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  • What’s the Difference Between Buffing and Polishing

    What’s the Difference Between Buffing and Polishing

    • October 10, 2019

    Buffing and polishing are two common finishing processes used in the manufacturing industry. They both involve smoothing the surface of a workpiece to improve its aesthetics as well as its physical properties. Unbeknownst to many people, however, buffing and polishing aren’t the same. Each finishing process has its own unique characteristics. So, what’s the difference

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  • How Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) Works

    How Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) Works

    • October 9, 2019

    Manufacturing companies use a variety of techniques to alter and improve the properties of raw materials. Some of these techniques are basic, consisting of nothing more than exposure to heat, whereas others are more complex. Hot isostatic pressing (HIP) falls under the latter category of treatment processes. Unless you’re familiar with HIP, though, you might

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  • Why Screws Pop Out of Drywall (and How to Prevent It)

    Why Screws Pop Out of Drywall (and How to Prevent It)

    • October 7, 2019

    When installing drywall, construction companies and contractors use screws to secure the drywall panels to studs. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for these screws to come out. Even if a screw was originally installed deep into the drywall, it may loosen over time. And as the screw reverses direction, it can eventually pop out. Unless you’re

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  • Partially vs Fully Threaded Screws: What’s the Difference?

    Partially vs Fully Threaded Screws: What’s the Difference?

    • October 4, 2019

    All screws are designed with external threading so that they can be driven into an object or surface. On the shaft of a typical screw, you’ll see helical grooves. Known as external threading, these grooves essentially dig material out of the object or surface in which the screw is inserted. Not all screws, however, feature

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  • What Is the Metalworking Process Clinching?

    What Is the Metalworking Process Clinching?

    • October 4, 2019

    Have you heard of clinching? It’s used extensively in the metalworking industry to join two or more pieces of sheet metal without the use of fasteners, heat or adhesives. With clinching, special tools are used to lock”multiple pieces of sheet metal together. It’s an inexpensive and effective metal-joining process that offers several advantages over traditional

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  • The Benefits of Cold-Rolled Steel

    The Benefits of Cold-Rolled Steel

    • October 2, 2019

    Not all steelmaking processes involve heating steel to or above its recrystallization temperature. Cold rolling, for example, is performed at room temperature. Not surprisingly, it requires greater pressure to roll and form steel at room temperature. Because cold-rolled steel is manipulated well below the recrystallization temperature of steel, however, it offers several benefits. Below are

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