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Ask the Stamping Expert: How can I prevent slivers in blanking operations?

May 27, 2016

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Q: We are making shallow drawn cuts from 0.007-inch-thick aluminum base material with a thin polymer coating. The cups are assorted sizes from 0.375 to 0.75 in. and equal depths. We pierce the blank and use a balentine to carry it in the strip web through the draw operations, and finally we...

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Ask the Stamping Expert: Do we really need die safety blocks for die setting?

May 27, 2016

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Dennis Cattell answers this question with a resounding "Yes!"

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Growth strategies for fabricators

May 26, 2016

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Many small businesses grow quickly in the early years, but eventually growth hits a plateau. Big gains in additional growth come from gaining new customers or acquiring another company. In Going to Market, a presentation at The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit, Lisa Wertzbaugher, sales and marketing manager for fabricator Superior Tube Products, discussed a four-part strategy for expanding the company’s sales, revenue, and profitability.

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What’s new in the tube and pipe industry?

May 26, 2016

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Eric Lundin provides an overview of many of the technologies displayed at the 2016 Tube Düsseldorf expo.

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Advanced GMAW processes help in welding P91

May 26, 2016

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Alloy P91 has excellent high-temperature strength and creep resistance, making it a favored alloy for piping systems for power boilers and other applications that work at elevated temperatures and pressures. The conventional welding processes, gas tungsten arc welding and shielded metal arc welding, do a good job on P91, but modified gas metal arc welding (GMAW) processes and flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) have deposition rates three to four times faster.

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Manufacturer uses servo press to hasten safety part production safely

May 25, 2016

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Ultraform Industries sought ways to increase output of the safety seat belt and air bag assemblies the company manufactures, but speed could not come at the expense of quality. The company installed a servo press to slow the stroke before the draw, perform restrikes.

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Optimizing hydraulic presses for deep drawing

May 25, 2016

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Optimizing a hydraulic press requires choosing the best press frame, hydraulic circuit, auxiliary function, electrical controls, and hmi for your deep drawing application and parts drawn.

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Lockset manufacturer gets handle on scrap to boost productivity

May 25, 2016

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When you stamp 2.2 million pieces a day in the manufacture of lockset and doorset assemblies— 550 million stampings a year—smooth, speedy operation is your goal and bottlenecks and obstructions to productivity are your targets. Kwikset developed a unique way to handle scrap that removed a bottleneck and increased output.

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Getting to know more about the metal you are forming

May 25, 2016

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An estimated 3,500 different grades of steel currently exist, with about 75 percent of them developed in the past 20 years. And more than 500 sheet aluminum alloys are registered with the Aluminum Association. Each of these materials grades has a different chemistry and different tensile properties...

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Industrial dust collection goes modular

May 24, 2016

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Large-scale dust and fume collection can be somewhat inflexible. A fabricator moving, adding, or removing a few work centers can throw off the airflow balance and make the entire system less effective. A new technology aims to change this.

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Grill or be grilled

May 23, 2016

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A fabricator of one of the most renowned wood-fired grills available recently integrated a robotic welding cell to help cut lead times and keep up with overwhelming demand.

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Don't lose track of the latest design updates

May 23, 2016

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The goal of forward-thinking fabrication shops is to be closely involved in a customer's supply chain, where perhaps it participates in part designs and design for manufacturability activities. If a shop is to be an active supply chain partner, it needs to be able to stay on top of engineering change orders and part design discussion. Cloud-based product life cycle management software can help.

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Continuous improvement: Do you have a handle on flow

May 23, 2016

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Manufacturing is all about flow, both of physical products and information. You can plan for good flow. But if you let it evolve on its own, you will be dealing with the waste and efficiency that evolution creates.

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Product design

May 23, 2016

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Waiting for a callback to discuss a major design change is one thing; but waiting hours just to see if a hole can be moved a little farther from the bend radius—that’s something else. One industry project, iFAB, aims to make design for manufacturability far more efficient.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Comparison of two animation tools for creating walk-through tours

May 23, 2016

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Columnist Gerald Davis reviews methods for creating walk-through animations. The use of a camera following a path is discussed.

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