You’re so Vane – All about Turning Vanes

HVAC turning vanes are curved sheet metal fins placed in air-conditioning duct work at a point where the duct changes direction, typically a 90 degree turn. They are used to promote a more uniform airflow and reduce pressure drop.    When airflow changes direction in a...

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Mike Bailey on Seams & Joints

Some customers—even dealers—may get mixed up between seams and joints due to a lack of understanding of big machines.  Vice President of Sales and New Product Development at Mestek Machinery, Mike Bailey, explains the difference between seams and joints. Seams...

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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) a craft...

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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: 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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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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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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Iowa Precision Plasma Coil Feed

     This machine is designed to feed a plasma cutting table. It is comprised of a drive motor and a series of rolls to feed and remove coil set from the material. The operator uses an on/off switch attached to an...

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