Use Oil To Lubricate Chain Drives- Avoid Grease

When chain drives are employed in building metalforming machinery, proper lubrication with oil assures quiet operation and long service life. Grease is not recommended. Oil is preferred because it not only adheres to the outer surfaces but is light...

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Manufacturing Day 2016: Formtek Sponsors the Future Leaders of the Industry

On October 7, we’ll be opening our doors to high school and college students to participate in a national effort to inspire and encourage tomorrow’s leaders to join into one of the most powerful and defining industries in America:...

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How & When To Lubricate Gear Drives – And Cut Costs

The proper lubrication of gear drives is very important because of the relatively high cost of replacing gears. For treatment purposes, two types of gear drive must be recognized: Fully enclosed oil-tight gears, and open or partially-enclosed gears.   Enclosed Gears This...

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Keep Your Bearings Rolling With Proper Greasing Techniques

The great majority of bearings used on Formtek equipment are the anti‐friction type, i.e., ball or roller. A relatively small number are the plain sleeve type. Practically without exception, grease is employed for bearing lubrication. The lubricant must serve two...

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Important Steps For Troubleshooting Your Roll Forming Stock (Part 2)

One sticky problem faced by cold roll forming operators is “Pickup”. This consists of small particles of metal picked up from the stock by the rolls and other tooling. The cause? Friction mostly. The particles accumulate and stick tightly...

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Formtek’s Latinate View On Machinery Lubricating

Knowing the original Latin word frequently helps to convey an English meaning, and lubricus, or slippery, is no exception. In this case, it could also help the essential routines for machinery lubrication from ever slipping your mind, so to...

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Important Steps for Troubleshooting Your Roll Forming Stock (Part 1)

Describing cold roll forming as a high precision operation requiring exceptional accuracy is an understatement, without question. Obtaining “Good Stock” for successful forming operations is an absolute necessity when thousandths of an inch can make a difference. Be on...

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Italian Metal Surfacing Equipment Giant Joins Forces with Formtek

CLEVELAND, OH - Formtek, Inc. has struck up a new partnership as the exclusive North American distributor for Bossi s.r.l. of Abbiategrasso, Italy. With over forty years in the industry, Bossi is the premier manufacturer of inline and secondary surface...

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North American Manufacturers Find New Support for Milltech Systems

CLEVELAND, OH - Milltech, a worldwide leader in pipe manufacturing and finishing systems, has established a local foothold in supporting North American manufacturers by partnering with Formtek, Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio. Headquartered in Daejon, Korea, Milltech has been the...

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Shapes & Distortions – Metal Forming ABCs

The fabrication and metal manufacturing world can be difficult to understand if you’re not a veteran on shop floor. Not only that, but when you want to look something up, clear explanations can be hard to come by. That’s...

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