Tube Mills & Quick-Change: Timing is Everything

Part 3 It’s time now to examine the overall pros and cons of climbing on board rafting as a tube mill quick-change design compared with the still-popular conventional method for producing brand new tube shapes and sizes. For a tube mill,...

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In-sourcing Rollforming Production

Formtek Group Inc. recently supplied a roll forming line to a Memphis-based manufacturer of weather-stripping, threshold products, lite kits, louvers and glass for commercial wood and steel doors. The manufacturer is using this particular machinery to make window frames...

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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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