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Instant Lube: The basics of automatic lubricating systems for overhead conveyors

January 16, 2003

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Less than half of the overhead conveyors stampers use have automatic lubrication systems.

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Comparing materials for high-temperature steam piping

January 16, 2003

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Of all the materials used for high-temperature steam piping, X20 (12 percent chromium, 1 percent molybdenum, 1/4 percent vanadium) and P91 (9 percent chromium, 1 percent molybdenum, 1/4 percent vanadium) stand out because of their very high creep rupture properties, even at elevated temperatures.

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I CAN'T HEAR YOU!

January 16, 2003

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Editor's Note: This article is based on the 1998 Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Noise Exposurepublished by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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Everything you need to know about flatteners and levelers for coil processing—Part 3

January 16, 2003

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Editor's Note: This article is Part III of a four-part series covering flatness and stability in cut-to-length, slitting, and tension leveling operations. This article discusses how coil processors can make metal flat so it stays that way. Part I, which appeared in the October issue of The FABRICATOR®, discussed how flat-rolled metal gets unflat; Part II in the November issue covered flattening solutions and the anatomy of a bend; and Part IV in the January 2003 issue will discuss new applications and options in leveling equipment.

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Five ways to add punch to productivity

January 16, 2003

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It is no surprise that fabricators are always looking for ways to increase productivity; however, many don't realize that a simple solution sometimes can be found right in front of them.

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Investigating applications, hardware, collision protection, and height control

January 16, 2003

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Using orbital welding equipment led to productivity gains in one of the nation's first fusion-welded underground pipelines.

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How to select the right IRONWORKER for your application

January 16, 2003

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An ironworker can be an important and versatile machine in a metal fabricating shop. Quite often ironworking is the first step in the manufacturing process, and one ironworker typically can provide enough fabricated material to keep up to seven welders or assemblers busy.

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Keeping an eye on safety: how to protect welders from eye injuries

January 16, 2003

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Using orbital welding equipment led to productivity gains in one of the nation's first fusion-welded underground pipelines.

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The X, Y, Z's of Management

January 16, 2003

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Owners, what do employees want? Employees, what do owners want? I know what I wanted when I was a shop and field hand, and I know what I expected when I was a boss. Now more than ever we need to strengthen the employee-management relationship.

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Safety First - Creating an effective safety awareness program

January 16, 2003

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A successful safety awareness program continually reminds employees to work safely using proper procedures when performing all tasks. To have a real and lasting effect, the safety awareness program must be both pertinent to the specific activities of the workplace and be consistent day to day. However, the program and its messages must have enough variety so they don't become routine or mundane.

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Job Satisfaction—Part 1

January 16, 2003

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Unless you are among the privileged few-who appear to be becoming fewer by the minute as investment accounts are shrinking in value, savings are being wiped out, and credit card debt is mounting -- you'll spend many hours working for a living. How do you feel about your job and why?

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Christmas All Year

December 12, 2002

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Near Conway, Mo., alongside Interstate 44, lighted reminders of Christmas greet travelers year-round. Conway is home to the Den of Metal Arts, where owner Richard Kerb; his wife, Judy; their son, Ron; and three employees hand-fabricate and sell metal silhouettes depicting holiday signs, scenes, and characters; military, western, and sports themes; animals; and custom figures.

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Assessing developments in orbital welding—Part 2

December 12, 2002

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Orbital welding's advantages in productivity, quality, consistency, tracability, and skill level required are the driving factors behind its growth. Advances such as oxygen analyzers that prevent the weld cycle from starting until oxygen is properly purged, combined with its ability to generate a written report of each weld, form the basis for orbital welding's improved quality and tracability.

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Lasers move forward

December 12, 2002

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CO2 lasers were used predominantly for cutting flat sheet metal for many years. Advancements in laser beam quality, power, manipulation, and material handling features have propelled the CO2 laser into new areas of fabrication. Multidimensional cutting, increased cutting capacity, and the ability to cut a wider range of material types make the CO2 laser a popular thermal cutting process in today's metal fabrication industry.

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In-service weld defects, Repair, replace, or do nothing?

December 12, 2002

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Editor's Notes: In-service weld defects found in Australian refineries by an inspection team required assessment to determine the best course of action - repair, replace, or do nothing. This is the author's first-person account of the team's findings and solutions.The post-World War II period to...

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