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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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Mills Products Expands Quality Engineering Capabilities

(ATHENS, Tenn.) October 31, 2016 — Mills Products, Inc., a 71-year-old ISO 9001-certified American contract manufacturer with a track record of producing superior hydroformed, roll formed, and tube stamped metal parts for OEMs and suppliers in the appliance and automotive industries, has hired two employees to further enhance its quality engineering capabilities. Jason Watson joins Mills…
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3 Ways to Manufacture Metal Appliance Handles

In our decades as a supplier of appliance parts and assemblies, we’ve found that metal appliance handles are best made using three manufacturing methods: roll forming, which is very cost effective, hydroforming, which allows for more complexity and flexibility without sacrificing strength, and tubular stamping, which combines economy, strength, and flexibility at high volumes. Here…
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Mills Products to Showcase Metal Forming Expertise at Design-2-Part Show in Atlanta

(ATHENS, Tenn.) March 15, 2016 — East Tennessee–based Mills Products Incorporated will attend the Southeast Design-2-Part Show at the Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta, Ga., March 30–31, 2016 to exhibit its advanced metal forming capabilities, which include roll forming, tubular hydroforming, and tubular stamping. Mills will be at booth number 424, where principals will be…
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Mills Products?s Hydroformed Heavy Truck Handle Grabs Inventor?s Award

(ATHENS, Tenn.) January 5, 2016 — A hydroformed stainless steel truck grab handle manufactured by Middle Tennessee–based metal fabricator Mills Products Incorporated has won the 2015 Paccar Inventor’s Award. The grab handle competed against submissions from Paccar’s global staff of 22,000 in the annual competition to identify the most inventive project of the year. A…
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10 Cars Made Possible by Hydroforming

With each passing year, more and more cars include components that are made using hydroforming. Tubular hydroforming is an excellent manufacturing option for automotive parts due to its multiple benefits. The technique offers a high strength-to-weight ratio, flexible design and engineering options, good bending strength and torsional stiffness, thin-wall tubing capabilities, and Class-A finishes. All…
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Tubular Hydroforming Aluminum: 5 Things To Keep In Mind

Using tubular hydroforming to create parts from aluminum extrusions is becoming increasingly popular as efforts to reduce structural weights have been gaining traction. Furthermore, hydroforming aluminum allows for some unique part design features. Manufacturers in the automotive industry, including OEMs such as Ford and Tesla, are taking advantage of these benefits in order to create…
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Choosing a Manufacturing Process for Automotive Decorative Metal Trim

Contemporary automobiles of all kinds, from small SUVs to heavy work trucks, are becoming more advanced with each passing year as consumers demand additional features and improved designs from each new model. Automotive decorative metal trim plays a large part in the aesthetic appeal of these vehicles, and well-chosen decorative elements can give a vehicle an…
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