Is Your Shop Ready for Automated Duct Fabrication?

     The craft of sheet metal working has been done for generations, many of the processes learned as a trade from early youth. The perfection of the trade often required years of training. It was (and still is)...

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Happy New Year from Mestek Machinery!

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ISM’s D-Max 1.2E vs. Competitor

Purchasing equipment can be a terribly confusing task, especially since many products in our industry seem so similar at first glance. For this reason, many purchasing decisions are made purely off of price, and have little to do with...

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The Section 179 Deduction and what it means for your Sheet Metal Business

Many are familiar with the Section 179 tax deduction, and the benefits that it allows businesses. Here are some quick facts about the deduction, which could be very useful to you when considering new machinery additions to your shop: ...

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Sheet Metal Skills and Staffing Challenges

The skills required of sheet metal workers by an HVAC shop range right across-the-board, both mental and physical – a tribute to the many thousands who have succeeded in this career. Mechanical skills, computer knowledge and math capabilities are...

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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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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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Achieving Efficiencies With HVAC Sheet Metal Coil Processing

Coiled sheet metal processing is such an important element in achieving high efficiency in an HVAC shop that it’s worth spending extra time to check out the equipment choices carefully and comprehensively. Coil processing equipment includes straightening, leveling, blanking, stacking,...

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Should You Own Or Rent Your HVAC Sheet Metal Premises?

Own or rent? There’s no single answer because no two HVAC sheet metal shops are identical. The best approach to finding a solution? As you continue on your HVAC career, leave no stone unturned, and continue to re-assess your...

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Come Learn The Best Way To Set Up Shop

Join Us For This FREE Webinar - Register Now Profitability's roots are firmly planted in efficiency, and your sheet metal shop's layout contributes big time to a smooth workflow.  SNIPS magazine and Roto-Die parent company Mestek Machinery has hosted an...

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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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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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3 Must-Ask Questions for Purchasing Refurbished Machinery

When sheet metal fabricators need equipment to get the job done, they can be hard-pressed to find equipment on short notice – which means there may not be budget resources available to make a new purchase. The alternative, then,...

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Don’t Accept Machine Mistreatment

Heading home from work tends to be a rewarding experience for me; I just tune my radio, take a quick trip down the highway, and wind down from my day. One commute in particular has been sticking with me,...

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Growing Pains: 4 Equipment Considerations for the Expanding Sheet Metal Fabrication Business

With business growth comes the need for innovation and adaptation. The fabrication processes that worked a year ago, or even last quarter, may not be efficient enough for today’s demands of your operation. Some considerations for the growing business...

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Advanced Sheet Metal Installs Coil Line & Whisperlok

Congratulations to Ted and Peter Padiotis of Advanced Sheet Metal on their new completed (back-half) Coil Line & Whisperlok! Advanced is a family owned business in Northern Virginia serving the Maryland, DC and Virginia markets with pre-fabricated sheet metal supplies.

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General Heating & A/C New Pro-Ductomatic Starter

Chip Burns (Operator) was really excited to get this machine as they had bought an IPI starter line about ten years ago, but have sold it. They were very happy with their first IPI machine and really liked the...

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