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What Does Nitriding Steel Entail?

Friday, November 09, 2018

What Does Nitriding Steel Entail?

  Nitriding is a heat-treating process that’s often used on steel to make it significantly stronger. It’s done by heating a piece of steel up in a furnace and then injecting ammonia into the mix, which results in nitrogen atoms dissolving over...

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Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM)

We use graphite electrodes to EDM shapes into steel. Electrical discharge machining (EDM) is a manufacturing process where a desired shape is obtained by using electrical discharges (sparks). Material is removed from the work piece by a series of rapidly recurring current discharges between two...

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Machined New Split Nuts with a Buttress Thread

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Machined New Split Nuts with a Buttress Thread

We machined a new Split Nuts with a buttress thread for a customer’s press in these photos. A split nut is a nut that is split lengthwise into two pieces. This allows the nut, when open, to move along the screw without the screw turning...

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The Benefits of Reverse Engineering

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Benefits of Reverse Engineering

Reverse engineering is a process that involves taking an existing part and figuring out exactly how it was made for the purpose of either duplicating it or finding ways in which to make it better. There are many advantages to using reverse engineering when producing...

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An Overview of Sinker EDM Machining

Friday, September 28, 2018

An Overview of Sinker EDM Machining

There are numerous processes to choose from when machining parts. One of the most effective and accurate methods is called sinker EDM or electrical discharge machining. It relies on the use of an electrically charged electrode that is configured with a specific...

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Has the oil and gas industry rebounded?

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Has the oil and gas industry rebounded?

In early 2015, we wrote a small blog piece on the impacts the Texas machining business was experiencing due to plummeting oil prices. Subsequently there were thousands of oil workers laid off and many industries took hits with some of them even going out of...

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Plastic Injection Mold Process

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Plastic Injection Mold Process

This is a plastic injection mold in process at our shop and this particular mold makes a ‘male cleat’. Lowrance Machine (a moldmaker) primarily sells products to companies that are in the rubber and plastics industries. ...

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T-Seal Molds Produced by Lowrance Machine

Thursday, July 12, 2018

T-Seal Molds Produced by Lowrance Machine

T-Seal Molds produced by Lowrance Machine. Lowrance Machine has manufactured hundreds of T-Seal molds. These molds produce an elastomer seal (a T-seal) that is usable in standard O-ring grooves. T-seals were originally developed to preserve advantages of O-rings in dynamic fluid power applications while ending two of their most serious...

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Parison Rod - Industrial Repair

Friday, June 29, 2018

Parison Rod - Industrial Repair

  Last week we were notified by a customer in Missouri that a large parison rod that is part of a blow molding machine snapped/broke during production. This caused a major problem for our customer as it completely stopped production for this product. The size of...

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