What Type of Metal Fabricator Do I Need?

Metal fabrication can mean different things to different customers. Metal fabricators offer a surprisingly wide range of services. This means that choosing a metal fabricator for your job might be confusing.

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Don’t Turn It Away; Turn It Around

  When work is flowing, turning down a small job here and there, or a adding a minimal delay may not seem like a big deal. However, in the long run, those type of decisions can be costly to your business.

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An Explanation on Why Custom Hinges & Metal Fabrication Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Every hinge attaches to something, a door, hatch, hood, cover or access panel. Midlake knowing what the hinge is attaching to along with additional parts that make up the final assembly provides our customers a unique opportunity. This insight enables Midlake to provide alternatives and suggestions that ensure optimum performance and quality at a...

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Why off-the-shelf usually costs more than custom

Why does an off-the-shelf $2 imported butt hinge cost more than a $5 American-made custom continuous hinge?   Consider this scenario one of our long-standing customers faced for their indoor application while under tremendous pressure to reduce costs.

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How Midlake saved Vinyl Tech Kennels time and money with out-of-the-box solution

BACKGROUND: Vinyl Tech Kennels was using an off-the-shelf spring hinge purchased overseas. The Vinyl Tech team fabricated and installed the mating aluminum door and shim plate to complete the hinge solution they needed.

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Concealed Hinges – Basic in Theory, Complex in Construction

A concealed hinge is any hinge that tucks into the product, rather than mount on the outside. Many customers utilize this hinge for aesthetic purposes, but some use this hinge because it prevents snagging or damaging to the hinge or surrounding products. Concealed hinges are basic in theory, but more complex in construction. Custom Concealed Glove...

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Midlake by the Numbers

When you work with Midlake, you can expect: expertise, efficiency, quality, professionalism. 98: Midlake is proud to carry a 98% on time shipping rate.  We understand that our customers have to halt their productions if we don’t live up to our expectations. They depend on us, and we deliver.

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What’s that Extra ¼” on Your Hinge Really Costing You?

One of the things that people rarely think about with their doors, lockers, and other enclosures is the hinges. So as long as they aren’t falling off, they do not seem to attract much attention.

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How to Get a 75% Cost Reduction in Prototype Manufacturing Cost

It can be difficult to pinpoint the real cost drivers when it comes to manufacturing prototypes.

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Adding Capacity to Your Manufacturing Business with Outsourcing

In our industry, it’s pretty typical for manufacturers to have limits where their capabilities are concerned. This means since they can only produce a certain amount of product, there comes a time they need to adjust their capacity so they can either catch up on an influx of orders or experiment with new processes or products.

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When the Specifications You Created Just Don’t Work

Manufacturing custom parts involves plenty of science, but that doesn’t necessarily mean things always turn out with the precision you had hoped for.

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Why We Love Laser Cutting!

Although many of the machines that perform laser cutting are the height of modern technology, the practice actually began some 30 years ago. Since that time, the popularity of these amazing machines has grown so much that more than 3,000 of them are installed all over the world every single year.

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