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ESI Launches New Materials Division Called CThru Metals

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ESI is pleased to announce the launch of CThru Metals, a new division within our metal forming and manufacturing business. This dynamic new division will specialize in expanded metal mesh foil products with precision-grade, high-quality metals, thinner gauges, wider coils, and enhanced durability. Why Expanded Metal Mesh Foil? Manufacturing expanded metal mesh foil creates a […]

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How to Select the Right Material for Your Metal Forming Project

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Metal forming encompasses a wide range of operations — bending, cutting, drawing, stamping, and welding, to name a few — which can be performed individually or jointly to create more complex pieces and assemblies. When an engineer identifies which metal forming method to use, they have to look at the part’s requirements, restrictions and end use. […]

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What We’re Working On: Electrical Busbars to Serve Multiple Applications

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At Engineering Specialties, Inc. (ESI), we believe engineering a successful component requires understanding how it works in its intended application. Equipped with three decades of experience designing and manufacturing parts for a wide range of applications, we have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide highly engineered solutions for virtually any customer need. Over the […]

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ESI: Remembering 30 Years of Business

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The world was handed several significant challenges this year that many businesses are still working through today. Throughout the year, ESI kept its focus on maintaining the safety of our team and customers. As we enter the fourth quarter and as ESI approaches 30 years in business, we wanted to acknowledge our team members and […]


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Why More OEMs are Reshoring Manufacturing Through COVID-19

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COVID’s developments are changing the landscape of manufacturing in the United States. With international trade becoming more challenging and a still-recovering job market, many OEMs are reshoring their operations to accommodate. 69% of manufacturing companies are looking to “reshore” production to North America, according to a recent Thomas Industrial Survey. By reshoring manufacturing production back […]

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What’s the Difference Between Tool and Die?

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The terms “tool” and “die” are used interchangeably to the point that many machinists refer to the field broadly as “tool and die”, regardless of their specific expertise. In general, this practice is completely appropriate—there is little functional difference between a tool and a die, if any, and most machinists who fabricate tools also create […]

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Pre-Plating vs. Post-Plating Checklist: Which Makes Sense for Your Metal Stamping Project?

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Plating metal parts improves both performance and appearance, and can ensure your component functions properly in its application.  Plating—a metal finishing process which adds layers of additional metal onto existing parts and components—increases conductivity, minimizes corrosion, reduces friction, and gives products a more pleasing and polished look. Plating can also make a product thicker or […]

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How Machine Vision Inspection Technology is Transforming Manufacturing

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The human eye has incredible capabilities. With 107 million photosensitive cells in each eye, we can focus on more than 50 objects per second, distinguish more than 500 shades of grey, and see nearly 3 million different colours. But in 21st-century manufacturing, even the human eye cannot provide the precision, speed, and repetition required to […]

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An Inside Look into ESI’s Metal Stamping and Manufacturing Capabilities

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Before we begin a metal stamping project with our customers, we make sure to understand how they work and how their component will work. Understanding the complete manufacturing process is important, from a part’s design and the equipment it runs on, on all the way through to delivery. That’s why we compiled a virtual tour […]

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Metal Fabrication Design Practices That Reduce Scrap

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More manufacturers are focusing on reducing scrap from production — not only is it beneficial to the environment and to the manufacturer’s bottom line, but customers also see a reduction in cost and turnaround time. Rather than selling a lot of excess scrap to a scrap dealer — which only generates about 5% of a […]

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