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Preventive maintenance for hydraulic presses

August 10, 2004

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Ask 10 stampers what preventive maintenance is, and you'll probably get 10 different answers.Why? Because not all presses require the same maintenance.To keep all of your shop's equipment in good working condition, try developing and implementing a written routine preventive maintenance schedule.An...

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Tackling cutting and piercing problems in stamping operations

August 10, 2004

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Figure 1Poor cutting section designCutting problems, such as die sections breaking, slugs jamming and pulling, and burrs, are common stamping challenges. Many of these problems are caused by poor die design. Others are caused by poor maintenance techniques, improper setup, and poor scrap...

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Miter sawing adds eye appeal to structural steel

August 10, 2004

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As a structural steel fabricator, you may have operated a miter saw. The fact is, however, in many other shops the miter feature has rarely been used because, traditionally, most steel buildings—from the skyscraper to the humble warehouse—have been designed without miter cuts. Beam ends...

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Lean on it

August 10, 2004

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Mike Wriglesworth of W.W. Metal Fab, Milwaukie, Ore., is a convert. Lean manufacturing is his new religion.At least, that's what he and the 85 employees practice at work. With the encouragement and financial backing of one of its largest customers, truckmaker Freightliner LLC, and the Oregon...

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How to reduce press brake setup times

August 10, 2004

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Over the past several years the sheet metal fabrication industry has witnessed a number of technological advancements in both machines and tooling. Machines are now capable of punching, cutting, and bending faster and more accurately than previously imaginable.

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Four Canadian automotive fabricators and what drives their success

August 10, 2004

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Editor's Note: In an effort to offer a glimpse into some of the successful fabricating and manufacturing operations in the world, The FABRICATOR® offers this quick look at four Canadian companies.On a busy workday the machine shop at F&P Mfg. Inc., in the village of Tottenham, northwest of...

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Job Burnout—Part 3

August 10, 2004

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This is the last in a series of articles about job burnout. Part Idiscussed the causes. Part IIcovered symptoms and solutions from an individual standpoint. It also included a test to help you determine where you are in terms of burnout.Job burnout is a complicated condition caused most often by...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 7

July 13, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the seventh episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." They have been talking about sales training."Why does it matter whether the sales staff understands this concept of buying a contract? If they are getting orders and the...

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Welding Miniature Devices

July 13, 2004

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Welders have been joining miniature electromechanical devices for industrial and medical applications for more than 30 years. However, it's a subject that hasn't been featured much in papers and technical publications.The history of joining miniature devices goes back to the turn of the century in...

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Job Burnout—Part 2

July 13, 2004

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If the amount of feedback Part I of this series generated is a good barometer, job burnout is a huge problem potentially affecting many workers at all levels. This article will help you determine if you're at risk or suffering from the condition. It also offers suggestions for actions you can...

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In-running nip point hazards

July 13, 2004

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In-running nip points are frequent sites of injuries from machinery. Nip points exist where material enters a gradually narrowing opening, for example, pulling rolls, and the material is strong enough to pull body parts, such as fingers, hands, arms, and hair, into the pinch point.U.S. Department...

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Delta repair welders aim high

July 13, 2004

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Pilots refer to flying experience as "seat time." For the 300-plus certified welders in Delta Air Lines' TechOps division, the term has a similar meaning. Certification is just the first step for them. Qualified GTAW welders here log plenty of seat time.Whether they maintain ground support...

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Where the welders are

July 13, 2004

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Making sense of the skilled labor shortage in the welding industry is like having conversations with five different people simultaneously while trying to walk a tightrope with a vase on your head and juggle at the same time.Several perspectives play prominent roles in this issue, from the welders...

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Man welding with Lincoln Electric power source.

MIG welding—The basics and then some

July 13, 2004

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Whether it's used in the shop, field, or the garage hobby shop, MIG is a great process.

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MIAB welding of thick-walled pipe ends

July 13, 2004

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Various methods are used for welding pipe, including electric shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), submerged arc welding (SAW), and flash end welding.Another efficient process is magnetically impelled arc butt (MIAB) welding. Current technology and equipment allow MIAB welding of pipes with wall...

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