We all know the old adage: You can’t fit a square peg in a round hole. Well, at IMH Products, it is our job to figure out how to fit a square peg in a round hole. In fact, it is one of the things we do that is the most fun.

Custom metal fabrication is both an exact science and one that gets better with experience and time. One of our associates at our plant in Prophetstown, Illinois showed how IMH values that experience when he came up with a way to put the proverbial square peg in a round hole.

“I have over 30 years of experience in this and I love what I do,” he said. “I enjoy coming up with creative solutions and sometimes I can come up with a solution that works quicker than in a machining center.”

So why would you need to fit a square peg in a round hole? In this case, our customer needed a custom shaped valve, but it had to be made out of a solid square piece. IMH needed to come up with a way to turn this block on the right into a finished valve on the left.

A metal block with two more metal blocks shaped into valves.

Our associate was able to use his experience to come up with a solution thanks to his years of experience and because IMH gives him the tools and freedom to create.

Unique Solutions for Unique Parts

“Doing this in a machining center would take twice as along, so I developed some jaws and was able to do it in a turning center,” said our associate.

The turning center in this case would be the infamous round hole in which the square peg needed to fit. As a result, INH was able to create a custom fabricated piece that was exactly what the customer was looking for: a triangle shaped valve, made out of a square, in a machine designed to make circles. By using his experience our associate was able to craft a solution quickly and efficiently that allowed IMH to fill it order in half the time if this particular part had to go through a machining center.

“This is a great place to work. I love coming in and I love that they give me the freedom to come up with solutions like this,” said our associate.

Of course, IMH is more than just one part. Our capabilities allow us to fill bulk orders for parts across a variety of industries. We are currently expanding our capabilities to produce parts for the defense industry, food service, and agricultural machinery. In these industries, custom fabrications help our clients cerate products that can do more. That makes us pleased to fill that role for our customers.

Whether parts need to be crafted and finalized by hand or by machine, IMH Products is your source for custom fabricated metal products. For more information on how we can offer solutions to your company email us at sales@imh.com.

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