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Putting together a plasma cutting system

July 27, 2015

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Choosing a plasma power supply is one thing; putting together an entire system is something else altogether. A complete plan includes an X-Y table, CNC system, software, and fume control.

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Cutting metal with cutting wheels

July 27, 2015

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Resinoid-bonded cutting wheels can address a variety of routine manual metal applications in which flexibility and portability are necessary. By following a few best practices, you can extend wheel life, promote safety, and improve productivity and efficiency within the process.

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Deburring: A standard operation?

July 27, 2015

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According to LaRoux K. Gillespie, author of SME's Deburring and Edge Finishing Handbook, a shop can establish its own deburring standard, with the absence of one official standard in U.S. industry. It’s just a matter of communicating the specifics of the final edge finish.

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8 questions for efficient bending on the press brake

July 27, 2015

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At S&B Machine in Mobile, Ala., Head Programmer Danny Brown streamlines bending by making sure the right operators have the right information at the right time.

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Consumables Corner: Welding dissimilar metals using 309 stainless steel

July 27, 2015

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The Consumables Corner team counsels a company struggling with weld fusion when joining ferritic to carbon steel.

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Arc Welding 101: Cleaning material with brake cleaner before welding

July 24, 2015

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Combining welding and brake cleaners can lead to serious illness, permanent damage to your internal organs, or even death.

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Aluminum Workshop: The real deal when welding aluminum and steel

July 23, 2015

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Rumor has it that fabricating aluminum and steel components in the same building can cause contamination in the aluminum. Is this true or is it just a myth? Frank Armao has the answer.

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How to calculate the air-formed radius of different bend angles

July 21, 2015

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Using the 20 percent rule works well when calculating the floated radius in an air form, but what about the radius at different bend angles? To calculate this, we start with geometry to find the arc length and radius at different bend angles. We then ma

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Shop technology and 3-D CAD: Design alignment

July 21, 2015

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Columnist Gerald Davis offers an overview of how to use CAD to address the inclusion of a flat-head screw and a countersink in a 3-D design..

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Minimizing effort, maximizing distance

July 21, 2015

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A golf club shaft looks like an ordinary tube, but it’s not. Quite a bit of engineering goes into manufacturing the tube and drawing it so it has the optimal characteristics—lightweight without being flimsy and elastic enough to pack a wallop. Editor Eric Lundin interviewed Scott Cokeing, director of engineering and global quality True Temper Sports, about one of the company’s manufacturing processes, variable wall technology.

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A closer look at low-carbon sheet steels

July 20, 2015

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Ever wonder what makes up low-carbon steel? Material expert Daniel Schaeffler provides a quick overview.

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How employees drive a safe work environment

July 20, 2015

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The Dupps Co., Germantown, Ohio, is a fabricator of heavy-duty processing equipment that has managed to post 2 million work hours without a lost-time accident. For its outstanding safety record, the company was named the recipient of FMA's 2015 Rusty Demeules Award for Safety Excellence.

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CB Fabricating finds success giving people second chances

July 20, 2015

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Indiana fabricator continues to grow thanks to technology and a small, dedicated staff. The small shop may prove the merits of giving people a second chance. It’s not just moral. For CB Fabricating, it’s not just moral; it’s good business.

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3 drivers of welding throughput

July 20, 2015

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Three principal drivers increase welding throughput in the modern shop: welding process advances, smart use of automation, and having the right information

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Orion Drilling Co. has rigs, will travel

July 16, 2015

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Before purchasing a 3-D CNC cutting system from HGG, oil rig builder Orion outsource quite a bit of its work. In addition to being at the mercy of its subcontractors’ lead times, Orion had to deal with their quality, which often wasn’t sufficient. The machine has been such a productivity enhance that Orion estimates the ROI period to be one year.

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