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Choosing a gas for oxyfuel cutting

February 27, 2017 | By Phil Evans

Fuel gases have been used in manufacturing for decades, but how much do fabricators know about what has become such a common part of the manufacturing process? Phil Evans, a certified welding inspector and educator, discusses the basics.

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Technological advances in powder coating spray and recovery

February 24, 2017 | By Jeff Hale

Gone are the days of the large monolithic powder coatings systems that snaked around a shop floor and the need to have multiple booths for color changes. Technology advances now make more compact, one-booth systems capable of quick and easy color changes a reality.

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Punch up your production

February 24, 2017

Automation and software have helped streamline punching significantly—and not just by scrutinizing the machine cycle time and total green-light time, but by looking at the overall punching cycle time, from sheet loading until a punched part reaches the next operation.

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Die Science: What really makes a press shop work?

February 24, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

As stampers, we often believe that purchasing new machines and investing in new technology are key to remaining competitive in the global market. Although keeping up with the latest equipment and techniques is very important, it’s not the only answer for having a successful stamping company....

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Ensuring quality bent parts—from sheet to ship

February 24, 2017 | By Kate Bachman

Weaver Fabrication & Finishing gauges its bent parts' quality before they're even formed--from ensuring that its material is to spec to measuring that the dimensions, thickness, stiffness, and edge quality of the parts it bends on its new press brake machine are to its customers' specs. Here is how the manufacturer does it.

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Die Science: Opportunity knocks

February 24, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

When you think of the tool and die industry, you often think first of tool- and diemakers—people grinding die sections, reading engineered drawings, assembling dies, and trying out tooling. Although tool- and diemakers are critical to the diemaking process, many jobs are equally important to the...

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Die Science: The influence of product design

February 24, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

I find it somewhat disheartening how often product designers fail to see the downstream effect of the decisions they make regarding the design of a stamped product. Poor tolerencing and part feature decisions cost the stampers and die builders any profit they may have realized. While I don’t want...

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Shaffer Metal Fab adds new equipment

February 24, 2017

Sidney, Ohio-based Shaffer Metal Fab, a contract manufacturer providing sheet metal fabrications, machined components, and powder coating, has added new equipment. This increased capacity is in response to growth from the core industries the company serves, including lighting, recreational...

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Die Science: Die costing and estimating

February 24, 2017 | By Art Hedrick

One of the common complaints I hear from stampers is that tooling cost estimates differ significantly when they are requesting quotes. One would think that if every shop were quoting to the same die design standards, the tooling cost would be similar from each shop quoting, but that’s not the...

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Jet Edge appoints engineering manager

February 24, 2017

Waterjet systems manufacturer Jet Edge Inc., St. Michael, Minn., has promoted Michael Wheeler to engineering manager. He has served as the company’s R&D engineer for more than 10 years. Wheeler graduated from Michigan Technological University and worked in the auto industry before joining the...

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In defense of diversification in metal fabrication

February 24, 2017 | By Tim Heston

In 2008 a Shelby, N.C., fabricator cranked out armored plate like there was no tomorrow. Then the defense contracts ended, and tough times ensued. But after almost shutting its doors, the plant has since been transformed into a diversified metal manufacturer.

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Point-of-use panel maintains purity in nitrogen, CO2 incubators

February 24, 2017

CONCOA has introduced the 55S series high-purity, point-of-use panel, designed to provide pressure control and isolation in CO2 and nitrogen incubator applications. The panel offers final line pressure control and individual isolation for up to four streams of CO2 and nitrogen, allowing it to...

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Four-gas monitor offers two-year run-time

February 23, 2017

Honeywell has introduced the BW Clip4, a four-gas, portable monitor that can operate continuously for two years without the need to change sensors or charge batteries, the company states. Suitable for oil and gas, wastewater, heavy manufacturing, and confined-space applications, the unit stays on...

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Safe-to-sewer solutions simplify disposal

February 23, 2017 | By Kate Bachman

he type of cleaning solutions and lubricants a stamping manufacturer uses during and after forming determines whether it must dispose of them as hazardous waste, which requires transporting them to an off-site haz waste facility or simply discharge them to on-site sewering systems. Here is what to look for in ecofriendly metalworking fluids.

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Auto stamper gets two coil feed lines for the size of one

February 23, 2017 | By Kate Bachman

The Adient Co., automotive seating, stamping, and assembly plant in Athens, TN was struggling with material damage and accuracy feeding thin material handling on its current compact feed system. It resolved the problems by installing two compact Dallas LoopSelect SpaceSaver™ dual loop/feed systems that allow it to run very thin materials in the front loop, and then switch to a back loop for thick materials.

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