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Press lubrication: 4 ways to avoid hidden costs - TheFabricator.com

Press lubrication: 4 ways to avoid hidden costs

September 30, 2013

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To stamp out the hidden costs of stamping lubrication, first keep everything consistent. Second, apply it right. Third, don’t forget disposal. And fourth, get lubricant to the press efficiently.

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Troubleshooting in-die fastening - TheFabricator.com

Troubleshooting in-die fastening

September 30, 2013

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In general, troubleshooting of in-die fastening should focuses on four key aspects: the fasteners, the feed system, the in-die tools, and the control system

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Stamping presses produce at the pace of customer demand - TheFabricator.com

Stamping presses produce at the pace of customer demand

September 30, 2013

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Designing a production system that produces at a rate that matches customer demand can reduce waste. Right-sized equipment is sized to match customer demand, eliminating the waste associated with overproduction.

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What does a certified welding inspector do in a small, mostly rural state?

September 24, 2013

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Welding inspectors in some small, mostly rural areas don’t lack for exciting, challenging work. Their inspections often are just as critical as those in more congested, urban areas.

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Un robot para soldadura—en continuo movimiento - TheFabricator.com

Un robot para soldadura—en continuo movimiento

September 13, 2013

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La variabilidad de la demanda es un hecho inmutable de la fabricación metálica por contrato. La mezcla de clientes de un fabricante puede cambiar, y con ésta, la mezcla de productos. Debido a ello, el taller tiene que estar listo para cualquier cosa. Para ser competitivos,...

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Eliminating gaps in PPE - TheFabricator.com

Eliminating gaps in PPE

September 13, 2013

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Approximately 100,000 Americans suffer serious head injuries on the job each year, and nearly 1,000 American workers suffer job-related eye injuries each day. A common challenge when it comes to PPE compliance for the head, face, and eyes is to ensure health and safety are not sacrificed for efficiency and productivity, or vice versa. Increasingly higher noncompliance rates with PPE protocols is an alarming trend and a serious threat to your overall health and safety. Whether due to economic conditions, flawed safety programs, or attitudes that result in at-risk behaviors, these safety gaps must be addressed.

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Choosing the correct gas delivery system for metalworking - TheFabricator.com

Choosing the correct gas delivery system for metalworking

September 9, 2013

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Supplying gas to your metalworking applications can be complicated, especially if the gas needs to reach multiple locations. If you are looking for cost savings and productivity gains, consider installing gas cylinders at one main location and controlling them with a basic manifold or switchover manifold. With this method you won’t need to worry about cylinders running out of gas.

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Choosing the correct gas delivery system

September 9, 2013

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: Supplying gas to your metalworking applications can be complicated, especially if the gas needs to reach multiple locations. If you are looking for cost savings and productivity gains, consider installing gas cylinders at one main location and controlling them with a basic manifold or switchover manifold. With this method you won’t need to worry about cylinders running out of gas

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Know the chemistry, know the process, know the test - TheFabricator.com

Know the chemistry, know the process, know the test

September 6, 2013

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For tube and pipe producers, testing the product on the mill is necessary, but not necessarily optimal. The line speed might be too slow, the mill might have some maintenance issues, and other factors can interfere with online testing. For these reasons, many supplement the online test with an offline test.

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Corrosion-resistant fabrication project enhances nuclear power station’s cooling system - TheFabricator.com

Corrosion-resistant fabrication project enhances nuclear power station’s cooling system

September 6, 2013

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Nuclear power plants use a lot of water to cool the reactors, and when the water intake unit occasionally pulls in a sea lion or a shark, environmentalists go nuts. Dimic Steel Tech bid on a contract to build two huge grates for Southern California Edison to keep marine life out of the water intakes, and had to learn a bit about welding corrosion-resistant steel along the way.

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Demystifying contact tips - TheFabricator.com

Demystifying contact tips

September 5, 2013

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Contact tips are highly misunderstood components in a welding gun setup. Choosing the correct contact tip for your welding application and understanding how to keep it performing at its best are just as critical as anything else needed to produce a quality weld.

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Job shop estimating: Moving from cost to price - TheFabricator.com

Job shop estimating: Moving from cost to price

September 5, 2013

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In the battle to deliver a competitive price, the estimator provides the ammo for a successful response to a customer’s RFQ.

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So you want to sell? - TheFabricator.com

So you want to sell?

September 5, 2013

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A seller wants to improve the business to drive higher EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) multiples. EBITDA indicates the profitability of a company and is considered when assessing its valuation during the sales process. As a company’s EBITDA consistently moves higher, so will the value of the company.

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Blast the silos to unlock potential - TheFabricator.com

Blast the silos to unlock potential

September 5, 2013

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In a company with silos, departmental functions rarely interact, and workers within those departments are focused solely on their core assignments. These silos perpetuate inward thinking, turf protection, and subpar results for customers. To improve, an organization needs to tear down these structures.

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So, exactly what are you going to improve?

September 5, 2013

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Cycle time? Labor performance? It’s easy just to pick a random area for improvement, but if a metal fabricator really wants to change operations dramatically, time and effort are needed to identify the root causes in the greatest need of correction.

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