Stainless Steel Welding: Choosing the Best Types of Steel

What makes a stainless steel good for welding? The secret is in the alloy ratios. All quality welding requires a high level of material weldability. Weldability is affected by the chemical composition of the metal. For example, steels with higher levels of carbon aren’t as weldable due to their low ductility. So, which types of stainless steel should you use … Continue reading Stainless Steel Welding: Choosing the Best Types of Steel

9 Metal Manufacturing Myths That Need to Die in a Fire

Metal manufacturing, like other types of manufacturing, has been struggling with global economic shifts such as China’s continuing manufacturing developments, and Brexit’s impact on the stock market and world trade. Along with this barrage of economic problems, metal manufacturing is still fighting long-disproven myths and misconceptions. These doubts may have been legitimate ten, fifty, or a hundred years ago, but … Continue reading 9 Metal Manufacturing Myths That Need to Die in a Fire

4 Reasons You Should Emboss Your Tubular Steel Products

Embossing is a fantastic process for strengthening tubular steel. To emboss tubular steel, the original material coil is run through a roll forming mill, and male/female dies are used to press the metal into the embossed pattern. We recently used this embossing process to decrease a client’s material costs. They were able to retain the quality of … Continue reading 4 Reasons You Should Emboss Your Tubular Steel Products

Tubular Steel Products: Design Tips for Tube Bending Services

The design of a tubular steel part is much more important than the actual bending of the metal. The bending machine and its operator merely follow the instructions determined by the engineer who designs the part. The engineer is responsible for making the design efficient & affordable to manufacture, as well as ensuring that the … Continue reading Tubular Steel Products: Design Tips for Tube Bending Services

5 Ways to Control the Cost of Tube Bending Services

For a general overview of tube bending types, check out this article. 1.  Choosing the Right Tube Bending Services for Your Project Tube bending is not one-size-fits-all. Different types of bending will work better for projects with different tolerances, requirements, and order sizes. Choosing a vendor that offers the most appropriate form of bending for … Continue reading 5 Ways to Control the Cost of Tube Bending Services

Tubular Steel Products: Non-Round & Special Shaped Welded Tubing

You’ve seen tubular steel products in action every day. They help you get to work safely, they help you shovel your driveway, and they’re part of the bridges and roads you drive over during your commute. The tubing you’ve seen and interacted with has probably been round. However, round is not the only tubing shape available. … Continue reading Tubular Steel Products: Non-Round & Special Shaped Welded Tubing

5 Tricks to Reduce Metal Stamping Design Inconsistencies

The most common issue our clients face is a design that looks great on paper, but runs into problems during manufacturing. Metal stamping is a breeding ground for inconsistencies between design ideas and manufacturing realities. Metal stamping requires an understanding of how cutting, punching, and bending will warp the final product. Manufacturing engineers are often required … Continue reading 5 Tricks to Reduce Metal Stamping Design Inconsistencies

Welded Steel Tubing vs. Seamless Steel Tubing

A tube is a tube is a tube. Maybe for the layman. For manufacturers and their clients who require steel tubing, it’s important to note the differences and understand which tubes work best for which projects. The kind of tubing you choose for your project will depend on factors such as corrosion resistance, stress of … Continue reading Welded Steel Tubing vs. Seamless Steel Tubing

Improving an Engineering Design for Manufacturing

At a very basic level, engineers are problem solvers. The creation of new and improved products is driven by problems that we face, whether at the consumer or industrial level. Engineers are experts at what they do. They’ve dedicated their lives to creating solutions and improving processes. We employ quite a few engineers at McHone … Continue reading Improving an Engineering Design for Manufacturing

Manufacturing Design Problems, Limits, and Solutions

Like most other industries, manufacturers are limited in the scope of what they can produce by the laws of physics. A recurring theme among our clients is a lack of manufacturing experience or understanding of manufacturing engineering. Clients bring us designs that look great on paper, but are physically impossible to produce on current machinery. They … Continue reading Manufacturing Design Problems, Limits, and Solutions