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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10 Components You’ll Find in an HVAC System

Duct pipes are the most visible aspect of the delivery and removal of air in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. But the long, curving silver pipes are just one piece of the ductwork architecture necessary to create a...

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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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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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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: 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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John Trimble

  Mestek Machinery is pleased to announce the hire of Jon Trimble as Inside Sales Coordinator. Jon comes to us from Liebovich Steel and Aluminum where he created and promoted customer relations along with assisting with general sales. Some of the duties...

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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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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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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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