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Which Metal Finish Works Best for Your Application?

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Manufacturers turn to metal finishing solutions to provide corrosion resistance, surface hardness, or other mechanical property improvements to their metal components. Metal finishing may involve different coating techniques including electroplating, where the coating and the metal components are immersed in an electrolytic “bath.” An electric current is then applied to oxidize the metal atoms, depositing […]

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How Are Safety-Critical Automotive Parts Manufactured?

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It’s no secret that the automotive industry depends heavily on metal — especially once you look “under the hood,” where hundreds of smaller interior components are stamped and machined by manufacturers. For example, did you know that automotive metal components must be stamped or cold formed to properly restrain a car’s air bags? Or that […]

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Ask an Engineer: Metal Stamping Design

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Metal forming is a complex process that can include a number of tactics — blanking, punching, bending, and piercing, to name a few. When used effectively, these tactics allow manufacturers to produce high-quality and cost-effective metal components. However, a few factors play into this quality and efficiency, and each project varies in materials, design and […]

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The Advantages of Fourslide Metal Stamping over Traditional Power Press Stamping

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The metal stamping process was significantly improved with the introduction of the fourslide metal stamping machine. Also known as multi-slide stamping, fourslide stamping can form metal coils into intricate shapes with multiple curves and bend radii greater than 90 degrees. A fourslide metal stamping machine is essentially a horizontal stamping press with tools controlled by […]

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ESI Issued IATF 16949:2016 Certification for Automotive Manufacturing

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The International Automotive Task Force recently certified Engineering Specialties, Inc. with IATF 16949:2016, an achievement that establishes the company as an automotive leader within the manufacturing industry. The standards set forth in IATF 16949 help quality engineers and procurement managers control risk throughout the supply chain and maintain flexibility in dynamic environments. It is the […]

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The Benefits of In-House Tool and Die Design

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Are you getting started on a stamped metal part project with your OEM? If so, you’ll likely be looking for vendors who can form your part quickly, accurately, and at a cost that meets your budget. But before you even start your search, consider how the tool and die design process will affect your end […]

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Manufacturing of the Future: ESI Speeds Up Production With 3 New Machines

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There has been a lot of speculation lately about the future of manufacturing. What will be the top trends? How will manufacturing’s contribution to the GDP change? How will jobs shift as technology becomes “smarter”? It’s difficult to definitively answer these questions. But one thing is for sure: the manufacturing renaissance is here, and it […]

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3 Ways Manufacturers Are Powering Eco-Friendly Initiatives

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As consumer demand for sustainable, eco-friendly products and services continues to rise, many major corporations are responding by incorporating green manufacturing processes into their day-to-day operations. One of the best examples of this push toward greater sustainability is the adoption of environmentally friendly packaging. Leading companies such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, and Amazon are now choosing […]

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How Is Technology Changing Manufacturing?

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Over the past several years, advanced technology has come to the forefront in the manufacturing world. This technology not only enhances processes via automation, it has also allowed for a huge resurgence in U.S. manufacturing. In fact, data from the Institute for Supply Management showed that as of October 2017, the U.S. manufacturing industry had […]

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Using the Rockwell Hardness Test for Metal Applications

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A metal’s hardness indicates its resistance to permanent shape changes when a compressive force is applied. Naturally, it is an important characteristic, and measuring hardness enables a manufacturer to choose an appropriate material for an application. There are various methods (such as Rockwell, Brinell, and Vickers) for measuring metal hardness. Of these, the simplest and […]

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