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Die Science: Setting up progressive dies - Part I

October 3, 2006 | By Art Hedrick

Editor's Note: "Setting Up Progressive Dies" is a two-part article. Part I discusses press and die cleanness, die alignment, clamping procedures, and preliminary shut height calibration. Part II discusses the process for getting metal into the die, setting the pitch, feed release, and other factors...

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Warm forming magnesium, aluminum tubes

October 3, 2006 | By Yingyot Aue-u-lan, Jon Ander Esnaloa, David Guza, Taylan Altan, Ph.D.

Research shows that in forming lightweight materials such as aluminum and magnesium alloys, the formability increases as the temperature increases, especially in the range from 200 degrees C to 300 degrees C (392 degrees F to 572 degrees F).1-5 The Center for Precision Forming (CPF, formerly...

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Entering a new phase in weld inspection

October 3, 2006 | By Michael Moles

Reliable and consistent weld inspection is a significant part of any weld quality assurance program. One type of weld inspection used over the last several decades employs ultrasonics.

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Aluminum Workshop: The best filler wire for welding 6061-T6 aluminum

October 3, 2006 | By Frank Armao

Q: Which filler wire is best for welding 6061-T6 aluminum, 5356 or 4043?A: Both are acceptable for welding 6061-T6, but each has advantages and disadvantages depending on the application.An aluminum alloy containing 5 percent magnesium, 5356 generally is stronger and more ductile than 4043. But...

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Fuel your safety knowledge

October 3, 2006 | By John Uccellini

The subject of oxyfuel safety is vast and would take volumes to cover completely. In fact, most large companies involved in oxyfuel cutting and welding publish their own procedural guidelines for employees to follow.

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Flushing out four-letter words: rust, dirt, and wear (Part III)

September 15, 2006 | By Mike Pelham

Dirt, rust, and wear, cost tube producers and fabricators millions of dollars annually, and they can be the bane of tube processes. Analyzing the criteria for selecting the lubricants can help you select the best lubricant extend tool life and improve bends.

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How Safely Do You Weld?

September 13, 2006 | By Terry Byrd

By addressing six common hazards, companies that perform pipe and tube welding can provide a safe and healthy work environment for their employees.

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Starting a portable GTAW business (Part IV)

September 12, 2006 | By Phil Evans

This article, the last of a four-part series about establishing a portable GTAW business, covers helpful tips for working with stainless steel and aluminum, including weld prep and the proper welding techniques. It also offers advice about hiring help and purchasing liability insurance for your business.

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Holding the line on metal costs

September 12, 2006 | By Ken Shoop

Stampers and roll formers can look at edge trim, heads, tails, skeletons, and coil damage for ways they can reduce scrap to hold the line on metal costs.

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Stud-maker throws church building a curve

September 12, 2006 | By Kate Bachman

Radius Track, a fabricator specializing in its patented curved metal studs, replaced many of the heavy-gauge beams in the a church's dome frame with light-gauge steel studs. As a result, the dome was light enough to be supported without view-obstructing columns.

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Expanding upward and outward

September 12, 2006 | By Dan Davis

Watson Engineering didn't have to add any laser operators during its most recent expansion effort. The reason was technology advancements associated with material handling and modern laser cutting devices.

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Draw forming, Part IV

September 12, 2006 | By Edmund Herman

The relationships among part geometry, tool geometry, and control of the processing inputs are significantly different between the net shape and non-net shape processes.

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To E or not to E

September 12, 2006 | By Bernard Swiecki

Vehicles running on E85, a fuel that blends traditional gasoline with ethanol, are receiving considerable attention. While proponents claim the benefits of E85 range from environmental friendliness to improved national security, critics argue that the widespread adoption of E85 will be a tremendous challenge.

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Doing its level best

September 12, 2006

A precision roller leveler, installed between the coil payoff reel and the press equipment, allows an operator to stretch the edges when necessary to compensate for loose centers or stretch the center to compensate for loose edges before the blanking operation.

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Little Giant takes flight

September 12, 2006

Wing Enterprises started out with a product and a patent -- for its Little Giant brand ladders. However, in time its sales lagged, and the company needed to figure out a new marketing strategy. With an infomercial and automated welding, Wing Enterprises was on its way to successfully growing its company and its sales.

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