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Embracing change

July 25, 2002

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Automakers are constantly trying to improve automotive designs, making vehicles lighter and stronger, using thinner materials, and redesigning points of strength for better crash resistance. At the same time, welding equipmentmakers who serve the industry are focusing on this quest for quality by developing the equipment to weld hydroformed parts, aluminum, and coated materials: critical components that affect how vehicles are made today.

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Reinventing the wheel - Chrome plater develops automated wheel polishing process

July 25, 2002

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Kuntz Electroplating, a Kitchener, Ontario-based independent OEM chrome-plating supplier of automotive wheels and bumpers, the management watched as hundreds of its workers manually polished its wheels. Because this made it difficult for the company to find, train, and retain the workers it needed, it decided to develop its own automated process for wheel finishing.

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Some 'near-jig' ideas

July 25, 2002

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In-process sampling and between-process checks can prevent problems at the production stage. Although using an inspection jig can be costly, some testing approaches that are not as rigorous as using an inspection jig are: stacking and blocking a sheared batch in order to scan the batch for variations; weighing castings; touring a customer's facility; and doing small batch inspections.

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Building a business: Minnesota couple learns how to market residential, custom iron art

July 25, 2002

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Del and Sally Halling started a business together, selling the custom residential iron art they create. Through their process, they found that much marketing and research was needed before they could be successful.

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Peace Plaza's unique art symbolizes universal hope

July 25, 2002

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If a mark of a great work of art is the degree to which it mirrors the artist's personality, then Lee Sido's latest public sculpture might be a masterpiece.

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It happens 'under the hood'

July 12, 2002

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Rick Walsh isn't your typical artisan, nor are his works typical welding pieces. But his personal evolution as both an artist and a welder illustrate the innovation and persistence of any successful welding operation.

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Say 'no!' to burrs, dimples

July 11, 2002

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As tube mill speeds increase, tube end cut quality suffers. Meanwhile, customer requirements for end cut quality continually increase. Tube producers are turning to dedimpling and deburring machines to enhance tube cut quality and improve worker safety.

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Technology modernizes CMMs

July 11, 2002

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Coordinate measuring machines have progressed since their inception in the 1970s.

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Getting control of your cut-to-length line

July 11, 2002

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There are many factors to consider when selecting a drive and control system for a cut-to-length line. After choosing the line, you need to choose the drive, calculate the load inertia, calculate the feeder speed, and choose a motion controller.

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Working with your people

July 11, 2002

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If people are your most precious resource, why aren't you spending more money to train them properly?

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Can I form a box that deep?

July 11, 2002

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There's no reason you can't form sharp, deep boxes with a press brake consistently. You just have to be familiar with what your tooling can and can't do under certain circumstances.

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Welding chromium-molybdenum steel pipe for power plants

July 11, 2002

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New power plants are in high demand and several hundred can be expected to be built over the next decade. Chromium-molybdenum steel pipe (P91) is a major construction material in these plants and there are particular methods for welding it properly to insure it will hold up. Preheat and postweld heat treatment are mandatory and absolutely critical to the service life of the alloy. Induction heating is a growing method for preheating and postweld heat treating.

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Taking another look at SMAW safety

June 27, 2002

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It's never a good time to forget about safety. Take it from a guy who knows.

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Expanding Their Reach

June 27, 2002

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Expandable-casing pipe is being used by some aggressive OCTG players, causing oil companies to look at deep water and land based wells in a whole new light.

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Adding flexibility to stamping operations

June 27, 2002

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You're not afraid of automation. You already have automated several cells around high-volume parts. But now you have a new challenge: Integrate several large presses while still maintaining the flexibility to run lower-volume parts?

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