How Safe are You? June is Safety Awareness Month

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!

Don’t Get Overheated this Summer

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.

Trust Stam Inc with Your Custom Tubing and Insulation for Tier 4 Engines

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
ain temperature.

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!

Discover the Significance of Working with Stam Inc. for World-Class Custom Tubing Solutions for Manufacturing and Industry

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.

Be Ready to Meet Industrial Tubing and Piping Needs in 2016 with Custom Tubing Solutions from Stam, Inc.!

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!

To Roll or Bend, That is the Question

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.

As always you can get the most up-to-date info on Stam Inc on our Twitter and LinkedIn.

U.S. Construction Continues a Rapid Pace

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.

Stam INC Recognizes Manufacturing Day

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.

The Next Step in Fracking

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+.

New Trends in Food Packaging Equipment

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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