Industry Articles From Kaempf and Harris

A Beginner's Guide To Commercial Ductwork Parts

Ductwork is found in every heating and cooling system, whether residential or commercial. They’re run through the ceiling, and each room contains a rectangular opening so that vents can be installed for efficient airflow.

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Topics: Metals, Sheet Metal Fabrication

6 Sheet Metal Manufacturing Shortcuts to Look Out For

As with any business, the sheet metal fabrication industry includes businesses that are great to work with and businesses that are not so great to work with.

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Topics: Sheet Metal Fabrication

What to Know Before Outsourcing Sheet Metal Design

In-house sheet metal design services are a good option, but is it the best for your commercial sheet metal project?

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Topics: Sheet Metal Fabrication

A Career In Trade 101

Trade careers are becoming increasingly popular among graduates, and for good reason. Industries like sheet metal fabrication and welding offer good pay, strong job growth, and a relatively quick path to a reliable career.
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Topics: Apprenticeships, Industry

6 Reasons You Should Consider a Skilled Trade Career

Most people believe that a college education is necessary for a stable career. An undergraduate degree is the key to success for most parents, teachers, and future bosses . A master's degree or doctorate is even better.
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Topics: Education, Apprenticeships

How To Spot Great Commercial Ductwork Design

What makes great ductwork? A ductwork design that keeps indoor air quality high and building occupants comfortable.
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Topics: Sheet Metal Fabrication

The Difference Between Flexible And Metal Ductwork

Kaempf & Harris' sheet metal fabricators give you an inside look on the basics and differences between metal and flexible ducts .
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Topics: Metals, Sheet Metal Fabrication

5 Qualities To Look For In A Commercial HVAC Ductwork Installer

Many building owners and managers don’t have expertise in commercial HVAC ductwork installation . It’s vital to any commercial building to find someone who does because heating and cooling affects the efficiency of a building .
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Topics: Sheet Metal Fabrication

A List Of Common Sheet Metal Fabrication Techniques



Whether you've spent six decades in a sheet metal fabrication shop or you're learning the trade basics, Kaempf & Harris’ list of sheet metal techniques helps pros and beginners. 

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Topics: Welding, Tools & Techniques, Metals, Sheet Metal Fabrication

5 Factors That Separate A Good And Great Fabrication Company

How can a fabrication company solve your problem efficiently and effectively? How much does a fabrication company know about your industry? What can a fabrication company do with a limited timeline or budget?

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Topics: Sheet Metal Fabrication

The Value Of Craftsmanship In The Fabrication Process

Sheet metal fabrication projects are complex and costly, which leaves little room for error. The best way to ensure a great sheet metal project is by committing to a custom sheet metal fabrication company. Custom fab shops value craftsmanship and efficiency above all other project standards.

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Topics: Sheet Metal Fabrication, Industry

3 Reasons Quality Assurance Is Key To Success

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The Project Management Institute Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and American Society for Quality define quality as the degree to which a set of inherent characteristics fulfill requirements.”

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Topics: Sheet Metal Fabrication, Safety

3 Trends To Watch In The Sheet Metal Industry

With every new year comes new possibilities. From local fabrication shops to the global metal industry, here are a few trends to watch in 2018:

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Topics: Metals, Sheet Metal Fabrication, Industry

Is There A Difference Between Welding And Soldering?


Like many sheet metal terms, soldering and welding are used interchangeably. However, while these two operations are similar, their process and sub-techniques are different.

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Topics: Welding, Tools & Techniques, Sheet Metal Fabrication

Is There A Difference Between Brazing And Welding?


While many people use “welding” and “fabricating” interchangeably, others confuse “welding” and “brazing”. However, neither is quite the case.

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Topics: Welding, Tools & Techniques, Sheet Metal Fabrication

How Do You Get Galvanized Sheet Metal?


Galvanized sheet metal is a steel or iron product that has a protective zinc coating to prevent rusting. According to the GalvanizeIt! Online Seminar from the American Galvanizers Association, this method provides corrosion protection, durability under harsh conditions, a long lifespan, versatility, availability, and sustainability.

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Topics: Tools & Techniques, Sheet Metal Fabrication

What Are The Benefits Of Galvanized Sheet Metal?

Galvanized sheet metal is one of the most requested products from fabrication shops around the world. In fact, according to the American Galvanizers Association, the world produced more than 3.4 million tons of galvanized steel in 2012.

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Topics: Tools & Techniques, Sheet Metal Fabrication

5 Expert Commercial Ductwork Systems For Inspiration


Commercial heating and cooling systems have a huge effect on building occupant productivity and maintenance budgets, especially HVAC ductwork. Check out these professionally installed systems for prime how-to examples:

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Topics: Industry

4 Energy-Saving Tips For Installing Commercial Ductwork

When commercial ductwork is considered energy inefficient, it typically results from innate thermal loss and airflow restriction. These problems occur during the installation process when installation teams don't properly insulate or measure ducts, specifcally in shape and diameter.

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Topics: Tools & Techniques

The Difference Between Rectangular And Spiral Ductwork

Kaempf & Harris knows a lot about commercial ductwork, especially in Maryland. Between ductwork design and materials, our sheet metal experts offer the best information and perform the most quality work on commercial HVAC, including spiral and rectangular ducts. 

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Topics: Tools & Techniques, Sheet Metal Fabrication

The Difference Between Residential And Commercial Ductwork



While a residential and commercial heating and cooling system have similar components and are made to perform the same function, a slight difference between the two exists. It starts with the ductwork.

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Topics: Sheet Metal Fabrication

The Ultimate List Of Commercial Ductwork Parts

If you're building a commercial building from scratch, you're going to need commercial ductwork. (Check out this guide for more info.)

If you're not sure what's what when talking to contractors, the sheet metal experts at Kaempf & Harris have come up with this comprehensive list of common commercial ductwork parts:

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Topics: Metals, Sheet Metal Fabrication

7 HVAC Ductwork Design Flaws To Look For Immediately


In 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average HVAC duct system is only about 60 percent efficient. That means air isn’t flowing through your commercial building as it should be.

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Topics: Sheet Metal Fabrication

3 Tips To Create A Professional Job Site Safety Program

Whether it’s your first time stepping into a fab shop or you’re a veteran of sheet metal, job site safety should always be a concern.

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Topics: Tools & Techniques, Sheet Metal Fabrication, Safety

What You Need To Know About Sheet Metal Safety Equipment

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “Working with sheet metal requires attention to many safety and health issues.” Kaempf & Harris outlines sheet metal, welding, handling, and power press safety:

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Topics: Welding, Tools & Techniques, Sheet Metal Fabrication, Safety

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