Appliance

Case Study: Turnkey Metalforming and Machining Helps Global Kitchen Appliance OEM Maximize Extrusion ROI

When it comes to delivering value to their discerning appliance customers, kitchen OEMs are tasked with providing metal designs that meet unique form and functional requirements. Manufacturing superior, quality metal handles can be challenging, especially if your base material is an aluminum extrusion.  Fortunately for one global appliance manufacturer, Mills Products breathed new life into…
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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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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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