Harper Metal Products Joins Mestek Machinery

Mestek Machinery, Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase the Vanemaker and Railmaker intellectual property from Harper Metal Products.  The machinery produces double wall air turning vane and the push-type rail used in rectangular duct construction. The Vanemaker and Railmaker will now...

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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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A Holiday Addition

Just in time for Christmas, Mestek Machinery has a new addition to our shop. On December 12, we installed a brand new Vertical Machining Center. The new machine will help increase our production capacity for production roll forming machine, duct...

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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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It’s Not Too Late for This Year’s Section 179 Tax Deduction

In October, we gave a gentle reminder to our sheet metal business readers about the year-end deadline for meeting the requirements to benefit from the Section 179 tax deduction.  With December fast approaching, we’d feel guilty if we didn’t...

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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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Mestek Machinery to exhibit at SMACNA 2016

Mestek Machinery will be exhibiting at this year’s 73rd annual SMACNA convention in Phoenix, Arizona. The show runs from Sunday, October 16, to Wednesday, November 19th. Mestek Machinery will be in booth number 401, one of the largest booths...

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Mestek Machinery attends IMTS 2016

Mestek Machinery attends IMTS 2016 from Mestek Machinery on Vimeo. On September 14th, 2016 Mestek Machinery attended IMTS 2016 in Chicago Illinois. The International Manufacturing Technology Show is an exposition of innovation in the world of manufacturing. It is known...

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Six Mestek Machinery Brands

Mestek takes pride in its line-up of sheet metal-related brands. Here are six of the best, all with proven records of accomplishment: Engel Industries, Iowa Precision, ISM Machinery, Lion Machinery, Lockformer, and Roto-Die. Engel Industries Engel, one of the leading suppliers...

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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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Fox Business – Manufacturing Marvels Features Mestek Machinery

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Mestek’s ISM Enjoys Greater Efficiencies In New Facility

ISM Machinery, Inc., better known in the HVAC market as ISM by Lockformer, said its new, larger facility in Libertyville, IL, has a much improved operational flow for building machines efficiently and meeting increased production volumes. Formally opened in June...

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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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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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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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