Category Archives: Metal Processes

Tied Flies and Old Guys

Every year at the end of April the men in my family gather together in Northern Michigan to celebrate Trout Opener. Last year the younger generation of boys was included in the family ritual. Fly fishing is a major pass time while at my grandparent’s cabin on the Little Manistee River. However, Trout Opener is not necessarily all about fly fishing. It is a chance for all the men in my family to come together, including my cousin and uncle from California. Continue reading

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Bandos and Mandrel Bent Tubing

In seventh grade we were given the decision to join either choir or band. Whether we pursed either of these courses in high school depended on if we enjoyed the classes or not. To decided what instrument we would play each student took the time playing each instrument and were given a grade on how well the teacher thought we performed. I ended up playing percussion because I got the highest grade on those exams. I also thought spit valves were kind of gross but I guess an instrument needs a way to release all the fluids that find their way into the tubing. Continue reading

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Catheters and Thin Wall Tubing

Many industries require precise measurements when creating the wall thickness and inner diameter of their tubes. These industries include but are not limited to the medical, industrial manufacturing and automotive industries. Thin wall tubing is the process of precision tubing that creates tubes for lab equipment, catheter systems, surgical instruments, diagnostic equipment, fuel lines, wire harnessing and much more. Continue reading

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Tube Erosion Causes San Onofre Shutdown

On the coast of Southern California lays San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The nuclear power plant is said to produce enough energy to power 1.4 million homes in the area. Since January 2012 SONGS’s two reactors Units 2 and 3 have been shutdown. This was due to unexpected erosion of tubes in the plant’s steam generators. A faint amount of radiation was leaked but experts say the amount is barley measurable and poses no threat to public safety. Continue reading

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Make vs. Buy

The make versus buy decision is a capital budgeting decision that is complicated, more or less, by the experience of the decision maker and the nature of the job. A proprietary roll former, for example, is more familiar with the complexities of the roll forming process than a company that has never done any roll forming. Continue reading

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Roll Forming or Stamping

Roll formed metal parts, as an alternative (with lower die costs), to long metal stampings that incur extremely high tooling costs. “Very Expensive” stamping dies for longer parts and for parts with length changes, can be prohibitive enough to merit a look into roll forming your parts as opposed to having them produced as stampings. Jobs where lower cost tooling is a must on longer parts, over 6″ in most cases. Many inline fabrications are provided now in Roll Forming that makes Roll Forming operations even more appealing than stampings. Continue reading

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Steel Smuggling Ruining Steel Angle Market

When I think of the steel industry, I do not associate it with illegal activities and high-crime, yet that is the case for some steel factories around the world. Right now, the steel angles market is facing trouble due to the smuggling of steel angle products into the market and across borders. Some steel angle manufacturers estimate that about 50 percent of the steel angles market is eaten up by smugglers and sub-par products. Over 600 tons of uncertified and counterfeit steel products were uncovered by the PNP Intelligence Group and Department of Trade and Industry. The estimated amount of lost revenue due to counterfeit steel is over 500 million dollars. Continue reading

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Insourcing: A Response to Outsourcing

A few years ago, industrial companies all over the world started to outsource their processes and production to other countries. These countries, like China and India, were able to produce the same products for less money. Workers in other countries are less expensive, and it is often possible to find materials for less through other countries. However, as more and more companies outsourced to other countries, the cost of wages and production fees steadily increased. Continue reading

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3 Tips for Choosing a Custom Roll Forming Manufacturer

Roll forming is the process of creating metal shapes by passing sheets of metal between several different rollers. Depending on the size of the rollers, the number of rollers, and the position of the rollers, a custom roll former can create a large variety of shapes, including channels, rings, trim pieces, and structural supports. Continue reading

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Decorative Metal Trim in Your World

Metal trim is simply a small, thin piece of metal attached to a variety of objects from railings, to jewelry that act as a protective edging for holding other pieces together, a stabilizer for the base material, or simply as an additional decorative edge that brings beauty to the object. Metal trim is typically fabricated through roll forming, which is an industrial process that bends a long piece of sheet metal into a curved or edged shape using a series of heavy duty rollers. Trim metal can be made from a variety of metals, including aluminum, brass, gold, silver, titanium, and stainless steel. Continue reading

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The Artistic Side of Aluminum Channels

An aluminum channel has a variety of practical uses, such as to hold a building frame together, or to stabilize loose objects, but not all uses of the channeled metal is strictly functional. Many artists use aluminum channels to create beautiful pieces of art. Aluminum is an ideal material for creating sculptures and larger art pieces because it is flexible and easy to work with, will not corrode in bad weather, and is light enough to transport from one place to another. Some artists use aluminum channels in the following ways to express their art: Continue reading

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4 Types of Aluminum Angles

Aluminum angles are a sharp angle made from aluminum metal. The angle itself varies on the type of bend created by the manufacturer. Each type of metal bend has its own uses in a variety of industries, including construction, automotive manufacturing, and parts manufacturing. Most aluminum angles are named after letters, while a few others have a different naming system based on their finished shape. The following is a list of some of the most common forms of angles made from aluminum: Continue reading

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The Basics of Roll Forming

Roll forming may sound like a science experiment, but it is actually a simple metal bending process that takes place on rollers. Roll forming services have been creating rolled metal for over 100 years, and the shaped metal is highly useful in today’s industrial world. Continue reading

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The History of Decorative Metal

Metal is a natural material found in the earth. Before people had the ability to change the base properties of metal and mix them together to create stronger, more durable metals, people simply had to work with the kinds of metal they had nearby. Early civilizations used plain iron, silver, gold, and bronze to create most of the tools and metal objects used during the Bronze Age. If it wasn’t for the many discoveries and findings about metal during the Bronze Age, who knows if metal would be the popular material that it is today. Continue reading

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How Metal Channels are Made

A metal channel is a piece of metal welded or rolled together to create a 3D shape, often in the shape of a “U,” “L,” or even a hat shape. These channels are a vital support in many forms of construction, including building framework, vehicle framework, furniture framework, and additional support for these products as well. There are two basic ways to create metal channels, and both are widely used in the manufacturing industry. Roll forming tends to have higher strength, but welding can be less expensive and easier to complete. Continue reading

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Applications for Metal Channels

Metal channels are thin, long pieces of metal formed into a particular shape of metal. Many metal channels are roll formed, using a series of highly pressurized rollers to bend the metal into the desired shape. This allows the piece of metal to retain most of the strength of the original metal, which could not occur if separate pieces of metal were welded together. Metal channels can take on a variety of shapes, from a simple U channel shape to a more complicated hat channel or Z channel. Each channel has its own specific uses, but you can find a variety of metal channels used all over the place if you look hard enough. Here are some of the stranger places you may find channels used: Continue reading

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What Can You Customize in Roll Forming?

In custom roll forming, clients get to choose the characteristics of the final product. This customization is necessary for some clients, because their needs vary project by project, and a regular-sized or shaped piece of metal will not do the job. If you need a customized formed metal piece, here are some of the changes you can make to make your metal piece unique: Continue reading

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How to Make Sheet Metal Rings at Home

Sheet metal rings are exactly what they sound like- rings made from sheet metal. Many home-based jewelry makers create rings out of sheet metal that they can polish and embellish to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind creations. If you are interested in making your own inexpensive jewelry, starting with sheet metal rings is a good place to start. You can also use metal rings for a variety of other uses, such as for curtain hangers, 3D art pieces, napkin rings, earrings, necklaces, and anything else you can think of. Experiment with larger and smaller rings for a variety of uses. Continue reading

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Precision Bend & Machine Co: Custom Tube Bending

Precision Bend & Machine Co. is known as the custom tube bending and wire forming specialists. With over 25 years of experience in tube fabrication, our locally owned and operated company is a second tier supplier to the Midwest’s global brands. We are located in Walcott, Iowa in a 50,000 square foot facility. We focus on taking raw materials through the fabrication and manufacturing processes until they are transformed into completed products. This helps ensure that our customers are getting a great end product and precision service. Continue reading

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Noble Industries, Inc: Superior Metal Fabrication

Noble Industries, Inc. is a world class quality metal fabrication service company. Our family owned business was founded in 1968 on the principle of providing superior custom metal fabrication services to our North American customer base. Our company is ISO 9001:2008 certified and located in Noblesville, Indiana. We are located in a 70,000 square foot facility that is continually growing and adding new state of the art equipment. We are the largest sheet metal fabrication company in the Midwest and have over twenty years of laser cutting expertise. Continue reading

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