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These heat-cutting tools from HSGM
share a basic function, including a
temperature control unit (top right), but
different kinds of blades are used to
perform specifi c tasks. Photo: HSGM Heat
Cutting Equipment & Machines Inc.
Van Damme says heat knives are
relatively straightforward to use and
easy to maintain. " The blade may need
to be filed a bit, and when they get
dropped, they get bent, so you have to
be careful there. "
Van Damme's shop, which is in its
40th year of operation, also has installed
a couple of industrial air purification
units above its cutting tables. " Cutting
with heat does produce a kind of smoke, "
he says. " We run those purification units
a lot of the time to pull the smoke away
and make sure no one is inhaling it. "
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Grommet choices abound
When it comes to installing grommets
for various uses, a lot of fabricators start
with simple manual units, but many often
move up to automated pneumatic or
electric machines.
" The hand-drive units provide basically
a kind of mold for the grommet
that you hit with a hammer, " says Keith
Gentilin, director of sales and marketing
for Stimpson Co. Inc., which produces
grommets, washers, eyelets and other
metal products from a 278,000-squarefoot
facility in Pompano Beach, Fla. " It's
got a handle, the grommet sits upside
down on the base, you just take the handle,
stick it in there and hit it, and it sets. "
Those setups " are pretty common
and work very well, " says Gentilin. " A
small job is done pretty quickly, and you
can move it around anywhere, so it's

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