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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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:

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.

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.