Understanding the Difference: Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, and Aluminum

Sheet metal comes with a variety of specified benefits attained from the material used in fabrication and forming.  Estes Design & Manufacturing utilizes stainless and carbon steels and aluminum in its fabrication designs.  By offering a variety of sheet metal options for design and production, Estes can produce metal pieces with materials specific to their…

Laser Welding to a Hospital Standard

In light of new medical industry opportunities, Estes is using laser technologies to adapt fabricated sheet metal products to hospital standards.  Outside of cutting and marking, laser welding is one of the many ways in which manufacturers can utilize such technology for alternative operations.  Laser welding can be used in place of more standard welding…

Lean Manufacturing Tools: Identifying the Six Big Losses

At Estes, we are focused on continuous improvement and lean initiatives.  Lean initiatives opt to improve production, quality, and lead-time of operations in hopes of improving overall manufacturing.  The end goal is to provide the highest quality product while continuing to meet demand and reducing waste in the process.  Several lean tools are available to…