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How to Manufacture High-Quality Tool Chest Handles

Most consumer tool chests have pull-type tool chest handles. Of course, the main purpose of these handles is to facilitate carrying and opening of the tool chest, but these handles play even more important roles than may first be perceived. In many cases, tool chest handles must support the entire weight of the tools inside.…
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5 Ways to Enhance the Grip of Steel Handles

Though most typically associate steel handles with hand tools, controls, and certain types of doors, anything that can be used to pick up an object with the hand is essentially a type of handle. Yes, handles are everywhere, and one of the best materials one can use to fabricate them is steel, due to its…
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How to Make Stainless Steel Handles Out of Sheet Metal

Stainless steel handles are a desirable choice for appliance manufacturers since stainless steel is corrosion resistant, durable, easy to work with, and provides an attractive finish. If there is a downside to producing handles out of stainless steel, it is its relatively high materials cost. This makes manufacturing techniques that produce solid stainless steel products…
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The Virtues of Hydroforming for Appliance Handles Manufacturing

Today, tubular hydroforming is not only an accepted way to produce metal appliance handles, it is often the preferred method. There are several reasons this simply make sense. For one, there are the production considerations: Hydroforming uses less material, produces parts that are lighter weight, and still maintains the stiffness and strength yielded by other, more traditional ways…
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Key Manufacturing Considerations for Appliance Handle Design

As with any product development process, moving an appliance handle design from concept to production requires compromises. No matter how elegant the idea, if a handle design can't be manufactured at an acceptable cost, it's never going to see the showroom floor. Designers hate seeing their concepts altered as they make their way to the…
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5 Features of Great Truck Cab Grab Handles

Grab handles are an important safety feature of any truck or tractor. Getting in and out of the cab of a truck can be extremely dangerous if truck cab grab handles are poorly designed or manufactured, not attached correctly, nonexistent, or corroded. Slip and fall injuries are common for truck drivers, and effective grab handles…
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The 4 Grades of Metal to Choose from for an Appliance Stainless Steel Handle

By any count, there are over 150 grades of stainless steel available. Appliance stainless steel handle manufacturers typically use just four of these many options: 304, 439, 441, and 201 grade stainless. Below we outline the defining characteristics of each grade and discuss why and when stainless steel handle manufacturers choose one over the other.…
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Trends in Kitchen Appliance Handle Manufacturing

With kitchen appliance handle design trending away from the contoured look that was favored by OEMs for more than a decade to a more commercial-kitchen, almost industrial aesthetic, different approaches to handle manufacturing are required. Whereas tubular hydroforming and tubular stamping were good fits for creating gently curved metal appliance handles that were lightweight and…
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