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Arc Welding 101: Reading between the lines of AWS D1.1

August 27, 2014

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Q: I am a weld inspector and one of my clients builds control panels. A potential customer of theirs requested that they conform to AWS D1.1 standards on a control panel. This seems odd to me. Can a company become AWS D1.1-certified? Is there a certain process they have to go through to become a...

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The economics of small-parts bending

August 27, 2014

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Bending small parts presents various challenges for press brake technicians, who need to make sure they can bend these small parts quickly and, most importantly, safely. Although the best approach to bending depends on the application, the electric press brake can help make the job much easier.

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How to prepare for the aging workforce

August 27, 2014

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The aging workforce is a complex, multifaceted issue, but it has one immutable fact: There will be more older people working than ever before. Older workers can be incredibly valuable to a manufacturer. They have the experience and skill that this industry craves. But you can’t escape biology. As we get older, the body changes, and the workplace needs to account for these changes. The good news is that these changes not only help older workers, but every employee at the company.

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Consumables Corner: Changing over to metal-cored wire in SAW

August 27, 2014

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Q: One of my vendors recently approached me about replacing the solid wire in my submerged arc welding (SAW) application with a metal-cored wire. Should I consider making the change? A: Depending on your application, you should certainly consider making the change. Metal-cored wires can provide...

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Consumables Corner: Lowering weld hardness in SAW

August 26, 2014

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Q: We manufacturer dual submerged arc welded (DSAW) pipe for API use. Some jobs require that the weld hardness be below 250 Vickers. We are having trouble meeting that requirement. What can we do? A: Weld hardness restrictions generally are found in pipelines designated for sour service and are...

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Consumables Corner: Choosing a filler metal supplier with critical welds in mind

August 25, 2014

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Q: What should we look for when choosing a filler metal supplier for critical welds, such as those in the power generation industry? A: For critical applications, you need to find a supplier with a long track record in understanding the needs, developing products, and creating solutions for that...

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Consumables Corner: Selecting filler metal for robotic welding

August 22, 2014

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Q: We are just getting started in robotic welding. What advice can you give us on how to select the correct filler metal? A: As in any high-productivity application, the main consideration in selecting a filler metal for robotic welding is performance consistency. You want a wire that will...

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Consumables Corner: Storing stick electrodes

August 21, 2014

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Q: I recently saw a comment that regular stick electrodes could be overdried in ovens to the point of causing poor weld performance. Is this true? We store all our electrodes, including low-hydrogen, at 135 to 140 degrees F at all times and have not noticed any problems. We are located in Arizona,...

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How to save U.S. manufacturing

August 18, 2014

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The majority of U.S. citizens agree that manufacturing is vital to the economy and national security. So what can be done to save manufacturing? In his new book, Dr. William Killingsworth outlines a five-step program the government must implement to make it happen.

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TIG welding: When looks matter

August 18, 2014

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Every GTAW bead tells a story. Learn how to identify what your weld bead says and make adjustments to amperage, travel speed, and consumables to ensure your GTAW bead tells the story you want it to.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Creating the documentation essential to fabrication

August 14, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis describes how a detailed 3-D CAD model can be a great help to those in procurement, fabrication, and assembly.

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Tools for proofreading

August 12, 2014

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Columnist Gerald Davis explains why proofreading is not just the domain of copy editors and how a CAD software function can help with the proofing job.

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Reusing recycled abrasives in waterjet cutting?

August 7, 2014

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When it comes to waterjet cutting, most metal fabricators rely on virgin garnet as the abrasive that’s used in conjunction with the waterjet stream. After cutting is concluded, the abrasive can be collected and recycled as a filler for other construction-related products. An Auburn, Wash.-based company, however, thinks it has found a way to take the recycled material and return it to an almost-new state.

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Lean data flow: From CAD to ERP to the shop floor

August 7, 2014

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Fabricators sell their ability to produce the right part in the right quantity and at the right time, and to do that requires good information. Communication troubles arise if front office systems don’t communicate with each other, and this can include CAD and ERP.

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The transformative power of the laser

August 6, 2014

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The laser has helped define the modern precision metal fabrication industry, and this year’s Advanced Laser Applications Workshop shows just how far the laser has come. Blink once, and you miss another technological milestone.

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