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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sheetmetal Shop Best Practices: Keeping an Organized Shop

There are a lot of complex ways we can maximize our shop’s efficiency, but sometimes the simplest solutions, like keeping an organized workspace, are the best solutions. Moving from job to job means resetting your press brake and swapping out...

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