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Designing a hydroforming press for research, production

September 12, 2002

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A new type of hydroforming press was recently developed for sheet applications. The new press incorporates data acquisition and control features for research purposes. Current press frame designs for tube and sheet forming are uneconomic for large forces. This press achieves a clamping force of 100 mN, which is absorbed by a single cast frame with a circumferential pretensioning system.

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Forming exhaust components with an alternative lubricant

September 12, 2002

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Switching from an oil-based lubricant to a water-based gel lubricant helped an exhaust-system components manufacturer, Zeuna Starker, reduce costs and cycle time. After studying several types of lubricants, the company chose a water-based gel that was less prone to spilling onto the floor and did not produce smoke during the welding process. The company reaped benefits in decreased housekeeping and disposal costs, and found that it did not need to wash the lubricant residue from semifinished parts before welding.

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Up in the air

September 12, 2002

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Aerospace business in the U.S. will improve, but not without a bit more time in the doldrums, according to Boeing's CEO.

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A parting of the (inclined) ways

September 12, 2002

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Bath Iron Works is a shipyard in Bath, Maine, that has large-hull production and launch capacity. It's also an example of how shipbuilding has advanced in the use of materials, CAD programs, and more modern fabrication methods.

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Steel Fiction

September 4, 2002

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Metal sculptor Robert Toll's transition from economist to recognized artist has been as startling and fiction-like as is his featured sculpture in the film, "Pulp Fiction." He is most noted for his sinewy, life-size figurative pieces. He uses oxyaceytlene to heat and bend steel rod, then welds the pieces together.

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Keeping peace and harmony with yourself, with your staff

August 29, 2002

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Balance in all aspects of a manager's life and mutual respect between bosses and employees may be key to a successful business. Obsession, intensity, burning desire, and high energy are fueled by fun, recognition, income, and the responsible exercise of authority.

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Get the most out of your laser

August 29, 2002

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To be competitive in today's market, a laser user must be sure that equipment is operating at an optimum level. Maintaining your gas source and gas distribution system, installing properly sized pipe, and choosing the right gas supply system are some practical steps to take that can help develop the right gas supply system for a laser.

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Paperless with a plan

August 29, 2002

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The idea of removing paper from the factory floor is getting more attention these days. However, paper removal should not be the only goal.

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Exporting— Exploring Foreign Frontiers

August 29, 2002

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The U.S. export assistance network of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce offers U.S. companies help with exporting issues. The network provides marketing research, financial assistance, leads and contacts, legal assistance, trade advocacy, and trade events screening.

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Using proper press brake setup procedures

August 29, 2002

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Think about it: If your setup is off, the rest of your press brake operation will soon follow. Take the time to do your setup right, and you won't be doing it a second time.

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Automating for the future

August 29, 2002

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If you need to cut production time, you might glean a few tips from a little job shop in Ohio that has made the most of its software.

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Rejoice with the right respirator

August 29, 2002

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Selecting the right respirator for a welder involves examining the processes used, the workplace environment, and the types of base metal and consumables used. This article offers tips for finding the right respirator for your application, preferences, and workplace.

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Car Corner: OEMs sock it to suppliers

August 29, 2002

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The businesses that supply the auto industry with its parts are doing more and more work for less and less of the pie.

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Cut it out: How fabricators use plasma cutters every day

August 29, 2002

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Many fabricators use plasma arc cutting torches every day, either to replace or complement saws, cut-off wheels, snips, and oxyfuel rigs. It can be used in a variety of applications—installing or remvoving HVAC/R equipment, plumbing systems, and industrial equipment; reparing equpment and systems; and cutting shapes consistently.

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No substantiation, no deduction

August 15, 2002

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Fabricators should keep records carefully to avoid disallowed deductions and the ever-escalating amounts that add up until the lack of records, documentation, or supporting information is eventually discovered.

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