Metal Mouldings Are All Around You (+ Where They SHOULD Be)

Mouldings are one of those architectural design elements that can catch your eye without you even knowing it. If they were removed, designs would look incomplete and unfinished. This is especially true when it comes to metal trim.

Just-in-Time Delivery Is Just 1 Step in the JIT Manufacturing Journey

There’s nothing new or mysterious about “just-in-time” or JIT manufacturing. The idea has been around since the 1970s, and all it means is that you receive what you need just when you need it -- hence the popular term just-in-time delivery.

Yet, when it first came into practice, it shook up[...]

4 Beautiful Copper, Bronze & Brass Finishing Ideas

Finishing is the process of treating the exterior of a metal by applying a protective layer or unique aesthetic touch to its surface. There are numerous types of metal finishing processes that attain a variety of results -- many of which can add architectural value. Let’s look at some of the[...]

Factors of Corrosion: 7 Ways You're Begging for Trouble

When you invest in metal materials, you expect them to last. But it’s a mistake to assume metal is immune to degradation from environmental and other factors. Corrosion can wreak havoc on the structural integrity and aesthetics of your parts. That’s why it’s important to know the factors of[...]

6 Commercial Products You Didn’t Know Were Roll Formed

In metal forming, the specifying engineer or purchasing agent can select from several approaches to come up with completed commercial products. But roll forming is almost always the most flexible and durable of these processes. Many product profiles that are challenging to make through press[...]

Roll Forming vs. Press Braking & Other Metal Forming Services

There are four main metal forming services used in the manufacturing industry today: press braking, stamping, extrusion, and roll forming. All have advantages and disadvantages, so the one you choose will depend on a few important factors:

Top 4 Manufacturing Process Improvements & Their Impact on You

A continuous improvement mindset encourages both initiation and implementation of changes to manufacturing processes to improve “customer delight” (our quality policy statement) and other measures of company performance. In Dahlstrom's case, manufacturing process improvement helps us offer both[...]

What Is Duplex Stainless Steel, and Can It Be Roll Formed?

Duplex stainless steel has been around for almost 100 years, but it seems to be coming into its own now. This late blooming is somewhat surprising given duplex stainless steel’s qualities. Its expanding popularity could be the result of its advantages over traditional austenitic and ferritic[...]

Roll Forming Process Issues: How to Handle End Flare & Springback

Roll forming is the most cost-effective way to achieve continuous bending of complex shapes with multiple bends. But even we admit it’s not perfect. There are two particular quirks in the roll forming process that engineers want answers to before moving forward: end flare and springback.

End[...]

How Steel Doors and Frames: Peeling Back the Manufacturing Process

Metal manufacturing is fascinating because it’s always getting better. Take steel doors and frames -- today’s manufacturers can produce doors that are not only simple to customize and paint, but also will last a lifetime.

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