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US Manufacturing Sector Continues to See Positive Growth

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.

CNC Tube Bending Services

At Stam, we offer a variety of tube bending services, including our CNC tube bending services. This process is more complex than our rotary draw bending and adds another layer of speed and precision to the tube bending process. This process is ideal for tubes that require more than two bends. We use CNC equipment that automatically manipulates the tube in order to precisely position the various bends relative to each other and at Stam our machine has additional capabilities that allow for mixing of the bend radii in the same part which means the bends in the part don’t have to have the same bend radius.

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We are able to work with a variety of materials, including stainless steel, brass, aluminum alloys, and more. Our CNC tube bending services are ideal for industries such as sanitary and food equipment, oil and gas, and construction. Our engineers are available to discuss your design needs, especially those that require bends that are very close together.

To learn more about our tube bending services, visit our website. We also post more company updates and industry news on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ pages.

Stam’s Inspection Process

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At Stam, ensuring quality is incredibly important to us, which is why we have implemented a unique inspection process. Traditionally, CMM’s were used to locate and project the centerlines of the straight sections of the tube and then calculate the imaginary intersection points of the centerlines. However, this method is not always reliable, which is why in 2007 we became one of the first tube bending shops to implement the Photogrammetric inspection process.

The Photogrammetric inspection examines the entire profile of the tube, including the bends. Software allows us to not only “fit” the straight sections to the bends be can even allow for distortions in the straight sections between bends to determines the true profile of the tube.

This machine has helped our machine operators improve their work and boost our overall quality. Machine operators no longer have to take their tubes over to an inspector, but can do the inspection on their own. This allows the operator to see mistakes and improve their process and become more educated about what makes a quality tube to improve their own work. This has boosted our quality tremendously to where we are now at almost a zero defect because in essence all of our operators have become quality inspectors.

To learn more about our inspection process, visit our website. We can also be followed on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Demand for Commercial Refrigeration

According to a recent report from ACHR’s The News the global demand for commercial refrigeration equipment is set to increase 4.7% annually through 2018. The US in particular has a strong demand as many consumers are now looking for specialty foods which will increase the number of items which need to be stored on refrigerated shelves.

As designers work to meet the demand for more refrigeration, Stam is here to help. Many designers are used to buying pieces and parts for the equipment and then having them welded in the field. At Stam we can help design engineers reduce the cost of this process by having the parts ready to assembly. We are also able to create non-standard bends which allows designers to more freedom from the standard 45 or 90 degree bend. Additionally our tube bending process helps to eliminate joints in the weld which helps to decrease the risk of potential leak sites.

To learn more about our work in the commercial HVAC industry, visit our website. We also actively post more company updates and industry news on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+.

Final Tier 4 Standards

Catalyst-Pipes-2 We have already discussed the EPA’s new emission standards, which dictate that manufacturers must product engines that help  control exhaust emissions. We are now in the final stage of the requirement, Tier 4 Final Standards, which mandates that all  diesel engines that are put into service from 2015 and beyond must adhere to the EPA’s requirements.  Engines must now run  clean and tubes will need to be insulated to work properly. Tier 4 Final affects a variety of industries as diesel engines are used  in trucking, agriculture, road equipment, and more.

In 1970s manufacturers put catalytic converters in cars, which reduce unburned hydrocarbons through a catalytic reaction to water and CO2. In order for this process to work the exhaust gases must be kept at high temperature to enable the catalytic reaction.

To help engine manufacturers meet Tier 4 Final standards, Stam now offers insulated Tier 4 Final tubes. The insulation helps ensure that the exhaust is kept hot as it moves through the tractor tubes. As before, all of our Tier 4 tubes are cleaned to meet the engine manufacturer’s requirements and are packaged in a heat sealed bag to ensure our customers receive a perfectly clean tube.

To find out more about our Tier 4 tube bending services, visit our website. We also actively post company news and industry updates on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Food Manufacturers Optimistic about the Future

So far its good news for food manufacturers in 2015, with a recent survey that shows food production professionals are optimistic about the future. Many of the respondents noted greater confidence and certainty about the future leading to a more optimistic 2015 and companies not only plan to increase staffing but will also increase capital budgets.

There is also a greater emphasis on training employees in proper sanitation and food safety practices. There will also be more emphasis on sanitation control, including pest control programs and the use of equipment with effective sanitary designs.

At Stam, we specialize in manufacturing tubing for sanitary and food applications and can help companies that plan to expand their equipment that will ensure the quality and sanitation of their food. Our tubes are polished on the inside and are free of any voids or scratches which eliminate places for microbes to hide. We also employ tube bending techniques that helps reduce the weld joints which further reduces places for microbes to become attached to in the tube.

To learn more about our tube bending services for the food industry, visit our website. We also actively post food industry news on our social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Precision Tube Bending

As the name implies, precision tube bending is a process that requires specialized applications to ensure that the parts fit together. This type of tube bending is ideal for a variety of industries, including military applications, automotive applications, and more. We have in-house tube bending capabilities that allow us to create fixtures, tools, and gauges that ensures a part will be able to fit and perform. We know customers expect the flanges with holes and ends to fit together precisely so that the part may be assembled and have developed these tools to successfully meet their requirements.

At Stam one of the tools we employ is Photogrametic Technology which collects data from samples and production runs that can help us develop predictive models. This technology allows us to gain insight in to tolerances for different materials and help us to reverse engineer a sample part.

In addition to this technology we have recently purchased a new CNC machine with a 9 Ton tube boost capability which gives us more options for materials and reduced clamping lengths all with of increasing precision that allows us to take on projects with increased difficulty. To learn more about our precision tube bending services, visit our website. We also post more company updates and industry news to our Twitter and LinkedIn.

The Construction Industry Sees Continued Growth

At Stam we’re always excited to read good news and a new report about the construction industry has brought us some. According to the Associated General Contractors of America the construction industry added 20,000 jobs in August, reaching a five-year high. The increase was spread across residential, nonresidential and heavy construction and points to a continuation of a recovering economy. Additionally, other articles point to a residential construction boom in areas such as New York and Houston.

As a supplier to construction equipment manufacturers we have expertise working with construction engine tubing that meet Tier 4 requirements. This tubing can convey exhaust gases, intake air, hydraulic fluid, fuel, and compressed air and are typically produced in steel, stainless steel, or aluminum. We clean all Tier 4 tubes to the new requirements and package them in a heat sealed bag to ensure the customer receives a perfectly clean tube.

To learn more about Stam and our work in the construction industry, visit our website. We are also active on Twitter and LinkedIn where we post more company updates and industry news.

Rotary Draw Bending vs. Compression Bending

When it comes to tube bending services there are several different methods, including compression bending and rotary draw bending. We’d like to talk a little bit about each of these methods and uses for each.

Compression bending is a rather simple method that is often used on construction sites for bending electrical conduit. However this type of bending is limited as it can’t make tight (small radius) bends because the pipe will buckle or break.

Rotary draw bending on the other hand allows for more control during the tube bending process as you use mandrels and dies inside the tube. This control allows us to make a very tight bend and can be used to make small dimensional tolerances. Additional benefits of this method include a smooth, aesthetically pleasing appearance which makes it an ideal for applications in which bend cosmetics are important. Rotary draw bending can also be used to bend square and rectangular tube and pipe, channel and extruded shapes.

To learn more about our all our tube bending services, visit our website. Stam is also active on LinkedIn posting company updates and industry news.

The US Benefits from a Shale Boom

You may have been reading a lot recently about the rise in energy production in the US, mostly due to hydraulic fracturing. America is currently the world’s biggest oil producer and this is translating into an increase of in work and profits for US refineries. As the gas boom continues it is imperative for hydraulic fracturing units and refinery equipment to be able to handle the load.

At Stam we have extensive experience working in the oil and gas industry and our tube bending services can help oil companies reduce costs. Traditionally, oil and gas equipment is put together in pieces and joined together with welding elbows to form the assembly which is not only labor intensive but can also be costly. At Stam we are able to bend the tube in one continuous unit which only requires weld joints at the end. This can improve product integrity as well as reduce cost and installation time of the equipment.

To learn more about our tube bending services or to see examples of our work, visit our website. We are also active on Twitter and LinkedIn posting oil industry news as well as Stam company updates.

Military Tubing for UAVs

These days it seems everyone from Amazon to Hollywood wants to use an unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV. While we’re still waiting to see what the commercial applications and FFA rules will be, the military has been using UAVs for surveillance and special operations for years.  UAVs can play a vital role in military operations as they allow for missions that may be considered too dangerous for a manned aircraft.

At Stam, we have extensive experience bending tubes for the military, including a variety of tubular products that can be incorporated into aerial surveillance UAVs as well as other aircraft applications, including heat exchangers, ductwork, dipstick tube and air intake tubes.

We also offer an in-house engineering team that will be able work with each of our customers to ensure that we develop a solution that meets their needs. Our experienced team is well-versed in military applications and can consult on the design, offer suggestions for improvement, and collaborate with the client to deliver a quality product.

To view examples of our work and to learn more about our tube bending services for the military, visit our website. Clients can also follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay updated on all of Stam’s latest news.

Expanding Our Tube Bending Services with a New CNC Tube Bender

Recently there has been a lot of news about manufacturing in America with ISM reporting growth in April for the third straight month and with positive reports coming month after month we can’t help but agree. From our own prospective we have been seeing the economy improve, our customers are seeing increased volumes, and we are delighted to share that this growth has helped us buy more equipment.

At the end of last year we ordered another CNC tube bender to help us increase our capacity and by February we were thankful that we’d ordered it! The CNC tube bender will help us continue to serve our customers in the food, commercial HVAC, construction, military, and oil and gas industries. Additionally, by increasing our capacity we are also able to serve customers aboard and have recently been exporting to Canada, Singapore, and Brazil.

At Stam our CNC tube bending machines have additional capabilities which allow for mixing of bend radii in the same part as opposed to traditional CNC bending services which suggest all the bends in a part are designed around the same bend radius. To learn more about our CNC tube bending services, visit our website and be to follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on company and industry news.

Stam’s Commitment to Tube Bending Services

At Stam we say we offer world-class custom tubing solutions and this is much more than just lip service. We’re proud to be ISO9001:2008 certified, which means that we have demonstrated our ability to consistently provide a product that meets customer and regulatory requirements. It also means we are constantly reviewing our process to make certain that our system always meets the needs of our customers and regulatory requirements.

We first received certification in 1998, which means we’re pretty well acclimated to the standards and conducting our business to these standards has become a part of our routine. Although ISO certification is not required we believe it helps to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and ensure quality. By conforming to these standards we are able to guarantee to our customers that the parts they purchase are consistently to specification. Our PPM (parts per million) failure rate is one of the lowest in the industry, far below our customers’ requirements. This performance is a direct result of our utilization of the ISO system.

And while for many companies ISO certification is enough we have go above and beyond by using a state-of-the-art Aicon Photogrammetric inspection system to continually audit our parts to ensure our tubes conform to customer specifications.

We use the ISO standards in every industry we serve so whether our customer is working in the oil and gas industry or the military, they can be certain they are truly getting our world-class tube bending services. To learn more about our commitment to quality, visit our website.

Tier 4 Emissions Tubes

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The EPA first published emission standards for diesel engines in 1994, known as Tier 1. As the EPA continues to work towards reducing particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel engines, which include on road diesel vehicles, construction equipment, farm tractors, and other agricultural equipment, it has issued new standards for these engines known as Tier 4 emission standards. To meet Tier 4 emissions manufacturers must produce engines with advanced emission control technologies that will help to decrease exhaust emission by more than 90%.

For diesel powered equipment manufacturers that means building equipment with cleaner tubes that are required by the high tech engines. At Stam, we have developed a cleaning process and certification program to ensure that our tubes meet with Tier 4 standards.  The new requirements call for new tube coupling systems, low leakage vibration isolation flexible hose, and high levels of cleanliness. We clean all Tier 4 tubes that we produce, including steel, stainless steel, and aluminum and heat seal them in a bag to protect cleanliness. The bags are labeled with certification so that customers know they are receiving a perfectly clean tube that complies with Tier 4 standards.

To find out more about our services for the industrial, stationary, and construction industries, visit our website.

Tube Bending for Personal Care Industries

When it comes to tube bending for personal care products, such as shampoos and toothpastes, we understand the importance of quality. Stam is ISO certified ISO9001:2008 and we follow the rigorous procedures to ensure the high quality of our service. This is especially important in the personal care industry as all plumbing must be clean and polished on the inside as any scratch or dent is a place bacteria can hide, which could contaminate the product.

Often, when a bottle filling station is fabricated it is done by welders who weld elbows and straight lengths together. This process can be extremely expensive as welders must also ensure that there are no spaces or voids in the welding for microbes to hide. At Stam, we have special tooling and techniques that allow us to reduce the number of welds, which in turn helps reduce the number of places microbe can hide as well as the cost.

Our tubes for the personal care industries will be free of any voids or scratches and will have an interior surface finish that meets our customer’s specification and satisfaction. To find out more about our tube bending services and to see how we can help you, visit our site.

Celebrating 40 Years of Quality and Growth

Facility PicAt Stam, Inc., our main goal is to provide quality custom tubing solutions for companies working in a variety of industries. Now, in our 40th year of operation, it’s clear that we continue to meet this goal while also leaving room for growth in other areas. In addition to maintaining an ISO9001:2008 certification, we also follow emerging trends to remain competitive in an evolving marketplace.

For example, we’ve recently developed a full social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. We encourage you to check out these pages and let us know what you think. For regular company updates and current events related to the industries we serve, feel free to follow us on whichever platforms you prefer.

And we have even more to celebrate this month. November 19th is the first annual American Made Matters Day, and Stam, Inc. is proud to operate not only as an American manufacturing organization, but as a customer-centered company that serves innumerable other American manufacturers.

Stam, Inc. is a Tier 1 bent tube supplier for compressor, power generation and construction equipment manufacturers. Our tubing solutions are also used extensively in marine applications, aerospace and defense, agricultural equipment, food and beverage processing/bottling, automotive, HVAC and more. Our diverse metal inventory includes steel, aluminum-coated steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, titanium, and other related alloys. These materials come in an extensive range of sizes, custom engineered with over 350 tube bending tools to perfectly suit each need. Our Aicon Photogrammetric inspection system ensures that each piece meets customer specifications.

With a commitment to quality and innovation, Stam, Inc. is proud to have served the American manufacturing sector for the past 40 years. We look forward to continuing this service for many years to come.

For more information about the Stam difference, feel free to visit us online and learn more about our company and the services we provide. You can also contact us via our online form. We look forward to hearing from you.

Delivering the Odd Sized Bend

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At Stam, we pride ourselves in both our unmatched bending capabilities, but also the flexibility (pun intended) we have in being able to deliver high-quality tubing to a variety of industries.

Recently a large global engine manufacturer was conducting a wide search for a company to handle a quantity of elbows designed to be 2 ¾” diameter tube bent on a 2 ¾” centerline bend radius. This is a pretty unique size and the company was having difficulty locating a supplier to fulfill their needs.

Thankfully for both of us, the company – now a customer – found Stam online and was taken by our very large range of bending dies. It is our extensive capabilities that allowed us to bend the elbows and form the ends to their exact specifications.

As we were producing the parts, as is our standard practice, we developed dedicated tools and techniques to reduce cost. The customer was delighted when we reduced the price by 18% on their second order. It is satisfying work when we can find ways to reduce cost and please our customers!

 

Welcome to the New StamInc.com

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Stam is pleased to unveil its new, more user friendly website, featuring:

  • Regular blogs for reviewing the latest and greatest in tube bending solutions
  • Easy-to-use ordering instructions and FAQs
  • Clear, succinct descriptions of our services and how we can help your organization.

Check back often for new blogs and case studies. Let us know what you think, we would love your feedback.

Aicon Brings Quality Control to a New Level

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You can find more than a handful of vendors to places to provide bent tubes – but when it comes to receiving bent tubes to exact specification, there’s only Stam. That’s because while we have great processes in place, unparalleled experience, and unmatched expertise – you don’t need more than two hands to count how many manufacturers – of any kind – who have invested in this quality inspection device. Equipped with 16 cameras, the Aicon measures tubes within +/1 .1mm.

Five years ago Stam employed the  Aicon on the floor, one of the first of its type to be installed in a Job Shop environment and the first in the large diameter tube bending industry. Where else can you find the Aicon? Organizations known for their quality including BMW and Mercedes.

3dviewA great feature of this quality control device is that it can recognize potential distortions caused by clamps on benders that grip the tube, causing distortions in the tube that can lead to incorrect readings of the part. The Aicon recognizes the error and corrects for it (you can actually see the image being corrected on the screen).  The Aicon also allows us to reverse engineer from sample tubes or even a stiff wire bent by hand to represent  the path a tube should follow. We can extract coordinates the wire is following and bend a tube to match (the wire represents the centerline of the tube). Because the Aicon is so fast, about 15 seconds, we use it to check the tubes we are bending in process. Aicon opens their video in fact with “What you are watching is a time machine” – stressing the speed. The Aicon provides a written report which becomes part of the permanent record that is retained long after the part is shipped to the customer. Our implementation of the Aicon has allowed Stam to achieve one of the lowest failure rates (PPM – parts per million) in the tube bending industry and far below our customers maximum allowable failure rates.

 

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