The Role of Rolling Machines in Sheet Metal Production

From automotive and aerial vehicles to medical equipment, roofs and more, sheet metal has countless applications. As a result, the sheet metal manufacturing industry is thriving. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of workers employed in … Read More

A Beginner’s Guide to Rolling in Metalworking

Over the past 50 years, global production of steel has increased by over 300%, jumping from just 500 million tons during the 1960s to over 1,600 million tons in 2016. Steel, of course, is just one of many metals produced … Read More

What Is an Anchor Bolt?

An anchor bolt is a used type of fastener that’s designed to connect one or more objects to a concrete surface. With concrete being brittle, you can use conventional bolts for applications such as this. To ensure the connected object … Read More

The Dreaded Burr: How Workpieces Are De-Burred

In the manufacturing industry, it’s not uncommon for workpieces to have one or more burrs after being machined. Machining operates can change the shape, size and other physical characteristics of a workpiece. Milling, for example, cuts away material from a … Read More

How a Punch Press Works

Manufacturers use a wide range of machines to manipulate and work raw materials into finished processes, one of which is a punch press. If a particular type of raw material is too hard to manually cut, a manufacturer may use … Read More

A Beginner’s Guide to Plastic Extrusion

Have you heard of plastic extrusion? Like other extrusion processes, it involves forcing liquefied material through a die. As the material goes through the die, it takes the die’s shape. Plastic extrusion uses this same principle to create three-dimensional objects … Read More

Sheet Metal Nuts: A Complete Guide to This Unique Fastener

Sheet metal nuts are fasteners that are designed to resist vibrations. Like other locknuts, they don’t loosen or otherwise come undone when exposed to vibrations. Rather, they remain secure, connecting the objects on which they are installed. What Is a … Read More