Right hand, left hand, multi-stack bending of metal tubes is a crucial technique in various industries, enabling the creation of complex and customized components. Mastering this art requires a deep understanding of the process, proper tooling, and precise techniques.
Sometimes a company doesn’t have the means to manufacture a product. It could be for a variety of reasons including limited space, insufficient workforce or time constraints. Whatever the case may be, companies often look at outsourcing their product. Contract manufacturing is a business model in which a company outsources the production of its products to a third-party manufacturer. However, as with everything, there are pros and cons of contract manufacturing.
Did you know that historians believe the ancient Egyptians developed the earliest forms of welding around 4000 BCE? But it wasn’t until the 18th century that welding really skyrocketed due to the Industrial Revolution. Today, there are several types of welding for various experience levels and applications. Keep reading to find out more. MIG Welding When starting out, welders typically begin with MIG welding since it is considered one of the easiest types to learn.
Tubular steel is used in a variety of industries, including furniture, transportation, medical device, power sports, recreation and industrial just to name a few. It can be beautiful and decorative, simple and functional, or anywhere in between. Decorative tubing, often called ornamental tubing, is purely decorative and not suitable for pipeline applications where fluids are being transported.
Continuing with our Tooling Blog Series, have you thought about the potential consequences to your project when it comes to poor-quality tooling? Late deliveries? Line stoppage? Good tool design will also take into account the need to adjust for: Part-to-part variation, Future design changes, Material and process tolerances, Ergonomics - the human factor
The next topic in our tooling blog series addresses maintenance. How will your supplier do the initial buy-off and ongoing maintenance of your tools? Some things to consider: Do they have a formal process for certifying new tools and doing an initial run-off? PPAP, Gage R&R, capability studies In the case of inspection fixtures, does the supplier have an ongoing calibration process?
This week on Tooling Tuesday, we answer why tooling specs are so important. As a rule, in our business tooling is usually a means to an end. Call it a "necessary evil." Our customers are primarily interested in an ongoing supply of tubular products that meet their quality, cost and delivery requirements.
The upfront costs and risks associated with spending money on tooling are usually easy to quantify. The ongoing, perpetual costs of poor-quality tooling are often less well-understood. Its effect on quality and delivery can be the proverbial "death by a thousand cuts." Here are 5 questions every buyer should ask their suppliers before evaluating tooling costs: