Industry Articles From the Kaempf and Harris Blog

4 Important Highlights From The Construction Industry Forecast

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on May 15, 2017

Kaempf & Harris highlights important statistics and predictions from the Textura Global Construction Forecast, which was “specially written by Global Construction Perspectives and Oxford Economics for the ENR Global Construction Summit” in New York on September 10, 2015.

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Topics: Insider, sheet metal fabrication, Industry

Understanding The Latest Technology In The Sheet Metal Industry

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on April 28, 2017

Laser technology, flame cutting, and waterjets have worked wonders for the sheet metal industry. Learn more about each technique from Kaempf & Harris:

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Topics: sheet metal fabrication, Techniques, Industry

The Top 3 Tech Updates In Sheet Metal Bending

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on April 14, 2017

It’s no secret that this industry involves manipulating large pieces of heavy metal to complete projects, but -- thanks to a few bright minds -- these processes have become a lot easier.

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Topics: Insider, tools, sheet metal fabrication, Techniques, Industry

What Are Different Ways Of Welding Metal?

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on March 25, 2017

When it comes to welding, it’s not always about helmets and sparks. Kaempf and Harris gives you a glossary for the different types of welding in fabrication shops:

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Topics: welding, sheet metal fabrication, Techniques

What Is There To Know About Welding Sheet Metal?

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on March 15, 2017

We’ve explained the difference between metal fabrication and welding, but do you really know about the latter technique? Kaempf and Harris looks into its history, industry projects, where it’s most popular in the United States, and more:

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Topics: welding, sheet metal fabrication, Techniques

14 More Sheet Metal Facts To Understand The Industry

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on February 23, 2017

Do you know how many welders are female? Or which states offer experienced metal fabricators the highest salary? How about the number of steel grades that exist?

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Topics: Insider, education, welding, tools, metal, Industry, safety

A Quick History Of Metal Fabrication In The Aerospace Industry

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on February 15, 2017

With the help of Metal Supermarkets, Aerospace Engineering, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Kaempf & Harris details the history of sheet metal fabrication in the aerospace industry:

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Topics: elements, metal, sheet metal fabrication, Industry

How Do Aluminum And Stainless Steel Differ?

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on January 30, 2017

Aluminum and stainless steel have a variety of individual applications in sheet metal projects. However, the latter is an alloy while aluminum is a natural element.

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Topics: elements, metal

Everything You Need To Know About Perforated Sheet Metal

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on January 16, 2017

From assembling to tungsten inert gas (TIG) weldingsheet metal fabrication techniques can be hard to keep track of. To help you understand the ins and outs of these methods, Kaempf & Harris is breaking down the basics of a newer skill, perforating:

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Topics: metal, sheet metal fabrication, Techniques

Sheet Metal Tools And Trends To Expect In The New Year

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on December 30, 2016

With 2016 coming to a close, the experts at Kaempf & Harris take a look at some of the most anticipated trends and tools that will make their debut in the New Year:

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Topics: tools, sheet metal fabrication, Techniques, Industry

How Family In The Fab Shop Helps Abrecht Succeed

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on December 14, 2016

Upon graduating from Walkersville High School, Keith Abrecht considered pursuing a career in farming, a family pastime. That was until one of his four brothers offered a different trade path.

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Topics: Insider, education, sheet metal fabrication

How Galvanized Sheet Metal Is Used For Everyday Projects

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on November 30, 2016

Did you know that galvanization is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron to prevent rusting? The most common method in sheet metal fabrication shops is hot-dip galvanizing. This is the process of submerging metal parts in a bath of molten zinc to protect the metal. 

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Topics: elements, metal, sheet metal fabrication, Techniques

Esarey Commits To A Sheet Metal Career At Kaempf & Harris

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on November 18, 2016

Bill Esarey grew up in the Cleveland area with sheet metal in his blood. His father spent more than 50 years in the industry as a sheet metal worker and small-scale contractor.

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Topics: Insider, sheet metal fabrication, apprenticeships

6 Safety Protocols That Every Fab Shop Should Know

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on October 31, 2016

Maintaining a safe sheet metal shop work environment is critical to worker productivity and the profitability of any metal fabrication organization.

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Topics: tools, sheet metal fabrication, Industry, safety

40 Interview Questions For Every Potential Sheet Metal Apprentice

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on October 7, 2016

No matter where you are looking to find an apprenticeship, whether it is at the Frederick County Public Schools Career and Technology Center (CTE) or with the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program, skilled trade experts are going to ask you a few basic (and some tricky) interview questions. From your experience in sheet metal fabrication to how you handle stress and authority, make sure you have well-thought-out answers ready using Kaempf & Harris’ list of top inquiries for a sheet metal apprenticeship:

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Topics: education, sheet metal fabrication, apprenticeships

Who Absolutely Dominates The World In Steel Production?

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on September 30, 2016

In 2004, China was the top producer of steel, an alloy that makes sheet metal fabrication possible. The country boasted 272.5 million metric tons (MMT), followed by Japan at 112.7 and the United States at 98.9. 

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Topics: elements, metal, sheet metal fabrication

How To Find Sheet Metal Success With The Right Team

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on September 16, 2016

In every sheet metal fabrication shop, there are a handful of roles that are key to maintaining a positive, successful work environment. It takes everyone from the office to the floor to complete a project, and our fab shop is no different. Kaempf & Harris explains who does which job in a fab shop while introducing you to a few of the men who keep our company thriving in a competitive, local market:

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Topics: metal, sheet metal fabrication, apprenticeships

A List Of The Most Popular Sheet Metal Fabrication Techniques

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on August 31, 2016

Whether you have spent 6 decades in a sheet metal fabrication shop or you are learning the basics of the trade, Kaempf & Harris’ guide to sheet metal techniques can help pros and beginners alike. This glossary details sheet metal fabrication methods from start to finish – literally. Let’s get started:

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Topics: education, welding, tools, metal, sheet metal fabrication, Techniques

Masser Celebrates 60 Years At Kaempf & Harris

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on August 15, 2016

 

Bob Masser began working at Kaempf & Harris when times were simpler. 

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Topics: education, events, sheet metal fabrication

Is There A Difference Between Welding and Metal Fabrication?

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on July 29, 2016

Many people use fabricating and welding as interchangeable verbs, but that’s not quite the case. In its most basic sense, fabrication is the process of creating a project out of metal, and welding can be a singular operation during that process. 

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Topics: welding, tools, metal, sheet metal fabrication, apprenticeships

11 Statistics About Sheet Metal That'll Blow Your Mind

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on July 12, 2016

Did you know that fabricated metals are the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry when measured by employment? Our industry is also growing when it comes to production rate, revenue, projects, and shipments. Take a look at our complete list of recent sheet metal fabrication stats:

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Topics: metal, sheet metal fabrication, apprenticeships, Industry

20 Facts About Steel That You Probably Didn't Know

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on June 27, 2016

Steel is a low-carbon alloy that’s typically made of iron, tin, and carbon. With its ability to withstand corrosion (thanks to the inorganic compound chromium oxide), heat, and pressure, it’s one of the most popular metals in fabrication shops.

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Topics: elements, metal, sheet metal fabrication

Why Do People Avoid Talking About Trade Careers?

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on June 22, 2016

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects skilled trade careers to increase faster than the national average this year. If that’s the case, why do most parents, educators, and guidance counselors avoid talking about trade careers as a viable option for students after high school?

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Topics: education, sheet metal fabrication, apprenticeships

Sheet Metal Fabrication Glossary: A to W

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on May 16, 2016

Sheet metal fabrication can be a hard concept to grasp because there are many different processes and tools necessary to complete a project. To help you better understand what sheet metal fabrication is, which processes are used and which tools are necessary to get the job done, here is Kaempf & Harris’ quick glossary to basic sheet metal fabrication terms:

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Topics: welding, sheet metal fabrication

4 Local Apprenticeship Opportunities Waiting for Your Application

Posted by Kaempf & Harris on May 13, 2016

Local apprenticeships are a great way to begin your resume as a skilled trade worker. They come with weekly classes to cover the basics of your preferred trade and on-the-job training for hands-on experience. Skilled trade apprenticeships are a chance for students to earn while they learn, gaining education and experience. If you’re interested in local apprenticeships, here’s a helpful guide to opportunities near you: 

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Topics: education, sheet metal fabrication, apprenticeships