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How Are Parts Made Using Progressive Die Stamping?

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Progressive die stamping processes involve feeding strip metal through a series of workstations that perform unique actions to shape and fabricate materials into highly durable parts for a range of industries. Die stamping equipment operates at extremely high speeds for the large-scale replication of various parts. Progressive Die Stamping Process Overview A standard progressive die […]

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Sheet Metal Stamping vs. Metal Fabrication

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When manufacturing metal parts and components, some applications may use either sheet metal stamping or other metal fabrication processes. People often mistakenly use the terms “sheet metal stamping” and “metal fabrication” interchangeably, but they refer to a range of manufacturing processes with significant differences. Sheet metal stamping is a form of metal fabrication, but there […]

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What to Look for in a Metal Stamping Supplier

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Metal stamping encompasses a variety of metal forming techniques, such as punching, piercing, blanking, bending, welding, plating, and heat treating. Knowing what to look for in a metal stamping partner is crucial to a productive relationship. A beneficial supplier can speed up your production times, lower costs, and produce better quality. On the flip side, […]


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When Will Metal Prices Drop and Lead Times Stabilize?

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Over the course of 2021, the market has seen prices for steel, stainless steel, copper, and other popular base metals rise significantly. Fortunately, ESI has learned how to work with market fluctuations to create sustainable, cost-effective metal products for our customers. Our extensive experience working with a variety of metals also gave us an inside […]


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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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