Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

A guide to bending safety

A press brake can be one of the most dangerous machines on the shop floor, but the latest safeguarding devices and best practices help keep operators safe. A press brake is one of very few pieces of equipment on which an operator is required to directly interact with the machine. And with the ram outputting significant tonnage, this machine has the potential to be extremely dangerous. But with the proper training and safeguarding devices, operators can perform bending operations with ease and without fear of injury. What to Watch out For There are many hazards when it comes to bending operations. Most recognizable is where the punch and the die meet—the point of contact, or Read More...
Four New Press Brake Products to Help Increase Productivity

Four New Press Brake Products to Help Increase Productivity

Quick, Repeatable Crowning Bending a part over 4-feet long can lead to deflection. The Express Crowning system is the precise and consistent way to control deflection on your press brake by securing dies and crowning the lower beam. Express Crowning offers: Precise macro and micro crowning Secure die holding with manual set screws every inch or hydraulics Crowning powered via manual crank or electric motor Body hardened to 28-32 HRC Air-Powered Clamping The Express Air clamping system for European style tooling decreases setup time with faster and easier tool changeovers. The system is powered by standard shop air and triggered by a wireless push-button pendant control. Read More...
drones in hvac industry

Drones in HVAC Industry

Did you know the same technology providing a stunning prop in the half-time entertainment at the Super Bowl can also be used to inspect rooftop HVAC systems, intake and exhaust vents, and many other elements of the health and energy efficiency of a building? As regulations evolve and drones become less expensive, you’ll see more of them taking flight under the command of HVAC professionals like yourself. The proper term for a drone is Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). They fly by remote control, and some are capable of following a programmed flight path. UAVs were first used in the military Read More...
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The advantages of round and flat-oval over traditional rectangular ductwork

There are several factors that a designer should consider when designing a duct system. One of the key factors is ductwork performance. Others include fabrication, installation, economics and acoustics. This article looks at these factors to show round/spiral duct and associated fittings create a much more energy-efficient duct system over rectangular ductwork with major labor savings. Based on noise criteria, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers has developed a set of guidelines for maximum airflow velocities in a duct system based on the duct location. Higher velocities lend themselves to better duct designs using static regain. Static regain designs Read More...
6 Sure Fire Ways to increase cutting capacity

6 Sure Fire Ways to increase cutting capacity

Every second you cut like a pro counts — and adds up for your business in ways you might not have considered. Whether you are a beginner or a long-time expert in the art of plasma cutting, there are always ways you can cut more costs and protect more of your time. Here are six sure-fire tips given by Hornet Cutting Systems to increase your cutting capacity and save time, and increase profits. Click here to download the full article now! Read More...