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  • Powder Coating vs Painting: Which Finishing Process Is Best?

    Powder Coating vs Painting: Which Finishing Process Is Best?

    • January 10, 2020

    Powder coating and painting are two common finishing processes used in the manufacturing industry. They both involve the deposition of particulate matter onto the surface of an object or workpiece. Either powder or painting can be used to protect the underlying object or workpiece from rust, corrosion and degradation while also creating a colorful and

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  • What Is Spot Welding?

    What Is Spot Welding?

    • January 9, 2020

    Also known as resistance spot welding, spot welding is a welding process that involves the use of an electrical current to join two or more metal surfaces. It’s typically used to join sheet metal. As the respective metal surfaces heat up, they fuse together from the heat created by the electrodes. To learn more about

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  • How to Remove a Rusted Screw or Bolt

    How to Remove a Rusted Screw or Bolt

    • January 7, 2020

    Have you encountered a rusted screw or bolt? Because they are often made of iron alloys, including steel, it’s not uncommon for fasteners to rust. As oxidation breaks down the screw or bolt, a layer of reddish-brown rust will develop. Unfortunately, the presence of this rust can make it difficult to remove the screw or

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  • What Is an Insert Nut?

    What Is an Insert Nut?

    • January 3, 2020

    Not all nuts feature a traditional hexagonal shape. While hexagonal nuts are popular because they are easier to turn — and therefore install — than other shapes, but that doesn’t mean all nuts are hexagonal. Insert nuts, for example, feature a cylindrical shape with exterior threading. As shown in the image to the left, they

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  • Copper vs Aluminum Wiring: Which Is Best?

    Copper vs Aluminum Wiring: Which Is Best?

    • January 3, 2020

    Copper and aluminum are two of the most common materials used in the construction of electrical wiring. Both metals are conductive, so electricity encounters little or no resistance when traveling through them. Aside form being conductive, though, copper and aluminum don’t share many other characteristics. As a result, each type of electrical wiring has its

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  • How Does a Lathe Work?

    How Does a Lathe Work?

    • January 2, 2020

    Lathes are an essential machining tool used in the manufacturing industry. Among other things, they support cutting, knurling, facing and turning operations. With origins dating back to Ancient Egypt, they are regarded as one of the oldest machining tools. So, how does a lathe work exactly? The Basics of Lathes and How They Work Although

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