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

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

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

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

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

14 More Sheet Metal Facts To Understand The Industry

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: Education, Welding, Tools & Techniques, Metals, Industry, Safety

A Quick History Of Metal Fabrication In The Aerospace Industry

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: Metals, Sheet Metal Fabrication, Industry

How Do Aluminum And Stainless Steel Differ?

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: Metals

Everything You Need To Know About Perforated Sheet Metal

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: Tools & Techniques, Metals, Sheet Metal Fabrication

How Galvanized Sheet Metal Is Used For Everyday Projects

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: Tools & Techniques, Metals, Sheet Metal Fabrication

Who Absolutely Dominates The World In Steel Production?

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: Metals, Sheet Metal Fabrication

Is There A Difference Between Welding and Metal Fabrication?

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 & Techniques, Metals, Sheet Metal Fabrication, Apprenticeships

11 Statistics About Sheet Metal That'll Blow Your Mind

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: Metals, Sheet Metal Fabrication, Apprenticeships, Industry

20 Facts About Steel That You Probably Didn't Know

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: Metals, Sheet Metal Fabrication

Explaining the Periodic Table of Fab Shop Metals

There’s no doubt that science is fascinating, especially the periodic table. Did you know that Dmitry Mendeleyev, publisher of the periodic table, didn’t have time to describe all 63 then-known elements due to a looming deadline? That’s why he used atomic weights, which were actually gathered by other scientists.

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Topics: Metals, Sheet Metal Fabrication

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