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  • 5 Reasons Manufacturers Should Use Material Handling Magnets

    5 Reasons Manufacturers Should Use Material Handling Magnets

    • January 18, 2019

    Also known as a lifting magnet, a material handling magnet is a magnetically powered tool that’s used to lift, manipulate and move heavy loads. A type of electropermanent magnet, it uses an electrical current to activate and deactivate a magnetic field. For manufacturers, a material handling magnet is a smart invest that offers several noteworthy

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  • Comparing the Different Types of Extrusion Processes

    Comparing the Different Types of Extrusion Processes

    • January 18, 2019

    Extrusion is a manufacturing process that involves forcing base metal through a pre-shaped die to create objects with a specific shape and profile. As the metal passes through the die, it’s shape changes to reflect the die’s shape. There are different types of extrusion processes, however, including cold, hot, friction and micro. Cold Extrusion With

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  • What Is a Rod End Bearing?

    What Is a Rod End Bearing?

    • January 16, 2019

    A rod end bearing is a common type of mechanical joint used on the ends of control rods. The steering columns in most cars, trucks and other vehicles, for example, feature tie rods with a rod end bearing. Of course, tie rods are designed to connect a vehicle’s steering rack to its steering knuckle. As

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  • How Aluminum Metal Is Anodized

    How Aluminum Metal Is Anodized

    • January 15, 2019

    Accounting for approximately 8% of the Earth’s crust, aluminum is the world’s third-most abundant metal. In 2016, global production of aluminum reached an all-time high of 58.8 million tons — and there’s no signs of production slowing down anytime soon. With aluminum being used to make everything from automotive frames and engines to spacecraft, window

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  • What Is Powder Coating? And Why Do So Many Products Feature It?

    What Is Powder Coating? And Why Do So Many Products Feature It?

    • January 11, 2019

    From washing machines and clothes dryers to automobiles, handrails, fences and more, countless products are manufactured with a powder-coated surface. This finishing process involves the application of dry powder onto the surface of products or materials. Powder coating has been around for more than half a century, with origins dating back to the 1960s. Since

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