Tube Mills & Quick-Change: Rafts & Drive Shafts

Part 2 Moving into “rafting” is an important upgrade for ambitious tube mills aiming for expansion and efficiency in a highly-competitive field where the ability to “quick-change” is a key enabler of performance. The moveable subplates of rafts, unlike the traditional...

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Tube Mills & Quick-Change: One Step At A Time

Part 1 For many tube mills faced with the constant challenge of adjusting or exchanging tooling for making tubes with different dimensions, a frequent question concerns the existing changeover equipment. Should the mill be upgraded with new tooling, i.e. rolls...

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How To Pump Fluid Into Power-Pack Hydraulic Systems

The fluid in hydraulic systems serves the double purpose of transmitting pressure and lubricating the rubbing surfaces of the pump and other components. The pump manufacturer’s recommendations for a high quality lubricating oil are strongly advised, based on the pump...

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How To Keep Air Compressors Going With The Flow

Clean dry compressed air provides a highly efficient, flexible source of power if close attention is paid to the size of the compressor, installation of the air lines, and the quality of the filter provided with the equipment. It goes...

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Couplings Prefer Grease For Smoothing Rubbing Effects

In the metalforming machinery shop, with both chain and gear types, the erosive effects of rubbing – or sliding as it’s commonly called - occur between coupling elements during each revolution, depending on the angular shapes of connected shafts. Lubrication is needed...

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Manufacturing Day 2016 at Formtek

On October 7, 2016, Formtek Group Inc. hosted over 200 students and 19 exhibitors for their annual Manufacturing Day. Nationally, the day is celebrated to bring light to the exciting diversity of the manufacturing industry and the many careers that...

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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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