Improving Assembly Through High Quality Equipment – Part 2

Improved Assembly and Installation due to Quality Equipment In addition to ease of maintenance, quality of equipment should be considered for manufacturing consistent product.  The higher the quality, the lower the costs of maintenance, repair, and replacement. Mestek Machinery provides high-quality...

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Improving Assembly Through High Quality Equipment – Part 1

Proper Maintenance Improves Fabrication Consistency Machinery maintenance affects manufacturing quality, production cost, and customer satisfaction.  Regular maintenance allows businesses to prevent bigger problems, which in turn reduces cost needed for repairs, replacements and missed business opportunities.  More importantly, proper maintenance...

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Steel Prices Expected to Rise – Part Two

Offset Increased Steel Prices with Automation The expected rise in steel prices does not necessarily mean the rise of total costs.  In the HVAC industry, one way to offset increased steel prices is to reduce the cost of labor to...

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Steel Prices Expected to Rise – Part One

Trump’s campaign includes a protectionist position on imported steel in order to increase business for domestic steelmakers.  This, in addition to the trade cases against steel dumped in the U.S. in the last year, has and will continue to...

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Mestek Machinery Catalog

Download a digital copy of the catalog here Request a print copy of the catalog for your shop The Mestek Machinery Catalog has been updated. Explore the wide inventory of high-performance HVAC machinery and equipment, all of which are built to...

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Vulcan Subscription Service Plan

We take pride in the reliability of our equipment, but any number of situations can arise that cause downtime.   The key is how quickly you're back up and running.  That is why the Vulcan Subscription Service Plan focuses on response...

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The Cornermatic Plus®

For two decades Iowa Precision, Lockformer and Engel Industries have provided labor saving technologies for the HVAC metal fabricating industry. It started with Iowa Precision Industries' innovative line of Cornermatics, including Single Head In Ground, and Dual Head In...

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What is Sheet Metal Gauge?

Sheet Metal gauge, or more formally, Manufacturer’s Standard Gage for Sheet Steel, is derived from the United States Standard Gage established by Congress in 1893. (Machinery’s Handbook, 29th Ed., Industrial Press 2012, p.2608) For the Roto-Die machinery specifications, any...

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Raising Cash For An HVAC Start-Up Is A Capital Idea – Or Is It?

Trained and certified, with useful on-the-job experience, you’ve decided to take the plunge and start your own HVAC contractor shop. Already you know the type of business you’d like to build, and have been checking out the pluses and...

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On Your Marks, Get Set, Go!

Timing is everything in life, and that includes in business, and starting up a traditional HVAC contractor shop is no exception. In fact, good timing applies to an HVAC launch, or re-launch, more than many businesses because climate and...

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The Key Component Parts Of Duct Anatomy

When studying the anatomy of an HVAC sheet metal duct system, a natural instinct is to draw a comparison with the human anatomy. Arms, trunks and legs in a skeletal system come to mind, as do lungs and trachea...

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Training Comes First For The Sheet Metal HVAC Technician

Opportunities for training to be an HVAC technician in the United States exist far and wide. Choosing a technical or trade school, therefore, is not too difficult, as long as an applicant has basic qualifications. The budding technician will learn...

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Optimizing Your Workflow With A Beader

Rectangular ducts made from sheet metal nearly always need stiffening and, if you are not careful, this important refinement can badly upset the desired goal of “continuous flow” on the HVAC shop floor. Generating higher production volumes can quickly be...

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Shifting Business Focus from Residential to Commercial HVAC

Growing your business is an instinctive desire but, as we know, the perils can often outweigh the opportunities. “Risks abound at every turn,” notes business lawyer and author Andrew J. Sherman in The Complete Guide to Running and Growing...

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Look Before You Leap: Building an HVAC Fabrication Business

Look Before You Leap. That familiar warning we all know so well, has been around for centuries, ever since the days of Ancient Greece, and there is every sign that this expression will continue to be popular as our...

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HVAC Meets the Challenge of Climate Change – and Goes Further

HVAC is huge. The global HVAC equipment market is expected to exceed $140 billion by 2018, according to authoritative forecasts. And guess what? That’s the exact big number that a dozen American companies have promised in low-carbon investments to...

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CNC, Automation, And Universal Bending

The automation of machine tools, known as numerical control (NC), is now widespread throughout the manufacturing industry, and sheet metal bending is no exception. Most NC today is called computerized numerical control (CNC), and CNC bending machines are recognized...

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Varied Press Brakes & Unique Bends

Sheet metal bending for manufacturing and ductwork applications developed gradually during the Industrial Revolution and the first half of the 20th century. During the past 50 years, computerization has improved the process even further. Metal bending has never been...

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Bending Without the Bender: the Machinery

In part 1 of Bending Without the Bender, we took a look at some seams and assembly methods that can be more efficiently shaped using roll forming techniques, instead of a press brake or hydraulic bender. Although your hydraulic...

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Bending Without the Bender: Roll Forming Bends

Although the hydraulic bender is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in a fabricator’s arsenal, there are some applications that are just not feasible for that machine. For instance, there are several seam types found in HVAC,...

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