Projects

“The largest pneumatic ping pong device in the world”

A fast-food chicken franchise recently displayed featured a custom-made pink ping pong table and accompanying net designed by a prominent pop musician. He called it “the largest pneumatic ping pong device in the world.” Our job was to make it. After...

Will The Circle Be Unbroken?

A Spanish museum contacted us to see if we could fix a work of art. The actual artwork is an elaborate set of collars that connect small-diameter tubing bent on a tight-radius circle. They sent us a sample of an acrylic tube. Acrylic resin is famous for cracking,...

Dominion Energy

Plastic Fabrication Company Uses Clear Plastic Sheet for Custom Acrylic Fabrication Occasionally our customers need fabricated sheets for their product. Dominion Energy recentlyneeded a new wet calibration rig to replace a dirty old yellowing acrylic rig. The project...

Tubing That Holds Under Pressure

Building a Flow Loop with Clear Rigid Plastic Tubing and NPT Threads We were recently contacted by a Ph.D. student working on a multi-phase flow problem. The application called for a clear rigid tubing flow loop that would maintain a circular shape under pressure with...

Three-Tiered Helical Bends for LED Lights.

As we have been developing a Stratus tubing line we had a challenge brought before us this week. Our customer wanted to see if we could make a tight-radius 2″ OD tube that could be sectioned together to form a circular helix. The challenge here is the length of...

Zero Tangent Bends

Quite often our customers ask us for bends without tangents. Mostly it is for aesthetic reasons, but often enough it is for a particular process need. Such bends bring a special challenge. Thermoplastics’ bends, due to the requirement of secondary heating, have...

Fitting A Bend From A Distance

We often fit bends to pneumatic (or other) systems from a distance. We ask the customers to send us as much information as they can provide. From that, we do our best to calculate OD, radius, and angle of the bend. Here is another example from last week. As you can...

Water Sediment Tester :Butyrate Pipe

A water treatment company needed a system to display its product in its showroom and for trade shows. The system required 4″ Schedule 40 Pipe that would be bent, coupled, threaded, and coupled with tees and wyes. It was challenging in a number of ways. We had to...

Water Sediment Tester:Butyrate Pipe

A water treatment company needed a system to display its product in its showroom and for trade shows. The system required 4″ Schedule 40 Pipe that would be bent, coupled, threaded, and coupled with tees and wyes. It was challenging in a number of ways. We had to...

An Old Friend Returns

We got to see an old friend this week. A large paper-cup manufacturer called and asked for a “chute diverter” that had been operating in their factory for 30 years! Needless to say, we could not look up their old invoice, so we needed a picture. It was a made-to-order...

Tight Radius Large U-bend

We have a bunch of blogs on tight-radius bends, and of U bends. Here is one that we made for one of our puck-conveyance customers who needed something pizzazzie for a trade show. Cablevey is an international leader in puck conveyance and uses our tubing for sight...

Pneumatic System Senior Mechanical Engineering Project

A 5-man team of senior mechanical engineering students at the University of Missouri contacted us for their required capstone design project. They were to build a functioning model of a coal log pipeline design which was patented by two Mizzou professors back in the...

LED Lights Of Uncommon Interest With Stratus Tubing

Our LED tubing was put to a beautiful use with Objects of Common Interest in a Brussels display. The architects chose our line of Stratus tubing (6″ OD). The project came to us first in concept, design, and fabrication. The material used to produce these lights...

Golden Spiral

Nature loves logarithmic spirals and so do I. Back in my junior year of high school, I had a fabulous earth-science teacher who taught us how to do scientific research on foraminifera growing around heat “enrichment” zones from power plants in the Northern...

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