Custom Machine for Filter Manufacturer provides Automation

A manufacturer of filtration products in Missouri sought a custom machine to automate their processes. Mestek Machinery's Iowa Precision team was on the job. The manufacturer's current process was requiring too much time and labor-- cutting expanded mesh manually into an...

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Spiral Smart Technology

Spiral Smart Technology (SST) is a user-friendly interface developed by ISM Machinery that walks the operator through the setup process of the D-Max spiral duct tubeformers. Prior to machine set-up, on the touchscreen the operator is prompted to enter...

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Mestek Machinery Recognized for Excellence in Innovation

Mestek Machinery, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been recognized by the AHR Expo and its co-sponsors (ASHRAE and AHRI) as being a Finalist in the Tools & Instruments Category of the 2017 AHR Expo    Innovation Awards Competition for...

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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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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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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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The Art of Duct Stiffening: Beading vs. Cross-braking

When stiffening ductwork or other sheet metal products, there are two primary techniques fabricators can employ, cross-braking or beading. Before we get into the specifics of how and when to perform each technique, let’s take a step back and...

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So You’re Bending For: HVAC

Due to widespread use of sheet metal in different capacities, we see machinery like hydraulic brake presses put to use in a variety of applications. In this blog, we look at some of the different applications benders are used...

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The History (and Evolution) of Sheet Metal Bending

Sheet Metal fabrication techniques don’t change very often, but that doesn’t mean innovation is completely absent. Let’s look at some ways bending has changed over the last century. Relative to some other industries, sheet metal bending really isn’t all that...

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So You’re Bending for: Signage

Due to the widespread use of sheet metal in different capacities, we see machinery like hydraulic brake presses put to use in a variety of applications. In this blog, we look at how the signage industry puts brake presses...

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Roll or Bend? Choosing Your Fabricating Tool

A press brake is a staple for workshops producing HVAC duct, but certain applications may call for a different forming method. Sheet metal isn’t picky. It will bend one way or the other, once force is applied. Achieving a target shape,...

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