A recent survey of equipment distributors and industry contractors by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance is suggesting that construction industry executives are more optimistic about commercial construction activity than they have been since this century began.
John Crum, senior vice president and Construction Group national sales manager at Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, confirmed that many of the survey respondents believe that 2018 could be one of their best years ever.
While most contractors and distributors had a positive outlook on construction activity and industry expansion, fewer expect that growth will continue at the same level. This doesn’t mean that they don’t believe the industry will expand: 73% of contractors predicted expansion in the next two years while those who believed that things would remain the same came to only 19%. Only 9% of distributors and 9% of contractors expected less activity.
2017 was a good equipment sales year, and 2018 is expected to hold further improvements. 76% of distributors said that they expected their new equipment sales to increase while 78% predicted that their used equipment sales would increase. With contractors, 37% indicated that they will buy more new equipment while 27% said they would buy more used.
Rental companies and distributors indicated that they would increase their rental fleets this year, with 55% confirmed that they intended to expand. Only 7% said they would decrease their fleet sizes.
The survey also asked companies that rent construction equipment what they would do if the cost of renting went up. Respondents replied that if rental costs increased from 5 to 15% would make 63% of them consider buying equipment instead of renting.
This forecast can create a need for more construction equipment to be manufactured.
Stam in Mentor, Ohio, supports all construction products with engines by providing custom tube bending as well as tubing to convey fuel, hydraulic fluid, intake air, and exhaust gases from the turbocharger to the charge air cooler. Recent Tier 4 emission requirements call for new tube coupling systems, high levels of cleanliness, low leakage, vibration isolation, and flexible hose:
Stam ensures that all Tier 4 tubes are delivered in accordance with the new requirements and even includes custom tube bending to minimize the risk of leaks.
The Wells Fargo survey also showed that the construction sector net profit expectations are generally positive, but sourcing and paying for skilled labor remains, along with healthcare costs, one of the top concerns that will affect net profits. Concerns over equipment costs and equipment rental costs were also cited by distributors.
Overall, the construction industry is feeling increasingly positive about profits. Approximately 92% of respondents said that net profits will either remain constant or increase from 2017, with 61% anticipating an increase in profitability.
The report results, which were presented in the Construction Industry Forecast for 2018, marks the 42nd year in which Wells Fargo Equipment Finance and its forerunners have carried out a survey of executives in the construction industry to obtain insights into present business trends and conditions, and to assess their outlook on construction activity in the year to come.
STAM Inc. has a long-established relationship with the HVAC industry, where we provide custom tube bending services for commercial HVAC applications. Our processes allow multiple bends in one single and continuous piece of pipe, reducing the cost and time of welding operations and reducing the number of potential leak points.
After being in business for over 40 years STAM is used to changing technology and trends in the HVAC industry, and this is certainly true today with smart buildings and integrated technology with HVAC systems becoming the norm. Throughout all this change we are supporting our clients with exceptional custom tube bending services and products.
But what do the next few years hold for the HVAC industry? What are the latest smart technology developments? We take a look at a few of the major talking points.
The future of smart HVAC systems will be important to the economy in the United States as the use and cost of fossil fuels is increasingly under the microscope.
New regulations nationwide have called for new homes and commercial buildings to include smarter and more efficient cooling and heating in new buildings, with the aim of delivering better energy consumption.
Perhaps the biggest recent change would be the use of multiple smart sensors within a building that can connect via the Internet of Things (IoT).
By analyzing the data sensors can provide, insights can be gained and improvements can be made in monitoring, controlling and maintaining HVAC systems to maximize efficiency.
Because data can easily be broken down, it is easier to understand energy consumption related to occupancy and time.
Without this detailed information that smart sensors can provide building managers would be required to undertake physical manual audits that are time-consuming and not as accurate.
About STAM Custom Tube Bending of the HVAC industry
STAM produces custom tube bending services for the commercial HVAC industry, where chilled water or compressible gases are routed through tubing in large buildings and facilities.
STAM’s in-house engineering department is capable of designing exceptional HVAC products, and each assembly can undergo Hydrostatic testing up to 1000 PSI.
For more information on how we can help you, get in touch with our experienced team.
Intel published in the most recent annual edition of the Accenture Technology Vision report is suggesting that over 80% of leading aerospace and defense company executives anticipate that artificial intelligence (AI) systems will soon be working with human employees.
Accenture and a few of its industry-leading aerospace clients are presently using AI systems to carry out decision-making duties such as forecasting, allowing human labor to focus on other projects. Even consultants are surprised by the rapid rate of adoption.
Jeff Wheless, aerospace and defense (A&D) global research leader for Accenture, said that the trend marked a significant change from 2017, when AI was not being embraced as rapidly. Speaking to the media prior to the broader release of the report, he explained that four out of five executives polled said that they expected AI to be working in partnership with humans in two years.
“That’s pretty fast,” he said.
The report states that 70% of A&D leaders believe it will take no more than two years for emerging technologies to be adopted overall. Half of them state that their companies are already investing in AI and related technologies such as connectivity, autonomous machines, and robotics.
These A&D representatives said they expected the new technology to have the biggest impact on their production, development, and security and research efforts. The effect will be felt by more than back-office operations or day-to-day functions. The majority of respondents also said that they are using data to power automated and critical decision-making.
In addition, 94% of survey respondents said they believed that this upcoming wave of technology will penetrate physical environments through wider adoption of connected devices, robotics, and augmented reality.
Although Accenture representatives are not presently discussing case examples of clients employing the new technology, managing director and global A&D lead John Schmidt said that one prominent aircraft OEM was using augmented reality to connect factor managers with distant engineers. The result was decreased travel time and costs between the locations.
Nonetheless, executives remain aware of the rising challenges that the new technologies represent. To begin with, demands for sharing of data will only go up. Approximately 90% of poll respondents said their A&D companies expect to exchange more data with business partners over the next few years.
The rapid rate of adoption for AI in aerospace manufacturing appears to be a sign of the times, and companies that support the sector are raising their own bars.
Ohio-based Stam, a leading provider of custom tube bending and other custom tubing solutions, delivers products specially designed to meet the needs of aerospace manufacturing with the production of a wide variety of tubular products that are incorporated into aircraft, and aerial surveillance UAVs. Heat exchangers, ductwork, dipstick tubes, air intakes, differential coolers and Radar Support are some of the components Stam can produce.
Considering the fact that the latest aerospace innovations include flexible aircraft wings, anti-ice gel coatings that prevent ice build-up while remaining environmentally friendly, and other enhancements in aircraft design and maintenance, custom tube bending specialist Stam and other manufacturers that support aerospace applications will need to remain on the forefront of innovation themselves.
Custom Tube Bending is an important manufacturing function that supports leading companies in multiple industries.
Just a few examples of industries and applications where Custom Tube Bending is utilized include manufacturers working in businesses such as food processing, aerospace, marine, construction and specialty vehicles.
Specific examples could include stainless steel sanitary pipes with custom bends for the food industry, or retro fit exhaust pipes with custom bend tube coupling systems to reduce Tier 4 emissions in the construction industry.
Custom Tube Bending Materials
Custom Tube Bending is typically carried out by specialist companies, like STAM Inc., where our team of experienced engineering and manufacturing experts are adept at handling all tubing materials and delving custom designs.
As specialist Custom Tube Bending providers we work with a variety of materials including steel, aluminum, brass and titanium, and we can work with tubing of all sizes – from those used in large structures and applications to smaller scale items.
The ability to shape and mold these materials to exacting measurements and requirements with Custom Tube Bending is highly valuable and enables design, efficiency and safety progress in everything from machinery, HVAC, food production and conveyance.
Custom tube designs
Custom tube bending requires a team capable of understanding your vision and working with complex CNC tube bending machines that can provide exceptional accuracy, precision tube bending techniques to ensure leak-proof installation, or rotary draw bending where aesthetics are important.
We hold an inventory of over one thousand materials in-house, meaning we can cater to almost any design specification.
About STAM Inc.
STAM Inc. has been a premier provider of custom tube bending solutions for over 40 years and have consistently partnered with world-leading brands.
Our clients trust us to deliver the highest quality custom components that they are happy to put their name to and provide to their consumers.
STAM’s in-house engineering department can collaborate with customers to ensure projects run smoothly. For more information on custom tube bending or how we can help you, get in touch with our experienced team.
As a regular partner, supplying custom tube bending services to the oil and gas Industry, STAM Inc., takes a keen interest in the latest industry developments, trends, and outlook for the years ahead.
While recent years have presented some challenges for the oil and gas industry with an interesting 2017 influenced by politics, natural disasters, and geopolitical challenges, there are reasons to be positive looking ahead.
While last year the oil market was still challenged by high stocks, sluggish prices, and extended OPEC cuts, there were also positives as US producers increased production and kept costs down, while demand increased enough to provide hope of brighter things ahead.
2017 also indicated some positive signs of slow progression in activity and employment in the oil and gas industry.
Some of the most pressing questions for 2018 revolve around the role the oil and gas industry’s growing position as an energy exporter and low-cost supplier. This could significantly change the nation’s position in the global energy market.
Overall, the power and utilities industry as a whole is on a movement of important change, in terms of tech, regulations, and the move towards renewable energy sources. These trends are expected to pick up even more pace in 2018.
Interestingly, a global survey on the oil and gas industry for 2018 provided some positive feedback on the overall mood within the sector, with 38 percent of respondents describing their sentiment as “hopeful” for the industry in 2018.
Another interesting stat from the RigZone industry survey was the sector deemed to be the most promising for new jobs in 2018.
46.6 percent of survey respondents think the upstream sector will offer the most new job opportunities during the year ahead.
STAM Inc., Supporting the Oil and Gas industries
STAM Inc., has been a long-term supporter of the oil and gas industries in the United States. We provide custom tube bending for oil and gas equipment that has traditionally been more difficult to make.
Previous methods have included the labor-intensive cutting and welding of pipe sections with elbows to form assemblies, leaving weld joints with the potential for leaks.
STAM’s custom tube bending methods bend piping in one continuous unit with weld joints only at the ends, providing higher levels of safety and efficiency.
Our custom tube bending work has helped produce large reductions in costs and in the installation time of various oil and gas equipment.
For more information on custom tube bending for the oil and gas industry get in touch with our experienced team.
Congress is about to vote on an important spending bill that would not only finance the creation of 14 new ships- it would also grant the U.S. Navy over $3 billion more than originally requested.
A recently released draft of the omnibus spending bill revealed that the Navy shipbuilding account was in line to receive $23.8 billion, which is $2.6 billion more than it received in 2017.
The budget will purchase, in addition to other things, a new LX(R) amphibious ship, an aircraft carrier, two destroyers, two submarines, three littoral combat ships, an oceanographic survey ship and a salvage ship.
The spending bill also finances close to $862 million in advanced purchases for the ballistic missile submarine program.
The aviation sector also received a financial boost. The new budget will be able to acquire 10 more F/A-18 Super Hornets than originally asked for, meaning that this budget will give the Navy access to 24 jets if it is enacted in this form.
Congress will also be providing the Navy with an extra three P-8A Poseidon sub hunters, bringing the total to 10.
The bill will have to pass quickly through the House and the Senate to avert an imminent government shutdown. If Congress votes in support of the bill, production on the various craft will be scheduled accordingly.
Manufacturers that support the U.S. aerospace and marine industries include Stam, which has been a leading provider of custom tube bending and other innovative tubing solutions for over 40 years. The Mentor, Ohio-based company delivers a variety of tubing materials that are incorporated into aircraft, marine craft, and tactical vehicles.
When new aircraft, ships, and submarines go into production, Stam’s team of manufacturing and engineering experts are always available to use their ability to produce all types and sizes of tubing and custom tube bending for any necessary structural applications.
At STAM Inc., we provide Custom Tube Bending services for military vehicles, military aircraft, and surveillance UAVs. We create custom bend tubes and pipes for various applications on military vehicles including heat exchangers, ductwork, dipstick tubes, air intakes, differential coolers and Radar Support structures.
While we are proud of our relationships and work with Military vehicles, and in awe of the great machines and bravery of their crew, we have also often wondered how military aircrafts are given their names.
Flanker, Backfire, Bear and Badger are some of the names we’ve heard for enemy aircraft and it turns out it is connected to a naming convention invented in World War II.
Army Air Force Captain Frank McCoy realized that pilots could sometimes become confused about enemy fighter planes.
He came up with the solution of giving planes nicknames to overcome the problem. Bombers were given female names, fighter planes were given male names, and transport planes were all named with the names that began with the letter T. Gliders were given bird names, while training aircraft were named after trees.
During the Cold War, the idea continued, but the system was adjusted slightly. Code names for Bombers now started with the letter B, while names for fighters started with F.
Interestingly plane code names were given one syllable, while jets were given names with multiple syllables.
The naming system was so successful that even NATO started using code names for communist ships, and what began as an idea in World War II still exists and helps military pilots today.
About STAM Inc., Custom Tube Bending for Military Applications
While STAM always remains extremely price competitive, we understand that true value is more than just a price.
Our team of engineers work hard to deliver flawless custom products to specification, which is of extreme importance for military applications.
Our precise custom tube bending services deliver lightweight and streamlined components to match our clients design brief.
STAM Inc., are leaders in custom tube bending and we provide our services to key industries in the United States.
Whatever industry you work in, it’s likely that some part of the business utilizes fabricated custom pipes.
Whether it’s in the manufacturing process, the end product or within the HVAC systems within the commercial buildings you work in, custom tubes and pipes are more important than they may seem!
Custom tube bending is actually a rich science with multiple approaches to achieve end results. Which method is best for a certain result can depend on multiple factors including the material being used, the role of the finished product and the budget and resources available.
Here we look at the different kinds of custom tube bending techniques commonly used.
Rotary Draw Bending
Rotary draw bending is an accurate type of custom tube bending that uses a rotary draw machine to deliver custom jobs, and can bend tubes and pipes for handles, rails and roll cages.
The machine bends the metal through a number of die sets that maintain a consistent center line radius.
CNC Tube Bending machines can be used to add a new level of speed and precision to Rotary Draw Bending, and CNC equipment can be used to automatically manipulate tubes to accurately position multiple bends relative to each other.
Precision Tube Bending
Certain applications require precision tube bending. This can create accurate threaded brackets and ends to ensure that tubes mate together precisely. The ends of the tube must be free of distortion and STAM offers precision tube bending to create fixtures, tools and gauges that produce tubes that fit and perform as required.
Roll bending, as the name suggests, uses a machine with 3 rollers, known as a jig. Custom roll bending can be used to bend both sheet metal and metal bars.
Roll bending works by placing the tube into the jig and then manually lowering and pressing the middle roller onto the tube, shaping it into the desired custom shape.
This form of custom bending is good for some circular designs.
The simplest and most common form of custom tube bending is press bending.
This is not the most precise form of custom tube bending, however. The process involves pressing a “bend die” against the tube or pipe to create the desired shape.
About STAM’s Custom Tube Bending
STAM is experienced in various forms of custom tube bending and offers a huge range of materials in house to suit your project.
Our tube bending techniques, engineers and equipment ensure that your projects are completed to the highest possible standards, every time.
For more help and advice with your custom tube bending projects, get in touch with our experienced team.
At STAM Inc., we understand innovation and creativity more than most. It’s something we share with our clients in the food industry where we provide custom tube bending solutions for food production, and sanitary tubing that carries consumer products.
When it comes to innovation, the food industry never stands still, and it is likely new trends will require custom solutions from our engineers and design teams.
Let’s look ahead at some of the hottest new trends expected to take over the food industry in the coming months.
A desire for healthier living and to be more sustainable is driving a trend towards reducing meat in the diet. This is a trend set to grow further this year after 2017 witnessed a surge in the people who consumed reduced levels of animal products.
Mintel’s new product database shows that vegan and vegetarian product launches are strong in the US and in major European markets.
Obesity continues to be a public health crisis in the United States and in countries across the developed world.
Analysis of data from 188 countries, shows 2.1 billion people are currently overweight or obese.
Over the past 30 years not a single nation has achieved significant success in reducing obesity levels. The food industry is likely to take steps towards improving this situation, with many governments around the world and in Europe in particular already starting to introduce a Sugar Tax.
Can food be medicine?
Will food innovation be driven by big picture issues in society and the food industry?
Many seem to think so and food producers will also have to adapt to the growing challenge of feeding a growing and aging population.
With the world’s population predicted to rise to just under 10bn by the middle of this century and increasing rates of obesity type-2 diabetes, there is a growing awareness of the connections between health and diet.
The food industry will respond by producing food products that keep people healthier for longer.
In our digital world consumers want transparency and expect to have information on how and where ingredients are sourced from, plus details on manufacturing processes.
Today people want to know what is in their food products, where it came from and how it was made.
They want to know what is in there food, where it comes from, who made it and how it was produced.
It is expected that tech can also deliver greater personalization in the food sector and technology will also play a key role in making food production sustainable.
About STAM’s Custom Tube Bending Services for the Food Industry
Food production units must to be easy to clean and tubing has to be free of any voids or scratches on the inside where microbes could survive despite the cleaning process.
STAM specializes in creating custom tube bending to fit custom needs of food production companies.
Special tooling and techniques are employed to deliver tubing that has an interior surface finish that meets the customer’s specification and health and safety requirements.
For more information on custom tube bending services for the food sector, get in touch with our experienced team.
If you’ve traveled in an airplane recently, you probably didn’t notice anything different from the last time you flew (aside from the seats maybe seeming smaller). But the field of aviation is always changing, and there are a number of exciting developments happening in aircraft design.
Flexible Aircraft Wings
While you probably won’t see flexible aircraft wings on your next flight, this is a new innovation on the horizon. NASA has been working on the technology and has successfully conducted dozens of test flights already. The technology would allow aircraft wings to rotate -2 degrees one way and up to 30 degrees the other way. The advance aims to improve fuel efficiency, with current estimates suggesting a 12% decrease in the amount of fuel consumed. The new wings would also reduce the amount of drag, making the newer aircraft slightly quieter for those on the ground.
New De-Icing Coatings
Dealing with ice is a critical part of aircraft maintenance. If no action is taken, ice can easily build up on the wings. This causes the craft to become heavier and unbalanced, and changes the aerodynamics of the structure.
Current de-icing liquids are applied on the ground between flights to remove ice build-ups. But newer anti-ice gel coatings are being developed to prevent the ice from adhering to the surface of plane in the first place. These anti-icing coatings are more environmentally friendly than common de-icers, and could be a more permanent coating solution that would require fewer treatments over time.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
UAVs, or drones, have been around for a while now, but the technology surrounding them continues to get more advanced. Remote-controlled aircraft don’t have the same shock and awe factor they once did, but new design concepts are certainly worthy of attention.
BAE Systems has been working with students at Cranfield University to design an aircraft that can switch between fixed-wing flight and rotary-wing flight. Imagine an airplane that can function as a helicopter: two completely different structures that are both capable of flight. Combining the two structures offers unmatched flexibility when it comes to take-off, landing, and in-air maneuvering.
The current application seems to be military-based, but it will be interesting to see how this concept will develop over time and how it will change the field of aerospace.
More on the Horizon
This is all just a sampling of the research and development going on in aircraft design and maintenance. With an industry that has applications ranging from consumer travel, to logistics, to military, there are many opportunities for advancement in the aerospace sector.
As a tube bending service provider for this industry, Stam, Inc. looks forward to seeing where the next wave of modernization will lead.
Now that the weather is finally heating up for summer, it’s important to take stock of your current HVAC system to see what maintenance or updates should be done. While you’ve probably already turned on the A/C by now, it’s still a good time to perform maintenance so that your system doesn’t break down in the middle of August when you need it most.
If you’re considering building a new system or replacing leaky pipes, one thing to consider is the number of weld points you’ll have in the new system. Each weld point creates a greater potential for leaks over time. Instead, look for tubes and pipes that are bent as needed rather than joined. The longer the pipe can extend without welds, the better it will hold up over time. While many people may be unaware of other options, HVAC pipes can actually be bent to accommodate building structures and existing systems.
In addition to reducing the chance of leaks, bending pipes rather than welding them also makes them easier to clean – which is important in an HVAC system. Since dust and dirt can build up and circulate through the air, it’s crucial to design a structure that improves flow and prevents build up. Ports can be added to the system later as needed, so that shouldn’t be an impediment when making a selection.
If after inspecting your cooling system everything seems to be in working order, remember that filters and other components still may need cleaning and replacement. Give every single piece a thorough once-over before considering the job done.
With the right maintenance and material selection, your HVAC system should run smoothly for a very long time. But if you do notice any room for updates, address those soon before they become an issue down the road.
Every day, it seems a new antimicrobial product hits the market. From hand soaps, to dishwashing liquids, to laundry detergents – numerous personal care brands are creating new product lines with antibacterial properties.
The question is, do any of these products actually work? And beyond that, could there be any unintended consequences?
Though most consumers will choose antimicrobial soaps versus standard options, research has found very little difference between the two. In fact, it’s the handwashing itself that has more impact on the presence of germs than the type of soap used. Frequency of handwashing and the length of time spent washing hands has been found to have the greatest effect.
There has also been speculation that antimicrobial soaps can contribute to antibiotic resistant infections. Currently the results have been inconclusive, however longer study periods are needed to observe the long-term effects of exposure.
Overall, it seems that the best way to safely eliminate bacteria is through better hygiene. This includes frequent washing at home, but actually starts with cleaning production equipment at the factories where these products are formulated.
Polished Sanitary Tubing
When choosing equipment for sanitary production, it’s important for manufacturers to select tubing that is free of voids or weld seams. These are areas where bacteria can hide and multiply. Choosing tubes that are bent rather than welded ensures a smooth surface that is easier to clean and maintain.
By improving the cleanliness of equipment during production, companies can reduce the need for antimicrobial agents. It’s a two-fold cost saving strategy, since you eliminate the cost of antimicrobials, and tube bending is actually cheaper than welding.
At Stam, Inc., we’ve been seeing continued high demand for polished sanitary tubes used in food and personal care product manufacturing. With a strong focus on reducing illness, we don’t expect this trend to change any time soon.
To learn more about tube bending and how it can improve product safety, feel free to contact us online or call 440-974-2500.
For a number of years now, demand for alternative, renewable sources of power has been steadily growing. Wind energy adoption has been in the news quite a bit lately, with more wind farms popping up across the United States. But solar power has been steadily picking up traction as well, with the primary advantage being that it can be implemented on a smaller scale, in addition to large solar fields. This means that there are more opportunities for smaller land owners – and even individual homeowners – to harvest solar energy.
Small-scale solar operations have been popping up more and more in a wide range of places. Farmers are now setting aside acreage for solar panels to help offset the energy costs associated with running a farm. Many commercial and private spaces are also installing solar canopies on rooftops to make the most use of an otherwise underutilized space. This means that even in urban areas without land area available for solar farming, people can still install solar panels and begin to harvest that energy. This is a distinct advantage over wind energy, which requires adequate space for large turbines.
The adaptability of solar harvesting has allowed its popularity to skyrocket, doubling solar installations in the United States over the last year to become the top source of alternative power in the nation in 2016.
For industrial companies, this represents new sources of demand for various products and services. At Stam, Inc. we’re seeing more inquiries for structural tubes that need to be bent and shaped to link together for use on solar farms. Structural tubes for solar power are just one example of a product seeing heightened demand thanks to the growing popularity of this energy source. And with smaller solar farms now coming into play, there are even more opportunities for service providers and distributers at all capacity levels.
As we continue to see shifts within the alternative energy sector, we look forward to helping utilities and other companies find the right tubing solutions for their needs. For more information, feel free to contact Stam, Inc. by calling 440.974.2500, or fill out an online form and we’ll get back to you.
Reducing emissions and finding ways to produce energy more cleanly has been a priority for manufacturers for years. As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regularly updates requirements to improve the safety and purity of emissions from engines, companies have been scrambling to keep up without sacrificing efficiency.
The latest Tier 4 Final emissions standards apply to both on-road and non-road engines – so many more manufacturers are now impacted by the rules, not just those associated with locomotive equipment like trucks and trains. Now, engines found in power generators and other stationary equipment will be under scrutiny as well. This especially impacts companies working in the oil and gas sector.
The main purpose of Tier 4 Final regulations is to cut back on the amount of particulate matter (PM) by 80% and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 45% more than previous regulations. To meet this requirement, companies such as Cummins have already taken steps by implementing a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) after-treatment solution for engines. There’s a long line of chemical reactions that go on during this process, and in the end, ammonia and water vapor create the catalytic reaction that results in the reduction of NOx into a harmless gas. Full details on the chain reaction can be found on EngineerLive.
At Stam, we’ve been working with companies to ensure that our tubes meet their requirements for Tier 4 Final standards. This requires the use of Stainless Steel materials and sufficient insulation on the outside of the tube to keep the gases inside hot (extreme heat is an essential component of the catalytic reaction). The number and severity of bends in a tube can impact heat loss, so we make a conscious effort to reduce the number of bends and ensure smooth transitions to retain the most heat possible.
To learn more about our capabilities and how we can assist you in meeting Tier 4 Final requirements, feel to visit us online or call 1-440-974-2500.
Recently there have been a lot of building explosions due to gas leaks. Early last month, Patterson, New Jersey residents experienced a house blowing up due to a gas leak which flattened two houses. In Queens, New York, nine buildings had to be evacuated due to a gas leak. These are just two examples of problems with gas lines that are becoming more prevalent. According to data from the federal government, roughly every other day some type of incident occurs with gas, resulting in millions of dollars in damage and several deaths each year.
Although not all gas leaks are a result of aging or leaking pipelines, many of them are. Aging infrastructure throughout the country is plagued with outdated pipes that need replacement. The best way to replace these pipes is by having continuous piping, rather than piping with multiple welded joints. Cutting and welding pipes can create weak links in the system. At points where pipes are joined by other fasteners, there is more potential for leakage. Stam, Inc. reduces the problem of gas leaks by using bends in tubing instead of excessive cuts and weld spots. This reduces the chance of future gas leaks, keeping everyone safe.
As pipes begin to show signs of aging or leaking, it’s imperative to fix them immediately. Although gas is clear and odorless, gas companies add a scent to the gas, called tert-Butylthiol (t-butyl mercaptan) to ensure people recognize the smell in order to be alerted of a leak and to take action. In case you suspect a gas leak, it’s important to remember to:
- immediately evacuate and call 911 from a safe location
- don’t turn any switches off or on as they can create a spark, igniting the gas
- leave doors unlocked as you leave and get everyone out
- don’t use matches, phones, or battery powered equipment
- don’t start a car or other motorized equipment
Following these rules can keep you safe, should a gas leak occur. However, if you suspect something isn’t right or seems unusual with a gas pipe, always call 911. It may just save a life, including your own.
Salmonella and Listeria have been in the news lately as more and more food products are recalled. Recently in Toronto, a bakery had to recall all of their meats due to Listeria contamination. In Utah and Idaho, a recall was put in place for precooked bacon, also due to concerns over Listeria. Salmonella has also recently been linked to chicken salad in Washington, with several people getting ill. Many of these outbreaks of contamination could be stopped with proper food processing precautions.
Food processing requires equipment to carry the product from the initial stages of processing, all the way through packaging. What matters most during the process is having a smooth machinery surface which is easy to clean. This is important because the surface finish of machinery can greatly impact cleanliness. Smooth machinery offers fewer places for bacteria to hide and grow, therefore reducing potential safety issues.
Tubing on food processing equipment should be smooth and have as few welds as possible. This allows for easy cleaning with fewer places where biofilm can occur. Stam, Inc. offers food equipment tubing which is easy to clean and free of voids and scratches on the inside. This limits the accumulation of microbes that could potentially survive the cleaning process. Stam uses special techniques and tooling to deliver tubing with an interior finish that meets specifications for each customer’s needs.
For over 40 years, Stam has been dedicated to designing and manufacturing premier custom tubing solutions. Staffed with engineering and manufacturing experts, Stam is able to meet the needs of our customers for increased food safety. Our unparalleled customer service, coupled with unmistakable quality, means customers get the right product for their needs every time, keeping consumers safe.
Getting to know what the manufacturing industry is all about is tough these days. Although manufacturing is talked about by our nation’s leaders, most people don’t have a direct connection to the industry. Generations ago almost every family had someone working in a factory. But as manufacturing jobs were lost, so was the link most communities had to the industry.
Five years ago with the introduction of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day), industry sponsors such as the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), FMA, and the Manufacturing Institute took steps to “celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.” This nationwide event takes place on the first Friday in October (Oct. 7 this year) with companies and communities organizing plant tours, job fairs, educational fairs, and community events and expos.
As a long-standing member of NAM, we are excited for this year’s events. Manufacturing Day highlights the importance of the industry on our regional and national economies and the valuable career options available. MFG Day events allow the industry to open its doors and let the community look inside to dispel common myths about working in manufacturing. Today’s industry is not the industry of our grandfathers. There isn’t any more grime or back-breaking labor. Today’s manufacturing plants contain state-of-the-art computer controlled machinery and equipment. And, jobs in this field are now technology oriented and vary widely from one operation to the next.
So far there are already 1,271 planned events for this year’s MFG Day. Manufacturing is a vital industry that continues to support local communities and our national economy. Did you know that in 2015, manufacturers contributed $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy? That interesting fact and other facts about manufacturing can be found here.
Support Manufacturing Day this October 7th to keep the industry growing.
Have you heard of VMI? This is a forward thinking trend that’s a change from ‘manufacturing as usual.’ VMI stands for Vendor Managed Inventory which is a streamlined way for businesses to manage inventory and fulfill orders. Here at STAM we take every opportunity to offer our customers the easiest way to order and receive the parts they need. With VMI, that process is made even easier.
It works in this way: Instead of placing an order for a run of custom tubing, a customer orders a batch. The finished products are delivered to the customer’s facility if they have room or the products can be warehoused at our facility until they are needed. A RFID tag is provided for each product. When the product is used the tag is SCANNED and an invoice is issued. An advanced version automatically creates a payable in the customer’s AP system. An alternative procedure would be for a representative to visit the plant throughout the year to count inventory and ensure that it matches our records.
What are the benefits of a VMI program? The first are the cost savings. The cost to make 1 item is disproportionally higher compared to making 10. By making a batch of a custom tubing solution the startup costs are eliminated when that part is needed again.
VMI programs also save time. For example, when an order is placed with a short deadline, having the right sized cut tubing on hand removes the time lag and ripple effect of placing a rush order though a vendor. Work can begin immediately when there is a sudden demand.
Lastly, VMI offers more freedom and peace of mind. If there is a spike in demand and the inventory is readily available it reduces the stress and workload of gets rid of the stress of contacting vendors. It eliminates the hassles associated with trying to rush order products and allows production to run smoothly.
Once a VMI program is up and running the rewards are great. It allows us to work with each customer to ensure that they have the products they need when they need them.
Are you interested in STAM’s VMI program? Give us a call to learn more!
Congratulations to the Class of 2016! As the high school graduation rate in the U.S. continues to hit all-time highs in recent years, we hope these graduates, who were born just before the turn of the century, consider studying, training for, and pursuing careers in manufacturing. Advanced manufacturing jobs present many career options and opportunities for today’s graduates, and many of these jobs are available right now. More manufacturing jobs will be opening up in the coming years, as well, as the manufacturing sector is seeing a skilled-labor gap grow wider and wider as the “Baby Boomer” generation retires and exits the workforce.
U.S. manufacturers are taking action and attempting to change the image and perceptions of manufacturing jobs to make manufacturing careers more enticing to the younger generation. “Manufacturing is cool” is the title of a recent article from Industry Week which says the people entering, or soon to be entering, the workforce needs to be exposed to the “modern manufacturing environment” to change the perception and image of manufacturing jobs as being “dark and dingy and dirty” – a perception that’s been prevalent for several decades. The Industry Week report says, “If we want to attract today’s youth to manufacturing careers, we need to change their perceptions about what the manufacturing industry is like and show them what great career opportunities exist in the industry… The spotlight needs to be on the high-tech environment of modern manufacturing.”
The same report adds, “Manufacturing careers pay 25% to 50% higher than non-manufacturing jobs.” Robotics, 3D printing, advanced analytics are the manufacturing skills of today and tomorrow, reaffirming “the reality that a career in manufacturing does not entail working in a dirty, dangerous place that requires no skills.” In fact, advanced manufacturing skills are in demand by employers around the world today, and the U.S. needs to keep pace in order to remain competitive in global manufacturing.
At a recent conference, four U.S. state governors participated in a panel discussion about the shortage of skilled workers in the United States. The discussion was moderated by Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google’s parent corporation, Alphabet. A BusinessFacilities.com report about the discussion says, “The governors all had the same message: the United States is in a global competition for 21-century jobs and, if we don’t have the skilled workers needed to fill the requirements of advanced manufacturers or emerging players in new high-tech growth sectors, the U.S. will lose this worldwide competition and its long-held crown as the heavyweight champ of industrial giants.”
More work definitely needs to be done to encourage the younger generation to pursue careers in U.S. manufacturing. The skilled-labor gap “still has not been bridged,” according to the Business Facilities report, even though “there’s no shortage of bright young graduates,” and that “the key to bridging the gap is workforce training: making sure our graduates have the necessary skills to move directly into the high-tech workplace as soon as they get their diplomas.”
These are all great ideas, and we will do our part to try to help encourage the Class of 2016 to pursue careers in manufacturing – and we encourage our fellow U.S. manufacturers to do the same!
June has been designated as Safety Awareness Month by the National Safety Council (NSC). The goal is to provide information and raise awareness of staying safe at work, at home, and on the roads. We agree that it is extremely important to take safety precautions when working in a manufacturing environment. Although we all have safety protocols and procedures in place, we still see accidents. And, most of the time accidents are preventable. It isn’t the result of a faulty system, it’s the result of a human error.
Humans are the biggest obstacle when it comes to safety. We’ve all done it a time or two—cut corners to save time, taken shortcuts, or decided to break the rules “just this one time.” Unfortunately, those are usually the times that someone gets hurt. Poor decision making is something that can’t be regulated. If an employee doesn’t think something could happen or didn’t think following a safety rule would make a difference, then it is almost impossible to avoid accidents. But, we must try and reduce the number of accidents in manufacturing facilities.
Here is a perfect example of how cutting corners can lead to an accident: If something gets stuck in a machine and, instead of following proper procedures (shutting down machine, putting on safety equipment, etc.), the employee tries to pull it. This could lead to a serious accident. Hands, arms, head, and chest are all exposed to harm.
Accidents can also be prevented by being proactive. Checking machinery to ensure all bolts, belts, motors, wiring, or guards are in good working order will prevent accidents and save time in the long run. Anticipation and being proactive can seriously reduce the number of accidents and keep operations running smoothly. Accidents hurt people and productivity.
Remember Murphy’s Law? It’s just waiting for us to take that shortcut! The majority of safety and quality accidents are simple and small human failures. Procedures are in place for a reason and paying attention to them is important!
What’s the best safety advice? “Safety is no accident.” This is the message we give all our employees: Follow safety rules and policies, avoid shortcuts, and be proactive. Those are the best tools for being safe at work, at home, and on the roads!
The unpredictable weather continues in most parts of the U.S. but there is one prediction we are sure will come true—it will get hot this summer. When it does, make sure your HVAC system can handle the heat.
In commercial applications, HVAC engineers are faced with many challenges. In large facilities the HVAC systems require tubing or pipe to carry the chilled water or compressible gases to cool the air. The large amount of tubing is often problematic for many reasons. ‘Inerting,’ a costly issue, weld prep operations, and the large number of welds required with installation can lead to leaks and an inefficient system. Many engineers also feel constrained by designing around 90- or 45-deg elbows.
We see many installations that are ineffective because of leaks occurring at the many weld sites. With custom tubing solutions from STAM, these HVAC problems can be solved. Since we make tubes as specified they are customized for every the application. We can bend tubing to meet a wide range of specifications and engineering designs. All of our assemblies can be cleaned, have ports added, and ends grooved. We perform hydrostatic testing of up to 3,500 PSI.
Custom tubing is the best solution for commercial HVAC systems. Let us help you build an efficient and effective solution to beat the heat this summer.
Since 1970 the EPA has been setting standards for environmental regulations. The goal of the agency over the past 45 years is to continually work for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. A cleaner environment starts with cleaner air.
In 1998, the agency passed Tier 1 emissions standards for off-road diesel engines to reduce particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions. The work continued and in 2001 new Tier 4 standards for diesel engines were introduced. They are the strictest yet requiring manufacturers to produce engines that will decrease exhaust emissions by more than 90%.
Off-road diesel engines that must comply with the new rules are used throughout construction, agricultural, and industrial equipment. Advanced emission control technologies have been developed to reduce emissions. Since all engines require tubing to convey gases, air, and fluids, tubing is a major component inefficient engine operation. In emission controlled engines, the tubing must keep the gas at a cert
These high-tech engines require tubing that is insulated to keep the gas hot. Other tubing manufacturers make the tubes and send it out to be insulated. This extra step introduces additional time, costs, and another outside company. At STAM INC. You can have the tubes custom made and insulated at the same time within our facility. We have the capabilities to apply the insulation in-house ensuring better control over the process and a faster turnaround time.
We are experts at delivering tubing that meets Tier 4 requirements. All the tubes we produce, including steel, stainless steel, and aluminum, are manufactured, cleaned, and insulated to comply with Tier 4 standards. To learn more about vertically integrated custom tubing and insulation for off-road diesel engines, contact us today!
One of the definitions of the word “significance” in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary is “the quality of having notable worth. Over the years, our experience has shown that it’s worth a lot to manufacturers and industrial companies to have access to world-class custom tubing solutions from Stam Inc. Whatever the industry or application – oil & gas, commercial HVAC, construction, sanitary & food, military and more – our ability to provide an extensive range of custom tubing and piping solutions to our customers has played a significant role in the success of many different types of manufacturing scenarios and industrial projects. Overall, that’s the real value – and the “notable worth” – of working with Stam Inc.: Flexibility in our range of services, our ability to work with all shapes and sizes, and our capabilities to handle many different types of materials.
It doesn’t matter whether we’re working with carbon steel, aluminum alloys, stainless steel, brass, copper, aluminized or galvanized steel, or titanium. We’re able to work with all types of materials, and the end results are always successful for us, and for our customers. For more than four decades, we’ve been partnering with world-leading brands and industry leaders to deliver tubes, pipes and parts of all shapes and sizes, bent to exact specifications, which are used for a variety of applications. Food processing, sanitary and construction equipment, specialty vehicles, petroleum transport… the list goes on and on. You can name just about any industry and any application, and we can tell you how we’ve successfully worked with that type of manufacturer or someone within that industry at some point in our 40+ years of experience.
Piping and tubing are commonly needed and used in all types of industries. From agriculture to aerospace to construction to manufacturing and so on, piping is required to transport fluids or gases through mechanical, and processing systems and piping/tubing is often used for other applications, too. What makes Stam Inc. different from other tubing and piping sources is our ability to work with a great range of specifications and piping diameters. Our custom tubing solutions go well beyond the “standard” 3-inch piping, and that’s what makes Stam stand out. We are NOT limited by diameter sizes and tolerance requirements, and there’s nowhere else to turn for the type of flexibility, quality and precision that we offer.
We’d be happy to tell you more about the significance of working with Stam Inc. for world-class custom tubing solutions for manufacturing and industry! And we can discuss exactly what we can do for you, based on your company’s needs and applications. Reach out to us through our website, or give us a call at 440-974-2500.
Please pardon the pun, but 2016 is just around the bend! Looking back at the past 12 months, 2015 has been another great year for us at Stam, Inc., and we’re looking forward to even more success in the year ahead. As providers of custom tube solutions and precision tube bending for all types of industries, we are optimistic about what 2016 has in store for everyone in manufacturing. We look forward to continuing to work with current customers from the oil and gas, HVAC, military and sanitary & food equipment, construction, and other industries. Plus, we hope to add new customers in the coming months, as we automate and take advantage of emerging trends and technology.
Automation is a hot topic among manufacturers in all industries right now. In fact, a recent report from Industry Week says, “…many companies are leveraging interconnectivity to improve their own factory productivity, the factory-floor blocking and tackling of reducing downtime, cutting costs, reducing cycle time, improving OEE, etc.” We’re proud to say that we are among these companies that are embracing automation, and we will be increasing our factory automation efforts at Stam in 2016. More automation will enable us to serve our current customers, as well as new customers, more quickly and efficiently, with greater savings for everyone.
In addition to ramping up our automation efforts at Stam, we also expect our custom tubing solutions and tube bending capabilities to be in high demand in 2016 –especially in the sanitary and food equipment industries. News reports cite “safety improvement” as a key trend for the waste management industry, and the same goes for the food processing and food equipment industries. Stam manufactures custom tubing that meets the needs of these industries, where special tooling and techniques are employed to deliver piping and tubing that has an interior surface that meets safety requirements and customers’ specifications.
Overall, we believe 2016 will be very promising! Whatever the year may bring, we’re ready to meet any industrial tubing and piping challenges that may arise with custom tubing solutions featuring nearly limitless material, size and angle options. Work with Stam for your custom tubing and piping needs, and you’ll be ready, too! Learn more about our capabilities by visiting our website. Or call us at 440-974-2500. Have a Happy New Year… and we hope to hear from you soon!
This isn’t a life or death decision but one that is important to those of us working with metal piping. Piping is a vital component in almost all manufacturing industries. Whether it is agriculture, food processing, construction equipment, or the aerospace industry, metal piping and tubing is almost always required to transport fluids or gases through a mechanical or processing system.
The two most common ways pipes are produced either by bending or roll bending.
The specifications of the pipe or tube and the material required determine the best process to use. Each process has its positives and negatives. Let us give you a brief overview of pipe shaping processes:
Pipe Draw Bending: This method is ideal for smooth curves and parts with identical bends on each side. This method draws the pipe around a stationary bend die that matches the desired radius. Stretching of the metal occurs along the outside of the bend and compression occurs along the inside of the bend while a precision mandrel supports the tube inside. This method is the most accurate method of pipe bending.
Roll Bending: Large pieces used in the construction industry are most commonly bent using roll bending. Obtaining a smooth curve is more difficult with roll processing.
At Stam, we offer extensive bending processes including CNC tube bending, rotary draw bending and roll bending. Our expertise in pipe and tube forming enables us to fabricate very precise components. Our capabilities allow us to achieve tight radii and tight tolerances.
We also work closely with each client to provide the most cost effective process. Since tube bending often requires setting up various machines, batching reduces the costs of repeated parts. When a project is completed, we will store the finished products in our warehouse and deliver them when requested. Allowing them to be ready for just-in-time delivery and provide maximum delivery flexibility.
Custom tubing solutions from Stam continue to be trusted throughout the industry. Our high-quality components are integral to many applications, from heavy trucks and machinery to food processing, because the precision of our bending capabilities is unmatched. Please visit our website or contact us to learn more about Stam’s pipe bending capabilities.
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This year there is no letting up on the number of commercial construction projects that are being planned or are currently in process. Seems many large-scale construction projects are on the rise.
According to the American Institute of Architects, commercial building is expected to rise over 7% this year. This growth is happening in all three major segments (public, private nonresidential, and residential) with spending increases expected in every major building category.
Some areas of the country are seeing more rapid growth than others, but the overall trend is moving upward. Cities such as San Jose and Tampa are expanding and, with increasing populations, the commercial building sector is also improving. New York is still tops in leading the country in commercial construction followed by Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Miami.
Infrastructure projects are growing as airports undergo major renovations and overhauls to support the flying public and roadways are improved to handle the higher numbers of vehicles on the roads today. Construction of the first new subway line in NYC has just been completed, and new projects like the Tappan Zee Bridge are in the works to improve traffic and commutes.
All throughout the country public-private infrastructure projects are paving the way for more growth.
As a premier provider of custom tubing solutions, we work closely with the construction industry to supply the materials and components they need to be successful. Our flexibility and wide-ranging capabilities enable us to provide tubing made from an extensive list of materials that can be used in many different structural applications. No matter what type, size, or material you need, our team of expert engineers and fabricators will deliver the right components.
As commercial construction continues to increase, you can be sure that Stam, Inc. will continue to deliver the top-quality supplies the industry needs to keep moving forward.
Manufacturing Day is here! Every year, the first Friday of October is the day that members of the manufacturing segment across the nation get together to open their doors and allow the public to see what goes on in modern manufacturing. There are a variety of events that are going on at plants, schools, or community centers around the country, including:
- Educational Fairs – One of the most popular events, this helps manufacturers get in touch with students long before they have made their career choice. It lets us demonstrate to these students the opportunities that a future in the manufacturing sector can present to them. Coordinating with grade schools and colleges, we can bring hands-on activities and presentations that highlight the benefits of a career.
- Plant Tours – By opening their doors to the public plant tours give manufacturers the opportunity to show off their facilities. This can allow folks who have interest in manufacturing, or who have a preconceived notion of what manufacturing is like, a chance to see everything in
Manufacturing Expos – A very popular event, as it allows a number of manufacturers to collaborate and pool their resources. Expos allow for displays, interaction, and exposure for companies, and lets them work with each other as well as potential customers and employees.
- Job Fairs – Often combined with the previous events, job fairs will take place at major manufacturing facilities, or even at a community meeting area if a number of companies are getting together. Job fairs bring the businesses face to face with active job seekers who are interested in what manufacturing careers have to offer.
- Celebrations – Local business organizations like Chambers of Commerce, banks, and other economic development groups will put together luncheons, dinner events, and happy hours to celebrate the contributions of manufacturing to the local communities.
At STAM, we are proud to be part of the resurgent manufacturing sector, and we are glad that days like Manufacturing Day allow us to show just how manufacturing contributes to the strength of our economy. We hope you’ll find events near you to attend, and maybe you’ll find that manufacturing appeals to you for a career for the future.
Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a process that uses a high-pressure water mixture to break through rock and reach oil that was previously unreachable. This has brought new life back into aging wells and caused a fracking boom across much of the US. Now the trend of refracking is allowing horizontal wells to produce even more oil. According to one article in Bloomberg, “early evidence of restimulation suggest that the fields could actually contain enough reserves to last about 50 years…” and some of the wells that were originally tapped in North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation in 2008 or 2009 can be refracked again years later with more output.
For oil companies this means the opportunity to produce more oil with a relatively low cost process as the most expensive part of the fracking process, drilling the wellbore, has already been done the first time around. Companies like Sanchez Energy Corp. plan to spend $1 million to $1.5 million per well to refrack its original horizontal wells.
At Stam, we have extensive experience working with the oil and gas industry to provide piping for oilfield equipment. Traditionally, oil and gas piping was produce by the labor intensive method of cutting pipe and welding elbows to form the assembly. The weld joints from this method may cause potential leak points. However, at Stam we bend pipes in one continuous unit with weld joints on at the ends to reduce to potential for leaks. This technique means a reduction in cost and installation time in hydraulic fracturing units, gas compressors, and other oilfield equipment.
To learn more about our tube bending services, visit our website. We also post more oil industry news on our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.
The global food market is rising and that is leading to an increase in the need for packaging machinery. According to a recent Design News article, packaging companies are looking for flexible machinery that can easily handle different sizes and structures to meet the changing needs of consumers. These frequently changing trends help to ensure that markets such as North America and Europe will always have demand.
Currently the US packaged food industry is valued at $2.15 billion and is expected to reach $3.21 billion by 2019. Other emerging markets such as China and the Middle East are helping the market rise even higher and pushing the global food packaging machinery market to $19 billion by 2019.
Although there is global demand, many of the food packaging manufacturers are based in the US, which need to create advanced packaging technologies to fulfill the use of more innovative packaging materials.
At Stam we have experience working with the food industry to create tubing that can carry food and most importantly keep it sanitary. Our tube bending process allows us to fabricate tubes that are free of any voids or scratches on the inside so microbes won’t be able to hide in any crevices during the cleaning process.
To learn more about how we can help with your sanitary and food equipment tube bending needs, visit our website. We also post more food industry news on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.
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At Stam we’re always keeping a close eye on the industry and recently we saw that US manufacturing continues to expand. According to the Institute for Supply Management, which conducts a survey of the market each month, found that the indexed increased to 52.8 in May after holding at 51.5 in March and April. Another indicator of the manufacturing sector is Markit’s flash reading, which was 54.0 in May compared to the reading of 53.8 in April. Markit stated that the May data shows further expansion of the manufacturing sector with new orders and employment both rising.
In our own state of Ohio we have also been seeing more manufacturing growth. Just a few months ago the president announced that Cleveland would become a manufacturing hub. The initiative will help bring in new investment in manufacturing and technology to help foster a stronger manufacturing sector.
Our company has been staying busy as well as we continue to produce tubes for an array of industries, including oil and gas, sanitary and food equipment, and military and defense. To learn more about our tube bending services and to view examples of our work, visit our website. We also provide more manufacturing news and company updates on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ pages.