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Material handling stampings

Moving material efficiently

November 7, 2006 | By John Mackowski

It's a challenge to select the most efficient conveyor for a particular application. To make the best choice, it's imperative that all operating parameters be considered.

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VICON Elite Plasma

Better cuts with plasma

November 7, 2006 | By Eric Lundin

One job led Keller & Son Industrial Contractors Inc., Spartanburg, S.C., to buy a new plasma cutting table in 2001. The need for extra capacity required it to purchase another in 2006. Now the company feels it is in the perfect position to take on all types of metal fabricating jobs.

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Laser cutting

Fabricator finds tubular niche

November 7, 2006

Production Cutting Services was founded in 1985 as a machine shop to supply parts to agricultural equipment manufacturers in and around East Moline, Ill. It used saws and CNC machining centers to provide tubular parts, but later realized it needed to add more value. It purchased two lasers from Mazak Optonics Corp. It hasn't abandoned CNC machining, though. It uses the lasers to complement its other processes.

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Joining GMAW and GTAW

November 7, 2006 | By Igor Dykhno, Raymond Davis

One form of hybrid welding combines both GMAW with a GTAW process in a welding torch. An electronic interface unit containing a plasma power supply controls the hybrid process. Research has indicated that such an approach to welding leads to faster welding times, deep penetration, and cleaner welds when compared with conventional GMAW technology.

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stamping die change

10 common quick die change problems

November 7, 2006 | By Paul Van Every

Die changeover is one of the few times when a press isn't making money. Why do some die changeovers take hours? It might be the press, operator, die, material, lift truck, crane, or the tools.

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Is your cold pilger mill maintenance on schedule?

November 7, 2006 | By Glen Stapleton

Glen Stapleton relies on his experience in troubleshooting for more than 30 years to discuss the most pressing pilger mill maintenance issues—causes, cures, and tips to prevent breakdowns and get the machines up and running again when they do fail.

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Avain Flu Pandemic

Avian flu pandemic update

November 7, 2006 | By Vicki Bell

Although the potential avian flu pandemic no longer is receiving the vast media coverage it did months ago, it still is a high priority in worldwide health organizations and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This article offers an updated look at the threat and the latest information that can help you prepare your business for a possible pandemic.

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R&D Update: Multipoint-control die cushion systems for stamping complex parts - Part II

November 7, 2006 | By Taylan Altan, Ph.D.

In deep drawing of complex, asymmetrical parts such as stainless steel kitchen sinks, blank holder force (BHF) needs to be controlled locally to regulate the flow of the sheet metal. An MPC blank holder system allows this control by placing individually programmable cushion pins around the blank perimeter, with an appropriate BHF selected at each pin location.

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Lean Manufacturing Meeting

Why lean manufacturing is no get-rich-quick program: Part II

November 1, 2006 | By Chris Hoff

Unlike get-rich-quick schemes that promise to double your money in days or weeks, lean manufacturing is an ongoing improvement program that will be in place for as long as your company is in business. Learn about common misconceptions of lean in Part II of this two-part series.

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Multipoint-control die cushion systems for stamping complex parts - Part II

October 10, 2006 | By Ajay Yadav

Editor's Note: This article is Part II of a three-part series that discusses multipoint-control (MPC) die cushion systems applied to the forming of stainless steel double sinks. Part I, which appeared in the September issue, discussed novel press and design concepts using MPC systems. Part III,...

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Die Science: Setting up progressive dies - Part II

October 10, 2006 | By Art Hedrick

Proper feeding, scrap removal, and shut height calibration are essential for good die setup.

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Older plasma and laser cutters having performance fits?

October 10, 2006 | By Kenneth Woods

If you are considering retrofitting existing equipment to not just expand your plate cutting capacity, several factors need to be considered. These factors focus on a higher wattage resonator or an higher amperage plasma system, but also on the need to review the entire machine architecture.

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Replacing rivets

October 10, 2006 | By Stephanie Vaughan

Supreme Corp. prides itself on producing general-purpose and custom vehicle bodies for its customers, which include contractors. Appearance was an issue - one that led it to replace rivets with structural adhesives in its manufacturing.

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Why lean manufacturing is no get-rich-quick program: Part I

October 10, 2006 | By Chris Hoff

Unlike get-rich-quick schemes that promise to double your money in days or weeks, lean manufacturing is an ongoing improvement program that will be in place for as long as your company is in business. Learn the basics of lean in Part I of this two-part series.

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Ask the Stamping Expert: Overcoming deformity by design

October 10, 2006 | By Thomas Vacca

Achieving typical goals in stamping, such as zero development and fewer labor requirements, is made easier when the progressive die strip is kept level through the entire progression. Keeping the strip level can eliminate wave problems caused by incorrect pilot/lifter use occurring in punch forming.

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