Filter Content

Coping with change in the workplace

November 7, 2006 | By Vicki Bell

Change is constant in the workplace. Different people react to change in different ways. While some embrace change, others resist or stall the process to the detriment of themselves and their company. This article discusses how individuals can adapt to change more easily and minimize change-induced stress.

Continue Reading


Multipoint-control die cushion systems for stamping complex parts - Part III

November 7, 2006

With constant BHF, conventional steel sheets can be formed with few tryouts. However, with the increasing use of lightweight materials and high-strength steels with low formability, there is a need for precise, localized control of metal flow using MPC systems.

Continue Reading

Using job shop habits for a custom project

November 7, 2006 | By Stephanie Vaughan

Although custom welding fixtures may be just one of Ed Sauvola's current jobs, it has become one of the main business opportunities he is pursuing while deciding which track is best for his one-man shop.

Continue Reading

Material handling stampings

Moving material efficiently

November 7, 2006 | By John Mackowski

It's a challenge to select the most efficient conveyor for a particular application. To make the best choice, it's imperative that all operating parameters be considered.

Continue Reading

VICON Elite Plasma

Better cuts with plasma

November 7, 2006 | By Eric Lundin

One job led Keller & Son Industrial Contractors Inc., Spartanburg, S.C., to buy a new plasma cutting table in 2001. The need for extra capacity required it to purchase another in 2006. Now the company feels it is in the perfect position to take on all types of metal fabricating jobs.

Continue Reading

Laser cutting

Fabricator finds tubular niche

November 7, 2006

Production Cutting Services was founded in 1985 as a machine shop to supply parts to agricultural equipment manufacturers in and around East Moline, Ill. It used saws and CNC machining centers to provide tubular parts, but later realized it needed to add more value. It purchased two lasers from Mazak Optonics Corp. It hasn't abandoned CNC machining, though. It uses the lasers to complement its other processes.

Continue Reading


Joining GMAW and GTAW

November 7, 2006 | By Igor Dykhno, Raymond Davis

One form of hybrid welding combines both GMAW with a GTAW process in a welding torch. An electronic interface unit containing a plasma power supply controls the hybrid process. Research has indicated that such an approach to welding leads to faster welding times, deep penetration, and cleaner welds when compared with conventional GMAW technology.

Continue Reading

stamping die change

10 common quick die change problems

November 7, 2006 | By Paul Van Every

Die changeover is one of the few times when a press isn't making money. Why do some die changeovers take hours? It might be the press, operator, die, material, lift truck, crane, or the tools.

Continue Reading

Is your cold pilger mill maintenance on schedule?

November 7, 2006 | By Glen Stapleton

Glen Stapleton relies on his experience in troubleshooting for more than 30 years to discuss the most pressing pilger mill maintenance issues—causes, cures, and tips to prevent breakdowns and get the machines up and running again when they do fail.

Continue Reading

Avain Flu Pandemic

Avian flu pandemic update

November 7, 2006 | By Vicki Bell

Although the potential avian flu pandemic no longer is receiving the vast media coverage it did months ago, it still is a high priority in worldwide health organizations and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This article offers an updated look at the threat and the latest information that can help you prepare your business for a possible pandemic.

Continue Reading

R&D Update: Multipoint-control die cushion systems for stamping complex parts - Part II

November 7, 2006 | By Taylan Altan, Ph.D.

In deep drawing of complex, asymmetrical parts such as stainless steel kitchen sinks, blank holder force (BHF) needs to be controlled locally to regulate the flow of the sheet metal. An MPC blank holder system allows this control by placing individually programmable cushion pins around the blank perimeter, with an appropriate BHF selected at each pin location.

Continue Reading

Lean Manufacturing Meeting

Why lean manufacturing is no get-rich-quick program: Part II

November 1, 2006 | By Chris Hoff

Unlike get-rich-quick schemes that promise to double your money in days or weeks, lean manufacturing is an ongoing improvement program that will be in place for as long as your company is in business. Learn about common misconceptions of lean in Part II of this two-part series.

Continue Reading

Multipoint-control die cushion systems for stamping complex parts - Part II

October 10, 2006 | By Ajay Yadav

Editor's Note: This article is Part II of a three-part series that discusses multipoint-control (MPC) die cushion systems applied to the forming of stainless steel double sinks. Part I, which appeared in the September issue, discussed novel press and design concepts using MPC systems. Part III,...

Continue Reading

Die Science: Setting up progressive dies - Part II

October 10, 2006 | By Art Hedrick

Proper feeding, scrap removal, and shut height calibration are essential for good die setup.

Continue Reading

Older plasma and laser cutters having performance fits?

October 10, 2006 | By Kenneth Woods

If you are considering retrofitting existing equipment to not just expand your plate cutting capacity, several factors need to be considered. These factors focus on a higher wattage resonator or an higher amperage plasma system, but also on the need to review the entire machine architecture.

Continue Reading