. This translates into reduced costs for maintenance and repair. Two, tangless inserts are bi-directional which means that no orientation is required when installing inserts. This can speed up assembly providing additional cost savings.

bisco industries – Authorized KATO Distributor

bisco industries is proud to be an authorized KATO Distributor. bisco stocks 1000s of KATO parts and offers online pricing and availability as well as production information. To find KATO stock visit biscoind.com today!

What is a Threaded Insert?

A threaded insert is a threaded metal cylinder that is inserted into an existing hole to provide a threaded pathway for a fastener such as a screw or bolt.  Also known as threaded bushings, threaded inserts are used to repair damaged threads and improve the thread strength of the parent material. Threaded inserts are used in metal, plastic and wood and typically require special tools for installation.

Wire Formed Threaded Inserts vs. Solid Threaded Inserts

Threaded inserts are fabricated in two primary ways. In the wire forming method threaded inserts are made by tightly winding wire to form a coil. The wire coil mimics threads and results in a cost effective and reliable threaded insert. Wire formed threaded inserts are often referred to as Helicoil inserts. The other method of manufacturing inserts is by machining solid metal bars. Threaded inserts made in this way are known as solid inserts and have a higher pull-out and torque-out strength than wire formed threaded inserts.

Threaded Insert Configurations

Threaded inserts are available in numerous materials and configurations depending on the application requirements. Major options include tanged inserts, tangless inserts, externally threaded inserts, and self-locking inserts.

Threaded Insert Manufacturers Include:

Learn More About Threaded Inserts

To learn more about threaded inserts check out these helpful resources from KATO and Acme Industrial. Still have questions? Contact bisco’s product support team. Looking for pricing and availability? Visit biscoind.com to view online pricing and request special quotes.

Product Spotlight: KATO Hexatorq Hinges

KATO Hexatorq Hinges set the industry standard for reliable and cost effective motion control. Hexatorq hinges feature an innovative metal and plastic resin hinge design which provides extraordinarily smooth motion as well as unparalleled durability.

Spring Hinges vs. Hexatorq Hinges

Conventional spring hinges tend to lose their lubrication and damage mating parts by seizing up in high temperature environments. In contrast, the Hexatorq design, utilizes modern engineered plastic resin that requires no lubrication. In fact, in an elevated temperature application, KATO Hexatorq Hinges experience a predictable drop-off in torque and then return to preset torque values after a minimal cool down period. This means NO damage to expensive components!

KATO Hexatorq Hinge Features and Benefits

  • Designed for at least 30,000 cycles without failure.
  • Smooth operation throughout 360° range of motion.
  • Holds position throughout the full range of motion, no spring-back.
  • Corrosion resistant stainless steel and engineered resin design.
  • Light-weight and compact design maximizes space and weight savings.
  • Hex configuration provides for easy mold-in mounting without brackets.
  • Available with brackets for external mounting.
  • No lubrication required! Eliminates the possibility of contamination or corrosion to sensitive parts.
  • FOD free design. No metal to metal friction means no foreign object damage from metal particles.

bisco – Authorized Source for KATO Hexatorq Hinges

KATO’s standardized range of Hexatorq sizes and configurations were determined through extensive design and durability testing and meet virtually all common application requirements. If the standard sizes aren’t suitable then bisco and KATO can work to customize a solution for your specific application. Use KATO Hexatorq Hinges and significantly reduce your typical design-to-manufacture time cycle and overall costs. Visit biscoind.com to find Hextorq hinges.

One Pawl Fits All – What’s in your tool?

Do you use KATO® Tangless® CoilThread® inserts or tools? If so, KATO has created a new system to simplify the pawl ordering process, streamline inventory management, and reduce overall costs for nearly all KATO Tangless installation tools.

The One Pawl Fits All system allows customers to use one pawl with ANY KATO installation tool of the same size. The pawl is an internal component that engages the drive notch of a KATO Tangless CoilThread insert, installing it into the tapped hole.

Many other manufacturers require users to purchase different pawls for different tools of the same thread size, but not KATO! KATO’s One Pawl Fits All system works with all KATO brand installation tools

Here’s how it works… order any size KATO installation pawl (2KIP Series) and use it in any KATO Tangless installation tool of the same size. It’s that simple! Go to biscoind.com/KATO and search 2KIP to see a complete list of KATO pawls.

Cost Savings from KATO Pawl

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