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Using Hydroforming to Create Metal Prototypes

In a perfect metal fabrication world, every design engineer would use metal prototypes to accurately test part feasibility before full-scale manufacturing begins. Prototyping allows engineers to quickly turn a theoretical concept into a physical part that can be seen, touched and tested under real-world conditions. Unfortunately timelines and tooling costs often make metal prototypes an…
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How Mills Products Saved Thanksgiving

The Invention of the Oven Window Every year, millions of thankful Americans gather together to peek at their beloved bird through the safety of reinforced glass. Though a major milestone of Americana, the origin of the ubiquitous oven window seemed forever lost to the annals of manufacturing history. Until now. From the patent desk of…
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Mechanical Innovation at Mills Products

Posted on: 06-15-2012 Metal fabricator Mills Products (Brentwood, TN) is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Middleville Tool and Die to be the exclusive appliance-industry licensee for an innovative, patented tubular stamping technology that is also finding wide applications across the automotive and furniture industries. This fully automated process will allow…
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Mills Products Powder Coating Capabilities Attract Luxury Automotive Manufacturer

Posted on: 08-27-2012 Mills Products (Brentwood, TN), a major North American metal fabricator specializing in high-end paint finishes, was recently awarded a contract to powder coat cargo shade covers for a European luxury automotive manufacturer. The Tier Two automotive contract requires Mills Products to paint several thousand parts for use in a 2013 model sports…
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Mills Products Introduces Automated Stamping Process to the Appliance Industry

Posted on: 10-25-2012 Metal fabricator Mills Products (Brentwood, TN) has partnered with GE Appliances to produce dishwasher handles for the latest generation of GE Profile series kitchen appliances. Drawing on over ten years of engineering collaboration with GE, Mills introduced an automated, patented progressive tubular stamping die process at its plant in Athens, Tenn. The first…
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Mills Products Secures First Military Project

Posted on: 10-18-2012 Metal fabricator Mills Products (Brentwood, TN) recently worked on its first military project, providing a crucial part for a communications headset developed by an equipment supplier that regularly works with the US Air Force, Army, and Marine Special Operations Commands, as well as NATO Special Forces. The equipment supplier had come to Mills…
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Automotive Hydroforming for Exhaust Systems

What are some of the uses and advantages of automotive hydroforming? Increasingly, carmakers are finding it a highly versatile process for creating performance exhaust systems. For example, when BMW engineers were designing a recent incarnation of the M3, they wanted tubular exhaust manifolds that were comparable to racing engines, with six serpentine primary pipes coming…
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The Benefits of Roll Forming

Roll forming is a flexible and cost-effective process for shaping metal into custom cross-section profiles. Often called “cold roll forming,” because the metal is shaped in its hardened state, roll forming is used across a wide range of industries to produce parts and components for everything from metal forming in automobiles to appliances to airplanes and…
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New Patent Approval

Posted on: 04-16-2012 Mills Products (Brentwood, TN) is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement to be the exclusive licensee of a new patented process, developed by Middleville Tool and Die (Middleville, Michigan).  This patented process uses tubular stamping technology to make handles for the major appliance market.   Since 1945 Mills Products has used innovation…
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Manufacturing an Appliance Handle With Flair

Mills Products Develops Signature Oven Component and Innovative Attachment Method In the early 2000s, Mills Products was approached by a longstanding client, a leading kitchen appliance brand, to design and manufacture a handle for its new oven product line. The campaign revolved around creating a “retro” look that echoed the kitchen appliance designs of the…
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