Case Studies

Spring into Bow-Ties!

Bow-Tie Cotter Pins go boating and mowing

Bow-Tie Cotter Pins

With spring in the air, we thought that we would share a couple of spring-related Bow-Tie Cotter applications! Bow-Tie Locking Cotters pins automatically lock onto a shaft- making them far safer than Hair Pins Cotters, which can easily fall off. They are easier to use than prong-style cotters, and have no sharp edges!

We are proud to say they are invented and patented by us! Many millions of our popular Bow-Tie Locking Cotters are in use today in countless applications.

Try it yourself- contact us for free samples!

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Application Spotlight: Vision Marine Products

Vision Marine Products, LLC is the designer and manufacturer of the Easy Cover™ automatic pontoon cover system. This unique, remote-controlled pontoon boat cover eliminates the time and effort of covering and uncovering a pontoon boat.

Vision Marine uses the Bow-Tie Cotter because it is easy to install and remove- yet very secure. The company also appreciates that there are no sharp edges to scratch users or tear fabric. The company states that the Bow-Tie Cotter “really is a neat solution”. Check out the Easy Cover™ at

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Application Spotlight: Lawn and Garden Equipment

Outdoor equipment such as lawn mowers, tillers and the like are perfect applications for Bow-Tie Locking Cotter Pins, which are found on some of the most trusted brands in the industry, including John Deere, Husqvarna, Ariens, Cub Cadet, Toro and more!

Outdoor equipment inherently has a lot of movement and vibration, and Hair Pin cotters can easily fall off. Bow-Tie Cotters lock on and are rugged enough to handle it! They are still easy to remove for servicing of equipment. You can find Bow-Tie Cotters on mower decks, tiller shafts, linkage parts, pivot points and more.

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Opera Theatre Sings the Virtues of Pins


The Opera Theatre of St. Louis has discovered the usefulness of Non-Threaded Fasteners, having found that a Pivot Point pin-lanyard-cotter combination is perfect for their quick-change scenery application.
Let’s take a quick look “behind the scenes”!

The Opera Theatre has to changeover the scenery between shows pretty quickly, so they have devised a system to use latches in place of bolts to fasten walls and platforms together. Pulling 50 latches is significantly faster than tightening the equivalent number of bolts. The pins that Pivot Point provide act as alignment pins to ensure that each wall fits together properly. The Theatre states “since we have started using these we keep finding new applications for the pins on scenery, props and even lighting equipment.”

You never know where you will find our fasteners! Pivot Point is proud to provide world-class fasteners to numerous industries, including aerospace, medical, military, transportation, consumer products, industrial goods and more.

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Pivot Point - these ARE the droids you are looking for…

Pull Pins attach the skin to the frame of R2-D2 replica droid

Pull Pins R2-D2 replica droid


We have quite a few Star Wars fans here at Pivot Point, so when Dan from Atlanta called looking for fasteners for his R2-D2 replica, we were happy to oblige. Dan is a member of the R2-D2 builders club and is building his own “functioning” replica. Started originally in 1999 as a Yahoo users group, the club has now grown to thousands of users around the world. The Club is a non-profit organization of Star Wars fans that enjoy building robots. And the best part is they don’t just build R2’s. They build LOTS OF COOL other Star Wars replicas.

The “skin” of R2D2 is metal, covers the mechanics inside and makes R2 look like R2. However, fastening the skin to the frame was a challenge. Strong magnets would work well, but they interfere with the sensitive electronics inside. Bolt, nuts or screws are too tedious, and are not well suited to some of the tight spaces and limited access. Dan discovered our Pull Pins, which work perfectly as a quick release mechanism to attach and detach the skin. The force is strong in these quick release fasteners!

Want to build your own R2-D2? Check out these articles with links to the R2-D2 builders club:
The Comprehensive Guide to Building a Realistic R2-D2 Replica

Fully Operational Fandom: Assembling Astromechs with R2-D2 Builders

And don’t forget, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now open in theatres world-wide!

Wire Rope Lanyards Save Costs for Plant Care Robots

This summer, you may find yourself heading to your local home improvement store to pick out new flowers or vegetable plants. You may be surprised to know that these plants may have been nurtured, in part, by robots.

Harvest Automation Incorporated of Billerica, MA designs and manufactures robots for use in industrial material handling applications, warehouse fulfillment activities and agriculture and nursery operations. Their Omniveyor product family provides mobile robotic technology for assisting their human partners in labor-intensive tasks.

The potted plants you may select for your home often come in plastic pots. The plants are grown in these pots from the start, and are initially tightly condensed for maximum-efficiency watering and fertilizing. As the plants grow, they need to be incrementally spaced farther apart to keep the leaves from touching, while remaining as close together as possible for efficient care. That’s where the HV100 robot comes in – assisting humans in the labor-intensive task of continually moving the plants farther apart. Some large-scale nursery operations may have as many as 1,000 acres of plants, and a team of HV100 robots can handle it effortlessly.

Harvest Automation contacted Pivot Point for help with a particular fastening challenge. The HV100 incorporates a rear stabilizer disk to keep the robot from tipping too far backward when accelerating forward. This stabilizer disk had utilized an expensive torsion spring to provide a degree of pre-tension. Instead of a torsion spring, Harvest AI considered a wire rope lanyard produced by Pivot Point.

“The wire rope lanyard is just as robust as the previous torsion spring, but much less expensive,” said Charlie Grinnell, co-founder of Harvest Automation. Pivot Point provided samples for testing, and also recommended changes to the configuration of the lanyard for further cost savings. “It is a good, simple solution,” Charlie explained. Pivot Point supplied two lanyards per robot that allow tension to be adjusted for a variety of operating surfaces, from smooth concrete to rough and rocky outdoor terrain.

Visit to learn more about its robotic solutions for nursery operations, material handling and warehouse fulfillment operations.

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SLIC hits the slopes


As temperatures fall and snow piles up in Wisconsin, our thoughts turn to outdoor winter activities. Since skiing is far more appealing than shoveling, we thought it would be a great time to spotlight a Pivot Point customer in the ski equipment market that uses our popular SLIC Pin™ in their ski bindings.

Twenty Two Designs of Driggs, Idaho manufactures world-class Telemark ski bindings. The company is named for Wyoming Highway 22, which travels over the Teton Pass – one of America’s most attractive backcountry skiing spots.

The company was founded in 2004 by Collins Pringle and Chris Valiante, both experienced skiers and mechanical engineers. They have used their unique combination of experience and engineering to design and build what they view as the best Telemark bindings in the world.

Telemark skiing, named after Norway’s Telemark region, uses equipment similar to cross-country skiing with ski bindings that have a ski boot attached only at the toe. However, Telemark skiing is more rigorous than cross country skiing and requires stronger, more robust equipment. This is where Twenty Two Designs shines: their Axl and Vice bindings boast advanced design and toughness that can stand up to the rigors of Telemark skiing.

The bindings’ performance is enhanced by the ability to adjust the tension, or “flex.” This is achieved with Pivot Point’s unique SLIC Pin – a quick-locking pin that combines a pin and cotter all in one. The SLIC Pin can be quickly and easily inserted into any of three adjustment holes, each offering a different degree of flex in the binding. Twenty Two Designs previously used a spring button in this application, until they discovered the SLIC Pin.

“Spring buttons were difficult to work with in snow and with gloves on,” says Twenty Two Designs founder Collins Pringle. “The SLIC Pin is much better because it inserts easily – it’s perfect.” The company had experimented with a bolt and nut, but contacted Pivot Point and spoke with design engineer Romy Baus about using the SLIC Pin. Pivot Point made samples, and testing was successfully completed.

“Romy was super helpful, especially with the various modifications that we made as we developed this,” Collins says. “If it weren’t for the SLIC Pin, we’d probably be using a bolt and nut or some type of cotter pin,” he notes.

If you’re looking for a strong and secure quick-locking pin , check out SLIC Pins!

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See the SLIC Pin in action

Watch our quick video and you’ll see why this is one SLIC Pin, as seen on Engineering Newswire, compliments of Product Design and Development Magazine.

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