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The Southeast’s Largest EDM Shop

We are a premier electrical discharge machining (EDM) shop located in Woodstock, Georgia. John Cater, Sr. and his son John Cater, Jr. founded EDM Technologies in 1988. What started as one machine in a 1,000-square-foot facility is now the largest EDM shop in the southeast United States. We would not be a leader in the world of electrical discharge machining if it was not for our professional staff, state of the art EDM machines, and an exceptional client base.

Dexmet Corporation – High Technical Expertise and Superior Customer Service

Dexmet Corporation manufactures innovative and high quality precision expanded metals, foils and polymers, with exacting mechanical and electrical properties to meet conductivity, weight, and dimensional tolerances. We are committed to our customer’s satisfaction and will provide unparalleled engineering support, responsiveness, and delivery. Dexmet continues to conduct its business with uncompromised moral and ethical standards.

Tools for Cutting Micro Tubes

Tube cutting is a necessary part of many industrial processes. Many companies specialize in cutting tubes of just one type of metal, such as stainless steel tubes, aluminum tubes, or iron tubes. Other companies provide tubes manufactured in a variety of different metals and plastics. Most tubes are larger than ¼ inch in diameter, but many manufacturing companies also require tubes that are much smaller than that for various uses in machines, tools, and products.

The Exciting World of Aerospace Tube Fabrication

Tube fabrication is the process of forming tubes into various shapes and sizes for different uses in industrial, commercial, and residential applications. A huge variety of products require tubing, including ductwork, gas and liquid transportation, and many other products. Tube fabricating companies often focus their products in one specific industry. This allows the company to provide a high level of quality and insight into the specific needs of the customer and their industry.

Bending to Fit

Have you ever seen a group of builders constructing a house? Then thought to yourself how are they going to finish all of the construction with only straight tubes/pipes for the plumbing? If you have that is a good question because that would be impossible. Tube fabricating is a common element in the customization of plumbing for houses and buildings. There are a couple methods of tube fabrication used in building. With tube fabrication a tube is able to be bent, or shaped into the desired shape needed for construction.

Troubleshooting Pipe Bending Equipment

In pipe fabrication, the bend quality of the pipes is extremely important. If the bends are weak or damaged, then the entire integrity of the pipe is compromised. When pipe bend problems occur, it is extremely important to fix the issue as soon as possible. Many factories think that expensive repairs and complicated machine adjustments are necessary to fix these issues, but before you rush to try a complicated solution, there are three simple areas to check that can help resolve the problem without expensive repairs or complicated maintenance procedures. If your pipe fabrication bends are not up to the proper quality, check the following areas before trying any other repair methods:

Tubes vs. Pipes

I feel as if the terms “pipes” and “tubes” are often used synonymously. Are the terms really interchangeable or do they both refer to separate parts for different applications? From what I’ve noticed, in the industrial setting at least, there are a few major differences when referring to tubes than referring to pipes. Basically the main difference between the two is tubes are typically used as structural supports whereas pipes are vessels used to transfer fluids and gases. All other differences revolve around this point.

The Swagger of Bike Frames

The garage at my house is practically a bike shop. For five roommates we have eight to nine bikes, a moped and a broken down motorcycle. Bikes hang from the ceiling on hooks and the shelves are filled with parts for broken bicycles. The only thing we need to complete our little “shop” is a unicycle and a tandem bike.

Create Your Own Tubular Pipe Bells

When I was in high school I joined the school band as a member of the percussion section. I enjoyed the freedom of being in the percussion section. I could walk around in back, and play a number of different instruments as opposed to being contained to one. Most percussionists prefer playing the snare drum and a few the marimbas or xylophone. I however, favored the tubular pipe bells and tympanis. I liked the low boom and ring both instruments produced. Tubular pipe bells have been popularized from the Christmas classic, Carol of the Bells. The vertical bells are also used in the theme of The Exorcist and Futurama. The noise these bells produce sounds similar to church bells.

Tube Fabrication: Camping Canopies and Graduation Parties

Tube fabrication is used to make parts for many industrial and commercial goods. Tubes and pipes can be bent, cut and shaped in a variety of ways with a handful of different techniques. Tubes can be bent at common angles between 1 to 90 degrees or more complex angles such as 180 degree bends or U-bends. Some of the products that require common bends include bridges, building facades and canopies.

Roll Bars – Not Just a Jeep Thing

When I think of roll bars I instantly think of the go-kart the protagonist in Heavy Weights so desperately wanted to race. These kinds of karts differ from the solo karts found in race tracks and one of the best Nintendo 64 games ever, Mario Kart. Although, since the racers in Mario Kart are constantly rolling over due to banana peels and turtle shells you’d think they would consider investing in a roll cage. Anyways, the go-karts that require roll bars usually have two seats allowing the driver to terrorize a passenger by speeding through the wilderness, hopefully without flipping over and testing the tube bending quality of the roll bars.

To Sharpen a Wheeled Cutter

Pipe cutters use strong and sharp wheel blades to get better leverage to slice through pipes made out of PVC, copper, Steel, cast iron and many other materials. The blades are easily sharpened by using a common sharpening stone but one must take precautions in order to prevent getting cut. Tube cutting is a processed used to cut tubes to specific lengths depending on the tube’s application.

Tools and Methods of the Pipe Bending Trade

There are many different factors to consider when selecting the right method and corresponding tools to bend pipes. Pipe bending works on straight cylindrical, rectangular or square tubes. The particular tools that should be utilized while bending pipes depends on the size and wall thickness of the tubes as well as the radius of the bend. Common bends include 2-90 degree elbow bends and U-bends such as on a trombone slide. Your budget and quality of bend you’re looking for should also be considered when selecting your bending method.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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